It is unofficially college football season. I know this because the preview magazines are out, and that gives us all license to start wishing our way through the summer toward Aug. 29 – opening night of the 2013 season.
To help get us from here to there, it’s time for my second annual 40 observations on schedules from coast to coast, from have to have-not, from soft to suicidal.
1. If you’re looking for the trap game on Alabama’s schedule, give up now. There isn’t one. At least not one like the Crimson Tide fell into last year, when it staggered out of a donnybrook in Tiger Stadium and into a home game seven days later against Johnny Football and Texas A&M. This year, ‘Bama has no consecutive killer weeks. The Tide opens with Virginia Tech in Atlanta, but then has a week off to prep for its trip to College Station for the rematch with J. Football. The only time Alabama plays 2012 bowl teams on consecutive Saturdays is Nov. 9-16, when its home game against LSU is followed by a trip toRead More »from Forty strong: Observations and declarations about college football's schedules