I’ve seen a few websites taking a stab at picking the college football games of the year. A little presumptuous but I understand since I am about to do the SAME DAMN THING! 48 days. FORTY. EIGHT. DAYS. Oh yes. OK, here we go! Best games of the college football season! OK not the whole season. I have to split this up, otherwise no one will read to the end. Hell, I probably wouldn’t read to the end.
Alabama vs. Virginia Tech – The defending champs start the defense of their title against Frank Beamer’s Hokies. I would love to say this is going to be a close game. I hope it is. I really do. But it won’t be.
Georgia at Clemson – Now this…this will be a close game. Both teams look to be contenders in their respective conferences and dark horse contenders to be in the BCS championship.
TCU vs. LSU – Gary Patterson’s Horned Frogs are good. Sneaky good. Even in their first year in the Big XII, they showed why they could beat almost anyone. However, this is a whole different beast. LSU and Les Miles. This will be a battle. I think Les might eat the entire sideline’s worth of grass by the time it’s over. Oh wait, it’s at Jerry World? Ugh, that fieldturf is not going to feel good coming out the other end, Les.
North Carolina at South Carolina – Official start of the college football season right here! Battle of the Carolinas! Fedora vs. the ol’ ball coach. Both of these teams are expected to be good and it would be heartbreaking to start out the year at 0-1 if you are either of these teams.
Boise State at Washington – Boise State might not be the class of the Mountain West this year (hint: Fresno State is) but they still have one of the best head coaches and offenses in all of college football. Washington almost needs this win to prove they are better than an above-average team who can punch their ticket to the Fight Hunger or Las Vegas bowl every year.
Honourable mention: Northwestern at California, Florida State at Pittsburgh, Penn State vs. Syracuse (at the Meadowlands)
Notre Dame at Michigan – Under the lights again at The Big House. This time everyone knows that the Irish are not a team to take lightly. Neither are the Wolverines for that matter. Brady Hoke and Brian Kelly should seriously consider becoming a tag team. New Natural Disasters? Hoke would be Earthquake then.
San Jose State at Stanford – This game is so late at night, that even people on the west coast would say “Fuck this, I’m headed to bed.” Problem is, this could be a gem of a game. The Spartans have one of the best kept secrets in David Fales at quarterback and Stanford is, well, Stanford. Possible upset alert in this one.
Florida at Miami – Al Golden and Al Golden’s tie have made The U a contender again. They expect to be battling for an ACC championship this year. Will Muschamp will be trying to yell and scream his way to an outside shot at a national championship. This game could end up being an early BCS elimination game.
South Carolina at Georgia – Early start to the SEC sked for these two teams as they go Between the Hedges. Sounds odd to say this in week two but this game could decide the SEC East. Cue the “will Mark Richt be canned at the end of this season?” discussion.
West Virginia at Oklahoma – Which Mountaineer team will show up this time? The team that started last season looking like a national championship contender? Or the team that looked like a MAC bottom feeder during the last half of last season? And do the Sooners kill West Virginia’s conference title hopes early on?
Honourable mention: Texas at BYU, Oregon at Virginia, Syracuse at Northwestern
Alabama at Texas A&M – Was there any doubt this was the game of the week for Week 3? Is there any doubt this could be the SEC game of the year? But the big question will be can the Tide stop Johnny Football? The worst thing is that even with the magnitude of this game, it won’t even be close to deciding the SEC West with LSU and Ole Miss looking to stir things up.
Ole Miss at Texas – Speaking of Ole Miss, this looks to be a bit of a statement game for Hugh Freeze and his Rebels. With the recruiting class they had this past off-season, we could be looking at the next power to come out of the SEC West (like we need another one). Then again, Texas are national title contenders so this should be a statement game for one of these two teams. And this game can only be seen on the Longhorn Network (fuckers).
UCLA at Nebraska – Can lightning strike twice for the Bruins? Jim Mora, Jr. has transformed UCLA into a big deal in the Pac-12. The Huskers have to try and get temporary amnesia and forget last year’s Big Ten title game where they were absolutely annihilated by Wisconsin. They shouldn’t worry though. I’m sure Bo Pelini would personally beat the ever-loving shit out of half the team if they ever do something like that again.
Vanderbilt at South Carolina – The West division has their huge game this week. Here’s the East version. Not as notable as Tide/Aggies but huge upset alarms should be sounding with this game. The Dores are this close (my fingers are only a tiny bit apart…just try and visualize it) to becoming a real deal in the SEC East and if they can upend South Carolina here they might have given themselves a shot to go to their first SEC Championship. Sounds crazy but it could happen.
Ohio State at California – Sonny Dykes comes to Berkeley to try and weave the same magic he had down in Ruston with Louisiana Tech. However, it may have to wait a week as Urban Meyer’s juggernaut Buckeyes come to town. I can’t see this being close but it should be fun to watch. Braxton Miller can officially start his Heisman campaign this week.
Honourable mention: Wisconsin at Arizona State, TCU at Texas Tech, Tennessee at Oregon
Michigan State at Notre Dame – The Irish have a bunch of landmines this year (like almost every year). This is no exception. The Irish can’t be caught looking ahead to Oklahoma the next week. Wouldn’t it be just awesome if D’Antonio calls a fake field goal AGAIN?
Arizona State at Stanford – Here’s another team with a lot of hype…the Arizona State Sun Devils. Many believe that UCLA and USC will both lose enough games for the Sun Devils to somehow win the Pac-12 South. It’s possible. If they somehow beat the Cardinal on the road (a game where Stanford will be a heavy favourite) then they immediately vault into the division title discussion.
Tennessee at Florida – Time for the Third Saturday in September. This is the Vols’ chance to prove they are back in the thick of things in the SEC. Not an easy task with WILL MUSCHAMP! guiding the Gators to, hopefully, top spot in the SEC East.
Kansas State at Texas – No Collin Klein means trouble for Kansas State. I can’t see how they can be competitive with the Longhorns in Austin, but never count out a Bill Snyder-coached team.
Utah State at USC – So Utah State goes from having their best season ever in the dear-departed WAC, to going to the Mountain West (the best non-AQ conference), to facing USC in a September matchup. Thing is, Utah State is good. This will be a good test to see if they can hang with the Trojans. With USC’s Pac-12 schedule starting the next week, they don’t want to slip up against the Aggies.
Honourable mention: Clemson at NC State, Boise State at Fresno State, North Carolina at Georgia Tech