Let the games begin!

General columnist Gerald Anthony takes a look at the first week's games and a lists a preseason Top 25.

Finally we have our first week of games of the new Season! Fans everywhere are ready to explode as the anticipation level for this Fall is greater than any I can recall in recent years.

With such optimism in abundance, it figures that the early matchups are already featuring tremendous interest, since the Pre-Season Polls have established an initial pecking order that has inspired considerable debate amongst the fans.

Quite naturally, I have my own ideas about where to start out the teams and have my own Pre-Season Poll:

1: Miami
2: Texas
3: Florida
4: Florida State
5: Oklahoma
6: Georgia
7: Washington State
8: Tennessee
9: Oregon
10: Colorado
11: Michigan State
12: Boston College
13: Ohio State
14: Washington
15: Texas A&M
16: Virginia Tech
17: Michigan
18: Alabama
19: Louisville
20: Illinois
21: Nebraska
22: South Carolina
23: Marshall
24: Maryland
25: LSU

As my system is self-created, part mechanical (computer generated) and part human (opinion), and it will be more fluid than the National efforts with weekly shuffling of the winners and losers. Now understand that since we have NO results to operate with, my poll is purely a basis from which to begin.

Now on to this week's games, beginning with Thursday night's Season kickoff:

Colorado State @ Virginia: Sonny Lubic leads the Mountain West Conference Rams across the fruited plains to the lovely campus of the Cavaliers in Charlottesville. This matchup is more about how the Cavs will look under the second year of the Al Groh era as his restocking of talent to bring Virginia back to competitiveness continues. A fairly even matchup on paper, but............

Colorado State 24 Virginia 21.

Fresno State @ Wisconsin: The Bulldogs shocked the Nation last year with David Carr leading a prolific attack that netted several surprising outcomes. The Badgers were upset by FSU-W last season and will not be overlooking them this time.

Wisconsin 31 Fresno State 13

Texas Tech @ Ohio State: A great intersectional matchup at the storied "Shoe", where the Buckeyes don't lose many. Red Raider QB Kliff Kingsbury and TWENTY starters return and Tech is a darkhorse B12 contender this Fall. The Buckeyes must settle upon a QB, for like last year's revolving door it inhibited their play in crucial matchups. But loaded with big, talented players they are, and how hard is it to hand off to any one of four talented TB's?

Ohio State 27 Texas Tech 24

Arizona State @ Nebraska: Ugly, ugly matchup, but a good one for the Huskers as they need some time to break in new QB Jammal Lord.

Nebraska 42 Arizona State 17

Florida State @ Iowa State: Another potentially ugly matchup, but Seneca Wallace is a difference maker, just ask the Tide. Sadly, Wallace hasn't the horses to run with him and this will more resemble a Seminole scrimmage.

FSU 45 Iowa State 24

New Mexico @ NC State: The Lobos travel nearly 3000 miles for this one and they will prove to be a little tougher than most predict. The Wolfpack will be again led by QB Phillip Rivers and while some have predicted big things for State, unless there is rapid improvement along the lines and a running game develops, a bowl may not be in the offing.

NC State 28 New Mexico 13

Arkansas State @ Virginia Tech: Ugly game #3, this will look like a train wreck by halftime even with the suspensions of starters by Beamer.

VT 48 Ark. State 10

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