College football is in the air

College football is in the air

July 12, 2017 10:52 AM
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It’s time to start doing your research and begin to take a good look at the schedules, conferences, and upcoming rosters to get a head start on school season. College football is not only in the air, the odds are showing up all over town, and if you’re going to bet, you’ll want to do your homework. Here’s a look at the Independent teams, and my first college football pick of the season.

Army ( Black Knights ) 

Army will go up against Ohio State on September 16th in Columbus. They have several key players who return this year including QB, Ahmad Bradshaw, RB Andy Davidson, LB Alex Aukerman, and DB Elijah Riley.  They won their last three consecutive games in 2016, and last year managed to end a 14-game losing streak to Navy.  Some of the concerns noted in Marc Lawrence's Playbook  include concern "anything less than another bowl game will (be) considered a setback. You'll want to save the date of December 9th when Army goes up against Navy in a game that is bound to be a thriller, especially if Army's sitting on a 'bowl bubble' going into the game.

To learn more about this team, follow on Twitter @ArmyWP_Football

BYU ( Cougars )

Another team on the list of Independents' includes the BYU Cougars who went 9-4 last year and are predicted by some to go 9-4 again. This team will take on LSU on September 2, and be sure to note that this game will be played in Houston. Will that make a difference? Tune in tonight to see what the guys have to say. BYU's four losses last year were all decided by less than three points, including two games that were decided by only one point. Imagine if they had won these games? Among the games to watch out for include those that will be against Wisconsin, Utah and of course, the one against LSU.

To learn more about this team on, follow on Twitter @BYUCougars

Massachusetts (Minutemen)

On November 18, at 1 pm MT/ 3 pm ET, this team will take on the BYU Cougars. Before that there's a lot of football to be played and teams such as Ohio and temple, as well as, the game against Hawaii that takes place on September 2nd might prove to be difficult hurdles for this team.  Although the team has some of its players returning including its QB, Andrew Ford who appeared in 11 games last season, and a relatively 'easy' schedule it's not going to be easy.  Their first game against Hawaii could be considered a rematch in a game that they lost last year 46-40.

To learn more about this team you will want to follow it on Twitter @UMassFootball

Notre Dame (Fighting Irish)

Of all the Independent teams, this one is my favorite to follow. Maybe because I grew up around folks who either loved or hated this team, and even when I knew nothing about college football (I still know very little, by the way, at least when compared to folks who truly follow this sport and have followed it for years.) I always knew that Notre Dame was a contender. This year, this team did not live up to expectations but keep in mind seven of the eight losses were decided by a touchdown. In my opinion, Notre Dame has a tough schedule. They take on Temple and then face Georgia in their first two matchups. The games I'm looking forward to will be the final two, against NAVY and Stanford.  I'm not sure why, but I just feel that this time has something to prove this year, and I'm hoping they can end up on the winning side and finish well over .500.

To learn more about this team, follow the Irish on Twitter, @FightingIrish

It’s early, and possibly a bit too early to place any sort of crazy wager, but the BYU Cougars facing LSU on September 2. It looks to be an interesting matchup. Note the game will be played at NRG (formerly Reliant) Stadium. Although the attendance for this game might not break the record attendance set when George Strait played, The Cowboy Rides Away Tour back in March of 2013, it’s likely to be a packed house.

Many are predicting BYU to come away with at least nine wins this year, and this game currently has BYU sitting at double-digit favorites. As of this writing, and while it might be tough to take a side this early, LSU is in the midst of adapting and it might take some time before they Nare able to come away with a win, against a team that’s shown stamina and seems poised for the bright lights. Lay your money down and go with the Cougars against LSU on the 2nd of September.