Morning Playbook – College football’s opening night

Welcome college football fans to the 2012 season. Today we officially kick off a brand new season. And with the start of a new season now upon us there is a chance you may be visiting Crystal Ball Run for the first time, or the first time since last season. Whatever the case may be, we're happy to have you aboard for the new season and hope we can keep you entertained and informed throughout. So give us a follow on Twitter and Like us on Facebook and let's get this party started!

Hurricane Isaac has forced a couple more postponements to the college football schedule. Oregon State's home game set for Saturday against FCS Nicholls State was postponed with Nicholls State's travel schedule now hampered by the storm. Options for rescheduling the game are being evaluated. Originally they included moving the game to Sunday or Monday, but now talk of possibly playing the game on December 1 is being discussed as well.

Hurricane Isaac also forced Stephen F. Austin to push back their opener against Southwestern Oklahoma until Friday. Tulane will make a decision today on the status of their home opener scheduled this weekend against Rutgers. Reports indicate the Superdome was not severely damaged as Isaac moved through New Orleans. LSU canceled practice Wednesday but is optimistic about being able to play at home on Saturday.

More links after the jump…

For entertainment purposes only folks, our new weekly gambling column from Allen Kenney.

Notre Dame may have lost some of their edge over the years, so leave it to a former running back to suggest the Irish should bring in more thugs to help.

You may not know who they are yet, but by the end of week one you will know who these ten players are.

Planning on loading up ESPN3 tonight to help you watch more college football action? Brace yourself, because the online viewing experience provided by ESPN is undergoing a significant change. In other words, get your iPad ready to work a little more.

Former Tennessee Vols player Da'Rick Rodgers admitted that a drug problem led to his dismissal from the program.

Our first Crystal Ball Run podcast of the 2012 season debuted yesterday, and it comes with a special offer for listeners looking to make some money this season picking games.

Georgia Tech will wear a honeycomb-style helmet at some point this season.

South Carolina takes center stage tonight in the featured game tonight, with  road trip to Vanderbilt. Quarterback Connor Shaw made his SEC debut against the Commodores last season replacing Stephen Garcia, and now Shaw is the main guy under center. How he handles the responsibilities will be something to watch.

In honor of the 2012 season, Adam Kramer shares the 2012 college football drinking game. Please enjoy responsibly.

Cowboys Stadium will host one of the top games this weekend, with Alabama and Michigan playing Saturday night in The House That Jerry Built. But it will also host a few other games this season. Yesterday it was announced that the rivalry series between Texas A&M and Arkansas, now division rivals, will be played in the venue through 2024 with a new long-term deal.

Illinois plans to "Stripe the Stadium" September 29 vs. Penn State.

Don't forget! We will have a live chat going on tonight as the season gets underway. Be sure to stop by tonight as you are watching the game(s).

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Kevin McGuire

About Kevin McGuire

Managing editor of Crystal Ball Run and contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Member of the FWAA and National Football Foundation. College Football Hall of Fame voter. Also managing Bloguin's NittanyLionsDen.com and Macho-Row.com.

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