With a full slate of games on Saturday, I thought I would give you some of my thoughts on some of the games going on this weekend, and maybe just maybe give you some of my upset picks of the weekend.
First off, I'm going to start with the "punch heard/seen around the world" from this past Thursday night. Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount was suspended for the rest of the 2009 season. Meaning, not only is his college career over, as he is a senior, but his pro career just took a huge hit. ESPN's Todd McShay stated during Sportscenter that an NFL scout took him from a fourth of fifth round pick to a undrafted free agent.
Now to opening weekend. Possibly the most anticipated game on the schedule will be the University of Oklahoma taking on BYU at the brand new Dallas Cowboy's stadium in Arlington, TX. This is definitely going on my upset alert list. Oklahoma isn't an 'automatic' winner in this game, they better come to play against the Cougars.
Another game that I'm looking forward to, if for no other reason than the fact that one of the teams is out of the Western Athletic Conference, will the the Nevada Wolf Pack playing in South Bend, IN against Notre Dame. This is another upset alert game because if Notre Dame isn't ready, they'll the story of the weekend for being the next WAC victim.
In my "embarassing" non-conference game list is the defending national champion Florida Gators opening their season at home against...drumroll please...Charleston Southern. If they're trying to pad their record with easy wins, they're getting it done with this game.
Miami and Florida State on Monday night. This is my kind of "Monday Night Football."
ESPN's College Gameday will be live from the campus of Virginia Tech as the seventh ranked Hokies will welcome in the fifth ranked Crimson Tide of Alabama. Props to both of these teams for scheduling this on opening weekend. I really think this is going to be a game a lot of us will be talking about after the holiday weekend.
I have to give a lot of credit to San Jose State state for scheduling the fourth ranked Trojans of USC, especially at the Los Angeles Coliseum. It will be freshman Matt Barkley's home opener and season debut for the Trojans so you know the USC fans are anticipating this one.
Another big game on the college schedule will be ninth ranked Oklahoma State at home against the 13th ranked Georgia Bulldogs in Stillwater, OK. A lot of people aren't giving Georgia much of a chance on the road in this one, but I think there could be a surprise. Keep your eye on this game.
My first "blowout special" begins in Happy Valley as Penn State welcomes in Akron. This is another one of those "easy wins" that some of these teams like to schedule.
The second "blowout special" will be in Columbus, OH as Ohio State will play their home opener at "The Horshoe" against Navy. Love how these "easy games" are scheduled at home.
The third such "blowout special" will be the second ranked Longhorns of Texas playing their home opener against Lousiana Monroe. So much for these so called "top teams" proving as much.
Of course, I couldn't possibly finish my thoughts on opening weekend without giving Fresno State some love as they open their season at home against UC Davis before heading out on the road to Madison, WI to take on the Wisconsin Badgers. The Bulldogs need this win and the momentum or they'll be in serious trouble before that game ever starts. Fresno State needs to put this game away early.
So, with all that being said, here are my picks for the opening weekend of the college football season.
No. 1 Florida 63 vs Charleston Southern 7
No. 2 Texas 54 vs Lousiana Monroe 14
No. 3 Oklahoma 24 vs No. 20 BYU 27 - UPSET ALERT
No. 4 USC 49 vs San Jose State 10
No. 7 Virginia Tech 23 vs No. 5 Alabama 24
No. 6 Ohio State 61 vs Navy 0
No. 8 Penn State 37 vs Akron 13
No. 9 Oklahoma State 24 vs No. 13 Georgia 21
Washington 3 vs No. 11 LSU 27
No. 12 Cal 27 vs Maryland 21
No. 15 Georgia Tech 49 vs Jacksonville State 14
No. 21 North Carolina 21 vs Citadel 0
No. 22 Iowa 35 vs Northern Iowa 13
No. 23 Notre Dame 21 vs Nevada 22 - UPSET ALERT
No. 24 Nebraska 31 vs Florida Atlantic 13
Fresno State 19 vs UC Davis 7
Enjoy a great day of college football tomorrow. Get your friends together, don the jersey of your favorite team, put the chips and dip on the table, put the drinks on ice and hold on tight. We could see some interesting scores roll in tomorrow.