The season has not really started yet and they are all looking for heads to roll at Tennessee, Louisiana State University and Mississippi, where Rebels Coach Hugh Freeze didn't make it to the first game. He's gone. The same can happen to Tennessee and LSU.
On Sept. 2 it will be the Florida State Seminoles versus Alabama Crimson Tide for the Chick-fil-a Kickoff Saturday night, and on Monday night the Tennessee Volunteers vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets game is also part of the Chick-fil-a Kickoff. All four teams are making history in college football.
Here's something to look forward to during the game. Former University of Tennessee Coach Phillip Filmer has been hired to do many things in the athletic department and the university (wonder what that could be.)
The LSU Tigers (8-4) come right out with going to Provo, Utah to play the Brigham Young University Cougars (9-4). Now remember, LSU is known to fire its coaches at any time — like right after this game.
And one coach we cannot overlook is "WHO" Coach Lane Kiffin from Alabama, now head Coach of the Florida Atlantic Owls. I bet you'll see a bunch of heads turning there. This is not the school to watch, but just watch the coach. (He was to take over LSU but got stepped on.)
There are four games the weekend of Aug. 26:
Rice Owls vs. Stanford Cardinals: It's in Sydney, Australia. "The yanks really don't know how to play Australia football but us Down Under folks just love American college football." This game is going to be lopsided, with the Owls saying "'WHO' was that?" I predict it will be the Cardinals by 21.
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors vs. Massachusetts Minutemen: Even through the game is in Amherst, Massachusetts and not in Honolulu, Hawaii as everyone wanted, it's still the same outcome. It's over in minutes. Rainbow Warriors by 18.
South Florida Bulls vs. San Jose State Spartans: Spartans were 4-8 last year and I'm looking for the same this year. Bulls all over this game by 17.
Oregon State Beavers vs. Colorado State Rams: Rams are very stubborn animals, as is this team. They'll bang heads all day long with the Beavers in this game, and this could be the best game out of the four for this week. Rams by 10.
Next week is the big week for everyone. You'll be reading a lot about the Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac 12. It seems they are tired of the Southeastern Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference always being in the sports media, so they complained to the National Collegiate Athletic Association. They told them they were losing money and they were not on TV as much as SEC and ACC.
The answer should have been "play better football and teams."
I will say this. Texas, Penn State, BYU, and Oregon are on their way back in the win column. Did you know ACC won more bowl games last year than anyone? No, SEC, you cannot "brag" about any of the bowl games. It seems the ACC are the ones you played most of the time.
SEC TOP TEAMS: Alabama, Georgia
ACC TOP TEAMS: Florida State, Louisville
If you're in the SEC/ACC and you must play any of these four teams, be afraid, be very afraid.
See you next week with all the SEC/ACC games.
Bill Everett is a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and lives in the Baker area.