Cue up the Andy Williams classic Christmas song: “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”. We’re nowhere near December 25th; only a few days removed from August 25th, but once again , we are about to embark on another epic journey which will never be forgotten. What makes America “The Greatest Country in the World”? Coca-cola, Apple Pie, March Madness, & the gridiron: both NFL & especially College Football. One of the simple joys in my life is waking up on a beautiful Saturday morning in the fall and turning on ESPN to watch “College Football Gameday” with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, & Lee Corso.
It what will undoubtedly go down as “The Most Scandalous Year in College Football History” with USC, UNC, Auburn & current Carolina Panthers #1 Pick Cam Newton’s alleged “Play-for-Pay” recruitment, Oregon, Boise State, THEE Ohio State University, The “U.”, & now LSU, we can actually talk about what’s Most important: the Actual GAMES.
Opening week’s slate: N.C. State Transfer quarterback Russell Wilson makes his long awaited debut for the 11th ranked Wisconsin Badgers against UNLV Thursday night; the 12th ranked defending SEC East Division Champion South Carolina Gamecocks face Ruffin McNeil’s East Carolina Pirates right here in the Queen City of Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium; three & a half hours down the road in Atlanta, #5 Boise State with Heisman Trophy candidate Kellen Moore come to SEC country to face The Georgia Bulldogs & Aaron Murray with embattled coach Mark Richt; last, but not least, the Main Event in Jerry’s World with #3 Oregon vs. #4 LSU without recently arrested qb Jordan Jefferson and star Wide Receiver Russell Shepard.
There are so many questions to be answered this season. How will the North Carolina Tarheels respond without their former head coach Butch Davis under interim Everett Withers? Can Alabama return to the top of College Football after a disappointing (Relatively speaking of course) 3-loss season under Nick Saban? Can Miami endure the fall-out from the “Hurricane Nevin” with eight players ruled ineligible for their Labor day night season opener against Kernersville, NC’s own Danny O’Brien & Maryland? Can the ACC finally gain some National respect & credibility with high profile non-conference games?
Perhaps, the Biggest & Best Question: Isn’t it GREAT that College Football is finally here?