College Football on TV this Week, September 1st

Each week BTH's Dean Legge previews the best college football games on TV. This week's key TV games feature several intersectional matchups.

A ratings scale of Don't Even Bother, Only for Hardcore Fans, Should Watch, and Must See will be given to each game.

Thursday games:

UNLV at Arkansas
Should Watch

The first SEC game of the year starts out with the Arkansas Razorbacks trying to get revenge from last season's loss to UNLV. The Rebels beat Arkansas last season in the Las Vegas Bowl. Cedric Cobbs is back for the Hogs after sitting last season out due to injury, but UNLV is likely to counter with their outstanding quarterback Jason Thomas. Thomas was 106-201-9 (52.7 pct) for1,708 yards and 14 TDs. The game kicks off at 7:30 eastern time on ESPN.

Arizona at San Diego State
Only for Hardcore Fans

A west coast battle is brewing on ESPN2's Thursday night affair. Arizona leads the series between the two schools 9-5 including a 17-3 win last season in Tempe. This is the second season in a row that SDSU opens it season in ESPN2. San Diego returns 19 starters from last season's team, including Lon Sherrif who threw for 2,163 yards last season. The game kicks off at 9 pm eastern time.

Saturday Games:

North Carolina at Maryland
Should Watch

The only reason that this game is a should watch game it to see two things. One, is Ralph Friedgen going to have an explosive offense at Maryland? Two, Will North Carolina get a win in the toughest stretch of games, perhaps in the nation, most certainly in the ACC? Tune in the find out Saturday at noon on ABC.

Syracuse at Tennessee
Should watch

Syracuse's defense looked great against Georgia Tech last week, but their offense was poor. It won't get any easier for the Orangemen when they travel to Tennessee. The Vols will showcase John Henderson, the best defensive tackle in the country. Tennessee's running backs are unproven. And the way that Syracuse got the job done against Tech last week, it is doubtful that UT will have loads of success running the ball this week. The game starts at 4pm and is on ESPN2.

Marshall at Florida
Must See

Why is this game a must see? Well there are several reasons, but really one stands out: Florida is ranked number one, therefore you should watch the game. How will Florida handle the pressure? Will Spurrier play only one quarterback the whole game? Dawg fans can get a little scouting in on the Gators while they are finishing up their tailgating around Athens Saturday night. The kick off is at 7:15, right after the end of the UT game, on ESPN2.

UCLA at Alabama
Should Watch

Both of these teams were disappointing. It is doubtful that both teams will continue their poor play this season. Bama needs this win to end the downward spiral that took place last season. The Tide was embarrassed last season on the west coast and now with a new head coach in place, this prime time game seems like a must have for the Tide. The kick is at 7:30 on ESPN.

Miami at Penn State
Must See

Is Miami going to be able to repeat their success of last season? Will Penn State get out of its slump that haunted them last year? Will JoePa get the record? For all of these reasons, this is probably the game of the weekend. Unfortunately, ABC, the media dictators that they are, have decided to split the country and not allow the East to see the Wisconsin at Oregon matchup. Miami is contending for the national title, will Penn State stop them?

Other games of note:
Oklahoma at Air Force
Colorado State vs. Colorado
West Virginia at Boston College
Louisville at Kentucky

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