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The Best Sports in 7 Days

College football is back. The games count, and kickoff is Thursday night. Cold weather is also on the way with the return of football.

Thursday, Sept 3

College football (6:30-10 p.m., ESPN3): Alcorn State hits the road to try to take down No. 16 Georgia Tech to open the season. ... NFL (6-9 p.m., NBC): The New Orleans Saints face the Green Bay Packers to wrap up the preseason slate as players battle for a roster spot.

Friday, Sept 4

College football (9 p.m.-12 a.m., ESPN): Boise State is used to bringing down big teams, and the Broncos may add another pelt to the wall when they take on the Washington Huskies.

Saturday, Sept 5

College football (11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., SECN): The UM Rebels open the season at home against FCS team Tennessee-Martin. ... College football (9 p.m.-12 a.m., Fox Sports 1): The Southern Miss Golden Eagles host the Mississippi State Bulldogs in a big in-state matchup.

Sunday, Sept 6

College football (2-5 p.m., Fox Sports 1): The Marshall Thundering Herd out of C-USA look to take down the Purdue Boilermakers out of the Big Ten.

Monday, Sept 7

College football (7-10 p.m., ESPN): The last team to defeat Ohio State on their way to the title last season was Virginia Tech. Can the Hokies take down the Buckeyes again?

Tuesday, Sept 8

Soccer (7-9 p.m., ESPN2): The U.S. Men's National Soccer Team will face a major test as it takes on Brazil in a friendly.

Wednesday, Sept 9

College football (8-11 p.m., SECN): The day before the NFL season starts, get your football fix with a replay of Auburn against Louisville.

If you want to kick the college football season off at a live game, check out the Riverside Rumble between Millsaps and Belhaven at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 3. The cost is $10 per ticket.

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