The weekend we’ve all be looking forward to all summer is finally here. A full football weekend is in store for us. Finally. There will be nothing but football watching being done this weekend by J Beanie. Week Two of college football followed by Week One of the NFL, as well. The NFL was suppose to get started last night but instead a last minute schedule change put the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants in an exhibition against a All-Star team of college back-ups. I didn’t watch the game because the Busket Boys were out doing their thing (losing) but seeing the highlights, it must have been an embarrassment to be a Redskin fan.
Anyway, on to the football weekend, first with college then the NFL.
I’m looking for the marquee game this week. Looking… looking… looking… not finding it. ESPN is selling us the Miami-Florida game. Really? Because Miami beat Charleston Southern 52-7, we are suppose to believe they are back and going to make this game relevant to anyone outside for Florida? Nope, sorry. Don’t care about the state of Florida and if a hurricane came through the state during the game and destroyed the stadium and both teams I would be a lot happier.
Other big games for top five teams. Let’s just say USC may have the toughest week ahead.
Ohio State’s got Ohio. Don’t blame OSU for this one. They are gradually getting ready for USC by upgrading competition one crappy Ohio team at a time. The only question about this game is who will Tressell leave in long enough to push the lead to 48-0 and get hurt in the process. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if OU plays with them for a quarter, even a half before getting blown out in the end.
Georgia actually has a decent game against Central Michigan. Georgia shouldn’t have a problem but it will be interesting to see how CMU’s Dan LeFevour does against top competition.
Oklahoma has Cincinnati. The Bearcats did go 8-4 last year but come on. It’s still Cincinnati and that town would be better off falling into the Ohio River.
Florida International has a good chance to win just their second game in the last 25 when they take on Iowa.
San Diego State has a good chance to win their eighth game in the last three years when they play Notre Dame.
Bowling Green can make it two wins in a row over BCS schools against Minnesota this weekend.
What could be the best game of the weekend is West Virginia at East Carolina. The up and coming Pirates are coming off a big win over Virginia Tech. I’m thinking they got another big game in them.
Murray State at Indiana. No, not basketball. So who cares? Even if it was basketball, who cares?
Then there’s Michigan and Miami (OH). Graig, what are we betting on this? The next two weeks will be key for Michigan. Wins over the RedHawks and Notre Dame could mean a winning season and extending the nations longest bowl game streak. A loss in either and that will be hard to make a reality. I’m excited because this will be the first time I get to see Michigan this year. They have to be better than last week. I don’t know anything about Miami besides they are a MAC school and Graig says they have the worst quarterback of all time. Hopefully that means Michigan can find some kind of rhythm on offense and their defense play like the second half against Utah defense.
As for the NFL, I’m pumped for the Browns home opener against Dallas. The opener is always one of the best events of the year for tailgating and I don’t expect it to be any different this year despite missing several regulars at the game. As for the game, I have a sinking feeling it’s going to be like last year’s opener against Pittsburgh; ugly. Of course, I’ll never predict that and I’ll take the Browns in a game much like the Bengals from last year.
In other games (I’m going to pick winners just so you know who not to bet on. I’m guessing straight up because I don’t feel like dealing with the spreads. Anybody want to try and do better than me?)
PITTSBURGH over Houston
JAX over Tennessee
BUFFALO over Seattle
INDY over Chicago
CINCY over Baltimore
PHIL over St. Louis
MIAMI over New York Jets
NEW ENGLAND over Kansas City
DETROIT over Atlanta
NEW ORLEANS over Tampa
ARIZONA over San Francisco
SAN DIEGO over Carolina
GREEN BAY over Minnesota
OAKLAND over Denver