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When Does the 2017 College Football Season Start?

By: Beth Maiman, NCAA.com

Well, the 2016 football season ended in a pretty thrilling way when Clemson defeated Alabama 35-31 in the College Football Playoff championship thanks to a last-second touchdown. In case you already forgot — Clemson’s quarterback DeShaun Watson found wide receiver and former walk-on Hunter Renforw in the end zone to secure the victory for the Tigers. In case you want to relive the epic moment, check it out here.

But if you are ready for the 2017 season to begin, don’t worry — it’s coming soon. Stanford and Rice will kick off the football season when they face off in Sydney, Australia at Allianz Stadium.

If you’re in the United States, the season will officially begin on Saturday, Aug. 26, although it will be Sunday, Aug. 27 in Australia for the Stanford-Rice game. Also on Aug. 26, Hawaii and UMass will play at Gillette Stadium. There are then six games slated for Thursday, Aug. 31 and five games on Friday, Sept. 1, as of this writing.

On Saturday, Sept. 2, here are some other matchups that could be interesting:

Western Michigan @ USC

West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech (game will be played at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland)

Florida vs. Michigan (game will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas)

Alabama vs. Florida State (game will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia)

LSU vs. BYU (game will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas)

Texas A&M @ UCLA

And we will have some Monday night college football action in Week 1 as well, when Tennessee takes on Georgia Tech. That game will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Click here for the full slate of games.

We’ll be waiting for you, college football season.

By: Beth Maiman, NCAA.com


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