It’s finally here! Today is the first Saturday of College Football. What a Saturday it is! It’s begins at 7:30 A. M. Eastern with a conference game in the ACC between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Boston College Eagles from Dublin, Ireland. When that is over, we have some great games at 12:00, including a top 15 match-up between the Oklahoma Sooners and Houston Cougars. Then at 3:30 another great game from Lambeau Field, the LSU Tigers and the Wisconsin Badgers.
If you aren’t ready for it all to end by then, you’re in luck. At 8:00 we have the USC Trojans taking on the Alabama Crimson Tide and at 9:00 we have the Clemson Tigers taking on the Auburn Tigers. By the time the battle of the tigers ends, that almost 18 hours of college football! And you can watch all 18 hours without having to watch a blowout like in past opening weekends. If you want one of those lopsided games, there are many also available. Maybe you’re favorite team is playing in one of those games such as South Alabama at Mississippi State or UMass at Florida. But as we saw earlier in the week when App State nearly beat Tennessee and Furman gave Michigan State all they could handle, sometimes these games are not so one-sided after all.
So what can we expect in some of these games? We can expect Tech to run the fotball. With their option offense, they are tough to stop. They have to really be tough when you get them on the opening game. BC goes into the game not having won a game al season in ACC play last year. They will be going with grad transfer Patrick Towles at quarterback. The ex-Kentucky QB has a lot of upside, but will throw a pick or two.
In Houston, the Sooners bring back Baker Mayfield and Samarje Perine. The Cougars always have a ton of offense. So look for the scoreboard operators to have a bust day. The team that wins may well be who has the ball last.
In Dallas, where USC meets Bama, the key for USC will be to make this a game when the fourth quarter starts. The Tide has played in a lot of these big openers at neutral sites against power conference teams. They are usually blowouts. If USC can just stay with them, that would be a moral victory for them.
In Green Bay, we will get a good old fashioned smashmouth football game. LSU id going to give the ball to Leonard Fournette and dare the Badgers to stop him. If they do, they will win the game. If not, LSU wins. Nothing complicated here.
In Auburn, we will see a heavy dose of Heisman Trophy candidate Deshaun Watson. Bama Coach Nick Saban compared him to former Auburn QB Cam Newton. Auburn fans know how great Newton was. Will they be ready to stop him?
So get your snacks and beverages ready, it’s going to be a long day…and night!