Things got off to a quick start last week. Kirk Herbstreit picked Nebraska to win the B1G West only to have the Cornhuskers (and more specifically Scott Frost) snatch defeat from the jaws of victory yet again like 4 hours later. We are often gifted the opportunity to see how little preseason predictions mean, but we rarely get to see someone be so very wrong in such a rapid fashion. Much later in the day, Vanderbilt was able to take Hawaii behind the woodshed and take out years of pent up aggression caused by getting absolutely run over week in and week out in the SEC. I’m happy for them. And I hope they do well against Elon this weekend... because I’m guessing things are going to start going downhill pretty fast. But who knows? Maybe the Commodores can knock off Mizzou. Or someone even worse, like Florida. .
But things are about to get very real as we truly start the season here with Week 1.
So I would just like to take just a moment to thank all of the generous sponsors that support the weekly TV schedule: First and foremost, your defending National Champion Georgia Bulldogs. Next up, people who don’t whine about injuries and make excuses like they’re the first team to ever lose key players. With additional funding from “SCOREBOARD!!!” And, finally, the assistance of viewers like you.
Let’s get into this!
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And now for my viewing suggestions for each time slot:
West Virginia Mountaineers @ #17 Pittsburgh Panthers, 7:00 p.m. - ESPN
What better way to start things off than with the Backyard Brawl? And even better, this year the Mountaineer offense will be led by former USC Trojan (and Georgia Bulldog) JT Daniels. Not to be outdone, the Pitt offense will be led by former USC Trojan Kedon Slovis. Those are certainly sentences I never thought I’d write.
Illinois Fighting Illini @ Indiana Hoosiers, 8:00 p.m. - FS1
I toyed with putting the Michigan State vs. directional Michigan school matchup here, but I just find myself drawn to find out if Bert and the Illini can keep things rolling in conference and on the road.
North Carolina Tar Heels @ Appalachian State Mountaineers, 12:00 p.m. - ESPNU
A pretty lackluster noon slate leaves this game as the one with the most potential. It just feels like one of those games where... well frankly, where Appalachian State does Appalachian State things.
#11 Oregon Ducks vs. #3 Georgia Bulldogs, 3:30 p.m. - ABC
We’ve all had this one circled on the calendar for quite a while, so I won’t belabor the point. I’ll be cooking duck on Saturday. I assume the Dawgs will be as well.
#5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish @ #2 Ohio State Buckeyes, 7:30 p.m. - ABC
It’s an impossible choice between things I dislike and think are consistently overrated. On the one hand, if Notre Dame wins, Ohio State loses. But then Notre Dame would have won. On the other, if Ohio State wins, Notre Dame would lose. But of course for that to happen, Ohio State has to win. Ugh.
Boise State Broncos @ Oregon State Beavers, 10:30 p.m. - ESPN
Mountain West and Pac-12 After Dark? Straight into my veins!!!
Florida State Seminoles vs. LSU Tigers (New Orleans), 8:30 p.m. - ABC
An early season matchup between FSU and LSU? There was a time not so long ago that this game would have been marquee programming. Brian Kelly and Mike Norvell are going to try to rekindle that sense of excitement... which is a very unbelievable and funny thing to type.
#4 Clemson Tigers @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 8:00 pm - ESPN
Load up on all your Waffle House favorites... all the laughing is going to require a lot of extra energy.
That’s all for now, folks. Enjoy this weekend’s festivities and give thanks for the returning majesty of college football... and it’s reigning National Champion, the Georgia Bulldogs.