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CFB PREVIEW

Season kicks off Saturday with 5 games

Fri, Aug 25, 2017

Saturday Aug. 26

Oregon State at Colorado State, 2:30pm ET on CBS Sports Network
Marquee Matchup: CB Xavier Crawford vs. WR Michael Gallup
It’s the first start for new Oregon State QB Jake Luton, a transfer that began his career at Idaho and won the job in the spring. Luton’s dual-threat ability and size could be a difference maker for the Beavers offense. There’s going to be an emphasis on the ground game here with Oregon State’s Ryan Nall, and his school-record 6.4 yards per carry, returning and Colorado State returning 93.9% of its rushing offense with running backs Dalyn Dawkins and Izzy Matthews both. It will be up to OSU LB Manase Hungalu in the middle to stop the run.

Other matchups:
OT Fred Lauina vs. OLB Evan Colorito

Portland State at BYU, 3pm ET on ESPN
Marquee Matchup: CB Chris Seisay vs. WR Jonah Trinnaman
There’s no more Taysom Hill and Jamaal Williams for BYU as Tanner Mangum and Squally Canada now take over full time. Portland State will likely start a true freshman at quarterback. The Cougars are 7-0 vs. FCS foes in the last 10 years as Kalani Sitake goes for win No. 10 as a head coach.

Other matchups:
OT Randin Crecelius vs. OLB Fred Warner

Hawaii at UMass, 6pm ET
Marquee Matchup: OT Dejon Allen vs. DE Da’Sean Downey
Both teams are looking to continue offensive momentum with second-year quarterbacks Dru Brown and Andrew Ford, respectively. It’s a long trip for Hawaii after starting last season in Australia. This one could be a high-scoring affair if the Warriors aren’t sluggish after the travel. UMass threw for over 340 yards on Hawaii last year and return Breneman and speedster Andy Isabella.

Other matchups:
S Trayvon Henderson vs. TE Adam Breneman

South Florida at San Jose State, 7:30pm on CBS Sports Network
Marquee Matchup: WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling vs. CB Andre Chachere
USF’s quest to go undefeated and live up to the offseason hype starts on the west coast in San Jose in the first ever meeting between these two teams. It’s the debut of Brent Brennan as the head coach of the Spartans and the beginning of redemption for Charlie Strong. The USF offense has a lot of weapons led by Quinton Flowers but new OC Sterlin Gilbert has never had a dual-threat QB before. This will be our first look at the new offense. Also keep an eye on special teams with Ray Guy Award candidate Michael Carrizosa punting to D’Ernest Johnson, who averaged 11.8 yards per punt return in 2016.

Other matchups:
DE Mike Love vs. OT Nate Velichko
PR D’Ernest Johnson vs. PT Michael Carrizosa

Stanford vs. Rice, 10pm on ESPN
Marquee Matchup: WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside vs. CB VJ Banks
What a great way to finish off a College Football Saturday with these two teams playing in Sydney, Australia where it’ll still be light out and making you wish you were there. It’s the first game of the post-Christian McCaffrey era but the Cardinal should have no ‘body clocks’ excuses in this game. Don’t expect Stanford to play its full hand though before returning to the U.S. with USC on deck in Week 2. This is also a key game for the talented Keller Chryst, returning from a major knee injury at quarterback, to get back into a groove.

Other matchups:
DT Harrison Phillips vs. OC Trey Martin
FB Daniel Marx vs. LB Emmanuel Ellerbee