With that weird first-week-but-not-really Saturday behind us, Steve and I talk preview Week 1 of the college football season, highlighted by No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 3 Florida State. Remember to join our pick ’em group on ESPN by searching for the Scoop and Score Podcast.
Georgia Tech shocked Florida State, and “we” predicted it! Are any of the Group of Five teams playoff material? We discuss that, and look ahead to this weekend’s games. Plus, Harvey the dog growls at a cat.
Given the college football playoff committee’s rankings—undefeated Florida State is not first, or even second or third—many fans are confused. They may know which match-ups they’d like to see in the playoff but unsure what to root for this weekend to make their wishes come true. That’s where I come in, to save you from accidentally rooting for the wrong team. Because you screaming at your TV does make a difference.
Arizona vs. Oregon
Friday, 9 p.m. ET, FOX
The Ducks have been among college football’s best in recent years—the last season they lost more than two games was 2009—but they’ve only been to one national championship. In a time when other schools are claiming national titles like they’re candy on Halloween, Oregon, which started football in 1894, claims none. My point is, they’ve worked hard their whole life, paid their dues, and now, maybe, it’s Oregon’s turn. Win, and the Ducks are in the playoff, with a 1 or 2 seed and a semifinal game at the Rose Bowl.