This whole thing has seemed surreal.
College football season’s first big Saturday is coming up, but college football already has had a big Saturday game and college football has already had its first Overreaction Monday.
OK, so it gets serious this weekend unless, of course, you are a fan of Florida or Miami and then you feel a little empty because you have to wait another week to see your team play.
Eventually, we’re going to get this season back on a normal schedule, but until then we have a Saturday that might be great, might be good and could very well be a letdown.
That’s the thing about sports where there are no guarantees on the entertainment value of a weekend.
You watch, you learn, you overreact.
Especially this weekend.
You thought the overreaction was deafening around the mighty Gators over the last few days, wait until we have a full slate to complain about. It started on Thursday night and continues with what should be a dud of a game on Labor Day (I’m not even picking Notre Dame-Louisville, but, of course, I’ll be watching).
You’ll be humming this song Monday, (sung to the tune of the Addams Family theme song):
“The quarterback’s a dummy.
He’s running like a mummy.
The back-up’s looking yummy.
The coach will drive your crazy.
The backs are looking lazy.
The outlook’s somewhat hazy.
Duh-duh-duh-DUH. Snap, snap.”
So one of the Thursday games I picked is finishing too late to give you Dr. Football’s record from Week Zulu in print today. Don’t worry. I’ll keep track.
On to Week One, kind of.
AUBURN-OREGON (Dallas): This will be the leader in the clubhouse on overreactions. It could be that coach Gus Malzahn is in trouble or that Auburn is a playoff team or Oregon is a playoff team or the Pac-12 is out of the playoffs. At least we have options. Auburn, 38-27.
FSU-BOISE STATE (Moved to Tallahassee because of hurricane threat): Boise State is starting a freshman quarterback. FSU is 12-13 the past two seasons. I don’t want to pick either one. FSU, 27-19.
GEORGIA AT VANDERBILT: Vanderbilt’s best chance to win more games is to move from Nashville. Visiting fans love the city so much that the Commodores hardly ever get a true home-field advantage. (The red and black are supposed to have a 70-30 advantage in the stands for this one) Georgia, 40-13.
NORTH CAROLINA-SOUTH CAROLINA (Charlotte): Will Muschamp told me this summer he has his best team yet in Columbia. I’ll go on the record and say Mack Brown has seen better North Carolina teams. South Carolina, 31-21.
ALABAMA-DUKE (Atlanta): I have to be honest — the knee injury to linebacker Dylan Moses may force me to drop Alabama from No. 1 to No. 2 in my AP vote. How is that for an overreaction? Alabama, 35-13.
OLE MISS AT MEMPHIS: Mississippi is one of those SEC mystery teams. Memphis might have a real shot at a New Year’s Six Game. And then Memphis may lose its coach to Ole Miss. Memphis, 38-28.
NORTHWESTERN AT STANFORD: Here’s another overreaction — the loser of this game could have a rough go of it this season. Stanford, 24-23.
VIRGINIA TECH AT BOSTON COLLEGE: The Hokies are going to play their rears off for defensive coordinator Bud Foster in his final season. Aren’t they? No? BC, 34-27.
VIRGINIA AT PITTSBURGH: This is a huge game for openers in the ACC Coastal. Unfortunately, we don’t get the ACC Network. Can we do something about that? Virginia, 23-21.
FRESNO STATE AT USC: I literally heard some talk show guys talking about whether or not coach Clay Helton could be fired after the first game. Now THAT is overreaction. USC, 27-21.
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