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Not a lot of big games on the docket this week, but we can talk about them here anyway.

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The National Football League season gets underway tomorrow, but for today we have college football to watch.

If you’re interested in the local team, the Minnesota Golden Gophers will be playing host to the mighty Sycamores of Indiana State University (Larry Bird’s alma mater). The Gophers opened their season last Thursday (the same day as the Vikings’ last preseason game) with a 30-23 victory over the Oregon State Beavers at TCF Bank Stadium. For all of the coverage of this one, be sure to check out our friends at The Daily Gopher. Kickoff time is at 11 AM Central.

For those of you that are fans of the five-time, five-time, five-time, five-time, five-time reigning and defending FCS Champions, the North Dakota State University Bison, they’ll be playing their second game of 2016 today as well. They’ll be playing host to the Eastern Washington Eagles. Kickoff time for this one is 2:30 PM Central time. The Bison opened their season last week with a 24-17 overtime victory over Charleston Southern. Next week, they have a big matchup against Big Ten power Iowa, so hopefully they can get some momentum from this one and enter that game on a roll.

There aren’t a whole lot of great games on this week’s college football slate, to be honest. There are no games that pit Top 25 teams against each other. The most well-publicized game of the week is the source of the picture you see with this story. In a game that will take place at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee, the Tennessee Volunteers will be “hosting” the Virginia Tech Hokies. Kickoff for that one will come at 7 PM Central.

Other than that, if you’re watching college football today, feel free to talk about it here with your fellow Vikings fans. If nothing else, it should whet our appetites for the main event tomorrow afternoon.