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Less Than 100 Days Until College Football Kicks Off

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NCAAIt’s almost that time again. Time for America’s real favorite pastime. Time to get down to the nitty-gritty.  It all gets stated with a kickoff and that kickoff is now less than 100 days away… and we all know how quickly 100 days go by these days.

Last year saw the Crimson Tide of Alabama repeat as national champions with no real challengers stepping up to stop them.  Wait a minute, how’s about a little giant killer from central Texas named Johnny Football?  Manziel and his Texas A&M Aggies beat the two-time national champions… and beat them at home at Bryant-Deny Stadium in Tuscaloosa in front of over 101,000 screaming Alabama fans.

So this year, we are kicking off the season in style with a re-match of that great game except that this year, the Tide will be going down to College Station Texas to take on the Aggies once again and try to take some measure of revenge for last year’s defeat. It will be the first SEC Game of the Week of the season.

No pressure at all there, Johnny Football!

There will be 16 SEC football games broadcast by CBS next season including two doubleheaders and the SEC Championship game which will be played on December 7th.  In addition to the Alabama vs. Texas A&M contest, other high profile games include the annual battle between Georgia and Florida on November 2 and the annual “Battle of the Boot” game between LSU and Arkansas on November 29th, the day after Thanksgiving.

All of the games are not fixed in stone as CBS is holding its options open so as to present the most pertinent games of the day. In fact there will be two double header game days which will air on October 19th and November 9th. Both days will see the first games starting at 3:30 EST and the second at 8 PM. The “Game of the Week” selections will be announced a week or so before game day.

The possible lineups for the November 9th game are particularly interesting and could well include contests between Arkansas at Ole Miss, Auburn at Tennessee, Vanderbilt at Florida, Missouri at Kentucky, Mississippi State at Texas A&M or even LSU at Alabama.

CBS has also set the dates for two American Classic football games… the Air Force at Navy on October 5th and the annual Army-Navy game on December 14th.

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