Looking Ahead: College Football 2014

Looking Ahead: College Football 2014
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    Within the next few weeks, college football players will report to camp. Throughout much of August they will be preparing for the first games of the season.


That season officially kicks off on Wed., Aug. 27, when FCS Abilene Christian takes on FBS Georgia State, a member of the Sun Belt Conference.

Early Start This Season

With Labor Day coming in on Sept. 1, the season will get its earliest start that we have seen in years. Six straight days of televised games will be played culminating in Miami (Florida) playing at Louisville on Monday night. This will be the first time the college football season has had a nearly week-long inception.

Throughout that first weekend there will be numerous cross-conference match ups including new Big Ten member Rutgers playing at Washington State on Thursday evening, Brigham Young at UConn on Friday evening, and Florida State meeting Oklahoma State on Sat. evening in Dallas. On Sun. evening Utah State takes on the Volunteers of Tennessee.

Three Schools Switch Leagues

We already looked at the conference changes for the season that sent Maryland and Rutgers to the Big Ten and Louisville to the ACC. The Louisville move may have the Cardinals in the hunt for an ACC divisional crown from the onset while the Big Ten newbies will most likely struggle this season.

This year, the top college football teams will be vying for the first-ever playoff system. The top four teams as recognized by a committee of judges will pick the semifinalists with the winners of those games playing for the national championship in Jan. This season, the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl will host the semifinals on New Year’s Day with the national championship scheduled for Jan. 12, 2015, in Dallas.

Even as the new playoff season rolls out, the current postseason bowl arrangement will survive, if not thrive. Those games will start on Dec. 20 and conclude with the GoDaddy Bowl on Jan. 4.

Upgraded Interconference Scheduling

One thing that will become in future years if not this year are more games scheduled between teams from the Power 5 conferences (i.e., Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12, ACC and SEC). Both the ACC and SEC now require their teams to schedule games with the other four power conferences, and the other conferences are beefing up their schedules too.

The conferences are also discouraging games against FCS schools, but that process may take longer to kick in and is meeting some resistance. Some schools prefer to have seven home games a year and five away games, paying a lower division school to give up a home game. It is a practice that typically results in an easy win, even a rout, but sometimes backfires and results in an upset.

Michigan, for example, will be hoping that Appalachian State does not make a repeat of 2007 when the Mountaineers went to the Big House as overwhelming underdogs and stunned the Wolverines. App State is coming off of a 4-8 season and is now a newly-minted member of the Sun Belt Conference. Michigan is expected to content for Big Ten honors, but will have to remain vigilant nonetheless.

College Football Countdown

With the gridiron season still more than six weeks from starting, the countdown continues. The hype, however, will begin the first few days in Aug., when teams report to their respective training camps.


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