Countdown to college football: 7 days

ByJohn Wilmhoff via ESPN logo
Friday, August 26, 2016

We're just one week away from the college football season starting in earnest on Thursday, Sept. 1. As our contdown turns to seven, we salute North Carolina's Ryan Switzer for his seven career punt return touchdowns.

ESPN.com recently named Switzer as North Carolina's player that is single-handedly worth the price of admission. He owns the UNC and ACC records for career punt return yards and touchdowns. He's just one touchdown shy of tying the FBS record held by Texas Tech's Wes Welker and Oklahoma's Antonio Perkins. As a freshman in 2013, Switzer tied the single-season FBS record with five punt return touchdowns. In 2015, he returned 22 total punts for 302 yards for a 13.7-yard average (2nd in ACC) and added two more touchdowns.

Switzer was ranked No. 79 in ESPN's #CFBRank due to his talents as both a return man and a receiver. As a receiver, he led the Tar Heels with 55 catches for 697 yards and six receiving touchdowns last season.

UNC opens the season againstGeorgia on Sept. 3 at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

In case you missed any part of our countdown:

8 days: Alabama's record eight wins vs. AP Top 25 teams last season

9 days: Nick Saban is 9-0 against his former assistant coaches

10 days: Temple's 10 sacks in win over Penn State last season

11 days: Navy won a school-record 11 games last season

12 days: Alabama has won 12 straight games, the longest active FBS streak.

13 days: Lucky number 13 for a trio of teams last season.

14 days: Boise State has played in 14 straight bowl games.

15 days: Kansas has lost 15 straight games, the longest active FBS streak.

16 days: Peyton Manning wore No. 16 for Tennessee.

17 days: TCU QBs completed 17 of 17 passes in a game in 2012, an FBS record.

18 days: Ohio State has won an FBS-best 18 consecutive road games.

19 days: There are 19 head coaches at their alma mater this season.

20 days: It has been 20 years since Florida won its first national championship.

21 days:Oklahoma led the nation in average scoring margin (21.5) last season.

22 days: Ohio State has been in the top 10 of the AP poll for 22 straight weeks.

23 days:Virginia Tech has played in an FBS-best 23 straight bowl games.

24 days:In the first game of the historic rivalry, Navy beat Army 24-0.

25 days:Michigan's Desmond Howard won the Heisman 25 years ago.

26 days:Arkansas State led the nation with 26 interceptions in 2015.

27 days: Clemson's Greg Huegel led the nation with 27 field goals in 2015.

28 days: Adrian Peterson wore No. 28 for Oklahoma.

29 days: Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium opened in 1929.

30 days: Miami's Vinny Testaverde won the Heisman 30 years ago.