College football is finally hear. Games got started last night, continue today but the big day is tomorrow. The first Saturday of the football season. It has been a long time coming and I for one couldn’t be more excited. There isn’t anywhere I’d rather been than sitting in front of a TV for hour checking out as many college games as I possibly can. The only thing that can stop me from doing that is if a situation arose where I could play golf in the morning, cook out for lunch, win a cornhole tournament, hop on a party bus and head down to Mountaineer for some gambling with a group of 30-some guys for a good friends bachelor’s party. Oh wait. That is what I’ll be doing tomorrow. So while I don’t like missing the first official day of college football and the debut of Michigan’s new look team, but a guy’s got to do what a guy’s got to do. So it’s off the bachelor’s party and DVRing some games to watch on Sunday. As long as I don’t see the results from the games, this works out even better. A long, awesome day of guy activities on Saturday and then watching games without the commercials on Sunday. Perfect. For those of you who are going to be able to watch the games tomorrow (Seal, since you didn’t get invited to the party) here’s a breakdown of them.
*** Utah at Michigan ***
This is the big game of the weekend. Everyone is going to be watching to see how Michigan looks. Utah is a very good team and will test them but, like I said yesterday, there is no way Michigan loses another home opener. If Rick Rod has to go Woody Hayes on the Utes and run on to the field an tackle a player just before he scores, he will.
*** Youngstown State at Ohio State ***
Is this suppose to be an honor for the Penguins to get worked over by the Buckeyes? Yeah, that’s sweet for them. They can say “I played in the ‘Shoe’ and got beat down by Ohio States third team. It was awesome.” Or is it a way for Tessell to remember where he came from? Whatever it is, it’s a joke. Scheduling USC does not make up for playing Ohio and YSU. The only reason USC is the Buckeye’s schedule is because Lake Erie College didn’t have an open week.
*** Coastal Carolina at Penn State ***
This one may just top YSU-OSU. Coastal Carolina leaves their beautiful Myrtle Beach campus to go get their ass kick by Penn State in the middle of Deliverance country. They might be able to classify it as community service though seeing as they are bringing happiness to an old man.
*** Syracuse at Northwestern ***
How this game got on ESPN2 is beyond me. I’m sure it will have that female announcer deterring all six viewers from watching the game.
*** Bowling Green at Pittsburgh ***
Let’s see how my sleeper team looks.
*** Oklahoma State at Washington State ***
This has a chance to be a really good game between two mediocre teams.
*** USC at Virginia ***
I can’t believe USC is opening on the road. No other top tier team is playing on the road to start a season. No top tier team ever opens on the road. Give USC credit. Well, it’s only Virginia so let’s give them half credit.
*** Michigan State at Cal ***
Whoever wins this game could start the season 5 or 6-0 giving false hope to their fans until they finish the year at .500.
*** Appalachian State at LSU ***
The battle of defending national champions. I don’t think LSU is going to take App State lightly so don’t expect a Michigan like game. (A year later and I still hate that thought.)
*** Illinois at Missouri ***
Maybe the biggest game of the week. Is Illinois for real? Is Missouri for real? Was last year a fluke for both teams?
*** Alabama at Clemson ***
If Illinois-Mizzu doesn’t do it for you, this game should. Can Clemson live up to their hype? I say no. Nick Saban is a weasel who finds a why to win. Tommy Bowden is just a weasel.
UPSET SPECIAL: Washington over Oregon
If Alabama over Clemson isn’t a big enough upset, how about Washington over the Ducks. For some reason everyone thinks Oregon is going to be good even losing Dennis Dixon and Jonathan Steward and this year starting quarterback is hurt. Washington will be better than you think.
(Softball update: The Busket Boys lost bad last night in both games. In fact, we lost YSU verse OSU bad, probably worse. First game is out of the way, we’ll get some practice in and get better. By the time the season is over, they’ll want to make a movie out of our season. From pathetic losers to just pathetic guys who got really good at softball.)