Picture it, everyone.
Whether it’s this Saturday afternoon, when FCS powers North Dakota State and Montana square off, or next Thursday for one of 18 contests, you’ll be there. Whether you’re eating grilled food at a tailgate and settling into a seat at your favorite stadium, or ordering a pizza and settling down for an evening with your HDTV, you’ll be there.
We’ll be there, too.
Thus begins year five of this little feature we call Clear Your Schedule. I am, as always, grateful to Kevin for the space and for everything he does for all of us. I’m proud to be here. I’m also grateful to all of you for reading and continuing to be involved. Agreement is not required here — it never has been — but our passion binds us.
There comes a time when all good things must change, though, and this year will be a year of change for this humble column. We will continue our weekly look at the ACC here; however, our weekly SEC feature will disappear. Eric will continue his “weakly” SEC feature, and you can save your SEC commentary, pitchforks and angry mobs for one central location. It’s all about saving you some keystrokes, everyone.
Just because the SEC feature is going away does not mean that you will only see one feature a week this year, though.
You see, long ago, on a radio show I co-hosted far, far away, there used to be a weekly feature called The Sixer. This is not an alcohol reference — I don’t drink, not that it matters to anyone — but instead one that references a six-pack of some of the more intriguing games across the country each week. I’ve frankly missed this feature, and bringing it here allows for some fresh analysis in each column. We can also do some interesting theme weeks, and we very well may break out some of those through the year.
I have also said — millions of times, actually — that I’m a terrible prognosticator. This is why you won’t see too many predictions here. However, we’re going to try out a little bit of a different element in this space in 2015. You’ll be able to test your prognostication skills against mine — and anyone else who chooses to participate — each week. You can join here, and it’s free to play. There are no prizes yet, only bragging rights — unless any of you can convince Kevin otherwise — but think of the pride you’ll feel in knowing you properly picked more games than your fellow readers. Also, when choosing a name for your selections, consider something we can use to easily identify you.
This will be an exciting year, as is the case with every college football season. It’s great that you’ll be along for the ride, and that the ride starts — at the FBS level, anyway — in just one week.
Check back here next week for week one’s games. Enjoy the season, everyone!