As part of BCS Know How’s 2010 college football season preview, we will be breaking down each week’s most important games that could have BCS and postseason implications in the “Road to Glendale 2011″.
We start today with the opening slate of games during week one.
TCU vs. Oregon State
Saturday September 4 7:45 PM ET
Both of these teams start the 2010 campaign with high hopes both looking to build upon 2009 seasons that came to somewhat disappointing ends.
Oregon State was a Civil War victory away from a Pac-10 championship and a BCS bowl berth, and TCU lost a very close Fiesta Bowl to their BCS-buster nemesis Boise State, and were unable to claim the title of best non-BCS school for 2009.
The matchup between the Horned Frogs and Beavers on the season’s first weekend might set the tone for making that next step for either program.
Each a year more experienced and have great expectations coming into the season, however both teams lost key contributors to their 2009 season — the Beavers losing QB Sean Canfield and the Horned Frogs losing AP All-American DE Jerry Hughes. Neither Hughes nor Canfield can be easily replaced, yet many expect both squads to compete all season.
The first step in all of that would be starting the season 1-0.
Navy vs. Maryland
Monday September 6 4 PM ET
Okay yes, Maryland is unlikely to challenge for an ACC Championship this season, and this could turn out to be a blowout, but this game could set the tone for a Navy 2010 season that could be among the best in program history.
A 10-4 squad in 2009, the Midshipmen return most of their skill players including triple-option master QB Ricky Dobbs looking to extend themselves into another 10-win season and possibly a strong national ranking to round out the season.
And who knows? Maybe a BCS bowl bid could be in their future.
Boise State vs. Virginia Tech
Monday September 6 8 PM ET
Every year it seems Boise State is in a position to make some BCS noise. But 2010 could be a truly special year for the boys of the blue turf.
Boise starts the season highly touted and ranked, along with the skill to warrant the high praise. The Broncos aren’t just thinking 10-win seasons or BCS bowls — they’re thinking BCS National Championship Game in Glendale in 2011.
And if they want to make that a reality, they’ll have to start with a strong victory over ACC title-favorite Virginia Tech.
The Hokies, a perennial ACC power and defending conference champions return a ton of talent led by dual-threat QB Tyrod Taylor, who gives the best of defenses fits on a regular basis. Can Boise hang with “Beamer Ball” defense and special teams and score enough to make the contributions of Taylor and running back Ryan Williams irrelevant?