You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and for some FBS conferences, that could be their ultimate undoing.
The 2013 college football season kicked off last weekend, pitting nonconference opponents against one another in almost every case. Unlike midseason contests, where each league's wins and losses are zero-sum, the first few weeks provide a chance to make a statement.
Once conference play kicks off, leagues that acquitted themselves poorly will have to wait for bowl season to avenge their reputation.
These are the weeks that really count.