College Football 2012 -- Week 1 Games

Father’s Day seems like the right time to start thinking about CFB Week 1, right?

Let’s speculate on how many Top 25 teams (using whoever’s rankings by then you wish) will no longer be Top 25 after Week 1, and who all will move into that list that week.

Using the slate provided by
http://mattsarzsports.com/Football2012/
http://mattsarzsports.com/Football2012/week1

Here are the choices:



Thursday, August 30, 2012  

South Carolina at Vanderbilt           7:00 PM  
UCF at Akron                           7:00 PM  
Eastern Michigan at Ball St.           7:00 PM  
Northern Colorado at Utah              7:15 PM  
Texas A&M vs. Louisiana Tech
(at Shreveport, LA)                    7:30 PM  
UCLA at Rice                           7:30 PM  
Massachusetts at Connecticut           7:30 PM  
Southern Illinois at Eastern Illinois  7:30 PM  
South Dakota Mines at North Dakota     8:00 PM  
Azusa Pacific at UC-Davis              9:00 PM  
Chadron St. at Montana St.             9:00 PM  
Washington St. at BYU                 10:15 PM  
Northern Arizona at Arizona St.       10:30 PM  
Minnesota at UNLV                     11:00 PM  

Friday, August 31, 2012  

Villanova at Temple                    7:00 PM  
NC State vs. Tennessee
(at Atlanta, GA)                       7:30 PM  
Boise St. at Michigan St.              8:00 PM  
San Jose St. at Stanford              10:00 PM  

Saturday, September 01, 2012  

Notre Dame vs. Navy
(at Dublin, Ireland)                   9:00 AM  
Ohio at Penn St.                      12:00 PM  
Northwestern at Syracuse              12:00 PM  
Appalachian St. at East Carolina      12:00 PM  
Western Michigan at Illinois          12:00 PM  
Miami (OH) at Ohio St.                12:00 PM  
Elon at North Carolina                12:30 PM  
Nicholls St. at Oregon St.             3:00 PM  
Nevada at California                   3:00 PM  
Richmond at Virginia                   3:00 PM  
William & Mary at Maryland             3:00 PM  
Miami (FL) at Boston College           3:30 PM  
Southern Miss at Nebraska              3:30 PM  
Iowa vs. Northern Illinois
(at Chicago, IL)                       3:30 PM  
Eastern Kentucky at Purdue             3:30 PM  
Northern Iowa at Wisconsin             3:30 PM  
South Dakota at Montana                3:30 PM  
Colorado St. vs. Colorado 
(at Denver, CO)                        4:00 PM  
Murray St. at Florida St.              6:00 PM  
Youngstown St. at Pittsburgh           6:00 PM  
Liberty at Wake Forest                 6:30 PM  
Clemson vs. Auburn
(at Atlanta, GA)                       7:00 PM  
FIU at Duke                            7:00 PM  
Chattanooga at USF                     7:00 PM  
San Diego at Cal-Poly                  7:00 PM  
Hawai'i at USC                         7:30 PM  
Alabama vs. Michigan
(at Arlington, TX)                     8:00 PM  
Rutgers at Tulane                      8:00 PM  
Indiana St. at Indiana                 8:00 PM  
Texas St. at Houston                   8:00 PM  
Carroll at Portland St.                8:00 PM  
Arkansas St. at Oregon                10:30 PM  
Oklahoma at UTEP                      10:30 PM  
Toledo at Arizona                     10:30 PM  
San Diego St. at Washington           10:30 PM  

Sunday, September 02, 2012  

Bethune-Cookman vs. Alabama St.
(at Orlando, FL)                      12:00 PM  
Kentucky at Louisville                 3:30 PM  
SMU at Baylor                          6:30 PM  

Monday, September 03, 2012  

Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech          8:00 PM  


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Some early preferences:

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http://www.collegefootballzealots.com/2012-articles/june/five-opening-weekend-games-to-look-forward-to.html

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I think the Tide rolls over Michigan, Boise State falls to Michigan State, Auburn beats Clemson.

Hey! We agree!

I’m hoping Vandy can get off to a good start, too.

And Navy creaming ND in Ireland will be oh, so fine!

Another version of Week 1’s games with “rankings” attached is at Week 1 Scoreboard which I had just assumed wasn’t ready yet. :smack:

It’s almost a sure bet that one of these teams will drop out of the “Top 25”:

(20) Southern Miss – 1:00 pm EDT
(24) Nebraska

Southern Miss is a gutsy little team. They’ll play anybody, anytime, anywhere. They usually have to go on the road for big games, because their stadium isn’t very big. The two SEC schools in the state refused to play them for many years…likely because in any given year, Southern Miss might just whip their ass. Think State is going to finally play them next year. Think they beat Nebraska at Nebraska a few years ago. Hope to see them do it again…

Who cares about Notre Dame-Navy, Alabama-Michigan, Clemson-Auburn? Big deal. Listen to Bleacher Report … it’s the Texas-San Antonio vs South Alabama game the nation will be talking about!

Seriously, that made their best games of opening weekend list? I realize it’s UTSA’s first game as an FBS school, but … really?

There are some surprisingly good matchups for week one. North Carolina State-Tennessee could be intriguing, as well as Miami-Boston College. Even the doofuses at Bleacher Report mention Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech. I guess they overlooked that South Dakota School of Mines-North Dakota donnybrook.

I’m seriously considering going to the CoSt vs CU game in Denver. I went to CU for a while and lived in Ft Collins for awhile a couple of years ago. So, I could root against both teams.

That’s a fun way to be. Sad thing is that they can’t both lose!

Last year I made a point of ranking the Week One games based on the Sagarin rankings of both teams to come up with a difference by which all games could be ranked. That “South Dakota School of Mines-North Dakota donnybrook” might well be one of the more tightly matched games!

If anybody wants to go through that same sort of exercise, use the numbers at http://www.usatoday.com/sports/sagarin/fbt11.htm which are probably not a lot worse than anybody else’s and which apply to all the Division I teams.

I couldn’t resist the temptation:

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/scoreboard


 
 Week:  1   
                                         Sagarin 
                                        Jan/2012   Diff    

  (20) Southern Miss 1:00 pm EDT             24       1  
  (24) Nebraska                              25

  Auburn             7:00 pm EDT             33       1
  (22) Clemson                               32

  Iowa               3:30 pm EDT             45       2
  Northern Illinois                          47

  Towson             7:00 pm EDT            114       2
  Kent St.                                  116      

  Tenn-Martin          TBA                  180       2
  Memphis                                   182
  
  McNeese St.        7:30 pm EDT            173       4
  Middle Tenn. St.                          169

  Troy                 TBA                  147       5
  UAB                                       152
 
  N.C. State         7:30 pm EDT             57       7
  Tennessee                                  50     

  Tulsa                TBA                   35       8
  Iowa St.                                   43

  (8) Boise St.      8:00 pm EDT              9       9 
  (11) Michigan St.                          18
 
  (1) Alabama        8:00 pm EDT              1      10
  (12) Michigan                              11

  Sacramento St.     8:00 pm EDT            145      12 
  New Mexico St.                            133 

  Eastern Wash.      9:00 pm EDT            125      16
  Idaho                                     141

  Florida Intl.      7:00 pm EDT             94      19
  Duke                                      113

  East. Michigan     7:00 pm EDT            119      19
  Ball St.                                  100  

  UTSA                 TBA                  200      19
  South Alabama                             181

  Nevada             3:00 pm EDT             60      22
  California                                 38 

  Indiana St.        8:00 pm EDT            117      22
  Indiana                                   139
 
  W. Michigan        1:00 pm EDT             78      23  
  Illinois                                   55

  UCLA               7:30 pm EDT             66      23
  Rice                                       89

  Central Arkansas     TBA                  126      23
  Mississippi                               103

  Toledo            10:30 pm EDT             40      24
  Arizona                                    64  

  San Diego St.     10:30 pm EDT             70      26
  Washington                                 44

  Northwestern      12:00 pm EDT             58      28      
  Syracuse                                   86 

  Wagner               TBA                  219      29
  Florida Atlantic                          190 
 
  Southern Utah      8:00 pm EDT            111      31     
  Utah St.                                   80

  Weber St.         10:00 pm EDT            136      31
  Fresno St.                                105 

  (9) South Carolina 7:00 pm EDT             10      32
  Vanderbilt                                 42 

  Texas A&M          7:30 pm EDT             14      34
  Louisiana Tech                             48

  Colorado           4:00 pm EDT            107      35 
  Colorado St.                              142

  Miami (FL)         3:30 pm EDT             52      38
  Boston Coll.                               90

  Appalachian St.   12:00 pm EDT            131      38 
  East Carolina                              93
 
  Ohio              12:00 pm EDT             68      40
  Penn St.                                   28 

  Youngstown St.     6:00 pm EDT            115      46 
  Pittsburgh                                 69

  Navy               9:00 am EDT             74      48
  Notre Dame                                 26

  Washington St.    10:15 pm EDT             83      49
  BYU                                        34

  Miami (OH)        12:00 pm EDT             98      49
  Ohio St.                                   49

  South Dakota St.     TBA                  140      49
  Kansas                                     91 

  Marshall             TBA                   79      57 
  (17) West Virginia                         22

  Southern             TBA                  235      60
  New Mexico                                175

  William & Mary     3:00 pm EDT            165      61
  Maryland                                  104

  Arkansas St.      10:30 pm EDT             67      62
  (4) Oregon                                  5

  Northern Iowa      3:30 pm EDT             75      67     
  (10) Wisconsin                              8 

  Wyoming              TBA                   84      67
  Texas                                      17 

  Minnesota         11:00 pm EDT             88      67
  UNLV                                      155 

  Chattanooga        7:00 pm EDT            127      68 
  South Florida                              59

  Bowling Green        TBA                   99      70
  Florida                                    29 
 
  Massachusetts      7:30 pm EDT            150      74
  Connecticut                                76

  Liberty            6:30 pm EDT            149      76
  Wake Forest                                73
 
  SE Missouri St.       TBA                 215      78
  Cent. Michigan                            137  

  Hawaii             7:30 pm EDT             97      85
  (6) USC                                    12 

  (16) Oklahoma     10:30 pm EDT              4      88 
  UTEP                                       92
 
  Eastern Kentucky   3:30 pm EDT            153      88
  Purdue                                     65

  San Jose St.      10:00 pm EDT             96      89
  (7) Stanford                                7

  Richmond           3:00 pm EDT            177     106
  Virginia                                   71

  Northern Arizona  10:30 pm EDT            148     107
  Arizona St.                                41

  Buffalo              TBA                  135     114
  (19) Georgia                               21

  Northwestern St.     TBA                  167     114
  Texas Tech                                 53

  Elon              12:30 pm EDT            172     118
  North Carolina                             54

  North Texas          TBA                  121     119
  (2) LSU                                     2

  UCF                7:00 pm EDT             77     121
  Akron                                     198  

  Austin Peay        7:00 pm EDT            224     123 
  West. Kentucky                            101 

  Idaho St.            TBA                  205     133       
  Air Force                                  72

  Rutgers            8:00 pm EDT             36     135
  Tulane                                    171 
 
  Lamar                TBA                  220     138 
  LA Lafayette                               82

  Nicholls           3:00 pm EDT            226     139
  Oregon St.                                 87

  Murray St.         6:00 pm EDT            163     140
  (23) Florida St.                           23
 
  Missouri St.         TBA                  160     141
  (15) Kansas St.                            19

  Villanova            TBA                  195     149     
  Temple                                     46 

  Jacksonville St.     TBA                  164     158
  (5) Arkansas                                6

  Jackson St.          TBA                  189     158 
  Mississippi St.                            31

  Texas St.          8:00 pm EDT            178     163
  (18) Houston                               15
 
  Northern Colorado  7:15 pm EDT            209     170     
  Utah                                       39

  SE Louisiana         TBA                  207     191
  Missouri                                   16
 
  Savannah St.         TBA                  241     238
  (3) Oklahoma St.                            3   



Actually, it’s both teams’ FBS debut, but yeah. There’s a reason I’ve configured my browser to block any search results from Bleacher Report.

What’s the early line on where the ESPN Game Day set-up will be in week 1? I’d lean toward Dallas for the Michigan-Alabama game, but they may prefer a campus site.

Making the trip up to Dublin for the Notre Dame v Navy game. Should be a good atmosphere up there. I fear I might spending most of my day explaining the rules to the lads I convinced to tag along though.

Inconsistent as ND are* I still the think the match itself will be a blow out.

*Do they have a QB this year?

They have 4. Gunner Kiel, Everett Golson, Andrew Hendrix, and Tommy Rees. I really think Rees is done (terrible last year, off-season legal issues), and Kelly will want to keep Kiel off the field as much as possible this season. I really like Hendrix this season.

Yeah Rees looked like a deer in the headlights last year.

Interesting to see if they find someone else to throw it to now that Floydd is gone.

Alabama pounds Michigan (Crimson Tide 38 - 10)

Boise State loses to Michigan State (MSU 30 - 28) — BSU misses a field goal on the last play)

Clemson makes the Cam Newton year seem even more distant (ACC Tigers 40 - 17)

Southern Miss goes down to Nebraska (27 - 21)