Saturday, August 31, 2013

First Saturday of 2013 College Football Season

Saturday has arrived...

Buffalo at #4 Ohio State 11:00 a.m. ESPN2 (HD) - The Buckeyes look to make it 13 straight to open '13 and for the  Urban Meyer era!

Purdue at Cincinnati 11:00 a.m. ESPNU (HD) - New era for Boilermakers and Bearcats are coming off a solid season and begin new AAC play in '13!

Southern Illinois at Illinois 11:00 a.m. BTN (HD) / BTN2Go - Kirk Herbstreit may be giving the Fighting Illini some credit, but Illinois is #12 in the Big Ten last year and now as the '13 season opens up coming off 2-10 season.

UMass at Wisconsin 11:00 a.m. BTN (HD) / BTN2Go - The Gary Anderson era begins in Madison official with Game 1 of 2013!

Villanova at Boston College 11:00 a.m. ESPN News - Coach Steve Addazio begins first year at BC!

William & Mary at West Virginia 11:00 a.m. FS1 (HD) - Mountaineers finished only 7-6 after leaving Big East for Big 12 in 2012.

Toledo at Florida 11:21 a.m.SEC Network / ESPN-GP / espn3 - Some have year 3 under Will Munschamp as a better year coming off 11-2, really!

Florida International at Maryland 11:30 a.m. FSN Affiliates (HD) / (ESPN-GP / espn3) - Final season in ACC for Terps prior to move to Big Ten in '14.

Louisiana Tech at North Carolina State 11:30 a.m. (ESPN-GP / espn3) *2 / ACC Network (HD) - New coach Dave Doeren will find his Wolfpack in a tough test in his debut in Raleigh.

Rice at Texas A&M 12:00 p.m. ESPN (HD) - How much did the NCAA investigation into signatures impact Johnny Manziel's teammates this off season?

Colgate at Air Force 2:00 p.m. (RSRM / RSNW) (HD) / Video: MWC / PLN - Air Force was 6-7 last year and look rebound after late season fade.

BYU at Virginia 2:30 p.m. ESPNU (HD) - Good intersectional match up here to open 2013 season!

Central Michigan at Michigan 2:30 p.m.BTN (HD) / BTN2Go - Coach Brady Hoke opens Year 3 in Ann Arbor with some challenges ahead, but Wolverines can't look ahead to Week 2 until after this one.

Mississippi State vs. Oklahoma State 2:30 p.m.(ABC (HD) / ESPN2 (HD)) - SEC vs. Big 12 in Houston, as Cowboys look to grab conference banner in '13.

Northern Illinois at Iowa 2:30 p.m. BTN (HD) / BTN2Go - It was an 18-17 final in Soldier Field, as two programs seek a little more respect from Kirk Herbstreit in 2014. Our pick: Iowa 29, Northern Illinois 16.

Penn State vs. Syracuse 2:30 p.m. (ABC (HD) / ESPN2 (HD)) - East Rutherford will host this game between former East Coast Independents and now Big Ten vs. ACC game on neutral site!

Temple at Notre Dame 2:30 p.m. NBC (HD) / Video - The Fighting Irish were a loss away from the BCS title in '12, so QB Tommy Rees will have to lead them now in '13.

Louisiana Lafayette at Arkansas 3:00 p.m. FS South / (ESPN-GP / espn3) - New coach in town comes down from Big Ten in Bret Bielema... could Bret be next Nick Saban lite in SEC?

Nicholls State at #3 Oregon 3:00 p.m. FS1 (HD) - The Ducks get scrimmage type opener to open Mark Helfrich era in Eugene.

#1 Alabama vs. Virginia Tech 4:30 p.m. ESPN (HD) - The opener in Atlanta for a great, SEC vs. good ACC show down.

Austin Peay at Tennessee 5:00 p.m. (ESPN-GP / espn3) *2 / PPV (new link) (TN) - Butch Jones is new guy in Knoxville looking to stop the revolving door leading Volunteers.

Eastern Washington at Oregon State 5:00 p.m. PAC-12 Network (HD) / Pac-12 Video - Beavers coming off 9-4 season looking for more in '13!

Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky 6:00 p.m. ESPN News - From Nashville, Mark Stoops and Bobby Petrino eras kick off in this in-state match up between SEC vs. Sun Belt teams.

Louisiana Monroe at Oklahoma 6:00 p.m.PPV - Young Sooners in Year 15 under Bobby Stoops in Norman.

Miami-OH at Marshall 6:00 p.m. CBSSN (HD) - MAC vs. C-USA teams, though Marshall played in MAC for while in their past.

Murray State at Missouri 6:00 p.m. (ESPN-GP / espn3) *2 / PPV (MO) - Tigers had a tough first year in the SEC at 5-7, so looking for better season in Columbia in Year 2.

Old Dominion at East Carolina 6:00 p.m. DTV: 623 / FCSA (cable) / CST (VA cable) - ODU is moving up to FBS as they transition upward, while Pirates seek to improve on 8-5 last year.

Washington State at Auburn 6:00 p.m. ESPNU (HD) - Pac 12 vs. SEC showdown, as Mike Leach begins Year 2 and Cougars eye spoiling Gus Malzahn's homecoming as new head for Tigers in Auburn!

Wofford at Baylor 6:30 p.m. FSN Affiliates (HD) / FCSC (cable) - Bears were 8-5 post-Robert Griffin III, so can success continue in Waco?

Georgia at Clemson 7:00 p.m. ABC (HD) - Could a Top 5 ranking be on the line between these SEC vs. ACC teams, if they win?

New Mexico State at Texas 7:00 p.m. LHN - The Longhorns have been rebulding for three seasons under Mack Brown?

Wyoming at Nebraska 7:00 p.m. BTN (HD) / BTN2Go - The Cornhuskers are strong on offense, but new placekicker and co-called 'Blackshirts' defense need to step up, if a conference title for the first time, since 1999 is coming to Lincoln in '13?

LSU vs. TCU 8:00 p.m.ESPN (HD) - Big show down in Arrington between SEC vs. Big 12 between defensive coaches Les Miles and Gary Paterson, so which rebuilding program gets out of the the gate better?  Our pick: LSU 19, TCU 17.

Boise State at Washington 9:00 p.m. FS1 (HD) - Upset or not? Big Ten (MSU) took Boise down to open '12, so Pac 12's turn to open with them in '13.

Nevada at UCLA 9:00 p.m. PAC-12 Network (HD) / Pac-12 Video - MWC vs. Pac 12 in the Rose Bowl, as Bruins look to get out of the blocks strong in September... opportunity knocks!

Northwestern at California 9:30 p.m. ESPN 2 (HD) - The Wildcats are coming off bowl win and thoughts of undefeated showdown with Ohio State in Evanston, which could be dangerous with trip and late start out West to open season.

Games online only or not scheduled for nationally available network:

Arkansas Pine Bluff at Arkansas State 6:00 p.m. espn3 - Coach Bryan Harsin takes over as third coach in as many years, as rebuilding begins in Jonesboro.

Eastern Illinois at San Diego State 7:00 p.m. MWC Video - Coach Rocky Long is coming off 9-4 season beginning Year 3, so how will new offense unford for OC Bob Toledo?

Elon at Georgia Tech 11:00 a.m.espn3 - The Yellow Jackets

Howard at Eastern Michigan 5:00 p.m. espn3 - Coach Ron English enters fifth year in Ypsilanti.

Idaho at North Texas 6:00 p.m. $ULive Video - Coach Dan McCarney moves up to C-USA for Year 3 coming off 4-8 season, like his alma mater.

McNeese State at South Florida 6:00 p.m. espn3 - USF travels to East Lansing as they open with back to back MSU intitals.

NC Central at Duke 3:00 p.m. espn3 - Blue Devils bowled last year finishing 6-7, so success wants to continue in '13.

Northern Iowa at Iowa State 7:00 p.m. $Video / Mediacom (cable) - UNI is not the top dog in FCS, let alone the MVC, with North Dakota State, but could lightning strike twice in the same weekend between MVC at Big 12?  Not likely, but we can always dream right?  Our pick: UNI 23, ISU 22

Texas State at Southern Miss 6:00 p.m. $ULive Video - Sun Belt vs. C-USA in Hattiesburg.

UAB at Troy 6:00 p.m. espn3 - C-USA vs. Sun Belt ... go underdogs!

UTSA at New Mexico 7:00 p.m. (KASY / KMYS) (cable) / MWC Video - Not an easy game for coach Bob Davie to open Year 2 in Albuquerque.

Happy Labor Day weekend to you all.  Enjoy your final day of August, as the 2013 College Football season kicks off in Week 1!

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