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CFB Saturday: Oregon State & Stanford Open the 2017 College Football Season Today

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It’s finally here! College football kicks off today and the Pac 12 is in the mix. While our Bruins don’t play until next Sunday, there are definitely a couple of games you’ll want to watch.

Oregon State at Colorado State, 11:30 am PT: Some Bruin fans might be a little jealous of the Colorado State Rams as they take on the Oregon State Beavers in their new 41,000 seat on-campus stadium. Gary Anderson will be in his third year with the Beavers and junior college transfer Jake Luton will be throwing the pigskin this year for Oregon State. While they break in the new guy, leading rusher Ryan Nall is sure to be featured in Anderson’s traditional run-heavy offense. I’m sure Rams fans will be out in full force and this game will definitely show whether Oregon State has made progress from last year.

Hawaii at UMass, 3:00 pm PT: Could two U.S. teams be geographically further apart? I don’t think so. Keep an eye on this game because UCLA will be taking on the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on September 9 (Thanks, Dan, for not scheduling a home and home against these guys. I had no desire to go to Hawaii to watch some UCLA football. That would have been awful). In 2016 when these teams met, they combined for 86 points, 938 yards and 48 first downs in the game. Hawaii ended up coming out with the win after a late 56-yard touchdown which sent them to a bowl game. I’m sure this game will be interesting as UMass looks for revenge at home after an abysmal 2-10 2016 season.

Stanford vs. Rice (Sydney, Australia), 7:00 pm PT: Is it actually Saturday or will it be Sunday when these teams meet? I have no idea. But what I do know is that #14 Stanford is sure to impress with the return of quarterback Keller Chryst, who was undefeated in 2016 after he took over for Ryan Burns. These teams met at the end of the 2016 season, and the Cardinal walked right over the Owls, 41-17. Chryst suffered an injury in the Sun Bowl last year, but is healthy and the official starter. Bryce Love will be replacing Christian McCaffrey, and although he has big shoes to fill, it doesn’t look like he’s going to have much of a problem. The Stanford defense is returning veterans at every position, so the Cardinal will be the team that could prevent Washington from repeating as the North Division champ.

Here is a full lineup for today:

College Football Schedule for Saturday, August 25, 2017

Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Oregon State at Colorado State 11:30 AM CBSSN
Portland State at BYU Noon ESPN
Hawai'i at UMass 3:00 PM NESNplus/Eleven
USF at San Jose State 4:30 PM CBSSN
Stanford vs. Rice (Sydney, Australia) 7:00 PM ESPN

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Go Bruins!