No. 2 TCU 45, Minnesota 28 (8 p.m. Thursday, ESPN): Stellar offense rescues young defense that shows some growing pains.
Oklahoma State 41, Central Michigan 20 (6 p.m. Thursday, ESPNU): Cowboys remind pollsters that they are eligible, even worthy, of votes next week if enough Top 25 teams stumble in their openers.
No. 4 Baylor 52, SMU 10 (6 p.m. Friday, ESPN): Bears click on both sides of the ball with new QB, veteran defense making statements.
No. 11 Notre Dame 31, Texas 17 (6:30 p.m. Saturday, KXAS/Ch. 5): Longhorns receive yet another reminder about how much they must improve to regain their top-10 status from yesteryear.
Texas Tech 48, Sam Houston State 34 (2:30 p.m. Saturday, FSSW): Red Raiders find the right side of the W-L ledger against a pesky FCS foe.
No. 19 Oklahoma 49, Akron 21 (6 p.m. Saturday, FSN PPV): New offense hums in its debut under first-year coordinator Lincoln Riley.
Kansas State 38, South Dakota 16 (6 p.m. Saturday): Wildcats start season in typical fashion, defeating overmatched FCS opponent without showing any creative offensive wrinkles.
Kansas 28, South Dakota State 26 (11 a.m. Saturday, FSSW): Jayhawks barely avoid recent trend of Big 12 teams losing openers to FCS foes.
Northern Iowa 23, Iowa State 21 (7 p.m. Saturday): Cyclones start a third consecutive season with loss to an FCS school, hardly the way to rally a fan base.
West Virginia 31, Georgia Southern 14 (6:30 p.m. Saturday, FSSW Plus): Mountaineers’ defense lives up to its “much-improved” proclamations against underappreciated foe in opener. But tougher tasks remain.
Last season: 63-12