St. Augustine, Fla. -- In an hour, I'm hitching a ride from the beach to Gainesville for Florida's season opener -- the first game of the "Post-Tebow Era" (the first game of the "Brantley Era?").
I'm sitting on the home side, around the 10 yard line (right side on your TV angle), around 20 rows up. You can look for me on ESPN -- I'll be the guy in the Tebow jersey. Ha. (Actually curious how many of those we'll see.)
I love the first Saturday of the college football season because of the giddy realization that starting today for the next 14 weeks, my Saturdays are booked solid with watching games. (If you're looking for a good read to get you between now and noon kickoffs, try this terrific essay from Spencer Hall.)
So be sure to check out this week's predictions -- I'm off to a good start with Utah-over-Pitt from the other night.
Let's get to the other big storylines today:
*Oh wow, is UNC going to get clobbered.
*Hot seat: Brian Kelly. (Already? Already.)
*Extremely hot seat: Rich Rodriguez.
*Game of the Day: Oregon State vs. TCU.
*Big Ben suspension reduced to 4 games: The lesson? Keep your head down and leniency generally follows. (But I would make any bets he never gets in trouble again.)
*Jeremiah Masoli is eligible, immediately: It was the right ruling, if a flawed rule to begin with. Houston Nutt says Masoli won't start today vs. JAX St. -- we'll see how long THAT lasts.
*Strasburg has Tommy John surgery: See you in 2012...maybe.
*Rays' Garza wins 14th: The Rays starting pitching is so good that I really like their chances in a playoff series.
*Attention Giants fans with a particular rooting interest: Sage Rosenfels is NOT Jewish.
Will likely be tweeting throughout the day (@danshanoff), and back online tonight.