College football’s opening weekend is, on paper, lots of fun. It’s arguably not the best ever, as some have proclaimed, but fun all the same. That should be more than enough. The question is whether Week 1 lives up to the hype. (The most college football thing ever would be that it doesn’t, because we can’t have nice things.)

Digressing, no game from Week 1 is more anticipated than Alabama and USC, and why not? Two historical powerhouses are kicking off in primetime (8 p.m. ET) at a neutral site fit for the greatest of stages (Arlington, Texas). Can USC prove it’s finally back as a college football elite or will Alabama continue its reign of dominance against anyone who dares stand in its way?