2 September 2000

Watching:  Texas A&M v. Notre Dame, Toledo v. Penn State, UTEP v. Oklahoma


College Football Openers

Today marked the opener for college football.  Yes, I realize that officially the season started with various "kickoff" games last week, and that there were a few games on Thursday.  But the season began in a big way today, with at least half of the top 25 beginning play.  Generally, I'm not one of those guys who spends entire weekends in front of the tube watching football.  I tend to follow the teams I like -- the Oklahoma Sooners in college football (and to a lesser extent, the Houston Cougars), and the Dallas Cowboys in pro football -- and don't get too caught up in the other games.

Opening weekend is different, though.  On opening weekend, I tend to watch lots of games.  Today was no different.  I watched Notre Dame put the big hurt on Texas A&M (that was one of my predictions actually).  I watched little Toledo stun perennial power Penn State.  And finally, I figured out that OU was being shown on PPV, and managed to go take in their game against UTEP at SRO, the mother of all sports bars.

The Sooners did not play a great game.  Their defense gave up a number of big plays, a problem that plagued them last year.  Their Heisman-hopeful quarterback was not very crisp, unusual for him.  Their receivers at times did not break off great routes, and were guilty of dropping a number of passes.  But still, the Sooners won 55-14.  And a true freshman running back, Renaldo Works, had a fine effort at running back.  In fact, it's easy to see this guy becoming the starter for a long time.  

Tomorrow, I get to close out my Football Weekend with the Dallas Cowboys opener.  This is a fine time of year!

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