Trial By Fire: NCAAF Week 1

Months and months have pasted since Alabama defeated Clemson, but now our college football fix will be fed this weekend. How so Jack? Is ESPN Classic running a classic games marathon or is ESPN running those spring game replays? NOPE! WE ACTUALLY GET REAL LIFE COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEXT WEEKEND. Yes, I needed to use all caps because I am as hyped as Rob Gronkowski, Mojo Rawley and Zack Ryder combined (I don’t get hyped, I stay hyped).

The opening weekend of games will be dubbed “Trial By Fire”. Some of the top teams in all of college football will immediately be put to the test. Dream games, games you could only think of happening on NCAA 2014 (I think that was the last one). So let’s get to it with our first game of the few I will speak of.

 

“The number 1 team in all of the land.” The Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the 20th ranked USC Trojans. This game will take place from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home of the Dallas Cowboys. This game will be a true test for the Tide and the throne that they will be defending. ‘Bama comes in with a new QB, but with Nick Saban at the helm, they should come in looking pretty darn good. USC comes in coached by a man named Clay Helton. Helton took over mid-season last year due to the firing of Coach Steve Sarkisian. I am not going to lie to you, this one could get ugly quickly. I think the Trojans are lucky to be playing in Arlington instead of Tuscaloosa. If this game was in Tuscaloosa, then I think that the Tide win this game by 25-30 points. Even now with it being at a neutral site, I think the Tide could have this game won by halftime.

 

Let’s stay in Texas but head over to NRG Stadium in Houston for the tilt between the number 15th ranked Houston Cougars and the number 3 ranked Oklahoma Sooners. Houston was robbed of a perfect season last year by a trick play courtesy of the UConn Huskies. But folks the Cougars look pretty good again. Many are saying that Houston could be the next addition to the BIG 12, and a win at NRG Saturday afternoon could be the icing on the cake. But there is only one problem, and that problem is the Oklahoma Sooners. The last time the two met, the Sooners skinned the Cougars 63-13. Yes that was in 2004, but if history repeats itself, the Cougars will most certainly look weak after a triumphant 2015 campaign.

 

Texas is hosting another one of the big games this weekend, as the 10th ranked Fighting Irish of Notre Dame head down to take on the Texas Longhorns. I will be honest, this game is the biggest game of the Longhorns season, and it will prove to be the test on whether or not Charlie Strong keeps his job. It is just plain and simple, this is the biggest game of Strong’s career as coach of the Texas Longhorns. I am shocked that the Irish have yet to pick a QB heading into this season. You have DeShone Kizer and Malik Zaire, who are both capable of being stud QB’s for the Irish. But coach Brian Kelly has yet to make a decision. Could this be costly for the Irish on Sunday night? Yes this game is our FIRST official Sunday Night game of the football season.

 

Now we head to the Georgia Dome for an ACC-SEC matchup between the 18th ranked Georgia Bulldogs and the 22nd ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. I am thrilled by this match-up and think we are in for a real treat with these two clubs. I really don’t know who I like in this game. Last time the two met was in 1973 and the final score was 7-3 in favor of UGA. So let’s not take that score into consideration at all. This should be a great football game with a lot of playoff implications on the line. The loser of this one might as well look at the bowl schedule for around Christmas time. Why? You lose this game and you can kiss this playoff hopes goodbye.

 

Then we get a game on Monday night! Yes! Three nights of college football! The 11th ranked Ole Miss Rebels travel to take on the 4th ranked Florida State Seminoles. I LOVE this match-up for Florida State. The ‘Noles has arguably one of the toughest teams and one of the best running backs in all of the nation. So why not put them to showcase on Monday night against Ole Miss? The Rebels will rely on the QB play of senior Chad Kelly. Kelly is a gunslinger and could easily keep the Rebels alive in this game. He will need to be at his best just to keep up with the explosiveness of Dalvin Cook.

MY PICKS:

‘Bama over USC 43-17

Oklahoma over Houston 31-20

Notre Dame over Texas 28-10

UNC over Georgia 24-21

FSU over Ole Miss 38-28

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-Jack Corsi (@corsi_light)

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