by Pat Dooley
Are you ready?
Have you bought your new shirt? Come up with a new tailgate idea? Got your mix tape ready?
It’s that time of the year. Thank goodness. It’s not just that I love watching college football, it’s that there has been so much bad news associated with the sport that it will be great to see actual games.
I have your first weekend planned. Have fun.
7 p.m. — South Carolina at Vanderbilt. This could rock the college world right from the outset. During commercials flip over to Texas A&M at Louisiana Tech to get a look at Florida’s second opponent.
10:15 p.m. — Your first look at Mike Leach’s Washington State team as they take on BYU. Start thinking of excuses for going to work late the next day.
11 a.m. — Show up for work. Tell your boss you stopped to help Will Muschamp change a flat.
7:30 p.m. — N.C. State-Tennessee. Nothing like a strong Friday night game to kick off the season. You might want two TVs because Boise State plays at Michigan State at 8.
9 a.m. — I know you’re tired but it’s going to be a long day so you might want some kind of energy drink. Oh yeah, Notre Dame vs. Navy just started in Dublin. Bloody Mary, anyone?
Noon — Get to your tailgate. Don’t worry about finding a TV. The early games reek.
3:30 p.m. — Florida-Bowling Green kickoff. Stay hydrated.
7 p.m. — I recommend finding a place near the stadium because you’ll want to see Auburn-Clemson. An hour later it’s Alabama-Michigan. Two TVs are a must.
11:30 — There is football being played on TV but you’re dead to the world. Who wants to stay up and watch Arkansas State-Oregon or Toledo-Arizona? OK, except me.
3:30 p.m. — No NFL? No problem. Kentucky and Louisville play just for you.
6:30 p.m. — OK, so maybe it’s time to read a book or do some laundry. Naw, it’s time to watch SMU and Baylor.
8 p.m. — It was an unproductive work day because all you could talk about was college football. What better way to wrap up your weekend than Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech?
Had enough? It all starts again three days later.