College football in the Northeast does not have the same oomph that you get in the Southeast, or other parts of the country, where the first weekend of  September is the start of a four-and-a-half month feeding frenzy.

In New England, with only three FBS teams–UMass, UConn, Boston College–it is even more muted because of the combination of lack of success and too many sports outlets, with the Red Sox in the middle of a pennant race and the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots beginning their season. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.