Then there’s the possibility of protests from players or whole teams since the United States undergoes systemic racism and other forms of social injustice on the insides of a summer of unrest over police killings of unarmed African Americans.
All of that marks the beginning of a year unlike any other in the game’s history, especially given over 40 percentage of FBS apps have decided to not play football in the autumn.
Middle Tennessee State in Army, 1:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network): The Black Knights had their first losing season in four decades and are replacing graduated quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. , however Coach Jeff Monken has important subscribers back on defense and offense.
Plus Army’s alternative attack typically gives opponents fits. Last year the Black Knights, who possess the added advantage of starting at historical Michie Stadium, rated third in the country in rushing offense (297.2) and scored the second most rushing touchdowns (45).
SMU in Texas State, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN): These are not the Mustangs of those Pony Express era. SMU’s crime instead operates with fundamentals of this Air Raid below Coach Sonny Dykes, who discovered the machine when he had been a graduate assistant at Kentucky and Mike Leach was the offensive coordinator under Hal Mumme.
Quarterback Shane Buechele, that a redshirt senior, handed for 3 months,929 yards and 34 touchdowns last year after moving from Texas. The Mustangs, a competition for the AAC West Division name, averaged 309 passing yards per game, rated 13past previous season.
Incidentally, Dykes’s mentor, Leach, had the No. 1 passing offense in the nation last year at Washington State, together with all the Cougars averaging 437.2 meters per match.
Arkansas State in Memphis, 8 championships (ESPN): The Tigers won the AAC championship match last year behind quarterback Brady White, who’s back to his redshirt senior year. White handed for 4,014 yards and 33 touchdowns as Memphis went 12-2.
Coach Ryan Silverfield takes over fulltime after functioning underneath Mike Norvell, who left to become head coach at Florida State. Silverfield trained Memphis through its Cotton Bowl look, a 53-39 reduction to Penn State.
Eastern Kentucky in Marshall, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Houston Baptist in North Texas, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Stephen F. Austin in UTEP, 9 p.m. (ESPN3)