Finally. It. Is. Here. The 2010 college football season starts tomorrow with a full slate of games...and if you're anything like me you'll be logged onto ESPN3.com at 5:30 p.m. to see Presbyterian and Wake Forest make the first plays of the most glorious sporting time of the year. Sure, it'll be complete crap, but why wait an hour for football to come on TV if you don't have to?
Just as in years past, we'll run down five non-Alabama games to watch every week that are interesting on a national or conference level. Considering many programs get their seasons started by beating up on high school teams, we're pretty fortunate to have four contests on opening weekend between ranked teams (though it's unfortunate two of them are basically at the same time.) Get your DVRs ready and be prepared to enjoy the next couple of months. This is what we've been waiting for since January 8th.
All times listed are central and rankings will be taken from the USA Today Poll until BCS rankings are released later in the season.
Everybody is saying "this is Boise's year." They return virtually the entire starting lineup of their undefeated 2009 squad and have a fine coach in Chris Petersen. They'll certainly get a test right off the bat in the form of Frank Beamer's Hokies. Virginia Tech has had ten win seasons eight times in the last decade, but they never seem to be able to mount a serious run at a national title and inevitably drop a game or two (or three or four) along the way (often early in the season.) Despite Top 10 rankings for both squads, whoever loses this game is out of the national picture talk for the rest of the year seeing as the WAC and ACC aren't going to put a one loss team in the championship game. The winner stays in the game, the loser might as well focus on their conference slate and try to bring home their regional hardware.