From Russia with love: Now we'll see how the World Cup turns out

Don’t expect things to get off to a rousing start, though. The first game, between Russia and Saudi Arabia, scheduled to start at 8 a.m. PDT, is the least-compelling World Cup opener ever. Russia, whose roster was only recently cleared in a doping probe, hasn’t won a game since October and is ranked 70th in the world, three spots behind its opponent. It’s the first time an opening World Cup game has matched two teams ranked outside the top 30 in the world ranking.