It’s finally here folks! It’s the greatest time of the year! It’s time to clean those grills and stock up on your favorite assorted meats. Time to break out your collection of crockpots (mine currently stands at 5) and fill your coolers with ice. So prepare to set aside any commitments or responsibilities to friends or family you might have had, because your Saturdays are booked for the next four months. IT’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON, BABY!!!
Let’s kick things off right!
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We actually have a remarkably good slate of games for Week 1… and they stretch over a span of 5 days, which is even better. On Thursday night, I imagine most of you will find yourselves watching Urban Meyer’s jilted former-lovers battle over which one he loved more when the Florida Gators travel to take on the #14 Utah Utes. Friday evening brings the entertaining pairing of Miami of Ohio playing MIami of Florida… but if you’re anything like me, you’ll be spending your Friday night watching one of the better high school teams in Atlanta, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, as they play the Louisville Cardinals at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Saturday is, as always, the big day. And you should consider starting it out at noon with what I think has the most potential of the 12 o’clock slate: the #12 Tennessee Volunteers vs. the Virginia Cavaliers. Now, I’m not saying Virginia wins or even makes it close (Tony Elliott has a ton of work to do in Year 2), but it’s the only game between two major conference foes – unless you consider Colorado a major conference team… which, Deion or no Deion, I do not. And I’m pretty sure #17 TCU is about to take out a whole offseason of disappointment and frustration on Primetime and his Not Ready For Primetime Players (I bet my 15-year-old I could work in a late 70s SNL reference. Jackpot!).
Midday Saturday is a bit of a lull in the action as we have six Top 25 teams (and Auburn) playing, but clearly playing lesser squads. The most interesting of these is probably the Boise State Broncos playing the #10 Washington Huskies (which, for the record, are Dogs, not Dawgs — I mean, I can say I went to the prom with the head cheerleader, but that doesn’t make it true, ya know?).
As the evening approaches, I’m sure you’re planning to watch UT-Martin sacrifice itself at the altar of your Back-To-Back National Champion #1 Georgia Bulldogs. For those with access to a second screen, around halftime you’ll have contests between the #21 North Carolina Tarheels and the South Carolina Gamecocks and between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the #7 Penn State Nittany Lions. Maybe this will be the year Penn State breaks through (he said chortling audibly while typing). And then late night, you can enjoy the tattered remains of Pac-12 After Dark as the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers take on the UCLA Bruins.
At that point, muscle memory will tell you that’s it, but I have good news, friend! Not this week! Sunday has a smattering of games throughout the day, capping things off with the #5 LSU Tigers and the #8 FSU Seminoles on Sunday night. Then, finally, on Monday night, the #9 Clemson Tigers take on the Duke Blue Devils to wrap up college football’s glorious return.
That’s all for now, folks. Enjoy the rest of your week and get ready for a great weekend of college football.