While riding through Hartford tonight, I saw a sign along the highway that said something along the lines of “UConn game Thursday 7:30 PM.” Just another reminder of how close we are to college football season.
On Thursday night, the 2013 college football season will commence.
I’m excited, my cats are excited, and Dick Vitale is excited (although he’s never not been excited about anything). So, I’ve decided to take a quick look forward to the sport’s opening night.
The biggest, if not necessarily the most competitive, game scheduled for Thursday is probably the one between the South Carolina Gamecocks, ranked sixth in the AP poll (and seventh in our pre-season ranking), and the North Carolina Tar Heels. South Carolina enters the season as a bona fide National Title contender and should probably be expected to make quick work of the Tar Heels. That said, the matchup of UNC’s explosive offense (they scored more that 40 points per game last year) and a dynamite Gamecock defense led by Jadeveon Clowney, possibly the best player in college football, should be interesting.
The other big headliner matchup of the night will be one between Vanderbilt and Ole Miss. Both teams are looking to build off of solid 2012 seasons, and a win in the opener could boost either team on to even better things.
Personally, the game I’m most excited to watch is the one between Utah and Utah State, and not just because it will be my first time watching Fox Sports 1 (ok, that might be a big part of it). The game features a Utah State team that was just tremendous in 2012 and a Utah team trying to bounce back from a 5-7 campaign. It should be very competitive.
Another game that might fly under the radar but should be worth following is a late night battle between Rutgers and Fresno State. Both teams were very good last season, and the matchup of Rutgers’ staunch defense and the high flying Fresno State offense should be as scrumptious as the Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream I’ll be consuming as I watch the game.
College Football season is so close I can taste it (man, I must be hungry), and I’m
starved pumped! Expect predictions for some of week one’s biggest games very soon!