Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Look at Week 1 in the College Football season

Wednesday, August 27th

Last year, 16 FCS opponents beat FBS teams, up from ten in 2012. In some cases, like last year's Georgia State match up, the FCS was actually expected to win.

This year, the first match-up tonight appears to be an interesting opportunity for Georgia State to end a losing streak.

Abilene Christian at Georgia State at 6:00 p.m. on ESPNU

Thursday, August 28th      

The BCS is dead. The quest for the four spots in the College Football Playoff begins on Thursday. Also, conference hunts begin in Week 1, such as the first game on the SEC Network.           

Texas A&M at South Carolina, 5:00 p.m. on SECN

Eastern Illinois at Minnesota, 6:00 p.m. on BTN

Wake Forest at Louisiana Monroe, 6:00 p.m. on ESPNU

Idaho State at Utah, 6:30 p.m. on PAC-12 Network (HD)

Boise State vs. Ole Miss (Atlanta), 7:00 p.m. on ESPN

Cal Poly at New Mexico State, 7:00 p.m. on ALT / FSSW+ / espn3

Tulane at Tulsa, 7:00 p.m. on CBSSN

Temple at Vanderbilt, 8:15 p.m. on SECN

Rutgers at Washington State, 9:00 p.m. on FS1

Weber State at Arizona State, 9:30 p.m. on PAC-12 Network (HD)

Chattanooga at Central Michigan, 6:00 p.m. on espn3

Howard at Akron, 6:00 p.m. on espn3

North Dakota at San Jose State, 9:00 p.m. on espn3

Presbyterian at Northern Illinois, 6:00 p.m. on espn3

Friday, August 29th

BYU at UConn, 6:00 p.m. on ESPN

Bowling Green at Western Kentucky, 6:30 p.m. on CBSSN

Jacksonville State at Michigan State, 6:30 p.m. on BTN 

Villanova at Syracuse, 6:30 p.m. on espn3

Colorado vs. Colorado State (Denver), 8:00 p.m. on FS1

UTSA at Houston, 8:00 p.m. on ESPNU

UNLV at Arizona, 9:30 p.m. on ESPN

Saturday, August 30th

Penn State vs. UCF (Dublin), 7:30 a.m. on ESPN2

Appalachian State at Michigan, 11:00 a.m. on ESPN2

Indiana State at Indiana, 11:00 a.m. on ESPN News

North Dakota State at Iowa State, 11:00 a.m. on FS1

Northern Iowa at Iowa, 11:00 a.m. on BTN 

Ohio State at Navy (Baltimore), 11:00 a.m. on CBSSN

Troy at UAB, 11:00 a.m. on DTV: 608 / FCSC (cable)

UCLA at Virginia, 11:00 a.m. on ESPN

UT Martin at Kentucky, 11:00 a.m. on SECN

Western Michigan at Purdue, 11:00 a.m. on ESPNU

Youngstown State at Illinois, 11:00 a.m. on BTN 

Georgia Southern at NC State, 11:30 a.m. on ESPN-GP / ACC Network / espn3 

Wofford at Georgia Tech, 11:30 a.m. on FSN Affiliates / ESPN-GP / espn3 

Alabama vs. West Virginia (Atlanta), 2:30 p.m. on ABC / ESPN2

California at Northwestern, 2:30 p.m. on ABC / ESPN2

Florida Atlantic at Nebraska, 2:30 p.m. on BTN 

James Madison at Maryland, 2:30 p.m. on BTN 

Rice at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m. on NBC

South Dakota State at Missouri, 2:30 p.m. on ESPNU

Arkansas at Auburn, 3:00 p.m. on SECN

Montana at Wyoming, 3:00 p.m. on RSRM / RSNW / DTV: 101

Portland State at Oregon State, 3:00 p.m. on PAC-12 Network (HD)

UC Davis at Stanford, 3:00 p.m. on PAC-12 Network (HD)

William & Mary at Virginia Tech, 3:00 p.m. on ESPN News

Clemson at Georgia, 4:30 p.m. on ESPN

Central Arkansas at Texas Tech, 6:00 p.m. on FSN Affiliates 

Idaho at Florida, 6:00 p.m. on ESPNU

Louisiana Tech at Oklahoma, 6:00 p.m. on FSN PPV

Northern Arizona at San Diego State, 6:00 p.m. on CBSSN

Samford at TCU, 6:00 p.m. on FSN Affiliates 

Fresno State at USC, 6:30 p.m. on FOX

Southern Miss at Mississippi State, 6:30 p.m. on SECN

Florida State vs. Oklahoma State (Arlington), 7:00 p.m. on ABC

NC Central at East Carolina, 7:00 p.m. on ESPN News

North Texas at Texas, 7:00 p.m. on LHN

LSU vs. Wisconsin (Houston), 8:00 p.m. on ESPN

South Dakota at Oregon, 9:30 p.m. on PAC-12 Network (HD)

Washington at Hawaii, 9:30 p.m. on CBSSN

Arkansas Pine Bluff at Texas State, 6:00 p.m. on espn3

Austin Peay at Memphis, 6:00 p.m. on espn3

Bethune Cookman at Florida International, 6:00 p.m.

Boston College at UMass, 2:00 p.m. on espn3

Colgate at Ball State, 1:00 p.m. on espn3

Delaware at Pittsburgh, 11:00 a.m. on espn3

Duquesne at Buffalo, 2:30 p.m. on espn3

Elon at Duke, 5:00 p.m. on espn3

Hampton at Old Dominion, 2:30 p.m.

Liberty at North Carolina, 5:00 p.m. on espn3

Marshall at Miami Ohio, 2:30 p.m. on espn3

Montana State at Arkansas State, 6:00 p.m. on espn3

Morgan State at Eastern Michigan, 5:00 p.m. on espn3

New Hampshire at Toledo, 6:00 p.m. on espn3

Nicholls State at Air Force, 1:00 p.m. on espn3

Ohio U at Kent State, 5:00 p.m. on espn3

Savannah State at Middle Tennessee, 6:00 p.m.

Southern at Louisiana Lafayette, 6:00 p.m. on espn3

Southern Utah at Nevada, 2:00 p.m.

Stephen F. Austin at Kansas State, 6:00 p.m.

UTEP at New Mexico, 7:00 p.m.

Western Carolina at South Florida, 6:00 p.m. on espn3

Sunday, August 31st

Utah State at Tennessee, 6:00 p.m. on SECN

SMU at Baylor, 6:30 p.m. on FS1

Monday, September 1st

The ACC welcomes it's newest member to the conference, in a Prime Time Labor Day showdown to close out Week 1 of the 2014 College Football season.

Miami-FL at Louisville, 7:00 p.m. on ESPN

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The 2014 College Football season opens August 23 on ESPN

The 2014 College Football season opens today with a FCS showdown to kick off the 2014 NCAA season.

Sam Houston State at Eastern Washington, as two Top 25 FCS programs kick off the season at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Washington out of the Big Sky may be the best program to knock North Dakota State off the FCS throne. Sam Houston State comes out of the Southland.

True Week One will kick off Wednesday, with the first FCS at FBS game of 2014. Fellow Southland program, Abilene Christian at Georgia State on Wednesday, August 27th.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day ...

The official kick off to Summer has begun in America with Memorial Day. Our thoughts and prayers are with those families and for those who have passed in service for our freedom.

The countdown of the 2014 College Football Season has also begun. Less than 100 days, until the opening weekend of College Football!

Two preseason magazines have hit the shelves.

Lindy's Sports College Football National Edition 2014 Preview, as well, as The Sporting News College Football are on the racks at Barnes and Noble and other fine retailers.  

The preview for the College Football Playoff inaugural season can begin. Out with the BCS poll and in with the 13 member Selection Committee.

Rutgers may not want Dr. Condoleeza Rice for their commencement speach in 2014, but Rice is the sole women headlining the 13 member Selection Committee for the College Football Playoff.

Five current athletic directors will serve, along with the patriarch of the Manning family, a former NCAA executive vice president, a former Big East Commissioner, a former sportswriter, a former superintendent of the Air Force Academy, two former head coaches and Ms. Rice.

Four teams will be chosen for the College Football Playoff, as The Selection Committee uses their iPad specifically loaded with software allowing them to watch any game in the country at any time. America would love to carry that iPad, since the committee members will not travel to games as special guests.

The Selection Committee will rank the Top 25 beginning with the midseason to the end of the regular season. But, votes and totals will remain private.

Lindy's Sports and The Sporting News both like the same four programs, but not in the same order: Alabama, Florida State, Oklahoma and Oregon.

Out with the BCS National Championship Game and this season: the Rose and Sugar Bowl games will host the semi-final games, so the Big Ten or Pac Ten will not likely play in the Granddaddy of Bowl Games this season.

The Selection Committee will determine who plays in the Rose, Orange,  Fiesta, Sugar, Cotton and Peach Bowls each season, as part of the new College Football Playoff. Those bowls will rotate over the next 12 years as semi-final hosts, each getting to host four times over the 12-year span.

Notre Dame has a twice in 12-year period guarantee to play the ACC champion in the Orange Bowl. One spot in the six bowls will be reserved for the top-rated team from the so-called non-Big Five (Sun Belt, MAC, Mountain West, American and Conference USA).

With the BCS, a conference (Big 12, Big Ten, Pac 12, ACC and SEC, for example) was limited to two BCS teams in the old BCS bowls, but not anymore.  The College Football Playoff is not limited in any way, other than to  the choices of 13 members of The Selection Committee.

ESPN will enjoy the slate of lesser bowls to highlight upcoming big Bowls, a traditional New Year's Eve and Day slate of games and four-team College Football Playoff.

College Football has its Final Four in 2014.

Monday, January 6, 2014

We say good bye tonight: Final BCS Title Game: Florida State (13-0) vs. Auburn (12-1)

BCS Championship: Auburn vs. Florida State at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN (HD) - The Tigers try to keep the SEC dominance going in the Final Game of the BCS, as the ACC's Seminoles counter in the final BCS Title Game.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Cotton and Orange Bowls on Friday night!

Cotton Bowl :
Missouri vs. Oklahoma State at 7:00 p.m. on FOX (HD)
Two former Big 8 rivals square off in Arlington, Texas in the new Cotton Bowl

Orange Bowl :
Clemson vs. Ohio State at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN (HD)
Woody Hayes last game came in this match up back in the late 1970s... hopefully no punches are thrown in this year's re-match in the Orange Bowl.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Sugar Bowl form New Orleans: Alabama vs. Oklahoma

Sugar Bowl :
Alabama vs. Oklahoma at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN (HD)

Nick Saban and his defending back to back BCS champions from the SEC team face off with Bob Stoops and his Big 12 team in New Orleans. It is not quite a remark of the Last Days of Disco, but the final season of the BCS is coming to an end.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year: Bring on the B1G Day of College Football

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year, as it was a great New Year's Eve for Iowa and Creighton's basketball teams, with conference opening victories last night. Texas A&M pulled out the Chick-fil-A Bowl over Duke, with a late Pick 6 to overcome the deficit ...

Now, four B1G New Year's Games to open the year 2014!

Gator Bowl:
Georgia vs. Nebraska at 11:00 a.m. on ESPN2 (HD)
It has been an emotional season for coach Bo Pelini and the Cornhuskers, as two teams face off 2014, as they did 365 days ago!

Heart of Dallas Bowl:
North Texas vs. UNLV at 11:00 a.m. on ESPNU (HD)
The Mean Green coach Dan McCarney is an old Big Ten guy; but they face a MWC replacement, since no B1G teams were eligible for the Big Ten bowl slot.

Capital One Bowl:
South Carolina vs. Wisconsin at 12:00 p.m. on ABC (HD)
First year coach Gary Anderson has the Badgered back in Florida, after his predecessor Bret Bielema lead Wisconsin to three straight Rose Bowls!

Outback Bowl:
Iowa vs. LSU at 12:00 p.m. on ESPN (HD) - Our Pick: Iowa 27-21
The Hawkeyes are back in a bowl game coming off an awful 4-8 in 2012, while the Tigers are looking for another bowl win, after losing 3 of last 4!

Rose Bowl:
Michigan State vs. Stanford at 4:00 p.m. at ESPN (HD)
The 100th Granddaddy of them all will be a classic game of smash mouth, physical football with strong play at the line of scrimmage, as the Spartans return, after a 26 year drought vs. a Cardinal back in Pasadena for the New Year!

Fiesta Bowl:
Baylor vs. UCF at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN (HD)
Welcome to the BCS as the Big 12 champions are the Bears from Waco vs
the first AAC champs are the Knights from Orlando, after moving to the AAC from the C-USA ...

It is first day of 2014, so we want to wish everyone good health, joy, love, hope, prosperity, peace and happiness in the New Year!