College football technically came back last weekend, as we had one FBS and one FCS game. They were fine, but it was just a taste of the madness that we should expect this weekend. If anything that tiny appetizer only made us want college football even more. Good thing we have this weekend.
Seriously, from Thursday night to Monday night, you are going to have college football, and not silly college football games, but some legitimate slugfests involving some of the best teams in America.
It’s great. Everything is great. The first college football weekend of 2016 is finally here. How can anyone complain?
Under The Lights
FRONT AND CENTER
7 p.m.: Charlotte at No. 19 Louisville (ACC Network Extra)
7:30 p.m.: Appalachian State at No. 9 Tennessee (SEC Network)
Louisville and Tennessee are really great teams to watch when you’re starting your weekend. Both teams head into the year as the likely third-best squad in their respective conferences, and can make a run at their conference titles if a few (read: a lot) of things go right. The Vols are talented, have a really good backfield in QB Josh Dobbs and RBs Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara, and made one of the best coaching hires this offseason when they convinced Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop to take the same job in Knoxville. Louisville brings back a ton on both sides of the ball from a team that went 8-5, including Lamar Jackson, who may have more raw talent than any quarterback in America.
Anyway, both of these teams should be pretty good this year. Get in on the fun early.
SECOND SCREEN SPECIAL
8 p.m.: South Carolina at Vanderbilt (ESPN)
Depending on how you look at it, this is the first game of the Will Muschamp era at South Carolina, or it’s potentially the first game of the last season of the Derek Mason era at Vanderbilt. Either way, it’s SEC football!
9 p.m.: Oregon State at Minnesota (BTN)
Oregon State has a good coach in Gary Andersen, but he’s in for quite the rebuilding project in Corvallis. Minnesota recently made Tracy Claeys its full-time coach, and its quarterback, Mitch Leidner, is being mentioned as a possible first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft (much to the surprise of a lot of people).