Thursday, September 1, 2011

College Football Is Back!!

Tonight starts the 2011 NCAA BCS Football season with a slate of games that's sure to...well, okay, the real action is on Saturday night, but there are still several decent games to watch.


There are a couple of ranked teams in play tonight, with the most notable being:

#11 Wisconsin facing UNLV in Madison - It will be the first start with the Badgers for former NC State quarterback (turned baseball player turned QB again) Russell Wilson.  Wilson started at NC State for three years, and gives the Wolfpack a wildcard option at quarterback to go along with their dominant running attack.  C


#14 TCU is at Baylor. TCU breaks in a new quarterback, and Baylor tries to prove that they're for real after getting to a bowl game last year after a 16-year drought.


With so many cupcake games for the major powers, it's hard to find a game that will be competitive and fun. The best of the lot (which stinks because ABC/ESPN scheduled the games against each other).  Both of them start at 8 p.m. Eastern:

#3 Oregon vs #5 LSU - There's a huge shadow over this game as starting senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson has been suspended following a bar brawl a few weeks ago.  Tiger Stadium is a difficult place to play at any time, but 92,000-plus screaming fans in the evening after an entire day of drinking on the first college football Saturday will be a highly difficult task for Oregon.

#5 Boise State vs #19 Georgia - Last year Boise State went to Va Tech to play and showed that they could indeed play with the big boys.  However, now BSU is playing an SEC school on a decidedly un-neutral field.  The game is at the Georgia Dome, and should be heavily pro-Georgia.  The Dawgs, however, are a mystery.  Replacing top offensive threat AJ Green in the offense will be difficult, but sophomore QB Aaron Murray is considered to be one of the best returning QBs in the SEC.

Full disclosure: I'm a Georgia Grad, as well as a Notre Dame fan.  Also, living in Colorado, I like to follow CU, CSU, and Air Force.

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