So…it’s that time again
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A few quick things. Like last year I’m going to try to shoot this preview email out once a week to get a debate going. As I lack many english-speaking football fans with whom to discuss the week’s upcoming games last year I began writing some of my thoughts down and attaching pictures of the finer sex in a sad attempt to get people to respond with thoughtful, critical and piercing commentary about the world and happenings of college football. As should have been obvious given my choice in friends, most of what actually comes back are ‘That’s what she said‘ jokes, rolling debates on the ‘gayness’ of each other’s mascots and comments on barely-of-age college girls dressed in Volunteer orange. So yea, it’s actually much better this way.
All that said, if you do not want to be on the receiving end of my fantastically uninformed thoughts of the upcoming college football matchups or the responses (maybe MBA Boscoe.. or NFL AJ) or do not like receiving pictures of pretty ladies every week (…Daniel living in Castro or maybe Billy who’s joined the priesthood) let me know and I’ll spare you the weekly delete/archive. Also, if you know someone who may enjoy such things (pity the soul) let me know and I can add them so they get on the original mail so they get all responses.
All that aside, remember to hit Reply All and I wouldn’t worry too much about offending anyone in this group. (Though not sure that applies for Daniel, I think most of us have seen the depths of disturbia he can be commenting from, so be wary)
Enough of that, on to the football!
I’ll keep this part brief because there has already been too much rambling. I think this year is going to be one bumpy ride. Lots of parity and no truly dominant team or obvious pick for the title, not even 2 or 3 obviously dominant teams. Not sure if 2010 will reach 2007’s level of carnage and hysteria with a top 4 team falling every week but expect and rejoice in the chaos. This is so much better than watching 2 teams destined from pre-season rankings to go undefeated until they meet for the title in January.
Damn any logic or predictability, embrace the madness!
THURSDAY, Sept’ 2nd
Pittsburgh at Utah-
Arguably the most balanced matchup between two solid teams this week. This is the only game worth tuning into on Thursday. Both teams finished 10-3 last year and in the Top 20. Pitt will be a contender to win the Big East, for as much as that’s worth, and Utah is returning a solid team. Being the season opener it will probably be a bit sloppy and slow to get going but their styles of play should match up well for a good game regardless. Did I mention the Wannstache is still the skipper at Pitt…Bears fans be warned of potential traumatic flashbacks to the 1990s.
SATURDAY, Sept’ 4th
Connecticut at Michigan –
This has to be a scary game for Michigan. Everyone remembers their Appalachian State opening week meltdown in 2007 and RichRod is still struggling to prove he can bring consistency to Michigan. The offense should be better this year but that defense looked like dogshit on a good day. Connecticut is an upstart team not long out of I-AA who plays lots of close games and can beat bigger more talented teams (ND last year) if the conditions are right. This is a good one to kick off your college football saturday on.
Oregon State at TCU –
This will be the first step to what I predict will be a year of the Horned Frogs of TCU delightfully throat-stomping their opponents. Oregon State may play tough in the Pac-10 (*snicker) but Gary Patterson has his guys flipping tractor tires and drinking virgins’ blood all offseason just so his defense plays hungry flesh. TCU also tends to score, a lot, particularly in the past two years. I try not to make too many predictions, because I suck at predictions but Oregon State has bitten off quite a load in the first week.
LSU vs North Carolina –
I’m not sure quite what to think about this game. I know that LSU is still in a downcycle and that UNC has been on the rise the past two years but I still have trouble taking them seriously playing any sport that doesnt involve hardwood and a net. There is no denying that UNC has a defense that is stingy as all hell and they return a load of players on both sides of the ball…but can the SEC power LSU really lose to a basketball school??? I’m not really sure I want to live in that world but either way I hope and think we’re in for an interesting matchup. Another fun wrench in the mix, apparently every star player on the UNC team had a very busy tutor writing their papers and now they may not be able to play in at least the opener. Trying working that into your matchup calculus.
MONDAY, Sept’ 6th
Boise State vs Virginia Tech –
This is supposed to be the year for Boise State. They’ve been the Thursday night spectacle for so long that their jump straight to a Monday Night matchup is either really impressive or ‘oh-so-typical’ of ESPN trying to disturb my sleeping patterns early in the season. Frankly, I’m not that impressed by Virginia Tech and it bothers me that all the “professional” commentators and pundits have labeled this as Boise State’s “biggest test of the year”. If Boise is half the heavyweight everyone thinks they may be this year (entirely possible) than this matchup is more like a pissed-off (presumably at the BCS) doberman going up against a toothy basset hound named Beamer. This has less to do with Va Tech per se than the ridiculous amount of hype placed around this game for Boise State. There will be people ready to sign Boise’s ticket to the national championship if they hurdle Virginia Tech, that’s how dogshit awful the rest of Boise’s opponents are. On the bright side, in hope of a good game, Virginia Tech usually doesn’t self-destruct and forget how to play offense until at least mid-October, they always start hot, even in their opening loss to Alabama last year. They lost a lot of players on defense but that is coach Beamer’s game and rarely a concern. If Boise wins this one I hope Va Tech at least makes them pay for it, major injuries, glaring new susceptibilities for the remainder of the season etc, prevent them from just waltzing through the rest of the year. I’m hoping for a shootout.
TV Schedule below for the best matchups this weekend. Also included are some games that will be of interest only to a couple of you guys. William & Mary for our Fighting Tribe contingent; NIU for our Husky grads; Colorado for our many Colorado ties, and the Tennessee game because, well, UT-Martin might actually give the Vols a ride and much like a skateboarder meeting a telephone pole, that could be hard not to watch. All times are in CDT.
|Thursday, September 2nd
|Northern Illinois at Iowa State
||(CSNC / CSNBA / FSN affiliates) (HD)
|Pittsburgh at Utah
|Saturday, September 4th
|Illinois vs. Missouri
|Colorado vs. Colorado State (Denver)
|Connecticut at Michigan
||ABC / ESPN2 *7
|Purdue at Notre Dame
|William & Mary at UMass
||CSNE / Comcast (cable)
|UT-Martin at Tennessee
||ESPN-GP *2 / PPV (TN)
|Oregon State at TCU
|LSU vs. North Carolina (Atlanta)
|Monday, September 6th
|Boise State vs. Virginia Tech (Landover, MD)
||ESPN (HD) / ESPN 3D