Virginia Tech At Alabama
Finally, we get to see the defending National Champions take the field in a beginning of the season “bowl game,” which finds the Hokies of ACC and the SEC’s Crimson Tide meeting in Atlanta in game sponsored by Chick Fill A.
The good news is Tide WR Kenny Bell has recovered from the broken leg he received during the Auburn game last season. The Tide has some big shoes to fill with the loss of RB Eddie Lacy, Barrett Jones, LB Dee Milner and others. Can they three-peat this year? It’s Saban time!
Saturday 4:30 p.m. ESPN
Ole Miss At Vanderbilt
This is a big deal, y’all, as the Rebels are seeking revenge for Chris Boyd’s late fourth quarter touchdown last year that gave the Commodores the win. This is a big game on a national stage — yep, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. With a top-notch recruiting class, the Rebels are one of the most talked about programs in football. Don’t believe me? Well, the New York Times said Ole Miss is “one of four teams to watch” this season. Sure the Rebs went belly up when Jevan Snead made the SI cover, but this is a different team in a different year.
Thursday 8;15 p.m. ESPN
Mississippi State At Oklahoma State
The Bulldogs face the Cowboys at Reliant Stadium in Houston on Saturday. The is a huge game for the Bulldogs on the national level as it will be televised on ABC. It will mark the debut of new Defensive Coordinator Geoff Collins. This game will come down to two things for the Bulldogs, minimizing turnovers and stopping Mike Gundy’s fast-paced offense. A win against the Cowboys would give the Bulldogs some much-needed early season momentum.
Saturday 2:30 p.m. ABC
Prairie Arts Festival
The South’s best festival returns for another gathering in Downtown West Point. The festival was started by Louise Campbell and company more than three decades ago and it still going strong. For food, arts and crafts and entertainment, the Prairie Arts Festival is your destination.
Saturday in Downtown West Point
Tennessee Williams Tribute And Tour Of Victorian Homes
It’s time to honor one of Columbus’ most famous natives with the annual tribute. Check out the production of “Period of Adjustment” as well as lectures and a tour of Victorian homes and other tribute events. Don’t miss the “Stella” shouting contest which will have festival organizer Brenda Carradine going up against former police chief Joe St. John for all of the gold.
More info at www.muw.edu/tennesseewilliams
Howlin’ Wolf Blues Festival
Richard Ramsey’s festival keep getting bigger and better and this year should be a good one. Check out Mark “Muleman” Massey and Homemade Jamz and other blues acts. The event has been moved to the Mary Holmes College Auditorium so there should be plenty of room to get up and shake it on down.
Friday — Doors open at 6 p.m.