North Texas at LSU
1. Arrests, suspensions, dismissals and hurricanes. August is finally over.
2. Zach Mettenberger makes his debut at quarterback for the Tigers: “I’m tremendously ecstatic about the opportunity I have to be the starter for LSU.”
3. The weakest link in the LSU defense a year ago was linebackers. Kevin Minter hopes to change that this season.
Auburn vs. Clemson (Atlanta)
4. Expect Auburn’s defense to play much of the game in its nickel formation.
5. A game Auburn has to win?
6. Just “a wee bit more firepower” for Clemson?
7. Auburn receives a pregame chat - from Cam Newton.
Alabama vs. Michigan (Arlington, TX)
8. Highest profile matchup of the weekend under the lights at Cowboys Stadium. Crimson Tide hasn’t lost a season opener in 11 years.
9. Expect frequent substitutions from Alabama – and no drop-off in talent.
10. Without tailback Fitz Toussaint, focus shifts to other playmakers for the Wolverines.
11. Critical matchup – Michigan’s front seven vs. Alabama’s running game.