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August 31, 2017

College Football Hits Full Throttle.

by Larry Leek

Ipga.com

The 2017 college football season hits full throttle beginning Thursday August 31st and with a full slate of games scheduled for Saturday Sept. 2nd. Football fans all over America are gathering their tailgate supplies packing them up, loading up their vehicles be it campers, trucks, cars, buses etc… and soon they will be hitting the road headed to their Alma Mater or favorite university with renewed excitement and hopes that this could be the year their team goes ALL THE WAY….

The Summer of 2017 is just about over, sad as it may seem when you think about it, but the good part is that football fans have survived thru yet another off season and even though we say goodbye to Summer we finally get to say HELLO to the Fruits Of Fall, FOOTBALL!

There are actually games scheduled for not only Thursday night but Friday night as well. Games of note for Thursday night are   #2 Ohio State  @ Indiana and Tulsa @ Oklahoma State .

Friday night has  Utah State @ #13 Wisconsin.

Saturday’s top game will pit #4 Florida State @ #1 Alabama in a huge match up to get both teams season underway. The Seminoles should be much improved from last years disappointing season where they finished 9-3 and were humiliated by Louisville  in week 3, 63-20. But what better measuring stick to gauge just how much they have improved than the Tide?

The other top game of the weekend is #3 Michigan Vs #12 Florida,  The Wolverines were so close to making the playoffs last year, will they be one of the final four teams when all is said and done? But lets save that talk for later, Right now it’s time for FOOTBALL!

This is Whats On My Sports Mind about this subject:

I am SO happy football is back. As always I hope MY South Carolina Gamecocks have a very prosperous year. Even though the Gamecocks 2016 recruiting class does not reflect a major improvement from last season there is always hope. The Gamecocks open up against NC State on Saturday. The game will be played in Charlotte, NC.

 

A couple of questions that has to be on every college football fan’s mind:

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  1. Can the Crimson Tide return to the national championship game for a 3rd straight season?
  2. If they do will they have to face the defending champ’s, the Clemson Tigers for the 3rd time?

As far as question #1 this Sports Mind must say that as long as the Tide have Head Coach Nick Saban  running the show there’s always the likelihood you will see them in the title game, they kickoff the season Saturday with a good one against the Seminoles, so stay tuned.

With the Tigers losing Deshaun Watson to the NFL, it’s very unlikely, though not impossible that they will repeat with a new QB at the helm. One Tall task indeed. The Crimson Tide almost accomplished the feat last season with freshman QB Jalen Hurts but look who stood in their way.

So Whats On Your Sports Mind about this subject?

Below is the weekend’s FULL college football schedule: Enjoy YOUR Labor Day Weekend….

Thursday, August 31

MATCHUP TIME  (ET) NAT TV LOCATION TICKETS

Florida Intl

UCF

6:00 PM CBSSN Bright House Networks Stadium, Orlando, FL 2,136 tickets from $4

Presbyterian College

6:30 PM ACCN
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BB&T Field, Winston-salem, NC 1,023 tickets from $2

Austin Peay

7:00 PM ESPN3 Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, OH 388 tickets from $10

Buffalo

7:00 PM BTN TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN 279 tickets from $18

Tennessee State

7:00 PM ESPN3 Georgia State Stadium, Atlanta, GA 45 tickets from $44

Elon

7:00 PM ESPN3 Glass Bowl, Toledo, OH 37 tickets from $8

Rhode Island

7:00 PM ESPN3 Kelly/Shorts Stadium, Mount Pleasant, MI 86 tickets from $6

Tulsa

7:30 PM FS1 Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK 1,771 tickets from $15

Holy Cross

7:30 PM ESPN3 Rentschler Field, East Hartford, CT 557 tickets from $10

North Dakota

7:30 PM PAC12 Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT 189 tickets from $18

#2Ohio State

8:00 PM ESPN
WatchESPN
Memorial Stadium , Bloomington, IN 818 tickets from $54

Florida A&M

8:00 PM SECN
WatchESPN
War Memorial Stadium , Little Rock, AR 569 tickets from $37

Louisiana Monroe

9:00 PM CBSSN Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN 519 tickets from $6

Sacramento State

9:00 PM ESPN3 Kibbie Dome, Moscow, ID 7 tickets from $25

New Mexico State

10:30 PM PAC12 Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ 2,067 tickets from $3

Friday, September 1

MATCHUP TIME  (ET) NAT TV LOCATION TICKETS

Fordham

6:00 PM CBSSN Michie Stadium, West Point, NY 458 tickets from $19

Charlotte

6:30 PM ESPN3 Rynearson Stadium, Ypsilanti, MI 86 tickets from $6

Central Connecticut

7:00 PM ACCN
WatchESPN
Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY 1,185 tickets from $5

#8Washington

8:00 PM FS1 High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, NJ 354 tickets from $28

Navy

8:00 PM ESPNU
WatchESPN
FAU Football Stadium, Boca Raton, FL 2,369 tickets from $8

Colorado State

8:00 PM PAC12 Sports Authority Field, Denver, CO 1,485 tickets from $38

Utah State

#13    Wisconsin

9:00 PM ESPN
WatchESPN
Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI 687 tickets from $22

Boston College

9:30 PM CBSSN Huskie Stadium, DeKalb, IL 325 tickets from $14

Saturday, September 2

MATCHUP TIME  (ET) NAT TV LOCATION TICKETS

Kent State

12:00 PM ESPN
WatchESPN
Memorial Stadium , Clemson, SC 1,622 tickets from $17

Akron

12:00 PM ABC
WatchESPN
Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA 1,398 tickets from $36

Maryland

#18Texas

12:00 PM FS1 Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX 2,313 tickets from $5

Ball State

12:00 PM BTN Memorial Stadium , Champaign, IL 860 tickets from $3

Wyoming

12:00 PM BTN Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA 516 tickets from $45

Bowling Green

12:00 PM ESPNU
WatchESPN
Spartan Stadium , East Lansing, MI 1,136 tickets from $14

Missouri State

12:00 PM SECN
WatchESPN
Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field, Columbia, MO 787 tickets from $29

California

12:20 PM ACCN
WatchESPN
Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC 2,079 tickets from $11

Bethune-Cookman

#7Miami

12:30 PM ACCN
WatchESPN
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, FL 3,578 tickets from $6

Youngstown State

1:00 PM ACCN
WatchESPN
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA 587 tickets from $13

Portland State

2:00 PM PAC12 Reser Stadium, Corvallis, OR 900 tickets from $5

VMI

2:00 PM ESPN3 Falcon Stadium, Usaf Academy, CO 759 tickets from $13

NC State

3:00 PM ESPN
WatchESPN
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC 3,524 tickets from $28

UTEP

3:30 PM FOX Memorial Stadium , Norman, OK 1,402 tickets from $5

#3Michigan

#12Florida

3:30 PM ABC
WatchESPN
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX 7,370 tickets from $41

Temple

3:30 PM NBC Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, IN 1,073 tickets from $56

Nevada

3:30 PM BTN Ryan Field, Evanston, IL 3,431 tickets from $2

William & Mary

3:30 PM ACCN
WatchESPN
Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, VA 395 tickets from $14

Alabama A&M

UAB

3:30 PM Legion Field , Birmingham, AL 76 tickets from $36

Troy

3:45 PM ESPNU
WatchESPN
Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID 937 tickets from $35

Stony Brook

4:00 PM ESPN3 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL 915 tickets from $7

Eastern Washington

4:00 PM Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, TX 1,839 tickets from $4

Kentucky

4:00 PM CBSSN M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS 280 tickets from $27

Charleston Southern

4:00 PM SECN
WatchESPN
Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS 1,455 tickets from $3

Western Michigan

#9USC

5:15 PM PAC12 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA 2,009 tickets from $15

North Carolina Central

6:00 PM ACCN
WatchESPN
Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC 820 tickets from $3

James Madison

6:00 PM ESPN3 Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, NC 300 tickets from $19

Albany

6:00 PM ESPN3 S.B. Ballard Stadium, Norfolk, VA 132 tickets from $18

Appalachian State

#17Georgia

6:15 PM ESPN
WatchESPN
Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA 780 tickets from $49

Miami (OH)

6:30 PM Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV 128 tickets from $27

Lamar

7:00 PM ESPN3 Apogee Stadium, Denton, TX 90 tickets from $19

Houston

7:00 PM Alamodome, San Antonio, TX 923 tickets from $19

Eastern Kentucky

7:00 PM L.T. Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, KY 6 tickets from $256

Northwestern State

7:00 PM ESPN3 Joe Aillet Stadium, Ruston, LA 122 tickets from $33

Stephen F. Austin

SMU

7:00 PM ESPN3 Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, TX 539 tickets from $6

UMass

7:00 PM ESPN3 Brooks Stadium, Conway, SC 34 tickets from $21

Liberty

7:00 PM FS2 McLane Stadium, Waco, TX 1,023 tickets from $6

Southeast Missouri State

7:00 PM ESPN3 Memorial Stadium , Lawrence, KS 757 tickets from $15

Hampton

7:00 PM ESPN3 Peden Stadium, Athens, OH 61 tickets from $10

Southeastern Louisiana

7:00 PM ESPN3 Cajun Field, Lafayette, LA 226 tickets from $12

Houston Baptist

7:00 PM ESPN3 Bobcat Stadium , San Marcos, TX 16 tickets from $15

Central Arkansas

7:10 PM ESPN3 Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, KS 842 tickets from $19

Georgia Southern

#10Auburn

7:30 PM SECN
WatchESPN
Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL 1,649 tickets from $26

#15   Louisville

7:30 PM FOX Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN 1,719 tickets from $24

South Alabama

7:30 PM ESPNU
WatchESPN
Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS 2,464 tickets from $4

Cal Poly

7:30 PM CEFCU Stadium – Home of the Spartans, San Jose, CA 347 tickets from $17

#4Florida State

8:00 PM ABC
WatchESPN
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA 1,034 tickets from $196

Abilene Christian

8:00 PM Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM 2 tickets from $30

Arkansas State

#24 Nebraska

8:00 PM BTN Memorial Stadium , Lincoln, NE 602 tickets from $49

Jackson State

TCU

8:00 PM FOX Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX 1,193 tickets from $3

Northern Iowa

8:00 PM Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, IA 768 tickets from $38

Vanderbilt

8:00 PM CBSSN Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN 388 tickets from $22

Grambling

8:00 PM ESPN3 Yulman Stadium, New Orleans, LA 126 tickets from $27

Southern Utah

8:15 PM PAC12 Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR 1,319 tickets from $12

UC Davis

8:30 PM Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA 697 tickets from $28

Howard

9:00 PM Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV 419 tickets from $7

BYU

#11LSU

9:30 PM ESPN
WatchESPN
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA 2,899 tickets from $33

Incarnate Word

10:00 PM Bulldog Stadium , Fresno, CA 147 tickets from $45

Montana State

10:30 PM FS1 Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA 644 tickets from $13

Northern Arizona

11:00 PM PAC12 Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ 471 tickets from $8

Western Carolina

11:59 PM Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI 89 tickets from $14

Sunday, September 3

MATCHUP TIME  (ET) NAT TV LOCATION TICKETS

#22West Virginia

7:30 PM ABC
WatchESPN
FedExField, Landover, MD 1,486 tickets from $55

Texas A&M

7:30 PM FOX Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA 1,994 tickets from $64

Monday, September 4

MATCHUP TIME  (ET) NAT TV LOCATION TICKETS

#25  Tennessee

 

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