Two very important and entertaining seasons start tomorrow so let’s preview them both. The first, and less important one, is the college football season. The second, and highly anticipated, is the fall softball league that Rosie, GFB, W, Scott, (possibly Seal for a game or two) and J Beanie are playing in.
Northeastern at Ball State kicks off the season and the first game on TV is Vandrbillt beating up on Miami (Ohio) on ESPNU. The ESPN has intense match-ups of North Carolina State vs South Carolina and Oregon State at Stanford (who opens with league play?). Since no one cares about these games we won’t waste our time with them. Here are some thoughts about the 2008 college football season.
> No one has a clue what Michigan is going to do. They could go 6-6, like everyone is saying but I just don’t see that happening. Regardless of who is coaching what system with what players, Michigan is going to be good. Even last year, a bad year, saw them go 9-4. Everyone is writing the Wolverines off without even seeing them play. I wouldn’t do that. Everyone is looking for a sleeper team, or as G$ says on his website “this year’s Kansas.” I’d say it’s Michigan. They won’t climb to No. 2 in the nation but they’ll be a top 20 team. Just because they have a new system means they aren’t good? They have a whole bunch of new players who have been studying it for six months. They’ll be fine. The defense will be solid. They have a bunch of promising, fast, quick, freshman who will fit perfectly with the spread.
They don’t know who their quarterback is yet but that doesn’t bother me. But I’d have a lot more confidence if it was the guy on the right since the other guy looks like he should be an extra in a 1960’s football movie. I really am excited to see what they do this year. I’ve read a lot of stuff that Utah will beat Michigan in the season opener. I really, really don’t think so (and I really, really, really, really, really hope not). You don’t think Michigan will be fired up for this game? You don’t think Rich Rod has been bring up App State all week? You don’t think this Michigan team wants to show the country something? There is no way Utah wins. None. Won’t happen. This is the most intriguing season of Michigan football in a long time and I for one am looking forward to it. I’ll say 9-3. (Of course, the complete opposite of everything I just said could happen and I will blackout the 2008 season from memory.)
> Everyone is jumping on the Clemson bandwagon but remember, they are still coached by Tommy Bowden.
> USC will run away with the Pac-10, Oregon and Arizona State are not for real, but will slip up somewhere towards the end of the season, like the last two years, and miss out on the BCS championship game.
> Washington verse Notre Dame may be the most ironic match-up of the year. Whoever loses can expect a new coach next year.
> Top Five preseason: 1. USC 2. Georgia 3. Ohio State 4. Florida 5. LSU
> End of the season will look nothing like that.
> Alabama, Wisconsin, BYU, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech all will be in the top five at some point this season but not finish there.
> BYU is the easy choice for non-BCS school to play in a BCS game.
> The tough choice: Fresno State.
> Why is everyone all over Texas Tech like W on Desperate Housewives? You do know this is basically the same Texas Tech team that has been out there for eight years, right?
> You want a Kansas this year; how about Pittsburgh?
> So Michigan State is the sleeper in the Big Ten? You mean the same MSU team that is picked to be the sleeper every year? The same MSU team that goes 6-0 before finishing 7-5 every year? That team? Good pick.
> I know nothing about this quarterback from Central Michigan Dan LeFevour but did you know he is only the second quarterback in history to throw for over 3,000 yards and run for more than 1,000? The only other is Vince Young. Sounds pretty good to me. We’ll have to check him out.
> How come Ohio State is the only school allowed to play two preseason games?
> I sure hope Carson Palmer was right.
> Michigan-Ohio State. November 22. Doesn’t it just seem like this game has upset all over it? Michigan with nothing to prove. Ohio State with everything. And whenever a new coach comes to this rivalry, he seems to be very successful. I’m not saying Michigan will win, just I wouldn’t be surprised if they did.
> Upset Special? How about Central Michigan over Georgia?
> The BCS National Championship game? I hope it’s Ohio State just so they can lose again. I wouldn’t even be mad any more. It would just be funny.
> But I don’t think it willbe. It will be Oklahoma and some SEC school. Let’s say Florida.
> The Heisman. Here’s a bold prediction. It will be won by the quarterback of a top five team. I’ll take Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford.
As for the other league starting tomorrow, The Busket Boys play a doubleheader starting at 8:15. We could be in for a long season seeing as most of us have never played softball before and those that have were on a team that won two games, one by forfeit. You know it could be a long season when we are scrounging to find bats, balls, gloves and saying we don’t need cleats. By no means are “Softball Guys.” But I’m pretty sure we are in a league full of them. Screw it. Call us Boise State, 1980 USA hockey, App. State or whoever you want. The Busket Boys are making a strong showing.