Around this time next Saturday fans nationwide will begin to wake up, turn on the TV, light up the grill and partake in one of America's greatest traditions, college football.
Whether you're attending a game, a tailgate or just watching from the couch, the first week of the season is always one of the best.
Florida State will have closed practices today and tomorrow, they'll begin their normal routine with the start of classes on Monday. Currently a tropical storm (with the possibility of becoming a hurricane) threatens to hit the panhandle, or potentially even Tallahassee directly, sometime mid-week, but given the threat Murray State poses the possible loss of practice time may not be as severe an issue as it would be in other weeks.
As for the Noles, they've spoken more and more as camp wore on about being ready to finally go hit somebody else.
"You could sense it once Jimbo called everybody up in the huddle at the end of the scrimmage," said EJ Manuel on Thursday. "It's time to play now. … It's game week. It's time to get ready for Murray State."
Chris Thompson told us last weekend he thinks he's more ready than anybody, given his injury status from last year. That was a claim Devonta Freeman disputed when I asked him, the time he missed in spring was the longest he had ever been out.
“[I’m] very, very [anxious]," Lamarcus Joyner said after the scrimmage on Thursday. "I’ve been patient this whole camp, we’ve all as a team been very patient and now that it’s right around the corner you can tell that it’s football time now versus last year everyone was talking about it months before camp and then when camp came you were thinking about the first game, the fourth game. We’ve all been taking the added time, living in the now so now it’s really here it’s time to turn it on.”
Top to bottom this whole roster seems poised to get this year started.
And they will in one more week.
I've got a couple things coming up for you today, I'm also working on a feature for tomorrow morning's paper and finishing up a week-by-week opponent preview for this season. So keep checking back and I'll have plenty of Florida State news and analysis coming up this weekend.