College football season gets started tonight with Steve Spurrier's South Carolina Gamecocks playing host to former Georgia Tech Head Coach George O'Leary's Central Florida Knights. It should be an interesting game as both coaches are trying to rebuild these programs.
In action involving our state teams on Saturday, Georgia Tech will travel to Auburn, Georgia plays host to Boise State and Georgia Southern will travel to Boston to take on Northeastern University.
If Reggie Ball plays well at quarterback I expect Tech to give Auburn a run for the money. Auburn is breaking in a new quarterback, Brandon Cox, who has played just a little. Tech plays a gambling, blitzing defense that may give the Tigers trouble.
Georgia fans are counting on the high-powered Boise State offense to bog down in the heat and humidity that the Broncos are unaccustomed to. I, for one, hope to see Georgia utilize their experienced offensive line and tailbacks to control the ball. It will be a David Pollack-less defense trying to slow down Boise State quarterback Jared Zabransky and 16 other returning starters.
Georgia Southern will be looking to get the bad taste from last season's opening round 1-AA playoff loss to New Hampshire out of their mouths. Sports Illustrated magazine expects another big year from the Eagles, ranking them a preseason number four in 1-AA.
This same magazine ranks Georgia number 10, Boise St. number 16, Auburn number 18, and Georgia Tech number 32 out of 119 Division 1-A football schools.
Pam and I are experiencing empty nest syndrome big time at our house. In honor of Ashley and Wesley spending what better be their only year together at the University of Georgia, I dug out a poem that Wesley wrote in the eighth grade. It was published in the 2001 Football Preview issue of The Georgia Bulldog Magazine. I consider this a fitting time to finally share it with the readers of The McDuffie Mirror. So just in time for the 2005 college football season I give you Wesley Walker's "A Perfect Day In Athens:"
I wake up on Saturday morning, "Let's go see those Bulldogs play!"
I hop right out of bed, ready to start my day.
The radio is blasting 106.1, for those waiting to hear the voice of Larry Munson.
We all get in the car, flags and banners flying high,
So that everyone around us will know for whom we cheer and why.
As soon as we get to Athens, the tailgating begins.
We all eat hamburgers, hot dogs and potato skins.
We pack up our large spread of food because the time is near.
To head down with the other fans, to scream, bark and cheer.
I go down by the Tate Center to hear the Redcoats play.
They pound the drums and toot the flutes as they march on their way.
Then they play the best song of all, The Bulldog Battle Hymn.
It sends chills all up my spine and out to every limb.
Uga leads the Dogs onto the field of play.
And those dressed in red and black cheer for them all day.
Up and down the field they go, quarters one, two, three and four.
When the time runs out "Between the Hedges" we have the winning score.
Satisfied and happy we leave with all the rest.
We head back home to Thomson, knowing that our Dogs are the best.