It's The Ugliest Game Ever Played, But There's Nothing Prettier Than College Football

Sometime between 10:15 and 1 a.m. Eastern tonight we'll find out if any ↵sin is heinous enough for God to obliterate that whole "faith" thing by ↵shooting thunderbolts into an offense against nature. That's when these ↵two monstrosities will combine to create the ugliest game ever played: ↵

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↵But putting aside all that, it's college football (!!!) and a damn ↵good game, with both teams ranked. Boise is poised to make its biannual ↵BCS-buster run, and Oregon kicks off the Chip Kelly era with but nine ↵returning starters. One of two memes gets launched tonight: ↵

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↵⇥1. If Boise was in the Mountain West, would it get an automatic BCS ↵⇥bid? ↵⇥

↵⇥2. Oregon! Dethrones USC! Maybe! ↵⇥

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↵The only downside is that Ian Johnson, one of those guys who spent what seems ↵like a decade in college, is finally gone, depriving us all of the ↵opportunity to make whoa-Ian-Johnson-that-guy's- ↵been-in-college-forever ↵jokes. ↵

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↵No matter, though. Every year I flip on the first Thursday night games and think "Mississippi State-South Carolina! I'm ↵so excited!" This excitement even persists after a laughable first half ↵that sees more interceptions than points. "Yeah, SEC defenses," I think. ↵

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↵Hell, the Orlando Sentinel's opening weekend preview ↵has a "which game are you anticipating most?" poll and Utah-Utah State* ↵is on there, but I still thought "what channel?" to myself. So there's a slight ↵possibility I'll short-circuit at the prospect of a 54-50 game between ↵ranked teams. ↵

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↵ALSO: I was pulling a random joke game out of my head above, but it ↵turns out that, yes, South Carolina is taking its usual spot on the ↵opening Thursday, and it's against N.C. State. If only Russell Wilson did ↵not exist, that 3-0 first half would have been assured. As it is, it's ↵half-assured. Wilson was wildly electric last year, with the emphasis on ↵"wild." Both games seem worth, you know, watching. As would Furman-USC ↵at this point, sure. ↵

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↵*(Seriously. No offense to the fine people of Utah, but the Aggies were ↵3-9 in the WAC ↵last year. There are a half-dozen games against snackycakes of more ↵import this weekend.) ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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