More schedule tidbits:
Eight of the 65 BCS-league schools aren't playing any BCS-league opponents or Notre Dame in nonconference play: Boston College, North Carolina State, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Wisconsin.
Five BCS-league schools are playing three nonconference games against BCS-league foes or Notre Dame: Louisville, North Carolina, Syracuse, USC and Wake Forest.
If home games help you get off to a fast start, these teams are loving it, as each opens the season with four consecutive home games: Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Purdue and Tennessee. There's also Texas A&M, with four of its first five in College Station and the fifth a "road" game against Army in San Antonio.
And a great move by the SEC scheduling wonks:
Overlooked by a lot of folks (we're among them, we admit) is that the Southeastern Conference voted in May to require all its football teams to play on Thanksgiving weekend starting in 2007. The games will be the league's "traditional" rivalries: Alabama-Auburn, Florida-Florida State, Georgia-Georgia Tech, Clemson-South Carolina, Ole Miss-Mississippi State, Kentucky-Tennessee and Arkansas-LSU. (We'll avoid pointing out that Arkansas-LSU isn't a rivalry; it's just the traditional season-ending foe for Arkansas since it joined the SEC in 1992.)
That covers 11 of the league's 12 teams. Vanderbilt's final game each season will be against a nonconference foe.
Finally, at least six schools are certain to be embarrassed by an upcoming ESPN reality program about incoming freshman players. We now have three named participants---Florida receiver Jarred Fayson, Colorado quarterback Cody Hawkins (coach Dan Hawkins' son) and UCLA receiver Terrence Austin.
Florida freshman wide receiver Jarred Fayson will be one of six players spotlighted in a new show on ESPNU, ESPNU Summer House. It's a reality show in which six touted incoming freshman live together in a house in the Lincoln Park district of Chicago.
There will be eight 30-minute episodes; the show debuts on July 25 and will air at 7:30 p.m. on the seven following Tuesdays on ESPNU.
Among the other players are Colorado quarterback Cody Hawkins and UCLA wide receiver Terrence Austin. ESPN college football analyst Chris Spielman will serve as the "house dad."
Among the high jinks that will ensue: The players are scheduled to perform a dance routine during halftime of a WNBA game.
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