So we’ve got the yawners and the head scratchers out of the way. Five more games today, including a few in state contests.
If it weren’t for the distance, I would really like this game. It’s a game people will watch, and I’d much rather play a team like Boise versus an SEC team. The Broncos could, and probably will run away from the Skyhawks, but Boise wasn’t exactly Boise last year. Either way, it’s a team everyone knows, and much like the Tennessee Tech game at #11 could get a Gameday shoutout.
It’s a drive, but this is the first really “attendable” game on the list. Too bad it’s just not a good matchup. Even being a middle tier SEC team, this is much more likely to be out of hand at halftime than still a contest. Still, it’s a good chance to head to Ole Miss if you’re a Redhawks fan and never been.
My biggest concern with this matchup is that this is just a bit too far for fans to drive. Missouri didn’t make the splash Texas A&M did in their SEC jump, but they’re still a good program. It’s a week 1 game, and as we’ve seen sometimes those FBS teams aren’t as ready as they should be. If Columbia was an hour or two closer, I think this would be honestly be a fun trip to make.
I love in state games. Even though the teams are on opposite ends, there’s always that little something extra when the team is in the same state. If only I had any faith in the Governors still being in the game after…well, the first quarter. This isn’t the Tennessee of old, but the Volunteers are getting better. Still, if I’m a Governors fan, I’m buying tickets to Neyland Stadium for Week 1.
This was a late addition to the schedule, to replace the Auburn game that fell through.
Obviously, these teams aren’t zero miles apart, but that’s how far Jacksonville State fans have to travel. A home game against newly minted FBS team North Alabama. In a way, this is a game Jacksonville State fans have been waiting for: a chance to prove they’re good enough to be an FBS team themselves. It really should be a great game. So why is it so low on the list? It’s North Alabama. It’s barely an FCS vs FBS game.