As much as we look forward to the beginning of college football season, it still takes us by surprise when it actually begins: It's actually kicking off tonight. In the spotlight game, it's Louisiana State, ranked No. 2 by just about everybody, travels to Mississippi State. The LSU fans are excited, and Mississippi State fans are more matter of fact, probably because they're about to take a beating.

Even as we remember that sometimes college football can be boring, and even though the real LSU excitement comes next week, we'll be watching. August is almost over, folks; life begins again, anew.