Tuesday, August 31, 2010

It's That Time Again --- College Football Commences

That time of year has arrived --- Labor Day weekend barbecues, autumn around the corner, baseball pennant races going down the stretch, the NFL season draws neigh, and for many this is the beginning of the college football season.

Starting Thursday night September 2nd, the chase for the BCS title commences with eighteen games, including two involving teams with National Championship hopes as Ohio State, the #2 ranked team in the Associated Press poll plays host to Marshall and The University of Miami, #13 playing a home game versus Florida A&M. While the home teams should win handily, these games will set up a battle between the two powerhouses in week two.

Another couple of tilts with significance are The 15th ranked University of Pittsburgh Panthers traveling to Utah to face the The University of Utah Utes and the 14th ranked USC Trojans traveling to face Hawaii.

The reason why I bring up the Trojans is that there is a possibility, albeit remote, that USC could win all their games and finish as the AP National Champions. Remember that USC is ineligible to play in the BCS title game under NCAA sanctions for knowingly allowing boosters and others to aid players, namely Reggie Bush, and other transgressions under former Athletic Director Mike Garrett. A split championship? That is what the BCS is suppose to negate.

Over the weekend there are two huge games with BCS title implications. The #24 Oregon State Beavers hit the road on Saturday night to face 2009 BCS party crashers TCU Horned Frogs, the 6th ranked AP team. Then Sunday evening, The other non BCS power Boise State Broncos, the AP's 3rd ranked squad, go to Blacksburg, Virginia to face perennial powerhouse and 10th rated Virginia Tech Hokies.

To think this is week one of the college season! That's not a bad group of opening games!

Whether you have a favorite squad, be it Ohio State, Notre Dame, Texas, defending champion Alabama, or any other team, I think this season will be as exciting as any we've seen in recent memory. Let's sit back, relax, and enjoy opening weekend.

Time for kickoff!

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  1. I'm a Wisconsin fan, and I'm especially excited about the badgers this year. Their entire running game is back, and the schedule favors them. If we can get through Ohio State, an obviously tough task, I like our shot to win the Big Ten this year. I'm not saying we're the favorite, but this year more than others we have a legitimate chance.

    It will be a great season since so many quality teams (Florida and Texas, to name two) have major question marks at important positions.

  2. I'm a Notre Dame guy and I was impressed by the defense against Purdue. Michigan brings a far more potent offense to South Bend this week and the Irish will have there hands full.

  3. Its definitely a curious matchup. Notre Dame is definitely cleaning up the program and bringing it back to the glory days, but it seems Michigan has finally turned a corner as well. We'll see who comes out on top.

  4. This is much bigger for the Wolverines as Rich Rodriguez has no wiggle room this season.

  5. Its funny how he ruined his career. He went from god like figure at West Virginia to terrible at Michigan. Change isn't good apparently.