Now that the latest bit of Johnny Football drama has been settled, the college football season can start with five days of games to satisfy fans who have been craving competition since Nick Saban was raising a crystal football in south Florida and trying to look as if he was having a good time.
The season starts, as always, with more mismatches than marquee games, but that's OK. The important thing is there will be college football and plenty of it, starting Thursday night with North Carolina at No. 6 South Carolina and ending Labor Day night with No. 11 Florida State at Pittsburgh.
Five things to know about the opening weekend as you prepare to overdose on college football: