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College football's opening night has already shown us potentially the Game of the Year: Ole Miss versus Vanderbilt.

Thursday, Sept. 5

NFL (7:30-11 p.m., NBC): The season kicks off with the defending Super Bowl champions the Baltimore Ravens at the Denver Broncos in a rematch of a great playoff game from last season.

Friday, Sept. 6

College football (7-10 p.m., ESPN 2): An ACC highlights Friday night sees the Wake Forest Demon Deacons hit the road to face the Boston College Eagles.

Saturday, Sept. 7

College Football (2:30-6 p.m., CSS): The Mississippi State Bulldogs look to bounce back from their loss against Oklahoma State and avoid an FCS upset against the Alcorn State Braves. ... (6-9 p.m., Big Ten Network): The Southern Miss Golden Eagles start the first of three road games, facing the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Sunday, Sept. 8

NFL (noon-3 p.m., Fox): The New Orleans Saints get a chance to get the bad taste of the 2012 season out of their mouths against the Atlanta Falcons.

Monday, Sept. 9

NFL (6 p.m.-1 a.m., ESPN): A NFL doubleheader features the return of RG3 and the Washington Redskins against former Oregon coach Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles, followed by the Houston Texans and the San Diego Chargers.

Tuesday, Sept. 10

Soccer (7-9 p.m., ESPN): The march to Brazil 2014 continues for the United States Men's National Team in a World Cup-qualifying match against rival Mexico.

Wednesday, Sept. 11

MLB (6-9 p.m., ESPN): The Boston Red Sox try to hold on to their AL East lead against second-place Tampa Bay Rays, who have a chance at one of the World Series wildcard spots.

College football also brought back Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. It is great to see a kid on the field having fun, but Manziel went past having fun to being truly obnoxious.

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