Greetings… no more of these ridiculous poker games taking up valuable time slots on ESPN smh (if you don’t know what SMH means, please check out the all acronym dictionary right here).
The obligatory, inherently governmental part of this blog post: Lots of interesting things happened in the college football off-season… many in Congress feel that the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), the system that determines the major college football national champion, is fraught with antitrust issues. In fact, Senators Hatch and Max Baucus submitted an inquiry to the BCS regarding the arrangement. Additionally, the Obama Administration might investigate the antitrust implications of the current playoff system. The BCS essentially tells Hatch that Congress has more important issues to deal with. Hatch, of course, is not pleased with this response and he plans to keep putting the heat on the BCS. You know what? Good.
We interrupt this joyous occasion for a public service announcement: NCAA academic progress rates have increased and this is good for all involved.
Back from our commercial break: College football season is finally here!!! #WOOO (the Hokie Guru has been using that phrase a lot on Twitter lately… notice the hash tag).
Let’s get right to it… our Week 1 Viewer’s Guide (only on Govloop):
- Southern Mississippi at South Carolina (September 2, 7:45 PM EST, ESPN)
It wouldn’t be college football without starting out with the old ball coach, Steve Spurrier. Spurrier, for sure, is one of the most arrogant coaches in college football… and the Hokie Guru always gets a good laugh from the quotes… for example, “You know what FSU stands for, don’t you? Free Shoes University.’’ – Florida coach Steve Spurrier to the Polk County Gator Club, 1994 – For sure, the Guru can’t find a lot of positive things to say about the Gamecocks, but hey, we needed six games for a legit first week preview… and there are always funny quotes from Spurrier. The Hokie Guru will take South Carolina to win at home.
- #15 Pittsburgh at Utah (September 2, 8:30 PM EST, Versus)
In Pitt, we are looking at the looking at the team that probably has the best chance to win the Big East. Pitt also has a dark horse candidate for the Heisman trophy in Dion Lewis (and trust the Hokie Guru, Dion is a stud running back). Can the Panthers handle the altitude in Utah? Yes, they can!! Pitt wins.
- #24 Oregon State at #6 TCU (September 4, 7:45 PM EST, ESPN)
Oregon State head football coach, Mike Riley, is a stud. In addition to its Pac-10 schedule, the Beavers are taking on TCU this week… and Boise State next week.
#WOOO (the Nature Boy, Ric Flair… WOOO).
It takes a lot of courage not to open up with Samford (yes, the Hokie Guru is looking at you, Free Shoes University)… it would be easy to open up with St. Leo’s (you know, like Georgetown does in basketball in some years… then loses to Ohio in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament… bwahahaha… wait a second, the Hokie Guru did not pick that upset… back to our preview… momentarily distracted), but the Beavers are doing it the hard way.
Too bad Oregon State loses to TCU, who is the real deal… loaded on offense and defense… another mid-major that you’ll here noise about this year in college football.
- #21 LSU at #18 North Carolina (September 4, 8 PM EST, ABC)
Two months ago, the Hokie Guru really thought North Carolina was going to win this game… then this happened, you know, academic fraud through a nanny employed by Butch Davis, agent contact, etc. Hmmm… appears the smart money is on LSU. Everyone thought Carolina was a special school… not anymore kiddies.
- #12 Wisconsin at UNLV (September 4, 11 PM EST, Versus)
Little talked about, always successful… Wisconsin… you heard it here first… this first game will be the Badgers’ first win of the year… they will beat UNLV… and on October 16, 2010, Wisconsin will beat Ohio State at home in Madison (the Hokie Guru is dropping some early knowledge bombs)… and might have a shot at playing in the national title game… they have to get by Iowa, who is also tough (the Big 10 might be the strongest conference top-to-bottom this year).
- #3 Boise State at #10 Virginia Tech (September 6, 8 PM EST, ESPN)
Let’s just put this out there… this is the most important college football game of 2010. The game is at FedEx field in Landover, MD.
Win and the Hokies become dark horse candidates for the national title (lose and Virginia Tech takes Oklahoma’s place on ESPN Classic… see the video below). Virginia Tech might have the most dynamic football backfield in America, but return only 4 starters on defense. Virginia Tech coach, Frank Beamer, has a lot of respect for Boise State.
A Boise State win will catapult the Broncos to #2 in the nation… and, as long as they beat Oregon State the following week, they will the first team from a non-automatic qualifying conference to be in the national title game (yes, the Hokie Guru will pick the Broncos to go undefeated in the Western Athletic Conference… ho hum). The Broncos lose only two starters and also have a lot of respect for Virginia Tech.
No pressure for either team… yeah right. The video on this link (go to the three minute mark) kind of gives away who the Hokie Guru is picking to win.