CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - College football season starts Thursday night, and every game counts for something. A few on Week 1 count a bit more than others.

While No. 1 Southern California is a 40-point favorite to beat Hawaii, No. 3 LSU is a six-touchdown favorite over Buffalo and a slew of other ranked teams are expected to roll to easy non-conference wins, there are three games that will open the major conference schedules.

South Carolina visits Vanderbilt to open the Southeastern Conference season on Thursday, Miami visits Boston College in an Atlantic Coast Conference opener on Saturday and Georgia Tech meets Virginia Tech in another ACC matchup on Monday night.

Boston College coach Frank Spaziani doesn't mind, saying it gives his team a chance to get a quick jump in the ACC race.

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