5 Opening Week College Football Yawners!

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One thing will be definitely different this year with the college football season: no games will be played in August. The month of August has in recent years become the starting point for the season, but with Labor Day arriving on September 6 this year, the first games will be played on Thursday, September 2.

Don’t worry, FBS (Division 1-A) teams will still get their twelve games in with many team schools getting give games in during September.

The first weekend, extending through Labor Day, there will be several notable match ups including Oregon State at TCU and LSU at North Carolina on Saturday followed by Boise State v. Virginia Tech at Washington, D.C. on Monday.

But most of the games for this first weekend of the season will be real yawners, almost as bad as scheduling Barbizon Beauty Academy to face off against the New England Patriots. Not that bad really, but “prep” games nonetheless including the following five we most certainly will NOT be watching:

1. Presbyterian Blue Hose at Wake Forest Demon Deacons — If any, these teams nicknames should be a rib tickler for fans watching the game. Presbyterian is a small-time Big South team coming off of an 0-11 season. They scheduled Wake Forest and Clemson for their first two games, suggesting that going into league play they’ll be beat up. Or at least richer for giving up two home games for pay!

2. Youngstown State Penguins at Penn State Nittany Lions — Okay, this match up isn’t as bad as the first one, but Missouri Valley Conference foe Youngstown State is no match for the No. 19 Nittany Lions. Easy win for JoePa who is still alive and coaching in Happy Valley.

3. Stony Brook Seawolves at South Florida Bulls — Maybe this game won’t be the terrible mismatch it appears to be on paper given that Stony Brook finished atop the Big South Conference last year with Liberty and has coaxed several Hofstra players to join the team following that school’s cancellation of football. Then again, the Bulls are now led by Skip Holtz and aren’t about to give the Seawolves a leg to stand on.

4. Miami RedHawks at Florida Gators — Miami v. Florida has a classical showdown tone to it, but that isn’t what will be seen on Saturday when the RedHawks of Ohio travel to the swamp to take on the Gators. 1-11 in 2009, the Ohio team will be playing the No. 4 team in the nation. Good luck with that!

5. Portland State Vikings at Arizona State Sun Devils — They went 2-9 in Big Sky Conference play last year while the Sun Devils struggled in the Pac 10, finishing 4-8 . Still, we’re talking to completely different levels of play and the Vikings aren’t up to where Arizona State has to be week in and week out.

Not every game between bigger and smaller programs will be a snap this weekend. UC Davis could give Cal some fits on Saturday while Maryland may rue the day they agree to play Navy in Baltimore on a Labor Day afternoon.

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