The College Football Season Starts Tonight!

The College Football Season Starts Tonight!

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The 2012 college football season is here with 15 games scheduled for tonight and one game, Texas A&M at Louisiana Tech, already postponed. That postponement is a result of Hurricane Isaac, a category 1 storm that lashed New Orleans on Tuesday and Wednesday before slowing pulling out of the area. The storm’s impact may be huge on games up and down the east coast as teams deal with its rainy remnants for the next few days.

Hurricane Isaac

A&M and Tech have been rescheduled for Oct. 13, an open date for both teams. That also means that A&M will start its season against SEC opponent Florida on Sept. 8 and lose out on a bye week in Oct. before facing deadly LSU reports USA Today. The Aggies are one of two new SEC teams this year, joining with the Missouri Tigers to round out this expanded 14-team league.

Six games will kick off the season at 7 p.m. ET with No. 9 South Carolina visiting Vanderbilt in an SEC tilt to be broadcast by ESPN. On Friday, the marque match up has No. 24 Boise State traveling east to take on No. 13 Michigan State in a nationally-televised game. The Broncos are one year away from joining the Big East Conference. The Spartans are one of five Big Ten teams nationally-ranked to start the season with Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Ohio State also ranked. The Spartans will face each of the top Big Ten teams this year and also has Notre Dame on its schedule.

Top 10 Teams

On Saturday, the action starts early with Notre Dame and Navy playing at 9 a.m. ET. The early start reflects a 2 p.m. local time in Dublin where the game will be played. Saturday’s most notable matchup has the Michigan Wolverines visiting the Alabama Crimson Tide, pitting the best teams from the Big Ten and SEC respectively. The Wolverines are ranked No. 8 and the Tide comes in at No. 2 just behind the USC Trojans.

As of this writing, the remaining games for the weekend are expected to be played. However, flooding and power outages may impact some contests. So far, Rutgers at Tulane is a “go” for the Superdome on Saturday night, with the Green Wave forced to practice in Alabama at Legion Field for several days this week. Tulane coach Curtis Johnson expects the game to be played, although filling the 72,000-seat arena will be a challenge.

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