College football today: Week 1 updates, highlights, biggest moments and more

Rashid Shaheed scores on 99-yard kickoff return (0:26)

Rashid Shaheed receives the kickoff and sprints down the field to score a 99-yard touchdown for Weber State. (0:26)

Football is fully back! Well, it has been since at least Wednesday, but Saturday makes it feel all the more real, doesn't it? There are five -- yes, five -- games between AP Top 25 opponents, the most ever for a Week 1, so it's safe to say we're in for a real treat. And with fans being able to attend in full force this season, there's no shortage of excitement to go around.

Come back here throughout the day for the latest results, reaction and revelry from throughout the land.

Evening game of the day: No. 3 Clemson vs. No. 5 Georgia (7:30 p.m., ABC)

JT Daniels is the next Mac Jones. Georgia is the next Clemson. Daniels is the most important player in college football. Georgia games are must-watch, either because of greatness or angst. Virtually anything I wrote this offseason included something about how fascinating Georgia's prospects are in 2021. Bulldog fans are tired of hearing it and I'm tired of writing it. So it's great that Georgia begins the season in one of the biggest games of the year.

While this game isn't a must-win for the Dawgs when it comes to the national title race -- a theoretical 12-1 UGA squad would still have wins over Florida and the SEC West champion (probably Alabama) on its rรฉsumรฉ and would likely get into the College Football Playoff -- it's a chance to answer a lot of questions. Read more from Bill Connelly's Week 1 preview (ESPN+)

How to watch: ESPN+ | ESPN streaming | SEC Network | ACC Network | All games also on the ESPN App

Complete schedule and scores: All teams | Top 25

Touchdown of the day

This 94-yard touchdown from Bryce Young to Jameson Williams is a thing of beauty.

Scene in the stands

In other traditions we dearly missed last season, the Iowa Wave is still just as heartfelt as before.

A good fan to have.

Whatever it takes to win, Clemson fans are ready for it.

"Jump Around" is back, and it seems as if everything is right in the college football world.

Now, this is the kind of entrance anyone would love to have.

We want to know where someone could find such an outfit? Asking for a friend.

These fans are more than ready for Texas A&M's game.

It's off the chain

Sir, you're going to actually have to take that chain off.

More: Bama's decisive victory over Miami was a trending topic in the social world

All right, Tulane brought out some Mardi Gras beads for this interception on Spencer Rattler, and yeah, we're a fan.

Mascot fun

We know at least one certain someone hyped about a Texas win.

Someone looks ready for football.

Run, Ralphie VI, Run!

Yep, you heard that right. There's a new Buffalo in town in Boulder, and she's making her debut Saturday as Colorado hosts Northern Colorado to kick off the season.

Wondering what the Oregon Duck has been up to lately?

Well, probably safe to say it's best that the football season is back.

Uniform updates

Nick Saban has got to wear the leather helmet every game from here on out, right?

Ali Gaye has a nice touch added to his helmet.

Well, see. Usually here we like to highlight the cool uniforms out there. But this one...it's not what you want.

A new season means time to debut some new threads, or even some classic combos.

North Texas is rocking with a tribute to former coach Hayden Fry.

And Washington also went with a throwback look.

Touching tributes

Tulane and Oklahoma were originally supposed to play in New Orleans, but the game was forced to relocate due to the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Oklahoma then painted a Green Wave on its field for its opponent.

Utah football honored Ty Jordan, who died in December, by dedicating the 22 portal to him; that was his number.

GameDay antics

The coach has spoken:


Patrick Mahomes likes what he sees from Tyler Shough

Tyler Shough rushes in for an 8-yard Texas Tech touchdown as Patrick Mahomes looks on.

Well, this seems...ill-advised.

More: Best GameDay signs

Rivalry beef

Here's the deal: Gardner-Webb and Campbell just announced an annual BBQ bowl football game. The winner of the game will be the recipient of a hefty trophy that is topped with none other than a hog. And it gets better. The losing team will have to provide a barbecue feast from its region to the winners.

How does a rivalry game get better than that?

More must-see

Georgia lands the first punch in the battle of heavyweights via the pick six.

Some plays have a bit of everything.

Records are meant to be broken.

Maryland isn't messing around today.

And neither is the Terps social, going all in on West Virginia.

How does someone even jump this high?

We love to see a good Fetty Wapping.

What's better than a big-man TD?

Tagovailoa with the TD has a nice familiar ring to it, doesn't it? Well, this time it's Taulia Tagovailoa.

We're going to politely decline ever taking this kind of hit.

Whew! This is a doozy.

It's a shame this catch didn't count, but it doesn't make it any less incredible.

This end zone interception from Stanford's Kyu Blu Kelly is top-notch.

Games have been underway since Wednesday, and there has been no shortage of highlights, including this 99-yard kickoff return TD from Weber State's Rashid Shaheed.


UCF's INT of Hank Bachmeier seals the win vs. Boise State

Boise State's Hank Bachmeier throws an interception late in the fourth quarter, cementing a UCF win .

And this long TD from Ohio State.


Trae Barry leapfrogs Colgate defender to finish a 51-yard TD

Boston College TE Trae Barry leaps over a defender en route to a 51-yard touchdown to put the Eagles up 14-0.

Then, we got an incredible comeback from UCF, and this INT sealed the deal.


UConn QB throws INT off a helmet, leading to big-man TD

Holy Cross defensive lineman Jason Modak runs back a 29-yard pick-six off a disastrous throw by UConn QB Jack Zergiotis.