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Morning Playbook – Hurricane Isaac already messing with college football

With Hurricane Isaac bearing down on the Gulf Coast, the college football world is forced to adjust their schedules. With safety always the biggest priority, some schools have packed up and moved their practices to another location or suspended all practice activity. The storm is also forcing some games this week to be rescheduled.

Texas A&M's schedule just got a little tougher with their change. The Aggies were scheduled to open the season on the road at Louisiana Tech, but rather than push the game back to Saturday the two schools rescheduled the game for October 13 when each had a bye week. For Texas A&M it will be the first of two games against Louisiana teams, with a home date against LSU set for the following week. The Aggies will now play 12 straight games with no time to rest in between in their first year in the SEC and their first game will now be played against the Florida Gators next week.

Southern Mississippi was able to get in a full practice yesterday but did so in just helmets. The weather forced the team to start moving their equipment to Lincoln, Nebraska earlier than usual for this weekend's opener against Nebraska. The team still plans on leaving for Nebraska on Friday, as planned. 

Tulane is no stranger to this of course. Four years after having to evacuate and relocate practices before the start of the season, The Green Wave are once again continuing practicing in Birmingham, Alabama at Samford University, and the players apparently love the cafeteria.

Alabama vs. Michiagn may get all the national glory, but our Michael Felder reminds us all that the Clemson-Auburn matchup is well worth watching this weekend.

Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com says it does not matter how you look at it, the SEC will once again reign supreme this season. Speaking of which, is ESPN responsible for the SEC football dominance? Chadd Scott takes a look on the same day ESPN released a list of the top 25 college football markets.

This ESPN SportsNation poll probably illustrates which segments of the country prefer college football over the NFL.

It's good to see Bob Davie back in college football. We don't know how successful he will be at New Mexico, but Davie wants the Lobos to be the most improved team this season. He also suspended quarterback David Vega indefinitely.

Suspended Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint, who appeared at the top of the Wolverines depth chart this week, pleaded guilty to a lesser drunk driving charge on Tuesday. His availability for Saturday's big game against Alabama remains unknown.

Will we see any classic games that dictate the national championship race this season? We will find out soon enough, but the Associated Press took a look at some classic opening games of yesteryear.

Three men accused of attacking Wisconsin running back Montee Ball have been arrested.

Syracuse fullback Myles Davis will miss the 2012 season had surgery for a lower body injury. He was competing for a starting job this fall.

Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated discusses college football's next biggest controversy, choosing a playoff selection committee.

Mississippi State cut ties with a booster following what the school deemed impermissible contact with a recruit.

Florida is going to open the season playing Quarterback Switcheroo against Bowling Green. The good news? It is probably a one-week deal.

Vanderbilt is having trouble selling out tickets for the season opener Thursday night against South Carolina. Perhaps they should do what Syracuse is doing with Groupon.

Correction: In yesterday's Morning Playbook we mentioned that FCS Nicholls State was scheduled to play at Oregon this weekend. They are actually set to play Oregon State.

Programming Notes: Don't forget that we will be hosting a live chat during tomorrow's opening games right here at Crystal Ball Run. Stay tuned for details. Also, the Upset Alert video series makes its 2012 season debut tomorrow on the site, but our Facebook fans can get a special sneak peek exclusively on our Facebook page.

Tweet of the Day

We have seen college-branded Pop Tarts. Now we can get a Ragin Cajun burger at Sonic.

Video of the Day

Memphis has completed some renovations to the Liberty Bowl, and this video shows off the new video scoreboard inside.

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Kevin McGuire

About Kevin McGuire

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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