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I'm starting to think the "challenge" part in the SWAC/MEAC Challenge is if SWAC teams can win. The MEAC is 8-2 in the series and has won the last four straight games.

Thursday, Sept. 4

NFL (7:30-11 p.m., NBC): The 2014 NFL season kicks off with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers against Super Bowl champions Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.

Friday, Sept. 5

College football (6 p.m.-1 a.m., ESPN): We're in for a Friday night doubleheader featuring Pittsburgh at Boston College and Washington State at Nevada.

Saturday, Sept. 6

College football (3:30-7 p.m., ESPN): The Rebels look to open the SEC 2-0 and win their first SEC road game against Vanderbilt, who is reeling after a loss to Temple.

Sunday, Sept. 7

NFL (12-3:30 p.m., Fox): The New Orleans Saints open the season on the road against long-time rivals the Atlanta Falcons.

Monday, Sept. 8

NFL (6 p.m.-1 a.m., ESPN): Back-to-back Monday Night Football starts with the New York Giants at the Detroit Lions, followed by the San Diego Chargers at the Arizona Cardinals.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Documentary (6-7:30 p.m., ESPN): "SEC Storied: It's Time" details the friendship of former Mississippi player Chucky Mullins and Vanderbilt player Brad Gaines.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Soccer (7-9 p.m., ESPN2): This Major League Soccer match is worth watching. The best team in the East, DC United, faces off against the New York Red Bulls.

The only SWAC team to win the SWAC/MEAC Challenge is Southern University, who won twice. Alcorn State has never been in the challenge, but both Jackson State and Mississippi Valley have played and lost.

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