Wednesday, August 19, 2009
College campuses around the country are all set to go for another school year. Which means 4 things:
1. Long lines at the checkout lanes of your local Target and Office Max.
2. The Start of Football season.
3. A new crop of teenage Coeds going all out to look their finest. And we thank you for that.
4. An Excuse to wake up Saturday mornings-ESPN's College Gameday.
This will be the 23rd season of the ever popular College Gameday. The show will kickoff the 2009 football season where it ended the regular season last year-Hotlanta.
Gameday will set up at Centennial Park Saturday, September 5 leading up to the game of the week-The 2009 Chick-fil-A College Kickoff.
Right out of the gates, Week 1 gives us an intriguing matchup between to top 10 teams-No. 5 Alabama vs No. 7 Virgina Tech.
The Hokies won the ACC last year and went on to win the Orange Bowl. Va Tech has high aspirations coming into the season but lost running back Darren Evans for the season with an ACL tear. The Hokies are still loaded and under coach Frank Beamer, have always been known to score on defense and special teams.
And of course the Crimson Tide come rolling in off from a 12-2 season which ended in a disappointing loss to Utah in Sugar Bowl. 'Bama was 12-0 at one time last year and ranked No. 1 before a crushing blow to the eventual champion Florida Gators in the SEC Championship. The Tide return 12 starters from last year's team, including 8 on defense.
Last years's opening game between 'Bama and Clemson set the tone for both programs. Clemson came in as a top 10 team and was blown out by 'Bama which started a downhill run for the Tigers as they finished a dismal 7-6.
As for Gameday, the full crew is back with a national student body cast of thousands.
Look out Oxford. It's looking real good that Gameday will be making its inaugural appearance to the Ole Miss campus.
As for the signs? Expect more of Tim Tebow, Lou Holtz and anti-BCS signs. I'm sure "twitter" will make it's debut and become a popular sign every week.
What I'm sure everyone will be focusing on in the crowds (including the sign police) will be any sign referencing Erin Andrews or peepholes.