Week 1 Primer
Tonight we see real live college football. The nation will watch as Texas A&M loses to South Carolina, while Johnny Manziel's name comes up far too often. Minnesota will win easily over a directional Illinois school while Rutgers will lose at Washington State. It will not be the only loss for the Scarlet Knights who will be lucky to be bowl eligible when all is said and done.
You can watch Michigan State pound Jacksonville State or you could do something worthwhile with your time, like clip your toenails.
Wake up early on Saturday to see Penn State struggle with Central Florida, assuming both teams are not buried in molten lava. If UCF had Blake Bortles back, this might not be a contest, but a new coach against a new quarterback makes it almost a draw. You could give the Knights a slight edge based on their defense, but only very slight.
Ohio State is giving more than two touchdowns at Navy, but the Midshipmen may have a fighting chance. They have to find a way to slow the Buckeye running game and hope the freshman OSU quarterback makes enough mistakes to keep things close. Assuming Ohio State comes in well prepared to face the triple option, they'll get the win, but don't be surprised if this one ends up kind of close. Wes Lunt debuts for Illinois and for two exciting weeks there will be hope in Champaign. Purdue will capture one of it's three or so wins for the year by facing Western Michigan, a team that's attempting to match last season's win total in the opener - you read that right. Also, Michigan will pound Appalachian State to settle an old score and prove...nothing. Indiana State plays at Indiana and everyone in attendance will wish they were watching a basketball game as the Hoosiers easily prevail. Northern Iowa will play at Iowa and there will be more angry birds on phones in the stands than on the field as the Hawkeyes win in their typically boring fashion.
The mid-afternoon slate gives us Cal at Northwestern, where the Wildcats can beat the Pac-12 version of Western Michigan. Nebraska will seek to punish Florida Atlantic for hiring away Carl Pelini and then firing him, but will probably find winning by more than three touchdowns to be a tall task.
Things get more interesting as Arkansas loses at Auburn and Georgia looks to outlast Clemson in Athens. Husker fans might take note of Fresno State at the USC balcony-jumpers. Florida State will rough up Oklahoma State in Dallas. Perhaps the biggest game of the weekend will see Wisconsin facing LSU in Houston where the Tigers probably deserve the slight edge they're getting. Especially since half the people now living in Houston are from Louisiana, due to Hurricane Katrina.
NU fans can watch Miami head to Louisville where the Cardinals have both a new coach and new quarterback. The Hurricanes have a new quarterback as well. This one looks tight but Louisville might get a slight edge in part due to the mudhole they stomped in the 'Canes in the bowl game. Then rest up as we'll be three days away from the start of week 2 games and kickoff of the NFL season.