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2012 NCAA Football Season Kicks Off With No. 9 Gamecocks On Opening Night

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Tomorrow the 2012 NCAA football season will kickoff with 17 games on the slate for opening day.  Most of the games on Thursday won’t appeal to the masses in the same manner the No. 8 Michigan Wolverines vs. the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas) will on Saturday, but none the less it is college football and we’ve been waiting since Alabama-LSU II in February for the season to begin.

Thursday boasts five matchups that may not be marquee, but are still worth keeping an eye on.

South Carolina at Vanderbilt

August 30th will have its own special matchups, including No. 9 South Carolina Gamecocks travelling to Nashville for an SEC matchup against the Vanderbilt Commodores to kick things off.

Central Florida at Akron –

The UCF Knights, who will be joining the Big East next season, will be serving a one-year postseason ban in either 2012 or 2013 depending on the length of the appeal process.  They will start their final season with Conference USA on the road against the Akron Zips.

 

UCLA at Rice –

Jim Mora replaces the scandalous Rick Neuheisel as the head coach of the UCLA Bruins  Mora will now try to rebuild the prominent football program against the team’s first opponent, Rice, on Thursday.  The game will mark the beginning of the Bruins’ uphill chase to steal the Pac-12 South Division from the USC Trojans.

 

Washington State at BYU –

Mike Leach returns to the sidelines as he leads the Washington State Cougars into Provo to take on the BYU Cougars in a pairing of two big cat teams who both have a lot to prove in 2012.

 

 

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