College Football is OFFICIALLY four days away until we are treated to non stop football for five months! The season will kickoff Thursday night and we will be treated to such games like UNC-South Carolina, Hawaii-USC, and Ole Miss-Vanderbilt. Before the season starts lets us tell you about the week one trap games!
#7 Texas A&M vs. Rice
This might be the boldest upset pick someone has made for this season but let me explain myself before you guys beat me up for it. We all know Johnny Football is an amazing talent but I have not heard of any “student” athlete have the off season he had to come back and compete at the highest level. At the quarterback position you have to be mentally there 24/7. Not only has Nick Saban had around seven months to scout him fully but so has Rice’s head coach David Bailiff. The Rice Owls quietly went on a five game winning streak to end the year last season, and has plenty of momentum for in-state opponent Texas A&M. The Owls have not tasted a win against the Aggies since 1980 and this will be a great chance. With A&M offseason troubles, losing Luke Joeckel to the NFL draft, losing offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, and other question marks leave them very vulnerable in week one. Also lets not forget that they could over look Rice for the showdown against the defending national champions Alabama.
#6 South Carolina vs. North Carolina
Last years ineligible ACC Coastal Champions will open up the season to their neighbors in South Carolina. There is a lot of bad blood between the ex-conference mates. South Carolina felt like it was bullied against Tobacco Road schools led by North Carolina back in the day. South Carolina will be a heavy favorite entering the game as the top ten team. UNC will have to figure out how to stop Jadeveon Clowney and how to contain the brilliant mind of the Ol’ Ball Coach Steve Spurrier. Quarterback Bryn Renner and last years top 30 offense will bring a decent showing on Thursday night in Columbia.
#9 Louisville vs. Ohio
The Bobcats of Ohio already know what it feels like beating a BCS team when they upset Penn State last year in the first week. Of course the highly touted Louisville Cardinals will be a tougher task but it can be done. Heisman Candidate Teddy Bridgewater looked unbeatable against Florida in the Sugar Bowl, but most forget how much the Cardinals struggled against opponents like Rutgers, UCONN, and Syracuse. The Bobcats under Frank Solich are just as talented as the three teams I listed above. Ohio arguably be one of the toughest opponents Louisville will face all year.