P.J. Fleck and his oars will be on display for the first time in Minnesota as the Gophers welcome Buffalo to town. Mike Gundy, his flowing mullet, and high-flying offense takes on Tulsa. It's also our first look at the No. 2 team in the country as Ohio State travels to Indiana.
To get you ready for the first full week of the season, let's look at seven of the best opening Thursday night college football games from the past decade, which includes the post-game punch heard 'round the world.
September 3, 2009: Boise State Knocks Out Oregon and LeGarrette Blount
It was the biggest home game in the history of Boise State football. The No. 14 Broncos held the No. 16 Ducks to just 152 yards of total offense and a single touchdown en route to a 19-8 win.
But it was this post-game punch by LeGarrette Blount that would be replayed on what seemed like an endless loop on ESPN for the next month that made this one of the most astounding Thursday night college football openers ever.
Apparently No. 9 Tennessee missed the memo that Appalachian State has a reputation for shocking week 1 upsets of Power 5 teams.
App State opens the 2017 season at Georgia on Saturday. The Bulldogs might want to be ready for that one.
September 2, 2010: Utah Upsets No. 15 Pittsburgh in Overtime
The Panthers spot in the top 25 was over before the first Saturday of college football arrived, when Joe Phillips' 21-yard field goal sailed through the uprights in overtime for the 27-24 upset.
August 30, 2012: A Pair of FCS Squads Knock Off FBS Foes
August 30, 2007: QB Julian Edelman and Kent State Shock Iowa State
Before he was catching passes from Tom Brady, Julian Edelman was lined up behind center in this opening Thursday night stunner over Iowa State. Edelman went 17/26 for 161 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 75 yards on 18 carries for another score in the Golden Flashes 23-14 upset.
September 1, 2011: Syracuse Rally Stuns Wake Forest Late
After Jimmy Newman connected from 40 yards away, Wake Forest led comfortably 29-14 with 11:02 remaining at the Carrier Dome, but Orange quarterback Ryan Nassib would rally his team to 22 straight points for the come-from-behind 36-29 overtime win.
September 3, 2015: The FCS Upset That Got Away
But up by the score of 9-5 with just 4:54 remaining, Utah State's Andrew Rodriquez returned a punt 88 yards for the game-winning score (scroll to the 2:17 mark to see rare footage of the return).