It’s week three for us, but it’s really Week 1 for the big boys as major college football season gets started in earnest after Cal and Hawaii’s teaser last Friday night from Australia. There are a lot of interesting matchup this week including the College Fooball America Yearbook preseason No. 1 Oklahoma at No. 11 Houston at 12 noon ET Saturday. At 3:30 p.m., No. 13 UCLA’s visit to Texas A&M has the potential to get interesting, and No. 5 LSU vs. Wisconsin at Lambeau Field warrants attention as well.
No. 22 Georgia’s visit to North Carolina kicks off at 5:30 p.m. ET, and will give us our first look at the Bulldogs’ program under Kirby Smart. It will also be the first look at a Tar Heels’ program that will try to make another run at the ACC title. The one we’re looking forward to the most, however, is No. 20 USC vs. our preseason No. 8 Alabama. Yeah, we’ve got the Tide a little low expecting a reset year, and this will be our first look at Saban’s group without Jake Coker and Derrick Henry. Our own Matthew Postins will be shooting the game from the sideline, and as always, we’ll bring you the action here at RoadTripSports.com.
Maine Black Bears at UConn Huskies
East Hartford, Connecticut
7 p.m. ET Thursday, September 1, 2016
This is supposed to be just a tune-up for UConn and a nice paycheck for Maine. The Huskies will use the game to try and get a head start on improving on last year’s 6-7 finish while the Black Bears will feel pretty good about themselves if they can keep it close after a 3-8 finish in 2015.
Albany Great Danes at Buffalo Bulls
Buffalo, New York
7 p.m. ET Friday, September 2, 2016
Another “guarantee” game where the Bulls will try to get out of the gate fast against the FCS Great Danes. These two met in the opener here last year, too, with Buffalo winning big in a 51-14 rout.
Northwestern State Demons at Baylor Bears
7:30 p.m. ET Friday, September 2, 2016
Yet another guarantee game with the Bears bringing in the FCS Northwestern State Demons. After the summer of discontent in Waco and the firing of Art Briles, the Bears and their fans are just ready to leave it all behind on the football field. This should be a rout despite the Bears’ off-season troubles.
St. Scholastica at St. John’s (MN)
2 p.m. ET Saturday, September 3, 2016
Associate publisher Chuck Cox will be on hand for this Division III season opener between these two Minnesota schools. Both made the playoffs a year ago with St. Scholastica bowing out in the opening round in a 48-0 loss to Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Just one week later, St. John’s also exited the playoffs after a 38-19 loss to rival St. Thomas. St. John’s should be the better team here.
Kent State at Penn State
State College, Pennsylvania
3:30 p.m. ET Saturday, September 3, 2016
Our first trip to the sidelines at Penn State’s Beaver Stadium should be a good day for the home team as they host the MAC’s Kent State Golden Flashes. The Nittany Lions enter year No. 3 of the James Franklin era with a 14-12 combined record in his first two seasons. No doubt they’re looking for a breakthrough season, and they should at least get off to a good start hosting the Golden Flashes who were 3-9 a year ago.
Alabama vs. USC
8 p.m. ET Saturday, September 3, 2016
The marquis game on our schedule this week, College Football America Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher Matthew Postins has the honors of shooting this one. The expectation is that Alabama should win this, but they will be starting a new quarterback with Heisman Trophy-winning running back Derrick Henry in the backfield. That means there’s always the possibility of an upset, and just in case, we’ll have our man on the sidelines capturing the action.
Toronto Varsity Blues at McMaster Marauders
12 noon ET Monday, September 5, 2016
This will be our second time seeing each of these schools after our Canada weekend last Sunday. Toronto, of course, was crushed at Guelph, and McMaster throttled a decent Carleton squad. That all adds up to the conclusion that the Varsity Blues could be in big trouble Monday afternoon in Hamilton.
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