Well, technically speaking it began on August 27th in Australia when California faced off against Hawaii. This weekend there will be some crazy marquee games one in Ireland and several games being held at NFL stadiums one at Lambeau Field, NRG Stadium in Houston, University of Phoenix stadium in Arizona, a game at the Georgia Dome as well as one at Jerry World. Also there is one in Orlando on Monday. Next Saturday, there will be perhaps the highest attended college game at the Bristol Motor Speedway between Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
Once again the 127 teams will try and end the season as one of the final four teams who will compete to play in the National Championship game look for Alabama to be back in the final four somehow.
Group of Five: The little conferences(American, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt)
The American: Will have their first title game this season. There was some great turnover in Head coaches this off season. It seems likely that Houston, Navy, South Florida, and Temple will be among the teams that will fight to get into the title game.
C-USA: There really isn’t much here there are three new head coaches taking over in the West. It seems likely that Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State, Southern Miss and perhaps Marshall might make the title game.
Mid-American: We will stick with what it’s been like the past three as Bowling Green and Northern Illinois will face each other in the Championship game.
Mountain West: Not sure of what all will happen over here but perhaps Boise State, San Diego State, Air Force and Nevada.
Sun Belt: This looks like a close one but the winner is whoever has the most wins in the division so Appalachian State or Arkansas State.
Power Five Teams: ACC, Big Ten(plus four), Big 12 (minus 2), Pac-12 and SEC
ACC: The Coastal Division will be the more exciting to watch as we have three new head coaches taking over some big name schools (Miami, Virginia, and Virginia Tech), most prognosticators are going with North Carolina repeating as Coastal champion. They will likely loose to Clemson or Florida State whoever makes it out of their match up on October 29th with a win.
Big Ten: This is another conference which only has one good division, expect Michigan/Michigan State/Ohio State to duke it out in the East. In the West perhaps Iowa, Northeastern or Wisconsin might have good seasons.
Big 12: Here is an easy conference to decide, they still don’t have a Championship game but look for Oklahoma or TCU.
Pac-12: Stanford, USC, UCLA, maybe Oregon and Washington have some chance at making the Championship game.
SEC: The cream of the crop both divisions seem like they might be competitive. In the East we have Tennessee, Florida and Georgia going neck to neck for the right to face Alabama or LSU in the title game. It will be nice when Alabama isn’t the sole best team in football.
Army has to come back from a dreadful last season where they only won two games and have lost to Air Force and Navy too many time in a row. It would be great if they could have the chance to win the Commander in Chief’s Trophy every once in a while.
Notre Dame are hoping to build on last season where they finished with 10 wins expect more of the same from Notre Dame as they seem to be competitive every year.
BYU has a slew of new coaches in place this year and it seems like an open audition for the Big 12, which seems to be expanding to at least 12 team in 2017 in order for a Championship game to make sense. Hopefully it goes well for them.