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.

 

Friday
You can watch Michigan State pound Jacksonville State or you could do something worthwhile with your time, like clip your toenails.  

Early Saturday.
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.

Mid-day
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.

Mid-Afternoon
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.     

Late Afternoon/Evening
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.

Monday Night
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.

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The MSU preview is priceless, Steve.  Excellent.  Thanks for sprinkling in some great puns and sarcastic humor throughout the piece.  I chuckled several times, and getting a grouchy old guy to chuckle is good for America.

“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.”

Great analysis.  I expect it to be close - within a score or so.

Jrln Star said A&M vs SC was on SEC. If that’s the case the nation won’t be watching. I doubt Direct TV is giving me the SEC network.

“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.”

Only if we cant’ score more than 4 TDs.  NU 45-6.

Navy: 28 OSU: 24
You heard it here first….

I wont be watching the first game as its on the crap network.. Just watch.. South Caolina wins and they move up 4 spots, if they lose theyll drop 3 and stay right on the buble of top 10. If A@M wins its a best case scenario for SEC .. They will move up 10 spots and as mentioned above Sout Carolina drops 3 or 4 spots.. And walla SEC has two top 10-12 programs instead of one.. One with a loss..

Sure would be nice if the schedule info listed at the top of Bigrednetwork’s home page was updated to the current season. It was always my favorite way to quickly check starting times and see which network was televising the game.

So much for the Ol Ball Coach.

Direct TV did give me the SEC network. Sweet! I can easily handle another college football channel. I wonder how long I’ll get it for free.

Oregonhusker,

May the fleas of 1000 camels invade your armpits and a bird of paradise fly up your nose.  :)

Actually, that upset almost happened in 2009 in Ohio Stadium - against a Tressel D that was much more formidable than we think this one is.  Navy scored late in the game to pull to within 2 of Ohio State at 29-27.  They went for 2, Brian Rolle intercepted the pass and went the other way to give Ohio State a 31-27 victory.  But WHEW!

All that said, I believe when this one is over, I have a feeling we will realize that the rumors of the demise of the Ohio State program, post-Braxton’s injury, have been greatly exaggerated.  Similar to this now laughable question: How will Texas A&M survive without Johnny Football?

“How will Texas A&M survive without Johnny Football?”

Hmmm…one game, but a good one for A&M.  The flip side question is, how will SC survive without Jadeveon Clowney?  So is A&M that good without Manziel, or is SC that bad without Clowney?

It takes a team to win (or lose), but all we really know thus far is A&M is much better than SC at this point in the season.

How good is OSU without Miller?  We shall see.
How good is NU without Martinez, Long, and Enunwa?  We shall see.  Errr…we partially answered that one last year.

Looking forward to college football season!!!

-  Steve, your once bold predictions have pretty well backfired on you. Honestly I’m quite suprised you picked SC over T A&M. T A&M is from the once almighty BIG 12, just as Nebraska. Ever since A&M left to the SEC, they have been exposing the SEC teams left and right. Yet A&M was never really a dominate force in the BIG 12. Nebraska is doing a fine job holding their own in the BIG 10. I believe its a better fit for them. So here’s a small tip, don’t bet against the current or old BIG 12 members vs SEC. GOOOOOOOO BIIIIIIIIIIIIG REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED!!!

Yeah, the B12 is taking over the SESleeze, slowly but surely.

TAMU was an easy pick.  Why?  Because SC was rated higher in the polls and the ‘experts’ picked them to win.

Was A&M that good or SC that bad?  I think the answer is “yes”.

Enjoy today gentlemen.

Nebraska is back and here to stay… at least for another week,
GBR

The great thing about what A&M did was make Brown’s fans realize 100% we wasted a draft pick on a system QB that will be out of the league in 3 year. Something that everyone else already knew.

What a great game. The offense was a damn force!! Nice to know we now hold the BIG 10, total yardage for 1 game stat!!


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