In case some of you didn’t know, I’m a huge Arizona fan with Notre Dame taking a distant second. While that may affect my judgement in Heisman related conversations and preseason predictions, I know good football when I see it: college football. To save you, the avid fan, the trouble, I’m letting you know which games to watch out for in ’08. And Arizona and Notre Dame don’t crack the list other than their individual rivalry games. So without further Adieu:
Saturday August 30:
Though the season starts with a whimper on Thursday, Saturday is college football and it’s there that we’ll start (sorry to those of you who thought Hofstra at Connecticut were going to excite me). Granted I’ll watch Thursday football that week, but won’t recommend it to the masses.
Anyway, opening weekend will see a big match-up of Midwest powers. Rose Bowl participant Illinois (if you can call them that, and I love the Illini) will be heading to Missouri to open the season and I’ll be watching. Set your calendars, 8:30 ET will be setting stage for the biggest contest of week one.
Also that week Hawaii will visit Florida. This should be closer than the Sugar Bowl of last season…but not much. Let’s see if Tucson boy Tyler Graunke can take over for Colt Brennan against the much more powerful Florida team. Also that week, Appalachian State will be at LSU. This won’t be close but I’m sick of Appy State getting rammed down our throat since beating Michigan last year. Congrats, anyone could beat Michigan, except my beloved Irish…
Saturday September 6:
WORST week of the entire season. The “Best” game to watch is between former power Miami and Florida. If you have to miss a week of college football this year, this would be the week to miss.
Friday, September 12/Saturday, September 13:
A surprisingly decent Friday game with Kansas at South Florida should whet your appetites for the BEST WEEKEND OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL EVER. This weekend has Wisconsin at Fresno State, Georgia at South Carolina (in the definition of a trap game with the Dawgs looking at next week’s ASU game) and the capper, at 8:00 PM ET Ohio State heads to USC for the best regular season game in probably 25 years. This will let us see a preview of the postseason. If Ohio State gets blown out they won’t be in the BCS championship this year, and if they win, hey will. This is NOT the week to leave town, unless you’re going to Southern California and watching the game.
Saturday September 20:
The SEC is on the board this weekend with a pair of tough matchups. Florida and the Tebows head to Tennessee in what might be Tennessee’s defining ’08 game. Meanwhile LSU, trying to prove themselves head to Auburn in some Tiger on Tiger Action. But the week’s highlight could be, and should be the Masses on Mill. Tempe will flood as the Dawgs of Georgia head to Arizona State for one of the top games of the season.