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College football on television: Sept. 1

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson leads the Cardinals into Thursday night’s opener against visiting Charlotte on Fox Sports South.
Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson leads the Cardinals into Thursday night’s opener against visiting Charlotte on Fox Sports South. Lexington Herald-Leader

It might technically considered a day early, but Thursday kicks off what is a great opening weekend of college football.

Among the Thursday night games on television, Louisville opens its season against Charlotte; Western Kentucky breaks in a new quarterback against Rice; Tennessee starts a season of lofty expectations against Appalachian State and Will Muschamp makes his South Carolina coaching debut at Vanderbilt.

Some more background info:

▪ Five good questions about Western Kentucky football

▪ Five good questions about Louisville football

▪ Tennessee and App State eager to maintain momentum

Here’s the list of televised games:

Thursday, Sept. 1

▪ 7:00 - Charlotte at Louisville (Fox Sports South)

▪ 7:30 - Appalachian State at Tennessee (SEC)

▪ 7:30 - Indiana at Florida International (ESPNU)

▪ 8:00 - Rice at Western Kentucky (CBS Sports)

▪ 8:00 - South Carolina at Vanderbilt (ESPN)

▪ 9:00 - Oregon State at Minnesota (Big 10)

Pre-season AP college football poll

▪ 1. Alabama

▪ 2. Clemson

▪ 3. Oklahoma

▪ 4. Florida State

▪ 5. LSU

▪ 6. Ohio State

▪ 7. Michigan

▪ 8. Stanford

▪ 9. Tennessee

▪ 10. Notre Dame

▪ 11. Ole Miss

▪ 12. Michigan State

▪ 13. TCU

▪ 14. Washington

▪ 15. Houston

▪ 16. UCLA

▪ 17. Iowa

▪ 18. Georgia

▪ 19. Louisville

▪ 20. USC

▪ 21. Oklahoma State

▪ 22. North Carolina

▪ 23. Baylor

▪ 24. Oregon

▪ 25. Florida

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