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Every Friday, the Friday Five will rank something in the world of college football — anything and everything from the logical to the illogical. This week, we rank the opening weekend games that will be the biggest nail-biters.

You’re ready for Week 1 of the 2016 college football season. You know this. We know this. You know that we know that you know this.

Alabama-USC; Georgia-North Carolina; Florida State-Ole Miss; Notre Dame-Texas… that’s only part of the action in what ranks among the best opening weekends on paper.

On paper — maybe that’s an important distinction. The most college football thing ever would be for Week 1 to be a historic dud. We can’t have nice things in this sport, I’m convinced of it sometimes. Still, there’s part of me that believes this weekend can live up to the hype in some sort of way.

Here are five of the games featuring at least one Power Five program that can make that happen. Heck, it happened Thursday night with Appalachian State and Tennessee.

Let’s get to it.