Great games highlight week one in College Football.

The opening of the college football season is just a few weeks away and with that comes looking ahead at the first week of games to find the most intriguing match ups. I’ve taken a look at the schedule to help you find the best games on tap for week one.

Clemson vs Georgia (Aug 30th)

Last years game was incredible with Clemson winning 38-35 and this years match up will take place in Athens with an always vocal Georgia crowd. Gone are Tajh Boyd and Aaron Murray but this WILL be one of the best games of the opening weekend. 

LSU vs Wisconsin (Aug 30)

Wisconsin will find out early just how good they are with this neutral site game in Houston Texas. LSU lost a lot of talent to the NFL in the last few years but have replaced it with outstanding annual recruiting classes. Highlighted by Leonard Fournette, the nations top freshman RB.

Texas A&M at South Carolina (Thurs. Aug 28th)

Johnny Manziel and Jadaveon Clowney are off to the NFL but this matchup should be interesting none the less. South Carolina has their sites set on a berth in Atlanta and the SEC championship and this might be Steve Spurriers best team in his time at South Carolina. Kevin Sumlin will look to find his QB and improve on the defensive struggles from a year ago. Kevin Sumlins offense is the same and will score in bunches all year. Can they stop anyone?

Penn State vs UCF (Aug 30th)

Set your alarm because this one kicks off early, an estimated 9 a.m. start time due to the game being played in Dublin Ireland. Penn State will try to usher in the James Franklin era with a win and a national audience being the only game on at this time. UCF has a little drama going into the game as it has been rumored that George O’Leary will resign as UCF coach after this game.

Arkansas at Auburn (Aug 30th)

A quality SEC match up with interesting story lines on both sides. Auburn QB Nick Marshall will sit out the opening quarter of the game due to a suspension after an arrest for possession of marijuana earlier this summer. At Arkansas it is year two of the Brett Bielema era and Arkansas fans are ready for improvement after a winless year in the SEC last season. 

Boise State vs Ole Miss (Aug 30th)

The Chris Peterson era is over in Boise, in steps Brian Harsin, long time assistant to Peterson. And in true Boise State fashion they open the year with a tough opponent in Ole Miss. Ole Miss returns several young players off of a team that made alot of noise last year. Everything is up in Ole Miss land, including fan expectations. If the Rebels aren’t careful their season could be over before it even starts. 

Cal at Northwestern (Aug 30th)

This is my guilty pleasure game. If you love offense this game shouldn’t disappoint. Cal plays and uptempo spread style that always puts up points. Northwestern runs a spread without as much tempo but can put up points in bunches. This actually, from a viewing perspective might be the most entertaining game of the weekend.


Devonte Fields transfer to Stephen F Austin raises question of integrity.

Devonte Fields announced Wednesday via Twitter that he was leaving TCU and transferring to Stephen F Austin. The school made it official Thursday.

Fields, the preseason defensive player of the year was separated from TCU after an allegation that he attacked his girlfriend on July 20th and he turned himself in four days later after a misdemeanor assault warrant.

After a hearing with school officials it was determined that Fields had broken the schools code of conduct and he would be separated from the school. After the hearing Fields choose not to appeal the ruling and transfer to FCS Stephen F Austin where he will be eligible to play immediately.

The former Big 12 freshman defensive player of the year in 2012 was previously suspended for two games in 2013 for a violation of team rules.

The transfer to the FCS school raises a red flag. What school with any integrity admits a student that is currently up on assault charges? Granted, the charge is a misdemeanor, but none the less an assault charge on a female doesn’t look very good does it?

Why did officials at Stephen F Austin admit Fields? Simple, if they didn’t a rival team would have. Yes the AD or the President could have put a stop to the transfer but no FCS AD or President is going to stop his school from getting the chance to have one of the best defensive players in the country play for their school just weeks before the season kicks off.

Devonte Fields will put butts in seats and help the team win, ultimately helping with what school presidents and AD’s covet most: money, exposure, and increasing the bottom line.