As I'm sure you're all aware, college football season starts in less than an hour. I know it's not quite the holiday that the opening of hoops season is around here, but for those college football fans on the site, this is the place to discuss tonight's action as we get to watch some surprisingly respectable football tonight. Here's a summary of the televised games:
|North Carolina vs South Carolina||5:00||ESPN|
|Florida Int'l vs Central Florida||5:00||CBS Sports|
|Oklahoma State vs Central Michigan||6:00||ESPNU|
|Western Kentucky vs Vanderbilt||7:00||SEC|
|Michigan vs Utah||7:30||FS1|
|TCU vs Minnesota||8:00||ESPN|
|Duke vs Tulane||8:30||CBS Sports|
|UTSA vs Arizona||9:00||Pac-12|
|Colorado vs Hawaii||12:00 AM||CBS Sports|
North Carolina vs South Carolina:
We kick off the action with a decent game. South Carolina struggled last year on their way to a 7-6 record, but Steve Spurrier always has talent to work with. Meanwhile, North Carolina quietly has a streak of 7 straight seasons with 6 or more wins, and should make for a quality opponent. This isn't a heavyweight fight, but it's not bad for the first action of the fall.
Oklahoma State vs Central Michigan:
This is your first chance to watch 2015 Big 12 football! Kansas fans are familiar with Central Michigan, who came into Memorial Stadium last year and gave the Jayhawks a scare. They've been to bowl games in two of the last three seasons, and should at least put up a fight for a while against Big 12 opponent Oklahoma State. Okie State looks to rebound from a disappointing down year in 2014, and hopes to get off to a good start by picking up a road win over a halfway decent opponent.
Michigan vs Utah:
This is one of the two "big" games tonight, as Jim Harbaugh makes his Michigan debut against a Utah team that quietly put together a 9-4 season in a tough Pac-12 conference last year. Utah won last year's meeting in Ann Arbor with relative ease, taking out the Wolverines 26-10 in their own house in a season that also featured big road wins over UCLA and Stanford. It will be interesting to see if Harbaugh can get things turned around following Michigan's 5-7 finish last year with a big win on national television.
TCU vs Minnesota:
This is the other feature game, pitting the #2 TCU Horned Frogs against a gritty Minnesota team that has quietly turned things around under Jerry Kill. Last year Minnesota didn't put up much of a fight in a 30-7 loss, and TCU returns the majority of their key players. Minnesota isn't bad, but will need some things to go their way to stay competitive. This game should be fun to watch simply because of Heisman candidate Trevone Boykin and the TCU air raid that hung 82 points on Texas Tech last year.
Colorado vs Hawaii:
Ok, maybe this one wasn't worth previewing, but if you're a night owl and you get the CBS Sports Network, why not watch our former Big 12 mates Colorado play in Honolulu? The Buffaloes are slowly turning things around, and making sure they secure a win over a Hawaii program ruled to be in danger of disappearing will be necessity if they want a shot at bowl eligibility.
So there it is, your schedule for tonight's events. Now, grab some nachos and a remote and talk football with your fellow Jayhawk fans!