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A highly competitive contest on the other side of the country marked the start of Justin Wilcox's tenure as head coach and the Cal football team turned the tables on a halftime deficit with 21 second-half points to kick off the 2017 season with a 35-30 victory over North Carolina at Kenan Stadium.

When Cal lines up against North Carolina for its season opener this Saturday it will mark nearly five weeks since the team reported for training camp in late July. instead of the usual three and a half to four. The Golden Bears have taken advantage of each and every moment they've had to prepare.

For the past two decades, Sun Devil Football and opener night victories have become synonymous.

That held true once again on Thursday night, as the Sun Devils (1-0) eased past the New Mexico State Aggies for a 37-31 win. The victory was the program's 19th straight in a home openers - good for the fifth-longest streak nationally.

Sun Devil Athletics unveiled the new Pat Tillman Statue within Sun Devil Stadium to honor the ASU and College Football Hall of Fame inductee.

The bronze statue, which stands at approximately 6-foot, 400-pounds will forever stand in front of the new Tillman Tunnel that leads players from the new Student-Athlete Facility onto Frank Kush Field.

Stanford took care of business in impressive fashion on Saturday by defeating Rice, 62-7, in the Sydney Cup in Sydney, Australia, on the opening weekend of the college football season. The Cardinal clicked on both sides of the ball, scoring the most first-game points since a 63-21 win against San Jose State in 1969.