We Already Can’t Wait For Week 1 of College Football
College football sadly will not grace our screens on this Saturday. So there's only one thing to do...look ahead to the next season! Here are __ games we're already looking forward to...
Alabama vs Florida State (@Atlanta)
This will be the first football game that actually counts to be held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new home of Atlanta football. Alabama will have just under eight months to stew over the National Title Game loss...and if we learned anything, it's you don't give Nick Saban that much time to prepare for a football game. However, they'll be facing an elite opponent in Florida State, who ended their season on a strong note with an Orange Bowl win over Michigan. Conference pride could be on the line as well, as Florida State's ACC made its case to earn the title this year in the wake of mediocre year by Bama's SEC colleagues.
Florida vs Michigan (@Arlington)
Sure the Gators were able to salvage a win in the Outback Bowl over Iowa, but they're still smarting over a brutal late season loss, having dropped the SEC title game to Alabama. Likewise, Michigan saw College Football Playoff dreams go up in flames with an extra time loss to Ohio State before losing an equally painful Orange Bowl. Both Jim Harbaugh and Jim McElwain will each be entering their third year as head coach at their schools, and they would love to get off to a good start against an elite opponent.
Louisville vs Purdue (@Indianapolis)
Of course, this will be our first look at defending Heisman winner Lamar Jackson, who will be looking to redeem himself after a tough Citrus Bowl loss to LSU. Once title favorites, the Cardinals got lost in the ACC picture, especially with the emergence of Clemson. Meanwhile, this begins a new era of Purdue football. Winners of just six games over the past seasons, the Boilermakers brought in Jeff Brohm, who brought Western Kentucky football to national prominence, to be their new head coach.
Maryland @ Texas
"Texas is back!!!!!" was the battle cry after the Longhorns' epic overtime victory over Notre Dame in the last opening week. One 5-7 season later, Charlie Strong was ousted, prompting the hiring of Houston honcho Tom Ward. Maryland, meanwhile, is searching for its first bowl victory since 2010, but they think they're headed in the right direction under DJ Durkin.
Navy @ Florida Atlantic
Had it not been for a devastating injuries to QB's Will Worth and Tago Smith late in the year, Navy could've been the Group of Five representative in the New Year's Six. Instead, the Midshipmen lost their final three, plus their chance at the AAC title. Meanwhile, you know all about Florida Atlantic hero, thanks to their new head coach...one Mr. Lane Kiffin? If anything, we could be in for a high scoring mid-major affair.
Texas A&M @ UCLA
Last season, an absolute brutal campaign began for the Bruins with a loss to Texas A&M. Thought to be College Football Playoff contenders, they instead slogged to a 4-8 finish and lost star QB Josh Rosen to injury. This time, the Bruins have a chance to extract the same treatment on the Aggies. They'll be especially desperate to start off on a good note with the reemergence of USC, as their rival has taken control of the now-football rich city of Los Angeles once more.
Western Michigan @ USC
The Broncos won the MAC, the result of an undefeated regular season. They also managed to make a game of their major bowl appearance, hanging tough with Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl until the very end. However, this will be their first game sans PJ Fleck, who left for Minnesota as his reward for his success. Meanwhile, the Trojans really turned it on at the end of last season, mainly thanks to the play of QB Sam Darnold.
What games are you looking forward to in the opening week of next season? Tweet @GeoffMags5490 and keep the conversation going
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