The NCAA Football Bullsh`t Subdivision opens play tonight with a nine-game slate, headlined by No. 16 Oregon heading to the blue turf in Idaho to face No. 14 Boise State. Wow, Boise State’s ranked 14th? Since when does a non-power conference school start getting plaudits from the media? Anyway, the Oregon Ducks will look to avenge a loss to the Broncos from last September, one of three games Oregon lost in 2008. If Boise State wins, it will be their 50th consecutive regular-season win at home.
The Broncos return 12 starters – six on offense, six on defense – and that’s enough to make them the favorite to win their seventh WAC title in eight years. Coach Chris Petersen, though, just wants his team to concentrate on the Ducks.
“You win enough they’re going to pay attention to you,” said Petersen, who was the receivers coach at Oregon from 1995-2000. “You step out of your conference and play teams like that and you can get something done, you’ll make more of a statement, without question.” via.
Leading off tonight is South Carolina at North Carolina State at 7 PM Eastern, along with a handful of other games you probably don’t care about, and then the big tilt kicks off at 10:15 PM Eastern. And then two games on Friday and a full slate on Saturday. Football is here, everyone. And it’s about damn time.