August 28, 2011 – By Scott
After all the drama in college football that has taken over the spotlight in the news here recently, it is finally time to hopefully put all this behind us as this week marks the opening of the 2011 College Football Season. A great lineup of games are on tap for this weekend and it all gets started on Thursday night and will wrap up on Monday night.
Two huge games are on tap for Saturday evening with top 25 teams facing each other, including two top 5. But the action begins on Thursday with two top 25 teams scheduled. No. 20 Mississippi State will travel to to take on Memphis. Also, No. 11 Wisconsin will host UNLV in a game that can be seen live on ESPN at 8:00 pm ET.
Two top 25 teams are also on tap for Friday night as No. 17 Michigan State will host Youngstown State and No. 14 TCU will play at Baylor. The TCU-Baylor game can be seen live on ESPN at 8:00 pm ET.
The big day is Saturday and with many top 25 teams scheduled throughout the day, the evening is when things get interesting. National title implications can take place in the first weekend of the season which always adds to opening weekend drama.
One of these huge matchups will take place at 8:00 pm ET on ABC as No. 3 Oregon takes on No. 4 LSU. Both of these teams are a favorite in Bodog sportsbook’s Odds To Win The 2011-2012 BCS National Championship. However, LSU could find themselves at a disadvantage with starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson ruled ineligible for the matchup due to his participation in a fight that led to his arrest.
In another top 25 matchup Saturday, No. 5 Boise State will play at No. 19 Georgia. The Bulldogs are coming off their worst season in quite some time but appear to be ready to make a statement not only in the SEC but on a national level as well. This game will take place at 8:00 pm ET and can be seen on ESPN.
The opening weekend of college football culminates on Monday night as Miami will travel to play Maryland in an early conference matchup. The Hurricanes are under the leadership of new head coach AL Golden who was welcomed to the team as the program is now under investigation for huge NCAA violation infractions regarding the generosity of booster Nevin Shapiro. What this means for current Miami players is that a few, including starting quarterback Jacory Harris, have been ruled ineligible for the game. But all players not eligible are hoping the NCAA will let them take the field, including Harris who says he “expects to play.”
For sports bettors, visit Bodog’s NCAA College Football Betting Lines for the odds listed for all the games on tap for this weekend in college football action.