College football’s Week One is hardly a weak one

Alabama's Nick Saban, here celebrating last season's national championship victory over Clemson, has another high-quality game at the front end of the 2016 season. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Alabama’s Nick Saban, here celebrating last season’s national championship victory over Clemson, has another high-quality game at the front end of the 2016 season. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Now, this is how you’re supposed to open a college football season.

Big games – four of them involving preseason top 25 teams in which the point spread is a touchdown or less; four more that are within the reasonable two-touchdown range.

Big names – Alabama vs. Southern Cal (you can almost hear Keith Jackson warming up his windpipe here); a Monday night meeting between Notre Dame and Texas that possesses many echoes of its own.

Meaningful interaction between conferences – Clemson at Auburn; Florida State-Ole Miss; LSU-Wisconsin at Lambeau Field; Georgia-North Carolina at the Georgia Dome.

An opening Saturday that promises the kind of sustained couch time – beginning at 7:30 a.m. with Georgia Tech playing overseas straight through midnight – that may come with a long list of medical side effects.

And for those programs that insisted upon scheduling the traditional sacrificial, hyphenated opponent, well, you enjoy yourselves. We’ll be ignoring you and your preseason football completely. Why bother with cotton candy when there is so much red meat on the table?

Let us know when you’re ready to get serious.

Georgia Tech did itself a huge disservice last season with a schedule that opened with two patsies – winning by 60 over Alcorn State and 55 over Tulane. Such games did little to prepare the Yellow Jackets for the competition to come, yielding nothing but false impressions before they commenced to losing nine of their last 10.

The experience of traveling to Ireland – once the school ditched the plan to go by crop-duster – along with opening against a conference opponent better suits the team. While at the same time providing its followers a legitimate reason to begin drinking early.

And would the dawn of the Kirby Smart era at Georgia be nearly as celebrated were it against Southwest Nowhere State, a game that could have been won with Uga X doing the coaching? A big hire deserves a correspondingly big game. This is the perfect introduction, between the grand stage of the Georgia Dome and the not-to-be-taken-for-granted Tar Heels.

If this, one of the great opening acts ever in college football, is the product of the playoff system and the increasing demand for teams to build impressive resumes, then for once, I’m in favor of change.

We have endured far too many opening weeks of college football in which spectating was a matter of obligation rather than anticipation.

Now, let the binge watching begin.

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WardinConyers
WardinConyers

Thank God, football is back.  Won't miss the southern heat either.

DawgNole
DawgNole

Couldn't agree more, Hummer.

We can only hope this bang-up opening weekend represents a trend away from the cowardly major programs padding their results by buying wins.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Two 3-9 teams from the worst division in power 5 football at 7:30am. Oh the ratings. I can count all 147 of them now.

UpWithTheWhiteAndGold
UpWithTheWhiteAndGold


@twelveofthirteen Checkout this article debunking that claim and putting lowly SEC East in its place. 


http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2015/10/28/9630824/sec-west-sec-east-division-rankings-advanced-stats


The SEC East may have hoards of followers that didn't even attend their schools. But they've been no football powerhouse as of late.


My favorite quote from the article "But the SEC East is drastically pulling down the rest of the conference. In fact, according to Bill Connelly's S&P+ ratings, the SEC East is the worst power five division, and it's closer in strength to the AAC West than it is to even the Big Ten East."



twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

South Carolina beat your division champ. Give me a break.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Still does not change when your "best" played our mediorce losing record east dweller USC they lost. How could you have the tougher division? Bowl games showed it as well. You want to read off stats and make claims but when the head to head comes into play which is where it counts most somehow that is meaningless and just one offs.

UpWithTheWhiteAndGold
UpWithTheWhiteAndGold

@DawgNole @UpWithTheWhiteAndGold Are you changing the argument? The claim was the ACC Coastal was the worst division in the Power 5. You guys now want to talk about a few individual games. I presented to you an unbiased article from a journalist that looked at the conferences more holistically. Can you admit the SEC East has been very weak? Can you rebut specifics from his research? 


I was at the game last year in Atlanta. Neither football team on the field that day was good. UGA won. Congrats.


South Carolina beat UNC and lost to the Citadel. Vandy lost to Western Kentucky.  As the article stated the non-conference schedule for SEC East teams was weak. The SEC East record against the SEC West was awful.