College football fans, your wait is over: The 2016 season kicks off Friday night.
California and Hawaii will play in the first college football game of the season Friday at 10 p.m. (ESPN), almost a full week before everyone else gets started.
The reason: the game is being held in Sydney, Australia.
The two teams have been in Australia all week in preparation for the game with Hawaii flying home only to turn around and at Michigan in the Wolverines’ season opener at the Big House next Saturday.
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The Golden Bears fly home and have a week off before visiting San Diego State on Sept. 10.
Friday’s game is not only the first of the season, but it’s the first major football game held in Sydney and first American football game played there since the Chargers and Broncos met in the preseason game there in 1999.
According to ESPN, Friday’s game is the first major college game in Australia since Brigham Young beat Colorado State in 1987.
The two teams will kickoff around noon locally on Saturday.
The rest of the college football slate kicks off Thursday with Vanderbilt and South Carolina squaring off in the first big ESPN game of the week.