Three to watch
The Bruins and quarterback Brett Hundley finished 2013 as the hot team out west. Virginia coach Mike London begins the season in the hot seat after closing 2013 with nine straight losses.
Against SEC teams not named South Carolina, the Tigers have won four straight, including a 38-35 win over a completely healthy version of the Bulldogs last year.
The Seminoles begin their season where they hope to end it – AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the site of the inaugural College Football Playoff title game. The Pokes won 10 games a year ago.
Number to know
The Seminoles need to avoid letdowns and distractions, starting with Saturday night’s neutral-site opener against Oklahoma State. As Fisher put it this week, you can’t “eat the cheese.” (It’s a mousetrap metaphor, you see). This is real simple for the ’Noles: They have the talent to win another national title, but will they have the focus and hunger?
This time the Hokies get William & Mary first before a trip to No. 5 Ohio State next week.
Under the category of “We’re not stupid,” the Devils open with Elon Saturday night.