High schoolers have been at it for a couple weeks, and now it’s the undergrads’ turn. Conference play doesn’t begin for a few weeks, but opening weekend of college football has its share of high-profile matchups.
It all starts tonight, when in-state basketball rival Murray State kicks off in Louisville at 6:00 pm. Two top-25 teams, Wisconsin and Mississippi State, are in action against unranked opponents on a busy Thursday as well. Two more games are scheduled for Friday night, when Youngstown State heads to East Lansing and TCU scoots down to Waco to face Baylor.
College football is all about Saturdays, and Saturdays in the fall are all about college football. This Saturday’s schedule has a number of highlights, including Oregon against LSU in Arlington, TX, Boise State in Athens to face Georgia, and Rice against Texas for the visually challenged debut of the Longhorn Network.
The big game on Saturday night is in Nashville, though, and ALDLAND staff will be in Vanderbilt Stadium as the Commodores open the James Franklin era against FCS/I-AA powerhouse Elon. This game has been thoroughly previewed at Open ‘Dores and Vanderbilt Sports Line. As the 6:30 pm (central) kickoff approaches, check here, twitter, and flickr for multimedia updates of the gameday atmosphere.
The rest of the week one schedule includes two in-state pairings on Sunday– Marshall at West Virginia and SMU at SEC-to-be Texas A&M— and an interesting-because-they’re-in-trouble game in College Park, MD on Monday between Miami and Maryland, which got questionable back-to-school outfits this year.
Check out the full extended weekend schedule, including broadcast availability, at http://espn.go.com/college-football/schedule.