Are you ready for some football? After a long off-season with NCAA sanctions and injuries throughout camp, we have finally made it to week 1. As usual, week 1 will be very interesting, with some great matchups and possibly major upsets. Some of the matchups this week could make or break a team for a BCS bid like Boise St. and TCU. Other teams like Notre Dame will show off a new regime under Brian Kelly. Here are the top 5 five games to watch:
Boise St. at Virginia Tech
You never hear Boise St, or even a non-BCS team, mentioned as the matchup of the week. However, with a National Championship at stake and a Monday night matchup versus a top program like Virginia Tech, it is time to accept it and see if the Broncos are for real. For Virginia Tech, they also have a lot to prove. If they beat third ranked Boise State, then they could be the front-runner to win the ACC. It's a Monday night matchup, what else could you ask for?
Oregon State at TCU
One of the biggest games in recent years, TCU will face Oregon State in a matchup that will be full of offense and weak defenses. Andy Dalton (QB) for TCU and Jacquizz Rodgers (RB) for Oregon State will lead their respective offenses. This game is going to be a shootout.
LSU at UNC
In usual circumstances, this matchup would be highly touted. However, with the recent 16 suspensions against UNC, they have no chance of beating an experienced LSU team. LSU wins this game in an easy fashion.
Purdue at Notre Dame
These teams might not be ranked, however this game is going to be a battle and a game that you should not miss. This is an evenly matched game, with new faces at QB and experienced defenses. Be sure to tune in.
Kentucky at Louisville
This matchup is not as exciting as the rest. These two teams will be led by two new head coaches, Joker Phillips for Kentucky and Charlie Strong for Louisville. This game is important to both programs, as whoever wins will have the momentum into the coming weeks.
Player to Keep Your Eye On: Kellen Moore, Quarterback, Boise State. He will be tested this week with an always-stingy Virginia Tech defense. Will he be able to handle the pressure of the big game and the Hokie defense?
Tailgate Items of the Week: Let's keep it simple in the first week of the season, Burgers and Hotdogs. It's the classic food that everyone loves to eat at any sporting event, so selecting Burgers and Hotdogs was a no brainer as fans will be excited to get back in the swing of things with the typical tailgating food. Change things up a bit by using pepper jack cheese instead of the usual varieties. - Jared Levine
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