SCtoC College Football Weekend - Week 1 Aug 27, 2018 19:18:58 GMT -8
Post by DiamondThief on Aug 27, 2018 19:18:58 GMT -8
Welcome to SCtoC's week 1 coverage of the 2018 College Football Season.
Every game of a team which we cover here will be followed up with a final score and stat summary when it becomes available. This will serve as the preview and game thread for the entire week's games.
We've also provided links to the official twitter accounts of each team in each match up. Often those accounts will have additional updates leading up to, during and after the games.
All times are pacific time. Times and broadcast information could be subject to change.
SAN DIEGO ST. AZTECS AT STANFORD CARDINAL
What: The Cardinal open their season by hosting the the Aztecs; the only non-conference team which defeated them last season.
When: Friday, August 31 at 6 p.m.
Where: Stanford Stadium; Palo Alto, California.
Television: Fox Sports 1.
Radio Stream: Cardinal Sports Network.
2018 Records: Aztecs 10-3 (6-2 Mountain West - West); Cardinal 9-5 (7-2 Pac-12 North)
Head Coaches (overall Records): Rocky Long (64-29); Cardinal - David Shaw (73-22).
Note(s): The Aztecs are the only non Pac-12 team to have defeated the Cardinal last season, a 20-17 victory in week 3 in San Diego. The Aztecs will try to replace one of the nation's top running backs from 2018, Rashaad Penny, who was drafted in April by the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL. Stanford got its best news of the season in January, when Heisman Trophy runner-up Bryce Love announced he would return for his senior season. He averaged 8.1 yards per carry while rushing for 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns last season for the Cardinal. Entering his eighth season in 2018, David Shaw is the longest-tenured head coach in the Pac-12.
Twitter: Aztecs * Cardinal.
PORTLAND ST. VIKINGS AT NEVADA WOLFPACK
What: The Vikings hope to start their rebuild with a win over the Wolfpack.
When: Friday, August 31 at 6 p.m.
Where: Mackay Stadium; Reno, Nevada.
Radio Stream: Rip City Radio 620.
2018 Records: Vikings 0-11 (0-8 Big Sky); Wolfpack 3-9 (3-5 Mountain West).
Head Coaches (overall Records): Vikings - Bruce Barnum (12-22); Wolfpack - Jay Norvell (3-9).
Note(s): The Vikings are in a rebuilding process under Bruce Barnum. After going winless in 2017, The Vikings hope to emerge as a factor in the Big Sky Conference. In his second season with the Wolfpack, Jay Norvell will try to get his team back to a bowl game. The Wolfpack made it to bowl games 11 out of 12 seasons from 2005 to 2015.
Twitter: Vikings * Wolfpack.
NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS AT CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS
What: The Tar Heels make the trip across the country to battle the Golden Bears.
When: Saturday, Sept. 1 at 1 p.m.
Where: California Memorial Stadium; Berkeley, California.
Radio Stream: KGO 810.
2018 Records: Tar Heels 3-9 (1-7 ACC Coastal); Bears 5-7 (2-7 Pac-12 North).
Head Coaches (overall Records): Tar Heels - Larry Fedora (77-53); Bears - Justin Wilcox (5-7).
Note(s): The Tar Heels will look to bounce back from a 2017 season which saw them win just 25 percent of their games. The Justin Wilcox era started with a bang for the Bears with a 35-30 win over the Tar Heels in last year's season opener. Wilcox's young Bears team went on to sweep their non-conference schedule with wins over Weber St. and Ole Miss, but struggled in Pac-12 play. They finished just a game out from becoming bowl eligible.
Twitter: Tar Heels * Golden Bears
CENTRAL WASHINGTON WILDCATS AT EASTERN WASHINGTON EAGLES
What: It's an inter-state battle as the Wildcats visit the Eagles in the season opener.
When: Saturday, September 1 at 1 p.m.
Where: Roos Field; Cheney, Washington.
Television: Pluto TV 234.
Radio Stream: 700 ESPN.
2018 Records: Wildcats 11-1 (8-0 Great Northwest); Eagles 7-4 (6-2 Big Sky).
Head Coaches (overall Records): Wildcats - Ian Shoemaker (33-10); Eagles - Aaron Best (7-4).
Note(s): The Wildcats went a perfect 11-0 in 2017 and earned themselves a bye in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. They fell in the second round, 34-31, to eventual champion Texas A&M-Commerce. The Eagles were forced to regroup last season after head coach Beau Baldwin moved on to take the offensive coordinator position at Cal, and stellar wide receiver Cooper Kupp was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL. They finished a respectable 7-4, but were unavle to secure a playoff spot.
Twitter: Wildcats * Eagles
BOISE ST. BRONCOS AT TROY TROJANS
What: The Broncos head to the deep south to face the Trojans.
When: Saturday, Sept. 1 at 3 p.m.
Where: Veteran's Memorial Stadium; Troy, Alabama.
Television: ESPN News.
Radio Stream: KBOI.
2018 Records: Broncos 11-3 (7-1 Mountain West - Mountain); Trojans 11-2 (7-1 Sun Belt).
Head Coaches (overall Records): Broncos - Bryan Harsin (49-17); Trojans - (25-13).
Note(s): The Broncos defeated the Trojans in last year's season opener, 24-13, in Boise so the Trojans will be anxious to return the favor back home in Alabama. The Broncos topped Fresno St. in the Mountain West Championship Game. They advanced to the Las Vegas Bowl, where they defeated Oregon, 38-28. The Trojans finished in a three-way tie for first in the Sun Belt Conference last season. They blitzed North Texas in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, 50-30.
Twitter: Broncos * Trojans
BOWLING GREEN FALCONS AT OREGON DUCKS
What: The Falcons make their way to the Willamette Valley to face the Ducks.
When: Sat., September 1 at 5 p.m.
Where: Autzen Stadium; Eugene, Oregon.
Television: Pac-12 Networks.
Radio Stream: 750 The Game.
2018 Records: Falcons 2-10 (2-6 Mid-American); Ducks 7-6 (4-5 Pac-12 North).
Head Coaches (overall Records): Falcons - Mike Jinks (6-17); Ducks - Mario Cristobal (27-48).
Note(s): The Falcons had a rough go of their 2017 campaign. Both wins came against Mid-American Conference opponents. Mike Jinks enters his third season at the helm of the Falcons and will strive to lead his team to a bowl game this season. The Mario Cristobal era begins at Oregon after being promoted to the head coaching post after the sudden departure of Willie Taggart, who was head coach for just a season. The Ducks enter the season with a healthy roster, notably quarterback Justin Herbert who showed flashes of talent during an injury plagued 2017 season.
Twitter: Falcons * Ducks
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