Perhaps Tom Coughlin, who coached the New York Giants to a pair of Super Bowl titles, put it best. The calendar and the clock are all set by football season and the offseason, he said.
With the latter coming to a close, the dawn of a new college football season is about to kick off.
Locally, things get started Thursday with a pair of in-state battles Utah facing Southern Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium and Weber State taking on Utah State at new and improved Maverik Stadium in Logan.
On Saturday, BYU opens its season with a new head coach and a familiar quarterback against Arizona at the home of the NFLs Cardinals in Glendale.
Awash in storylines, there are plenty of things to keep an eye on as the games begin for the Aggies, Cougars, Thunderbirds, Utes and Wildcats.
It's time, time to get things started.
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