We are nearly two weeks away from the beginning of the 2010 College Football season, and the hype is just beginning to grow.
In arguably the marquee match-up of Week One, Texas Christian University is set to square off against Oregon State University in Arlington, Texas, in the stadium commonly known as "Jerry World," Cowboys Stadium.
The game will air on ESPN at 7:30 pm EST, Sept. 5 and will feature two Heisman Trophy candidates, one on either team. The Texas Christian University Horned Frogs will be led by Quarterback Andy Dalton.
The 6'3", 220 pound Senior will be looking to improve on already-stellar numbers. Dalton threw for over 200 yards in eight of TCU's 13 games last season, including a 272-yard effort against Boise State in last year's Fiesta Bowl.
The Horned Frogs' quarterback is coming off his best season yet, and will have eight of his teammates from last season returning with him on offense.
Perhaps overlooked in this article: 2010 College Football Predictions: Oregon State Will Upset TCU ..., Dalton will have several weapons and a platoon of above-average receivers and backs to choose from.
Attempting to overshadow TCU's passing attack will be Jacquizz Rodgers of the Oregon State Beavers. "Quizz" will be returning for his Junior season, trying to top a 1,440-yard and 21-touchdown campaign in 2009.
Rodgers is averaging just over five yards per carry in his collegiate career for the Beavs, and TCU's defense will have their hands full.
Speaking of the defense of the Horned Frogs, it is one of the best in college football. As with the offense, they will be returning the majority of their defense as well.
If there is one aspect of this game where TCU has a clear advantage, it would certainly be the fortitude of a stable roster full of experience.
With Sean Canfield now gone to the NFL, a major grey area for Oregon State is at the quarterback position. Ryan Katz will certainly be tested early, and this one game could make or break the momentum for this unpolished sophomore.
Rodgers will undoubtedly carry the bulk of the Beavers' offense on his back, and TCU will likely be keying on that idea.
Dalton appears to have the upper hand in this head-to-head Heisman match-up due to the surrounding roster. However, the game could be interesting if Oregon State's secondary adapts to TCU's offense quickly.
Perhaps this game is for Dalton to lose, and Rodgers to win. For Dalton, it could possibly solidify his favoritism in the Heisman race. For Rodgers, this game could shock the country and show doubters he is for real.
Every legendary college quarterback has his bad games, and I'm predicting this will be Dalton's. Not because the Beavers are so much better, but because Oregon State is no push over, and these two teams will be feeling each other out as they have not met much.
"Let the people speak" is a great idea. Let's see how the rest of the country thinks. I'm calling out to everyone to vote on the poll, and we'll see who the public thinks has a better chance at the Heisman!
Also, if you like what you read on the Beavers, check out a couple of my other articles on the Dodgers and Major League Baseball: 2010 MLB Trade Rumors: Top Five L.A. Dodgers Most Likely To Be Traded, and The Top 10 Strangest Rules in Major League Baseball.