With the preseason in the rearview mirror, NFL players were able to tune in for the opening weekend of college football season. See what some of them had to say via social media on Saturday:
Gameday!! Bama nation is back at it.. Let's start this season off right. Can't wait to see my lil bro @CoreyMcCarron47 playing.. #47 all dayâ AJ McCarron (@10AJMcCarron) August 30, 2014
30-7 win for BC. 1-0..... playoffs????â Matt Ryan (@M_Ryan02) August 30, 2014
Damn it makes me sad watching this game. Gunna miss being in the Garnet and Goldâ Terrence Brooks (@_Showtime31) August 31, 2014
Philadelphia Eagles QB Matt Barkley, who threw for 12,327 yards and 117 touchdowns in his four seasons at USC, tweeted his encouragement to a Trojans program that has been dogged by controversy in the past week.
No Lou Holtz, "the way you beat navy" is to take their boats from them. You've lost it bro.â Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) August 30, 2014
Long liked what he saw from his alma mater's defense -- Virginia did a solid job of containing a potentially potent UCLA offense in a 28-20 Cavaliers loss.
So proud of that UVA front 7!!!!!!!â Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) August 30, 2014
???â Courtney Upshaw (@334Upshaw41) August 30, 2014
Chiefs rookie QB Aaron Murray started every game in which he played (52) over the past four seasons for Georgia. He finished his career as the SEC's all-time leader in completions (921), passing yards (13,166). Clearly, he still has the Bulldogs on his mind.
Aaron Murray (@aaronmurray11) August 30, 2014
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins completed his Clemson career as the school's all-time leader in receptions (240) and receiving yardage (3,391). Watkins wished the Tigers well as the team prepared for one of the most anticipated games of opening weekend.
Tiger nation lets get this win baby #BeatUGAâ Sammy Watkins (@sammywatkins) August 30, 2014
When the Cincinnati Bengals released BenJarvus Green-Ellis, it opened the door for second-round pick Jeremy Hill to play a large role in the team's offense during his rookie season. He shared his enthusiasm for LSU's big game against Wisconsin on Saturday.
Jeremy Hill (@JeremyHill33) August 30, 2014
It was a tumultuous week for the UNC football program, with coach Larry Fedora handing down suspensions to four players in the wake of a hazing incident. Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron showed support for his college team on Saturday.
Game Day For My UNC Boys!!! Don't Miss It At 6pm.. Yes I Will B There ?â Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) August 30, 2014
Dallas Cowboys rookie defensive end Ben Gardner was a seventh-round pick out Stanford. He appeared in some big games during his time with the Cardinal, but apparently he didn't think much of Stanford's opening weekend opponent.
Tough matchup for UC Davis lolâ Ben Gardner (@BennyG49) August 30, 2014
Coach franklin thrives in moments likes this. #NoPressureâ Casey Hayward (@show_case29) August 30, 2014
College football is here baby! Wooooohoooo ? #GoIrishâ Golden Tate (@ShowtimeTate) August 30, 2014
Let's go #IUFB!!!!!!â Cody Latimer (@CodyLatimer14) August 30, 2014
Latimer's teammate, rookie cornerback Bradley Roby, had a shoutout for his Big Ten team, too.
Go Bucks !â Bradley Roby (@BradRoby_1) August 30, 2014
Ex-Bears safety Major Wright was hoping to continue to his NFL career in Tampa with head coach Lovie Smith. Alas, that wasn't meant to be, as he was released on Saturday. He still is pulling for his Florida Gators, though.
Major Wright (@LilMade21) August 30, 2014
If you watched any of the Alabama-West Virginia broadcast on Saturday, you probably saw a lot of new Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin -- it seemed he always had a camera focused on him. One NFL Media analyst was getting a little tired of the presentation.
Kiffin cam is getting oldâ Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) August 30, 2014
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll no doubt heard about the troubles the USC program experienced this past week. He had some words of support for the Trojans in advance of their opener vs. Fresno State.
Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) August 30, 2014
Clay Matthews III (@ClayMatthews52) August 30, 2014
Seahawks rookie offensive tackle Gary Gilliam went undrafted out of Penn State in May, but he survived Seattle's cut-down to the 53-man roster on Saturday. He found the time to throw some support to his former school -- selfie-style.
Earlier this week, New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees celebrated the birth of his fourth child. He's no doubt been busy been with the arrival of his newest bundle of joy, not to mention preparation for the upcoming NFL season, but he still planned to watch his beloved Boilermakers.
About to watch my Boilermakers kickoff the 2014 season on ESPNU vs. W Michigan. The boys are ready!â Drew Brees (@drewbrees) August 30, 2014
The Arizona Cardinals gave a shoutout to their neighbors to the north -- the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks.
Non-NFL-related game-day tweets
The Florida-Idaho game was terminated due to lightning strikes on Saturday evening, and the turf in Gainesville didn't appear to be in any kind of condition for a game after being hit by the storm.
Oregon is well known for its creativity when it comes to its uniforms. Now, Oregon can be known for its creativity in describing its uniform combinations. Ever heard a team use "apple" as a color description? Neither had we.