College Football: 3 Weeks To Kickoff

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For the first time in years college football will not get started in late August thanks to Labor Day falling on September 7th. The later start on the season won’t have any affect on most of the top tier (BCS) teams as they’ll still get in their twelve game schedule before November comes to a close.

backpackAlthough Saturday, September 5th is when most BCS teams will get going, the Thursday prior to that date is when the first games will be held. Two key contests will be played on September 3rd: South Carolina will visit North Carolina State while Oregon heads out to play Boise State.

Most of the games scheduled for the first week will be lopsided affairs as BCS teams seek to bulk up against weaker opponents including their fair share of FCS schools. Up until a few years ago the NCAA didn’t count wins over FCS opponents when BCS schools needed to amass the minimum six victories in order to become bowl eligible, but has since repealed that requirement, thus the preponderance of meaningless games. And, with most BCS teams now playing twelve games, a 6-6 school with one or two victories over an FCS program would be bowl eligible.

The continuing watering down of college football is unfortunate!

But just in case that you think the first weekend of September won’t offer some good football, the following tilts are worth marking on your calendar:

Brigham Young at Oklahoma – The Sooners are gunning for a national title this year which makes any game involving Oklahoma worth watching. Don’t expect BYU to roll over and play dead because they have a lot to gain this year including dethroning cross state rival Utah as kingpin of the Mountain West Conference.

Georgia at Oklahoma State – Both the Bulldogs and the Cowboys are on the cusp of greatness, ranked just outside of the Top Ten in all of the preseason polls. Perhaps the winner of this contest will crack the Top Ten, setting themselves up for a strong run for the remainder of the season.

Missouri at Illinois – Missouri couldn’t win the big game in 2008 and seems to be down a notch in 2008 while the Illini are making an appearance in most polls this year. Look for a good game nonetheless with Illinois really needing the win in order to prove that they have what it takes to challenge for the Big Ten title this year.

Colorado State at Colorado – Match ups between in-state rivals typically occur later in the season, but both of the Centennial State’s most important public universities have state pride riding on them. Neither team will get much news this year, but bragging rights and recruiting high school players should make this game worth watching.

Cincinnati at Rutgers – Starting the season off with an important Big East tilt is unusual, but this Labor Day contest should go far in determining how each program will fare. Cincy is defending its conference title, while Rutgers is expected to be one of four schools challenging the Bearcats for the same.

I haven’t overlooked Miami (FL) at Florida State which will be played Monday evening at 8. I just don’t think the ‘Noles will have that much problem with the Canes, but it does make for a very good in-state match up for the Sunshine State.

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