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Oh it’s college football. Like you have anything else better to do.
It’s the annual soft opening of the college football season known as Week 0.
It might not be scintillating. It might not matter in the grander scheme of life as you now know it. It might be memory dumped by you the second you find out there were college football games played on Saturday.
There are three Mountain West teams playing, a potentially fun New Mexico State squad, and … and … and …
None of it has anything to do with Urban Meyer.
This is all just for spits, giggles, and entertainment purposes only, however, just in case you dabble …
Last year, Oregon State and Stanford played in two of the Week 0 games. That you had to be reminded of that showed you how much you probably cared about the 2017 Week 0 game.
You’ll care if you hit the two investment opportunities correctly.
Can we just get Hawaii and UMass to play each other again? They’re both playing in Week 0, but they’re dancing with other dates. Last season, Hawaii pulled off a 38-35 thriller in the opener after closing out the 2016 regular season with an even more exciting 46-40 win.
Yes, there sometimes are good, fun football games played in the soft opener.
Okay, Hawaii. Let’s see if that run-n-shoot passing offense can really get going under Nick Rolovich. Forget that you probably don’t have the parts to do it – get the thing working in what should be a shootout against Colorado State.
Cole McDonald will get the start at quarterback for the Rainbow Warriors, and freshman Chevan Cordeiro will be the No. 2. McDonald doesn’t have that much experience, and Corderio doesn’t have any. The Colorado State defense might not be great, but the secondary should be its strength. What could possibly go wrong?
Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo is back. He was hospitalized with a strange scare, being diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy. He’s still taking it easy, but for all you ghouls who went to the window picking Hawaii because of the Ram coaching situation …
The line hasn’t moved a lick. It held steady at Colorado State at -14 throughout, but the total went down a point to 56.5.
Colorado State might be able to score 56.5 points all by itself.
Welcome to the beginning of the KJ Carta-Samuels era at quarterback for the Rams, and welcome to a whole lot of points from a rebuilding offense against a bad Rainbow Warrior defense.
Liked Colorado State as the pick over Oregon State last Week 0 – and was correct. Loving the Rams -14. Loving the over with a spoon and some whipped cream.
Don’t fall for the fun story. You might have gotten into the New Mexico State thing last bowl season – it was the last bowl appearance in a bazillion years, and it beat Utah State in a wild finish. This Wyoming team ain’t no 2017 Utah State.
Matt Romero had better be Matt Ryan right away for the Aggies. The JUCO transfer beat out Nick Jeanty for the starting quarterback job, and now he needs to keep his cool against a defense that should statically be among the nation’s best.
Of course it’s a new season. Of course these are new teams. But New Mexico State was 124th in the nation in turnovers lost. Wyoming gets almost all of the parts back from a defense that led the nation in takeaways. New Mexico State is starting a new quarterback. You know where this is going, right?
If you think New Mexico State has an advantage in this because it’s playing at home … If you need me to finish that sentence …
Tyler Vänder Waal. He might not be an Easton Stick – if you need me to tell you who that is, you need to be introduced to the 2019 NFL Draft world – but he’s the new Wyoming quarterback. He’s the new Craig Bohl-coached starting quarterback. He’s about to take target practice against the New Mexico State defense.
You don’t need me to tell you that Wyoming only giving up four is a Week 0 Easter egg you just found.
HOWEVER. stay away from the point total. Wyoming couldn’t play a lick of offense at times last year, but New Mexico State’s D is going to be an issue. The Cowboy defense is going to be incredible, but the Aggies might just be able to come up with 16-to-20 points or so.
If you have to do it, go with over on the 45.
The UMass passing game. It’s fun, it’s full of veterans, and it’s about to put up big numbers on the Duquesne defense.
It’s the first game of the 2018 college football season. If you can figure out where or what 11 Sports Network is, watch for WR Andy Isabella and QB Andrew Ford.
You’re not going to watch Rice vs. Prairie View A&M, but it really will be more entertaining than the matchup might appear to be. There should be plenty of scoring, the Rice running game should get rolling under new head coach Mike Bloomgren, Prairie View A&M has a good passing offense, and …
You’re not going to watch Rice vs. Prairie View A&M.
But it’s Week 0. It’s college football season. Yay.