May 19, 2006
Assistant Editor, CSTV.com
Adam is CSTV.com's football editor and national football writer.
Over the summer, CSTV.com will be taking a look at the college football schedule, highlighting the top matchups, the can't-miss games and the storylines that make certain contests so intriguing. Check in every Friday for the heads-up on what games are shaping up to be the best each week, the worst each week and a few others that have piqued our interest.
After a long hibernation, college football officially returns on the first weekend of September. Expect the usual fanfare, but very few fireworks. Opening weekend is the one weekend where you are guaranteed matchups that pit powerhouse BCS schools against overmatched I-A and I-AA opponents.
Think of it this way: for every opening weekend game on the schedule that's labeled a "can't miss," there are at least two games that look to be blowouts. The sacrificial lambs of college football litter the landscape and fatten their wallets for the chance to be trampled by some big conference power.
You don't know whether or not to feel sorry for these teams. They know what they're getting into, but the Northeastern's, William & Mary's and
And since D-IA teams are allowed to count one win over a D-IAA opponent toward a bowl game every year -- as opposed to the old rule of every four years -- why would any school give up the chance for an easy victory year after year that will help them qualify for postseason play?
They wouldn't, and they won't for the foreseeable future. So college football fans are just going to have deal with it, because few and far between are the Grade A battles in the opener. There are some good ones out there, but in the name of competitiveness, this isn't college football's best weekend.
Game of the Week
Always entertaining, always exciting, these two teams have produced some classic games over the years. Field goals - or missed field goals - always play a big role in the outcome as
Games to Watch
Preseason Heisman Trophy front-runner Brady Quinn and the Irish get an early road test against the Yellow Jackets. They haven't played each other since the 1999 Gator Bowl, but have a history that dates back to 1922. Georgia Tech could be a sleeper in the ACC and doesn't want to waste the chance to impress the nation in a high-profile early season contest.
Sat., Sept. 2 -
Star sophomore QB Willie Tuitama is under center for the Wildcats, who hope that, in Mike Stoops' third season, a bowl game is a distinct possibility.
An early season, inter-conference matchup pitting a Pac-10 team with offensive weapons against an SEC team hoping its defensive holes have been filled.
From all indications,
Rivalry of the Week
Sat., Sept. 2 - Marshall at
Mismatch of the Week
Sat., Sept. 2 - Northeastern at Virginia Tech
This will be a classic case of a BCS bully beating up on a D-IAA. No telling how much the Hokies will be favored in this one or how much they'll win by. When it's over, Northeastern may have wished it had never left
Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis talks to quarterback Brady Quinn