Friday, Aug. 31st
3. #24 Boise State @ #13 Michigan State 8:00 PM ET ESPN
4. Notre Dame vs Navy (Dublin, Ireland) 9:00 AM ET CBS
5. Miami (OH) @ #18 Ohio State 12:00 PM ET Big Ten Network
- This will be the first game since Joe Paterno passed away and since the Nittany Lions were hit with sanctions. In my opinion, the pre-game is what's going to be the most interesting part of the game. On a nationally televised game, the country will see if Head Coach Bill O'Biren has his boys ready to go. If he doesn't, watch for Frank Solich and his Bobcats to give the Nittany Lions a rude wake-up call to the 2012 season.
8. #14 Clemson vs Auburn (Atlanta, GA) 7:00 PM ET ESPN
-Two seasons ago, this is the game that showed the nation that Cam Newton and Auburn were legit national title contenders. It was one of the most physical games I had seen in recent memory. Auburn escaped in overtime, after Clemson missed a game-tying field goal. Last season, Clemson came out on top at home and ended Auburn's 17 game winning streak. How could we forget Dabo Swinney's post game interview and him yelling, "I can't think of a better place than to end the streak than Death Valley, SC." This year should be another battle in the trenches. With Clemson Wide Receiver Sammy Watkins suspended for the first few games of the season, Auburn will hav a chance to knock off the 2011 ACC Champions. Clemson has been notorious for not being prepared to play in important early season games.
Monday, Sept. 3rd
- This is a crucial conference game for the first week of the season. Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech will be the two teams contending for the ACC Coastal Division. This game could be a deciding factor of who wins this division this season. Virginia Tech's QB Logan Thomas will play an important role in leading the Hokie offense. The key to this game though, will be an experienced Virginia Tech defense trying to stop the always difficult Paul Johnson triple option attack. This is going to be a really good game to cap off week 1 of the 2012 College Football season.
Pick: Virginia Tech
· Week 1 recap will be ready on Tuesday, September 4th.