Let the games begin! The 2012 college football season is finally here. Rev up your DVR because you won’t want to miss these games:

Thursday, Aug. 30

Washington State at BYU. Mike Leach’s new gig with the Cougars brings him back to the start of his coaching career against the Cougars.

My Pick: BYU 34 Washington State 31

Friday, Aug. 31

Tennessee at North Carolina State. Wolfpack made some preseason list noise and Dooley’s job is on the line this year.

My Pick: N.C. State 27 Tennessee 21

#24 Boise State at #13 Michigan State. Broncs are Kellen Moore-less for the first time in 4 years facing a Spartan squad that will challenge for the Big Ten crown.

Saturday, Sept. 1

My Pick: Michigan State 24 Boise State 20

#8 Michigan vs. #2 Alabama. Two of the most storied programs in college football history squaring off in Cowboy Stadium.

My Pick: Alabama 35 Michigan 20

#14 Clemson at Auburn. Early season statement game for the SEC vs ACC.

Sunday, Sept. 2

My Pick: Clemson 23 Auburn 17

SMU at Baylor.  Old school SWC-type game. Curious to see what the Bears are like after R3?

My Pick: Baylor 35 SMU 31

Monday, Sept. 3

Georgia Tech at #16 Virginia Tech. Crucial ACC match-up right out of the gates.

My Pick: Virginia Tech 24 Georgia Tech 17

 Clock winding down on BCS, but it’s a slow clock. The excitement generated this summer by news that the BCS will give way to a 4-team playoff will only continue to build over the next two years. The BCS is still running the show for the next two bowl seasons, with the national championship for the 2012 season taking place at the Orange Bowl in Miami in January 2013, and the title game between the #1 and #2 computer generated teams being held at the Rose Bowl in January 2014.

Over the next year, we’ll find out which TV network will carry the 2015 playoffs and host cities for the semifinals and title game.

Winners and losers among the 27 new Division 1-A head coaching changes in 2012 … Hopes are high across the country at some of the most prestigious college football programs. The five best hires: Urban Meyer at Ohio State, Mike Leach at Washington State, Larry Fedora at North Carolina, Tim Beckmann at Illinois and Jim McElwain at Colorado State. The five worst? Kyle Flood at Rutgers, Ellis Johnson at Southern Miss, Rich Rodriquez at Arizona, Todd Graham at Arizona State and Tony Levine at Houston.