It’s Finally here…College Football 2013!!

Williams Brice Stadium. Cocky. Steve Superior. 2001 blaring. The smell of tailgating ( and ice cold adult beverages ).

South Carolina GamecocksA rivalry on opening day. The start of another college football season is just a few days away now as the Gamecocks of South Carolina host the other Carolina, the North Carolina Tar Heels at 6PM on ESPN.

The second game of the evening at 9PM should also be a pretty good match-up also between Mississippi and Vanderbilt.

For USC ( that’s the University of South Carolina - NOT Southern Cal ), they must get off to a quick and decisive win. Expectations are running high in Columbia and with the talent they have plus a somewhat favorable schedule this year, 2013 gives them their best shot ever of competing for the BCS National Championship.

Any time you have an SECACC game, the game intensifies even more! No love there!! Plus, Steve Spurrier has done a great job recruiting in North Carolina over the years and plucked the states number 1 QB away from them last year. Can’t wait – it will be electric on Thursday evening in Columbia.

If that doesn’t get your juices flowing, then wait till Saturday! I will not be able to sleep on Friday as I anxiously wait for the titanic struggle between Buffalo and Ohio State.

It doesn’t get any better than this sports fans! Two powerhouse. Two elite programs. Two teams eying for the BCS National Championship. Two teams from premier conferences. All the cards are on the table and let’s see who flinches first! Dang, I just realized that I was talking about Clemson and Georgia, NOT Ohio State and Buffalo. Sorry – my bad!

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WOW! Georgia at Clemson to help kick off the new season. These 2 schools battle each other 365 days a year. On the field and in the recruiting wars the Bulldogs and the Tigers ( I should say Pussycats – the real Tigers reside in Baton Rouge ) have an on going rivalry. This year though, this game takes on even more meaning. Both schools have a legitimate shot at winning it all and the loser of this game will have a tough time realizing their dream this year. Even if Georgia wins, they have South Carolina the following week and on 9/28 they play LSU! If Clemson wins, they still have FSU and South Carolina on the horizon.

College Football Kickoff  2013This game could truly be an ESPN instant classic. Both teams have plenty of offensive weapons and Heisman candidates. I can see a 41-40 OT game on Saturday night and the winner is……….?

Another interesting game as the 2013 season kicks off is between Virginia Tech and #1 Alabama. The Hokies have been a little down the last few years and a win over the Tide would vault them back into national prominence. A Tech win would also strenghten the ACC conference. Right now it is Clemson and FSU carrying the torch for the league. If Beamer Ball can pull off the upset and The “U” has a big year, the ACC could very well end up being the second best conference in America.

Guess what? It ain’t gonna happen! The Tide, lead by Heisman hopeful quarterback AJ McCarron rolls 38-13.

One other game to keep an eye on Saturday is Mississippi State and Oklahoma State. Mississippi State is a hard team to read, they can win 6 games in a row and then lose 5 in a row. OK St. may be the best team in the Big 12 and the Big 12 is struggling on the national scene. A middle of the pack SEC team versus an elite Big 12 team – an interesting day one game.

The last big game of the day matches LSU and TCU. This should be a very entertaining game. Both teams are ranked in the pre-season polls and both are searching for an identity. LSU lost several key players to the NFL but they have a wealth of young talent. Their biggest question mark is their offense and whether or not the “Hat” will open it up and throw down field. They have a punishing running attack, a QB with a big arm, and some speed on the outside. In most polls, LSU is ranked between 12-14. A big win on Saturday and a victory over Georgia in a few weeks will make these Tigers a top 5 team as most of the teams ahead of them ( except for Ohio State ) all have to play each other.

So, if these games don’t get your juices flowing, you are not breathing and in the upright position! Maybe week 2 will get you going – Florida vs. Miami, South Carolina vs. Georgia, and Notre Dame vs. Michigan.

As we say down here in the south….There are 4 seasons – College Football, Recruiting, Spring Football, and Summer ( or Shrimping if you are from Baton Rouge )! Let the games begin!!

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In case you missed it: South Carolina Restaurant NCAA Violations

A South Carolina restaurant is going to need to print some new menus following what will surely be thorough conversations with the South Carolina and Clemson compliance departments.

The Daniel Island Grille in Charleston, SC., offers Clowney’s Turkey Avocado Wrap, Tajh Boyd Chicken Quesadillas and Sammy Watkins Reuben, which is not exactly cool with NCAA rules.

Considering the importance of Jadeveon Clowney to the Gamecocks and Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins to the Tigers, it’s not surprising the universities will be taking every possible step to retain the eligibility of their stars.  Read more here

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Vanderbilt Football Player Indicted

Fifth Vanderbilt football player indicted for attempting to cover-up sexual assault of unconscious female student in dorm room

Chris Boyd IndicitedCommodores wide receiver Chris Boyd, 21, is charged with one felony count of being an accessory after the fact. Vanderbilt, in a statement, called the allegations “deeply troubling” and suspended Boyd from the football team. He is being accused of trying to cover-up the sexual assault.

Three more people were indicted Friday in connection with the ongoing investigation into the rape of a 21-year-old unconscious woman at a campus dorm this summer.

Also charged were Miles Joseph Finley, 19, of Bermuda Dunes, Calif., and Joseph Dominick Quinzio, 20, of Palm Desert, Calif., both accused of tampering with evidence.

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