It is 5 o’clock in the evening here in Dublin, and kickoff of the first Saturday college football game just commenced. Matt is sitting in his recliner chair, USC football in his lap, and a Stella in his hand. We’ve just finished a bowl of chips and queso, the windows are open with crisp, fall-like air blowing through, and for a content moment while watching College GameDay I forgot where I was.
College football season has started, and even though it is not a European favorite, I have a feeling it will make its way into my blog every single weekend. Who’s to say that watching college football is not part of my European adventures? For one, Matt purchased ESPN America so we wouldn’t miss a single moment of this glorious time of year. Secondly, our viewing schedule will be much different than those watching back in the states. The six hour time difference puts a small cramp in our style, but it doesn’t kill the experience entirely. Tonight, at midnight to be precise, I will be watching kickoff of none other than my favorite team: the Oklahoma Sooners! This past Thursday, Matt and I went to bed especially early so that we could wake up at 4 in the morning to see kickoff of Matt’s alma mater: the USC Trojans. Needless to say, we won’t be missing a single touchdown, fumble, interception, or on-side kick.
Now, I’m no expert, but I’d like to take a moment to give a few of my picks for this first weekend:
- Notre Dame to beat Purdue. Born into a family heavy with Fighting Irish tradition, I can only cheer for the blue, green, and gold.
- TCU to beat Oregon State. Huge home field advantage here, however I was heartbroken at this stadium, same time last year…
- On that note, Washington to beat BYU. Jake Locker, potential Heisman candidate.
- Virginia Tech to beat Boise State. I hate Boise State, can you guess why? Yes, sometimes even I hold grudges.
And last but CERTAINLY NOT least:
OKLAHOMA to beat Utah State. BOOMER SOONER!
Now, it’s back to the Florida/Miami (OH) game. Urban Meyer, please don’t have a heart attack now that Tebow is gone. I know I won’t miss him.