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Reminder: College football is back this week

We did it. We survived another college football off-season, which somehow feels like a full 12-month drought even though the calendar doesn't say so. No matter, it's all over now.

The 2016 college football season begins this weekend in Sydney, Australia and concludes Monday, Jan. 9, in Tampa, Fla. As you undoubtedly know by now, Cal and Hawaii will kick off the season at 10 p.m. ET Friday night on ESPN with a Down Under game that was years in the making.

On Saturday, the five-time defending FCS national champions defend their march toward No. 6 in the FCS Kickoff opposite Charleston Southern (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).

The North Dakota State-Charleston Southern game begins a run of 20 consecutive Saturdays with live college football on television. Add in the NFL and we get live, meaningful football on television for 23 of the next 24 weekends.

Football season is here. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.