When Does the Football Season Start?

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According to the National Football League, the 2014 regular season starts Thursday, Sept. 4. The game is between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks, with the Seahawks hosting. NBC plans to televise the game, and coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. (ET).

The first preseason game of the 2014 season airs Sunday, Aug. 3. The game is between the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills. The game takes place at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio and is traditionally known as the Hall of Fame game.

The first game of the college football season is scheduled to be held on Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. (ET). The game is between Abilene Christian and Georgia State, with Georgia State hosting.