And So It Begins

I have decided that I am going to pretend that I know nothing of the truth of college football.  Nothing of the money, the rules breaking, the corruption.  Just pretend none of it exists.  That’s the only way I can enjoy the college football season this year.  Just pretend that there is nothing outside of the game on the field.

That said, I am very excited about watching several teams this year and cannot wait for opening Saturday, tomorrow.  The preseason polls are out, but I don’t acknowledge their existence either.  They are ridiculous and based on things yet to be proven or relying on things from last season that may or may not be duplicated.  There is no way Auburn should be an anyone’s top 25 teams but they are.  So, preseason polls are useless and nonexistent.

I have a few teams that I think are going to do very well this season and I cannot wait to see them play.  First off is the Oregon Ducks.  I think that they stand an excellent chance of going all the way.  All the way to the BCS championship.  I also think that they possess the top candidate for this year’s Heisman Trophy.  The Ducks are going to be an exciting team to watch and unlike a lot of other college teams they scheduled a great matchup in the very first game.  Oregon vs LSU is going to be one of the great games of the year and maybe the best game of the year.  What better way to start off the season than that!

I am also very interested in watching Stanford and Andrew Luck.  I think he’s going to have an outstanding season and will be right in the running for the Heisman this year.  They have a very favorable schedule and should end up the season in very good shape going into the bowls.

This is a make or break year for Mark Richt as head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs.  The team is settling in with Aaron Murray and the team looks to have a good season.  Like Oregon they didn’t schedule a cupcake game the first of the season but went with Boise State, once again ranked too high in preseason polls, but nevertheless a great opener.  If the Bulldogs win this game it will go a long way to impacting their season prospects.

Also going to be watching Texas A&M.  I do think that they still (and have had all along) every intention of going to the SEC.  They have now informed the  Big 12 that they are leaving that conference by next July.  The SEC wanted them to make that position known before they committed to taking them in.  With that done, it’s only a matter of time.  I will be watching along with the SEC and its fans to see how A&M does this season, so that we can know what they will bring to the SEC next year.

I will also be watching a college not in the BCS system.  Not even in Division 1.  They are in the NAIA and this year will be going for a 4th consecutive national championship.  That team is the Carroll College Saints out of Helena, Montana.  They are going to roll through their regular season opponents like a freight train and look to be right back in the NAIA Championship Game again this year.  If you’re looking for a team to follow that is on a championship roll outside of the top 25, the Fighting Saints are that team.

Tomorrow starts the college football season in full force.  A full slate of games will be underway all across America.  Tailgate parties will be undertaken with great enthusiasm.  Fans will paint themselves and put on all kinds of team related apparel.  Bands will be in full sound.  The cheerleaders will be yelling loudly.  All the good things about a college football game will be there – the enthusiasm, the colors, the fans – and between the lines it will still be football, played hard and with heart.  And so it begins…

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