College Football Thoughts – Week 1

Here we go again.

Minus a bit of a novelty game last weekend between Cal and Hawaii in Australia this weekend should be an amazing beginning to the college football season. Sure, there are some powder puff games but there are tons of heavy hitters that should make for some good television viewing.

Storylines I’m watching

  • Conference expansion and realignment – Who will the Big 12 extend invitations to? And will the Big 12 go to 16 teams, which may force other P5 conferences to go to 16 teams?
  • Is the Pac-12 back? Last year they kind of beat one another up at the end of the season. Will a Pac-12 team emerge for a playoff spot?
  • Is the best ACC team going to be better than the best SEC team? I think the SEC is the best top-to-bottom conference, but FSU and Clemson have been impressive the past few years.
  • Does the slipper fit? See below for the Aztec storyline.

San Diego State storylines

  • It’s all about Donnel Pumphrey. Pumphrey is on target to break nearly every record set by Marshall Faulk. Can this small back, listed as 5-9 and 180 lbs, withstand a season of punishment? If he can– look out. If he can’t– I’m really excited about the guys we’ve got behind him. I think Pumphrey and Rashaad Penny will be among the most explosive backfield in the country.
  • Beat Cal. We’ve got two non-conference road games that will be tests for the team, Northern Illinois and a payback game for the humiliating loss to South Alabama last season. If we can beat Cal and make a run in the Mountain West Conference we might just break our way into a Group of 5 bowl spot come December. Lose to Cal and we’re stuck right where we’re at… a very good small conference team.
  • The Chargers and their stadium. While not technically having anything to do with the Aztecs, there are proposals on the ballot that could just impact the Chargers future in San Diego. I think both ballot measures will ultimately fail. But the mere mention of football will link Aztec football to the November elections.
  • Defense, defense, defense. Just like our basketball team the football team is hanging it’s brand on tough defense. The chatter among the defensive players is that the #1 offense is struggling to move the ball against the #1 defense. That’s good and I’d expect to hear that. I just want to know who will emerge on the field to replace J.J. Whitaker and Jake Feely? We shall see. 

Week One Predictions

Appalachian State at Tennessee – Vols

K-State at Stanford – Trees

Colorado State vs Colorado – Buffs

Hawaii at Michigan – Wolverines

Oklahoma at Houston – Sooners

Iowa at Miami (OH) – Hawkeyes

LSU vs Wisconsin – LSU

Fresno State at Nebraska – Huskers

UNC at Georgia – UNC

SMU at Kentucky – Kentucky

Mizzou at West Virginia – Mizzou

USC vs Alabama – Bama

San Jose State at Tulsa – Spartans

Clemson at Auburn – Clemson

New Hampshire at SDSU – Aztecs

NIU at Wyoming – Huskies

BYU at Arizona – Zona

Northern Arizona at Arizona State – ASU

Notre Dame vs Texas – Irish

Ole Miss vs Florida State – FSU

Published by Adam McLane

Adam McLane is a partner at The Youth Cartel, co-author of A Parent's Guide to Understanding Social Media, blogger of 10+ years, and a fan of all things San Diego State University Aztecs.

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