Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, August 29, 2016 at 10:09 AM
HEY, COLLEGE KIDS, WELCOME BACK FOR ANOTHER FUN-FILLED FOOTBALL SEASON!
WE WHET YOUR APPETITE FOR A BIG OPENING WEEK OF GAMES PLUS OUR FINAL CONFERENCE LOOKS (IT'S THE PAC-12, MID-AM & MOUNTAIN WEST)
PLUS THERE'S NFL PRESEASON NOTES TOO
Jim Hurley is ready for yet another slam-bang Football Season straight ahead and we want you to come along for the ride! In fact, the College Football 2016 campaign truly swings into high gear with a full week/weekend card beginning Thursday night and going right through Labor Day evening next Monday.
Here's a quick-hitter list of just some of this week/weekend's nationally-televised tilts (all times Eastern):
South Carolina at Vanderbilt, ESPN (8 p.m.)
Oregon State at Minnesota, Big 10 Network (9 p.m.)
Colorado State vs. Colorado, ESPN (8:05 p.m., from Denver)
Kansas State at #8 Stanford, FS1 (9 p.m.)
Georgia Tech vs. Boston College, espn2 (7:30 a.m. from Ireland)
#3 Oklahoma at #15 Houston, ABC (12 noon)
#16 UCLA at Texas A&M, CBS (3:30 p.m.)
#5 LSU vs. Wisconsin, ABC (3:30 p.m., from Lambeau Field)
#18 Georgia vs. #22 North Carolina, ESPN (5:30 p.m., from Atlanta)
#1 Alabama vs. #20 USC, ABC (8 p.m., from Arlington)
#2 Clemson at Auburn, ESPN (9 p.m.)
#10 Notre Dame at Texas, ABC (7:30 p.m.)
On Monday/Labor Day
#4 Florida State vs. #11 Ole Miss, ESPN (8 p.m., from Orlando)
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK
Our Jim Sez conference-by-conference look at this upcoming 2016 season concludes here with the Pac-12, Mid-American and Mountain West Conferences:
THE FAVORITE - Stanford
Hot-shot RB Christian McCaffrey is on everyone's short list of potential Heisman Trophy favorites but the Cardinal could have bigger fish to fry if they can win at UCLA and at Oregon this season. Do you realize Stanford's 54-14 SU (straight-up) and 42-24-1 ATS (against the spread) the past five years?
THE DARK HORSE - Utah
Nobody's talkin' about the Utes but they have four senior starters on the O-line and an All-America kicker Andy Phillips who could win 'em a couple of close games this year.
COACH ON THE HOT SEAT - Todd Graham, Arizona State
There's simply too much talent on this Sun Devils team to come up with a losing record again (see 6-7 last year)
GAME OF THE YEAR - November 12
Stanford at Oregon should be a doozy even if the Ducks are just sitting there at #24 in the polls to start the year
THE FAVORITE - Toledo
The Rockets may be breaking in new head coach Jason Candle (he was last year's offensive coordinator for Iowa State-bound Matt Campbell) but there's plenty of weapons on board including top-shelf RBs Terry Swanson and Kareem Hunt
THE DARK HORSE - Akron
Maybe we're being silly, but these Zips could be ready to make a major leap under fifth-year boss Terry Bowden who gets high marks for playing tough non-league away games (see at Wisconsin on September 10th)
COACH MOST LIKELY TO BE AT A MAJOR SCHOOL NEXT YEAR - P.J. Fleck, Western Michigan
No one should be surprised if the WMU Broncos win nine or 10 games and Fleck's off to greener pastures (maybe even Nebraska?)
GAME OF THE YEAR - October 15
Bowling Green at Toledo - Could be the first of two head-to-head meetings between these clubs, if you catch our drift
MOUNTAIN WEST -
THE FAVORITE - Boise State
Yes, you better believe the hype that the Broncos could be part of the New Year's Six bowl bunch this holiday season providing the QB Brett Rypien-to-WR Thomas Sperbeck combo stays steamy hot all year long
THE DARK HORSE - Air Force
The Fly Boys have a stout defense and a sure-fire star running back in Jacobi Owens, but can they topple visiting Boise State come Thanksgiving weekend?
BEST PRO PROSPECT - Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State
Last year's MWC Defensive Player of the Year will have NFL scouts sitting up and taking notice
GAME OF THE YEAR - November 12
San Diego State at Nevada - The winner likely gets a shot at Boise State (or maybe Air Force) in the conference title tilt
NFL PRESEASON UPDATE
Wait a moment, was there really any other NFL news this past preseason weekend other than the QB Tony Romo back injury in Dallas?
Yes, the 'Boys remain snake-bit at that all-important position and, no, we really don't believe the chatter coming out of Texas that everyone's cool with having rookie QB Dak Prescott run the show ... and perhaps you noted how the Las Vegas guys/gals moved that NFL Week 1 tilt between the New York Giants at the Cowboys from Dallas minus 3.5 points to Pick 'Em faster than you could say Jerry Jones!
Sure, the Cowboys are gonna be in the market - and right now - for a veteran quarterback and it ain't gonna be Michael Vick or national anthem sitter Colin Kaepernick but do not be surprised if Dallas swings a deal that brings 'em Philly's Sam Bradford or Denver's mistake-prone Mark Sanchez even if it costs the Cowboys a premium draft pick or two ...
In case you're wondering, the following NFL teams are perfect against the odds through three preseason games so far this summer: Baltimore, Green Bay, Houston, Minnesota and Philadelphia ...
Finally, for you fantasy league geeks out there who are gonna hold your draft in the next 24-to-48 hours, consider some "sleeper" picks such:
QB Jameis Winston (Tampa Bay) who's a way-too-low 17th among quarterbacks on one ESPN list we eyeballed
RB DeMarco Murray (Tennessee) who has lots of tread on his tires and should be higher than the 23rd best back (say what!)
And WR Jeremy Maclin (Kansas City) who could be a big-time playmaker with 12-to-15 TDs if he stays healthy
NOTE: We'll have NCAA Football Thursday Nite Previews in the next edition of Jim Sez plus there's lots more NFL Preseason News & Notes too, so don't miss out!