It's that time of year.
Freshly mowed grass, double sessions, and linemen puking...we're getting ready to rumble. Football is about to begin.
And we've got some great games on tap, from traditional rivalries to some out-of-conference delights such as Boise State against Virginia Tech and Joe Paterno's Nittany Lions against the Crimson Tide of Alabama.
We also have some games that are, well, not so good.
This is college football’s version of the playground bully, where the big, powerful program packed with studs takes on a weaker (usually FCS) opponent that is smaller and slower at all positions.
Monster U gets a nice full-contact practice, while their victim gets a big fat paycheck.
So this year, in recognition of these mismatches, which occur with frightening regularity, we are creating the "Golden Creampuff" award.
Each week I'll pick the absolute biggest mismatch for the BCS conferences, the Mountain West, Conference USA and the WAC, and also the Independents (hey, can't let the Domers off the hook, eh?).
We'll review and rank each week's debacles, awarding points in our CCS (Creampuff Championship Series), with the ultimate goal of awarding a conference the coveted Golden Creampuff.
That will be the league that scheduled the biggest mismatches week after week after week.
So let's get started: the beginning of the year is always a football masochists delight, given the propensity of coaches to schedule some lay-down in game one to work out the kinks.
Here is the first batch of mismatches out of the oven as we kick off the season.