College Football – Only 5 Games Highlight First Week, 29 Others Must Win Their Opener

Ah, finally, the first kickoff of the 2008 NCAA college football season opens Thursday (8-28-08) with 14 games scheduled, followed by 2 games Friday, 55 games Saturday, 2 more Sunday and 2 Monday. The most interesting game for the opening night is Buffalo hosting Texas-El Paso (UTEP).

Two years ago Turner Gill took over the Buffalo head coaching job. He only went 2-10 his first year but did defeat Kent State University, the FIRST team with a winning record that the ช่องทางเข้า ufabet มือถือ Bulls had defeated in 8 years. Buffalo had been a doormat in the NCAA for far too long.

Gill’s Bulls went 5-7 last year and 5-3 in the Mid-American Conference, Buffalo’s first conference winning record since the Bulls became a Division I-A school. Gill was named MAC Coach of the Year. Turner Gill was part of 3 national championships as a coach at Nebraska, and his positive influence in Buffalo is becoming evident.

UTEP is interesting because of Mike Price, the former Washington State University head coach who led the Cougars for 14 years, compiling three 10-win seasons (he was 20-5 his last two seasons) and 5 bowl appearances.

Alabama hired Price away from Washington State but he never coached the Crimson Tide due to an off-field incident that resulted in a lawsuit that Price won against Sports Illustrated magazine. Price led UTEP to two consecutive 8-4 seasons and two bowl appearances, but then has had back-to-back 5-7 and 4-8 seasons.

The Buffalo-UTEP game is the most interesting game because either Turner Gill and Buffalo are going to continue to ascend the ladder of success, or Mike Price and UTEP are going to make a comeback. One coach will win and one will lose in this confrontation. We will let you know what happens if you miss the results on the tube.

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