* I consider myself someone who loves football. Like most Americans, I can’t wait for next Thursday’s NFL kickoff between the Saints and Packers, the past two Super Bowl champs.
But I can’t watch preseason football. I just can’t do it. It’s such a waste of time. I can’t even watch my team – the St. Louis Rams – in the preseason because I have no idea what to look for. Preseason football, I’m sure, is important to the coaches who are trying to figure out how to fill their 53-player roster. And it’s certainly important to the players vying for those last few spots.
I can’t imagine, though, paying to go to one of the games. Or even watching on television.
I tried Thursday night. I tried watching some of the Chiefs-Packers game. I tuned in for a little of the Dallas game. And there’s just no way.
So I’m very happy that the preseason is over and we can move on to the good stuff. I love the good stuff.
I’m a baseball guy first and foremost, but the NFL is right there. So is college football, provided the games are top level. I wasn’t, for instance, much interested in the Wisconsin-UNLV or Mississippi State-Memphis games that were in the spotlight Thursday night. I am going to watch the Baylor-TCU game here in just a little while and would be all over the games Saturday if I wasn’t covering the Kansas State-Eastern Kentucky game in Manhattan on Saturday night.
What to look for in that one?
There’s only one thing to look for, in my mind. And that’s how K-State coach Bill Snyder uses his running backs. On the K-State depth chart, three tailbacks are listed as potential starters. Bryce Brown’s name is the third on that list. If Bryce Brown, former high school All-American at East and one of the top recruits in the nation after the 2008 season, isn’t a big part of K-State’s offense in 2011, then something is really wrong.
So breaking down the K-State running game is No. 1 on my column list for tomorrow.
I’ll also be interested to see how Bryce’s brother, Arthur, flies around at linebacker. The Wildcats have to be much better defensively this season if they want to be a better team and Arthur might be the key to all of that.
Eastern Kentucky represents no threat to Kansas State. But it’s a good opening test for the ‘Cats because Eastern Kentucky isn’t just a terrible team and Snyder’s plan for this team will start to come into focus.
Kansas gets McNeese State for its opener. Last season, Kansas got North Dakota State for its opener. I think we all remember how that went. I don’t anticipate that kind of disaster again for the Jayhawks. But it’s dangerous to anticipate when it comes to KU.
Here are some college football predictions for the weekend. Thank me later.
Kansas State 31, Eastern Kentucky 10
Kansas 28, McNeese State 10
Baylor 27, TCU 24 (upset special, I like the Bears better than most)
Missouri 34, Miami (Ohio) 12
Notre Dame 21, South Florida 14
Southern California 27, Minnesota 21 (Cheney native Jerry Kill makes his Minnesota coaching debut)
Oklahoma 42, Tulsa 21
Oregon 24, LSU 23 (should be a fantastic game between two national-championship contenders)
Georgia 23, Boise State 20 (give Boise credit for going to Atlanta to play this one)
Texas A&M 31, SMU 7 (You want into the Big 12, SMU? You gotta do better than this)
Maryland 27, Miami (Fla.) 20 (You think Nevin Shapiro has access to a television?)