Tag Archives: college football
August, 28 – September, 1
Thursday, Aug. 28 (all times EDT)
|6||No. 9 South Carolina vs. No. 21 Texas A&M||SEC Network|
|7||Louisiana-Monroe vs. Wake Forest||ESPNU|
|7||Minnesota vs. Eastern Illinois||Big Ten Network|
|7:30||Utah vs. Idaho State||Pac-12 Network|
|8||Boise State vs. No. 18 Ole Miss||ESPN|
|8||Tulsa vs. Tulane||CBS Sports Network|
|9:15||Vanderbilt vs. Temple||SEC Network|
|10||Washington State vs. Rutgers||Fox Sports 1|
|10:30||No. 19 Arizona State vs. Weber State||Pac-12 Network|
Friday, Aug. 29
|7||Connecticut vs. BYU||ESPN|
|7:30||No. 8 Michigan State vs. Jacksonville State||Big Ten Network|
|7:30||Western Kentucky vs. Bowling Green||CBS Sports Network|
|9||Colorado vs. Colorado State||Fox Sports 1|
|9||Houston vs. Texas-San Antonio||ESPNU|
|10:30||Arizona vs. UNLV||ESPN|
Saturday, Aug. 30
|8:30 a.m.||Central Florida vs. Penn State||ESPN2|
|Noon||Navy vs. No. 5 Ohio State||CBS Sports Network|
|Noon||Virginia vs. No. 7 UCLA||ESPN|
|Noon||Michigan vs. Appalachian State||ESPN2|
|Noon||Iowa State vs. North Dakota State||Fox Sports 1|
|Noon||Indiana vs. Indiana State||ESPNews|
|Noon||Iowa vs. Northern Iowa||Big Ten Network|
|Noon||Purdue vs. Western Michigan||ESPNU|
|Noon||Kentucky vs. Tennessee-Martin||SEC Network|
|12:05||Illinois vs. Youngstown State||Big Ten Network|
|12:30||Georgia Tech vs. Wofford||Comcast SportsNet|
|12:30||N.C. State vs. Georgia Southern||WDCA-20|
|3:30||Maryland vs. James Madison||Big Ten Network|
|3:30||No. 2 Alabama vs. West Virginia||ABC/ESPN2|
|3:30||Northwestern vs. California||ABC/ESPN2|
|3:30||No. 17 Notre Dame vs. Rice||NBC|
|3:30||No. 22 Nebraska vs. Florida Atlantic||Big Ten Network|
|3:30||No. 24 Missouri vs. South Dakota State||ESPNU|
|4||No. 6 Auburn vs. Arkansas||SEC Network|
|4||No. 11 Stanford vs. UC Davis||Pac-12 Network|
|4||Oregon State vs. Portland State||Pac-12 Network|
|4||Virginia Tech vs. William & Mary||ESPNews|
|5:30||No. 12 Georgia vs. No. 16 Clemson||ESPN|
|7||San Diego State vs. Northern Arizona||CBS Sports Network|
|7||Florida vs. Idaho||ESPNU|
|7:30||No. 15 USC vs. Fresno State||Fox|
|7:30||Mississippi State vs. Southern Miss||SEC Network|
|8||No. 1 Florida State vs. Oklahoma State||ABC|
|8||Texas vs. North Texas||Longhorn Network|
|8||East Carolina vs. N.C. Central||ESPNews|
|9||No. 13 LSU vs. No. 14 Wisconsin||ESPN|
|10:30||No. 3 Oregon vs. South Dakota||Pac-12 Network|
|10:30||Hawaii vs. No. 25 Washington||CBS Sports Network|
Sunday, Aug. 31
|7||Tennessee vs. Utah State||SEC Network|
|7:30||No. 10 Baylor vs. SMU||Fox Sports 1|
Monday, Sept. 1
|8||Louisville vs. Miami||ESPN|
Ok, I am already in a bad mood and the season hasn’t even started. After watching cut ins on ESPN, the Kick Off shows, the Talking Heads, and other BS non sense, it seems like all they want to talk about is the demise of the SEC. Are you freaking kidding me?? The best conference in America, lead by the best coaches, with the best athletes, the best recruiting classes, and the most NFL draft picks. The biggest and best stadiums with the best fans and the best tailgating. Let’s see…A night game in Baton Rouge ( that starts at 7 AM ) or a wine a cheese party in Chapel Hill? A November 25th game in Columbia, SC where it is sunny and 78 degrees, or freezing temperatures, snow, and slop in Happy Valley? The worlds greatest outdoor cocktail party between Florida and Georgia or sipping champagne…in Champaign, Illinois? A bunch of tree huggers in the Northwest or a bunch of screaming fools yelling pig-pig soooie with rifles in their hands. Well, I may have to rethink that one???
This is supposed to be the year when all the BSC crap is finally over. Replace the computers with humans and everything will be fixed. Well, we are not getting off to a good start. The SEC may be the most balanced league ever and because of that, they may have a 2 loss champion. All the so called experts want to see this. In that scenario, no one from the powerful SEC could have a team in the 4 team playoff. What a joke that would be.
Typically, this is a down time in the world of sports. The NBA is finally over, most of golf’s majors are done, the chance of a triple crown winner has once again vanquished, and we as a nation are desperately waiting for the upcoming football season. Usually, the only thing that keeps our sporting interest this time of the year are a few MLB pennant races. But lately there have been several intriguing stories to occupy our time.
The NBA had has it’s share of headline news the past few months. The Sterling nightmare is a soap opera/black eye for the league and just won’t go away. Please Donald, sign the sale papers and go to some nursing home where you belong! The summer of big name player movement perked our interest for the last few months. Melo did his dog and pony show only to remain in the Big Apple. I thought it was about winning for him? Let’s be real. The only thing that matters to 99.9% of all players is the check! Stay in NY where it is all about you. ‘Bron toyed with the media for months and finally said adios to the fun in the sun to return home to sunny, warm, rich, titletown…..CLEVELAND! OK, he has a sense for family, home, and giving back to his community. I admire that. He has his rings now and the thought of winning an NBA title in C Town will certainly add to his legacy. Even if he does win an NBA title there, he will still be behind MJ…SORRY! Cleveland is in the midst of making a huge move by shipping off their #1 pick this year, their #1 pick from last year, and possibly their #1 pick in ’15 or ’16 to bring in Kevin Love. With LeBron, Irving, Love, and a mix of other off season free agent pick ups, Cleveland has gone from the outhouse to the penthouse in just a few months!
Staying with the NBA, I can’t believe Kevin Durant walked away from Team USA citing being tired and worn out. Was he afraid of being injured like team mate Paul George? Look, these guys play year round, they have to so they can stay in shape. The chances of getting hurt on the playground is much higher there than on the court with world class athletes. This just smells like the build up of his summer of 2016 dog and pony show whens he becomes a free agent and the world will be kissing his…..I want to go home….to Washington for a BRINKS truck full of $$$$!
Finally, the countdown can begin! It’s officially 60 days until Steve Superior and the South Carolina Gamecocks host the Johnny Manziel less Texas A&M Aggies at the rocking Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina!
It will be an electric atmosphere with “Cocky” getting the Gamecock faithful jacked up and 2001 blaring – the greatest opening in all of college football. ESPN will be there, a national audience will be watching, and the greatest game in the land will start another season. And what a season it shapes up to be! Many of the Talking Heads have penciled in Oklahoma as the pre-season #1. Some have FSU repeating while many others see the Tide in the top spot. And then there is Auburn, loaded and ready for year 2 under Gus Malzahn. What about the high flying Ducks out west? Baylor should be right behind Oregon averaging 52 points per game!
This truly could be one of the most unpredictable years in recent memory. Our national champion could have ( and probably will have ) 2 losses. The only certainty this year is that it will be decided on the field of play, not by a biased vote or some computer ranking. Even though only 4 teams get to be in the playoff, that is a starting point for an eventual 8-12 team playoff structure.
Scheduling is the biggest factor in having a chance to win a national championship. The reason why I say this years champion may have 2 losses is so many of the top programs have tough schedules this year. In years past, a soft Ohio State like schedule got you in prime position to hang around the top of the polls week after week. Win and hope someone at the top losses. Keep winning with some style points along the way and you can back door your way to the title game. Not in 2014! Let’s look at some of the top programs and their schedules for 2014.