Posted by Chip Patterson
We are almost done with the first weekend of college football, and you have to be pretty pleased with what you've seen. We've had blowouts, upsets, close games, and one heck of a hail mary. But arguably the most anticipated game was held for Monday night.
With the NFL taking the night off before the season, Boise State and Virginia Tech will get the primetime treatment on national television for the first matchup of the season between two top ten teams.
The game will be on the supposedly "neutral" FedExField, the home of the Washington Redskins. But being just a short drive away from Blacksburg, VA and across the country from Boise, the game will be far from neutral. In fact, it was announced Monday the game is a sellout.
"This match-up will highlight two college football powerhouses, and it is one of the most important out of conference games for each school as they compete to reach the National Championship game this year," Redskins Chief Marketing Officer Mitch Gershman said.
"Tonight's sold out game is a tremendous financial success for the colleges, and a full house always guarantees an exciting football experience for the fans. We look forward to bringing more high profile college football match-ups to FedExField in the coming years," Gershman said.
These early season non-conference games between elite teams has given a lot of meaning to a weekend that historically is mostly filled with blowouts by teams who have scheduled a cupcake to start the season.
These games are also great for the programs, raising status in the eyes of recruits and giving the team a chance to prove themselves on the national stage. Oh yeah, revenue generated for the program doesn't hurt either.
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