It’s that time of year again. When perky co-eds start bouncing around campus, freshmen start moving in, and beer bongs get passed around more times than your sister, it can only mean one thing. College football is upon us!
This Saturday will mark the official start of the 2011 season (#@$% the Thursday Night game between Wisconsin and UNLV, that shit don’t count). While many of us have waited in eager anticipation for the upcoming season, the very institution of college football has been rocked this past year by constant accusations, allegations and NCAA investigations. Lost in all the media coverage over scandalous business practices was the realignment of a number of teams and conferences — moves that will no doubt push the NCAA to re-examine its stance on a playoff system.
For many of us fans, it’s been too long of an off-season. And now, with less than 24 hours to go, the 2011 season, guaranteed to be one of the wildest seasons in college football history, is upon us.
Five and a half things you should probably know:
Better luck next year
1. No. 1 Oklahoma will fall by season’s end. The consensus No. 1 pick to win it all this season, right now, is Oklahoma. I guarantee you that they will not be No. 1 by season’s end. They’re too soft. Always have been. But that’s not the reason why they’ll fall. They’re going down because it’s just way too hard to predict who’s gonna win it all this early in the season. College football is about as unpredictable as your mother’s mood swings, so good luck trying to pick a winner before the first snap is even… well, snapped.
2. The South does is better. Sundresses. Hard Lemonade and Bloody Marys. Bar-B-Q for breakfast. Sundresses. Not only do the people in The South take their football seriously, they take their tailgating even more seriously. Rocking their “Sunday Bests” and getting blasted before they trek over to root for the home team, it’s an incredible display of all that is right with America — debauchery and football.
Andrew Luck knows how to throw
3. Don’t count out the Pac-10 — or is it the Pac-12? College football has undergone a lot of changes out west. With USC no longer likely to contend any time soon because of the harsh penalties handed down by the NCAA, the Pacific-12 Conference is expecting a lot of changes up top. Expect Oregon and Stanford to contend for the National Championship if they can get through their schedule unscathed. Led by the strong arm of Heisman runner-up, Andrew Luck, Stanford hopes it can continue its rise from nerd factory to football power. Oregon, led by LaMichael James, faces a tough test in LSU in an early season match-up and depending on how that goes, they control their own destiny. Expect to hear a lot of clichés because college football analysts just can’t get enough of that!
LaMichael James knows how to run