College Football kicks off today with 17 games across the country. ESPN has a double hitter tonight starting at 4pt/7et. The first game of the night will feature Vanderbilt hosting South Carolina in an SEC Conference tilt. The nightcap will be the beginning of the Mike Leach era for Washington State when they travel down to Provo to take on BYU.
The AP Top 25 has been out for awhile but if you haven’t seen it click here.
Fresh off the two-year bowl ban, USC opens up as the #1 team in the land. Defending Champions Alabama are ranked #2 and followed closely are the defending runners up LSU. Oklahoma after having a very disappointing season starts at #4 and Oregon rounds up the Top 5 and is ranked fifth.
What sticks out to me is the week one matchup between Alabama and Michigan. Both teams have aspirations of going to a BCS Bowl game, however, the winner of Saturday Nights game will have their mind set on the BCS National Championship game. Another game that I’m looking forward in week one but not many people are talking about is Notre Dame VS Navy. The game will be played in Dublin Ireland and will kick off at 6ampt/9amet.
More notable games through out the year will be September 8th when Washington goes on the road to LSU. October 13th will be the annual Texas – Oklahoma rivalry that will take place on neutral field once again. November 3rd might be the best day in the year. There are potentially two Top 5 games with the National Title game rematch between Alabama and LSU and out west, Oregon will be travelling to LA to take on Heisman candidate Matt Barkley. The winners of the two games should undeniably have the inside edges to the National Title game.
Like last year, a handful of teams will be in new conferences. West Virginia makes the move from the Big East to the Big 12; TCU will join the Big 12 coming from the Mountain West. Missouri and Texas A&M both go from the Big 12 to the SEC. On the Volcano Islands, Hawaii will make the switch from the WAC to the Mountain West.
It’s going to be a very interesting year off the field this year. A total of four teams have been declared ineligible for any postseason competition. The four teams include North Carolina, Ohio State, UCF and Penn State. In addition, Miami if they get 6 or more wins might reject a bowl invitation like they did last year.
This year should be very competitive as once again, the landscape of college football is changing. Teams who have met in bowl games in the past are now becoming conference foes. This can only be a positive in the sport of college football as the more competitive the teams are should be all the better. Hopefully, there are fewer problems off the field this year and more problems on the field. The off the field problems were really the main story last year. If there are fewer off the field problems this year it should be a really good season!
Heisman Trophy Winner: Landry Jones (Oklahoma)
Rose Bowl: Oregon (Pac 12) VS Michigan (Big Ten)
Fiesta Bowl: TCU (At Large) VS Louisville (Big East)
Orange Bowl: Florida State (ACC) VS USC (At Large)
Sugar Bowl: Georgia (At Large) VS Wisconsin (At Large)
BCS National Title Game: Alabama (BCS #1) VS Oklahoma (BCS #2)