Thursday Six-Pack: Previewing College Football’s Opening Night

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‘Tis the season, my friends. The eager anticipation is almost at a conclusion with opening night of the 2015 FBS football season almost upon us.

The 2015 campaign opened with a bang last Saturday, as Montana scored a touchdown in the final seconds to upend four-time defending national champion North Dakota State. The Championship Subdivision set a high bar for its Bowl Subdivision counterparts with that.

The FBS is already off to a great start before ever playing a game, simply by virtue of providing enough opening night action for a special, weeknight edition of the Six-Pack.

For those unfamiliar, the Saturday Six-Pack presents quick previews and a prediction for six games each week I find most intriguing. Every Six-Pack also comes with an actual six-pack — or, at least, a six-pack recommendation.

I’m always looking for suggestions to spotlight in the Saturday Six-Pack recommendation, so don’t be shy about shooting one my way, either in the comments section or on Twitter @CFBHuddle.com. You can also let me hear it when my predictions go awry, though I won’t attempt to hid any misfires from public eyes.

I will track my Six-Pack record throughout the season, starting with this very special, opening night edition. Click the page numbers below to cycle through all six previews.

OPENING NIGHT SIX-PACK

Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin

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The hot beer of the summer is an obvious choice to kick off a hot weekend of college football. Ballast Point’s celebrated specialty IPA comes with a hefty price tag at nearly $14, but what the hell? Opening night is a special occasion!

You won’t be disappointed, either. The grapefruit gives Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA a refreshing accent without being overpowering. Given it still feels like summer — and, well, technically is still summer — Grapefruit Sculpin goes down easily in warm weather.