If only all Pac-12 coaches were as cool as Mike Riley at Oregon State.
Not only does Riley have a reputation for being one of the nicest guys in football, he also opens up his practices to all fans and media. Anyone, conceivably, can watch Beavers’ practices in Corvallis and sit in the stands on a nice fall day. It’s a reporter’s and fan’s dream.
But the drawback is that anyone with a mobile device who sees a player go down in practice can immediately send out tweets about what happened. Competitive disadvantage? Sure. Maybe. Or maybe the easygoing Riley is such a good coach that he understands injuries are part of the game and he’s confident in the next man on the depth chart.
The first weekend or two in college football isn’t much on big-time matchups, as the national powers feast on lower-caliber, even lower-division opponents.
Two exceptions, of course, were Boise State-Michigan State Friday and Michigan vs. Alabama Saturday. The games will get bigger as teams on a collision course to face each other later in the season keep winning week after week, but here are some games to keep an eye on this season.
Week 2: Nebraska at UCLA on FOX. Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez opened the season just the way Big Red fans wanted him to, and maybe beyond even their expectations. He passed for 354 yards and five touchdowns in Saturday’s win over Southern Mississippi. The Huskers lost running back Rex Burkhead to injury in that game, and if he can’t play next week at the Rose Bowl, more pressure could be on Martinez to perform well in front of his hometown crowd. UCLA crushed Rice last Thursday and looked well doing it. Jim Mora’s team seeks the upset.
It’s an exciting time in for fans everywhere. Exposure to the college game is at an all-time high.The sheer number of televised games will blow your mind.
While we wait for the NFL to start and take over our Sundays, the college game is a perfect appetizer. My fingers are going to get a good workout entering in channel numbers.
Let’s start Thursday night, well, late afternoon for those of us out west. I’m definitely a Pac-12 and West Coast football fan and those teams will take priority over the SEC and Big 10, but I’m formulating a detailed and intricate plan to see as much of as many games as I can in Week 1.
The other night I turned (I mean, hit the guide menu and found) the TV channel to something new: The Pac-12 Network.
Much to my delight the commentators were discussing University of Oregon football. For me it doesn’t get any better. I love my Ducks. I have a college degree from the school and these past few years have been very exciting.
I’ve followed Pac-10 (now it’s the Pac-12) football and basketball for years. Anywhere I have lived I got to see the Ducks play on TV, if not live. Then I moved to Arizona, and had to go to sports bars to see Oregon games.