College football opening weekend promises to offer excitement

Aiden Markey and Aiden Markey

This weekend will host the first full Saturday slate of college football, but that does not mean that there are not any games that will have an intense, late-season feel. Here’s a look at some of the biggest matchups for college football’s 2016 premiere.

Bowling Green will be traveling to Columbus to face the 2014 National Champion  and currently sixth ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday. The Falcons, while unranked, have won two of the past three Mid-American Conference titles. OSU lost several big names from last year’s team, including star defensive end Joey Bosa. With Bowling Green’s high-octane offense combining with the energy and excitement of a game against the Buckeyes, don’t be surprised to see the Falcons hang close with the Big Ten juggernaut.

Lambeau Field is set to bring SEC powerhouse LSU in to face the Big Ten’s Wisconsin Badgers. The Tigers, ranked fifth in the preseason rankings, have a Heisman candidate in Leonard Fournette. The unranked Badgers are the underdog, but a home game in a legendary venue like Lambeau could be just enough to help Wisconsin erase Fournette’s Tigers hope for an opening weekend victory.

Defending National Champion Alabama will meet the USC Trojans in a Saturday night prime time showdown. The Crimson Tide earned the top ranking in both the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll, the Trojans being ranked 20th and 17th, respectively, in the polls. Legendary Alabama coach Nick Saban is looking to lead his 2016 squad to a national championship, which would be the school’s fifth in the past eight years. In contrast, USC head coach Clay Helton hopes to bring the Trojan program back into the forefront of college football with a win over the recently dynastic Crimson Tide. The game, which will be held at AT&T stadium in Arlington, Texas, will be the highlight of Saturday’s schedule. Expect Alabama to come out handily on top, though.

College football is almost back. A weekend on your couch, and probably the edge of it, is imminent. Whether your favorite team is destined for an opening weekend defeat or a boring blowout win, Saturday should turn out to be one of the more enjoyable days of  the 2016 season.