The Campus Game – Around the Nation

Welcome back to The Campus Game for the kickoff of the 2008 season.

Three features appear here each week.

First, my SEC Game of the Week will typically be posted on Tuesdays. The print version of the article appears in Game Day Weekly, the south’s premier weekly college football newspaper (contact info is linked to the right).

On Thursdays, Around the Nation and Professor’s Picks/SEC Report are posted.

Around the Nation is a brief overview of the weekend’s most prominent games, along with other college football national news.

The SEC Report includes information on the conference, plus Professor’s Picks … a quick overview of the week’s games plus a game prediction.


Around the Nation

Opening weekend offers several games of national significance, but no true blockbusters.

The best pairing figures to be at the Georgia Dome where Alabama meets Clemson in the inaugural Chick-fil-A College Kickoff. The Tigers are favored, but the Tide has a lot of young talent. Watch for the college debuts of highly-touted freshmen DaQuan Bowers (DE-Clemson) and Julio Jones (WR-Alabama).

USC visits Virginia in an intersectional game – if Trojan QB Mark Sanchez is still mending, Arkansas transfer Mitch Mustain might get playing time.

Illinois goes on the road to challenge Missouri.

Finally, Tennessee travels to Tinsel Town for a Labor Day night meeting with UCLA.

See you at kickoff!

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