OTH Game of The Week
Big 10 Conference Game
Heading into his 4th season Scott Frost finds himself under fire after going a third straight season finishing 5th in the West of the Big 10. His record sits at 12-20 as head coach and in a last chance saloon situation.
If not under pressure enough, he and Nebraska are under investigation by the NCAA with significant video footage of improperly using analysts and consultants during games and practices dating back 12 months.
Frost is a Nebraska legend, winning two national titles in the late 90s and many fans welcomed his homecoming following great success at UCF but unless this team finally takes a step forward he will be facing the chop.
Nebraska go into this 7 point favourites but this will be a tough opener against an Illinois team that recently sacked former NFL head coach Lovie Smith. Pressure will be on Nebraska to win this game but don't rule out a revitalised Illinois to pull of a surprise open day victory, in fact Illinois beat Nebraska just last season. I've put a couple of quid on Illinois at plus seven.
NFL fans remember Chip Kelly? Well the former Eagles and 49ers head coach went back to where he was most successful and is now leading the UCLA Bruins. He hasn't found it easy getting his way of thinking across to this team but it does feel this could be the season he starts to move this program forward.
UCLA ended last season within the top 20 for scoring averaging 35.4 points per game. This should be a fairly straight forward opening day win for UCLA but Hawaii did show some improvement on the defensive side of the ball last season. On another note Chip Kelly has yet to win an opening game since joining UCLA
2020 - Lost at Colorado 48-42
2019 - Lost at Cincinnati 24-14
2018 - Lost vs Cincinnatti 26-17
I do fancy UCLA will break that record and get the win this time out, but with one eye on LSU next week if you're a betting man, I would lean towards the +17 for Hawaii.
For you ESPN Player subscribers this game will be shown live
FCS Game of The Week
Previewed by David Burgess
The North Carolina Central Eagles and Alcorn State Braves did not play last season due to the Covid-19 pandemic. And though ASU holds a 5-0 matchup lead against NCC, they have not played each other since 1976.
This kickoff game features two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) conferences and showcases Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) talent. The Mid Eastern Athletic Conference and South West Athletic Conference have played the yearly matchup fourteen times, with the MEAC leading 10-4. NC Central comes off a 4-8 2019 campaign, while Alcorn State looks to continue their conference championship run for the third consecutive year.
Players to Watch:
Isaiah Totten, NC Central—With 2,122 yards, he is 7th all time in rushing yards for the Eagles.
Felix Harper, Alcorn State—He amassed 3,123 total yards and 39 total touchdowns in 2019.
Also keep an eye out on the Braves’ secondary, which led the FCS in INTs (21) and Forced Turnovers (36) in 2019.
Details: August 28, 2021 at 7pm, on ESPN. Location is Center Parc Stadium in Atlanta, GA and is a neutral site game.
Further adding to the excitement is the presence of ESPN College GameDay, who will be onsite prior to the matchup. It looks to be a great start to the college football season.
Live on ESPN Player
The rest of the schedule
Saturday 28th August
U Conn @ Fresno State 7pm BST
Eastern Illinois @ Indiana State 11pm BST
Sunday 29th August
UTEP @ New Mexico State 2:30am BST
South Utah @ (22) San Jose State 3am BST