The first games of the new year is always a good time to be a football fan and the lineup for Monday should not disappoint as there are six very good and interesting match-ups.
Penn st – Houston: a classic defense vs offense type of game also a game that features both team having major coaching changes and a game that has had a lot of off the field distractions.
Michigan st – Georgia: Michigan st played some great football in 2011 as they were responsible for knocking off then unbeaten Wisconsin in one of the most exciting games of the year. Georgia on the hand started off bad, but went on a major run and at point of the 2011 season you could argue they were playing some of the best football in the nation. Reaching the SEC championship game for the first time in years, has to have the Georgia faithful excited for what is to come in 2012.
Nebraska – South Carolina: Nebraska at times showed they could play with anyone in the nation and other times looked very bad. The same can be said for South Carolina, this could be the most overlooked game of the day and may be a fight to the finish.
Florida – Ohio st: I’m looking forward to this one, once again both teams have many different coaching changes to deal with going into the game. Ohio st is about to face probation for a few years limiting scholarships and facing a bowl ban for the upcoming year. Florida is very young and I feel never really put together a complete four quarters of football all season multiplied by injuries, would be interesting to see them healthy and playing a complete game.
Wisconsin – Oregon: This game has the makings of being the game of the day. This is a classic Rose Bowl involving two teams that want this game very badly. Wisconsin at one point was the hottest team in CFB before their loss to Michigan st and Oregon was wrote off early as they lost the opening game vs. LSU, but we all know how good LSU is. Oregon has to be the fastest team in CFB and the offense when clicking can be very hard to defend. Wisconsin’s mixture of the run and pass also keeps teams off-balance, this game should go down to the wire too.
Stanford – Oklahoma st: This game needs no build up and it should be as advertised. A great game to close out a great day of football. Two teams that were very much in the hunt all season long and both teams suffered one slip up apiece. Neither of these teams wants to end this season on a loss. I could see this game coming down to what defense makes the most key stops as both offenses should run like well oiled machines.
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