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They're spread from Hawaii to Boston, Houston to Wyoming, but reside mostly in the Midwest. We went looking for players from the Daily Herald coverage area on active FBS rosters and found 127 of them. College football season kicks off Thursday, while the local teams open on Saturday. Illinois hosts Southern Illinois (11 a.m., BTN), Northern Illinois visits Iowa to exact some revenge from last year's last-minute loss at Soldier Field (2:30 p.m., BTN), and Northwestern heads west for a rematch of the 1949 Rose Bowl against California (9:30 p.m., ESPN2).