Hooray, it's finally September! I've been jonesing for football so bad that I caught myself watching the second half of last year's Michigan/Illinois game. And I knew what the final score was going to be!
The early season games are difficult to pick for this column, since last year's usual suspects could very well improve, or someone decent could fall on their face. So, without further ado and very litle research, let's get down to it.
Bowl Recap: Wyoming and Freson State played an entertaining 2OT game, with Wyoming coming from behind to win 35-28. Minnesota and Iowa Stateclunked around, with Iowa State winning 14-13. So Congrats to Minnesota for finishing sub .500 even with a bowl game. South Florida beat the crap out of Northern Illinois 27-3. When you have almost as many yards punting (233) as total offense (238), the fans are in for a long night.
But we're going to put the past behind us, and look forward to a bright, shiny, new 2010 season. Minnesota manages to get noticed again, mostly for starting on the road against Middle Tennessee. Middle Tennessee was 10-3 in the SunBelt last year, so this is no cupcake for Minnesota, who struggled with the #109th best offense last season. Bonus: it's on Thursday on ESPNU.
Also on the road, Arizona travels to Toledo. Arizona is probably still smarting after getting hammered by a pissed-off Nebraska team in their bowl game, but Toledo had the #13th overall offense last year, despite finishing 5-7. Toledo knocked off Colorado, and should be looking to do the same to Arizona.
Colorado versus Colorado State in the Rocky Mountain Showdown is nothing if not entertaining. Last year, Colorado lost to CSU again. This is the same CSU team that finished 3-9 and lost their last nine in a row, including such powerhouses as Wyoming, UNLV and San Diego State. Colorado looks to counter Dan Hawkins with returning talent at RB, but nothing can counter Dan Hawkins.