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Opening Day Thoughts?

Fire away in the comments below.

Things weren't the most exciting today aside from the Oregon State/Stanford matchup.  ESPN needs to stop scheduling teams with quarterback issues for its marquee Thursday game.  That's two years in a row that an SEC quarterback wet the bed on national television on opening Thursday's big game.

Last year Mississippi State's Michael Henig all but handed the ball six times to the LSU defense.  South Carolina's Tommy Beecher wasn't much better this year in tossing four picks into the belly of the North Carolina State defense.  His replacement rallied the team to a 34-0 shutout that looked nothing like it was scored.

Another quarterback from South Dakota State tossed at least five interceptions tonight.

Stanford's bear of a tailback Toby Gerhart was impressive.  For a big guy he's got some wheels and had a nice season with the Stanford baseball team this year which the broadcasters were quick to remind tonight.

Is Stanford rising?

Did Buffalo really destroy UTEP 42-17? Wow.

Thumbs up to Georgia Tech, thumbs down to Ryan Perilloux.

Thumbs down to the NCAA's prohibition against "Kickoff/Preseason Classic" type games.  College football does itself no favors with less than compelling matchups on the Thursday before the big Saturday.  The conferences and broadcasters should be getting together with the schools to patch together a fair process to pair two or four quality teams in interesting Thursday night games.

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Yawners, you got that right. I mean, who wants to see another Wake blowout and in Texas. I mean, if the Wake offense hadn't taken a knee, there woulda been... wait. Wake Forest? Blowout? To a Big 12 team? And they WON?!?! Stanford too?!?! Welcome back, crazy world!!!
August 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteracchalfbreed
I agree about the preseason Kickoff Classic-type games. I'd like to see them return. I was fortunate enough to see three of them live out here on the East Coast, including USC-Penn State in 2000.

Watch out for Harbaugh. He might put Stanford on the map again before he's through there. I don't think they'll be a 41-point underdog again anytime soon.
August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFight On for old 'SC
Stanford will improve under harbaugh. Hell look what they did in their transition from 06 to 07. It looks like team toughness is improving there. But I still think the game we saw last night between OSU/Stan was a game between probably the #6 and 7 teams in the Pac10 when the season is over.
August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDon Beebe
Maybe, but I could see Stanford getting to 6 wins this year and sneaking into the Emerald Bowl. They should easily beat SJ State and Arizona at home in the coming weeks.

But against ASU next week - forget it. Oregon State carved up the Stanford CBs, and Rudy Carpenter will have a field day.
August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMenlo
As an Ohio State fan, pileing on the ineptitude of Michigan's performance is too easy. When John Cooper became head coach we had to endure an initially dreadful season and the same comments - the team is too slow. And since most of America is hatin' on the big ten, it will come as no surprise that if OSU does beat Michigan, it will be downplayed as a weak team getting beaten by an inferior highly-ranked team.
August 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTdgobux

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