The long national nightmare is over. Thursday's start to the 2010 season will be the 238th day since Alabama defeated Texas, 37-21, in the Bowl Championship Series title game in Pasadena. It's a long stretch between seasons, and the 18 games on opening night can't come soon enough.
Each week through the regular season, this site will highlight the week's top games, according to oddsmakers in Las Vegas. Let's get to the Week 1 games.
Thursday's marquee matchup is Pittsburgh at Utah. The Utes are 3-point favorites at the time of this post. Other games of note: South Carolina (-14) vs. Southern Mississippi; Ohio State (-28.5) vs. Marshall; Iowa State (-3) vs. Northern Illinois; USC (-21) at Hawaii; Minnesota (-3) at Middle Tennessee State and Alabama Birmingham (-15) vs. Florida Atlantic.
On Friday, Arizona travels to Toledo. The Wildcats are favored by 15.
Saturday's games of note: Missouri (-12) vs. Illinois at St. Louis; Colorado (-13) vs. Colorado State at Denver; Northwestern (-4) at Vanderbilt; Notre Dame (-11.5) vs. Purdue; Michigan (-3) vs. Connecticut; Kentucky (-3.5) at Louisville; Kansas State (-2.5) vs. UCLA; Brigham Young (-2.5) vs. Washington; Oklahoma State (-15.5) vs. Washington State; Texas Christian (-13.5) vs. Oregon State at Arlington; Louisiana State (-2) vs. North Carolina at Atlanta; Fresno State (-2.5) vs. Cincinnati and Wisconsin (-21) at Nevada Las Vegas.
Two games Sunday: Tulsa (-8) at East Carolina and Texas Tech (-13.5) vs. Southern Methodist.
Two games Monday: Navy (-7) vs. Maryland at Baltimore and Boise State (-2.5) vs. Virginia Tech at Landover, Md.
Update: Could be a wet weekend on the East Coast because of Hurricane Earl.