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Biggest Games of the 2014 College Football season – Part Deux

I promised posts on back-to-back days.  And I am delivering posts on back-to-back days.  I’m sure the quality has dropped but as of right now I am giving zero fucks (sounds like my dating life…).  So here are the biggest games of the year in college football, act II (scene I):

Week 5

UCLA at Arizona State – Two-thirds of the Pac-12 South race face off here in the desert. Should be a great game. It’s a shame I can’t fucking see it. (Thursday, 10:00, Fox Sports Fucking One)

Stanford at Washington – Top two games of the week are Pac-12 showdowns? Been a long time since that’s happened. Let’s see what Monsieur Pedersen does in his first huge conference test. (8:00, ABC)

Missouri at South Carolina – One field goal off the upright kept Mizzou from an undefeated regular season last year. I can’t see this one being as close. (3:30, CBS)

Duke at Miami – If you had told me a few years ago that this would be one of the games of the week, I would have had to ask you who your dealer was and how you were able to get the sweet deal you got on that weed because it’s obviously damn potent. Honestly, and it’s not like I don’t like the U, but if Duke wins here it would be pretty damn awesome. (7:00, specialty pack)

Cincinnati at Ohio State – Upset alert! Many have tabbed Tubby’s Bearcats as the one team out of the Group of Five conferences that will nab the one spot available in the CFP bowl extravaganza thingy. If that’s the case then they have to at least keep it close with the Buckeyes and I can see this being an amazing game. (6:00, BTN for you Rogers subscribers; the specialty pack for Bell)

Tennessee at Georgia – Oklahoma a few weeks back and now this. I still don’t quite get how the Vols will be so improved with the kind of schedule they have (Kentucky notwithstanding). (12:00, Peachtree)

Honourable Mention: Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (in Arlington) (7:30, specialty pack), Notre Dame vs. Syracuse (in East Rutherford) (3:30, ABC), Oregon State at USC (7:30, FOX)

Week 6

Baylor at Texas – Sometimes it just feels good when a team that had been a whipping boy for years becomes a major player. I bet the administration at Baylor is hoping that their Bears mop the floor with the Horns after the bullshit shenanigans Texas was trying to pull during the almost-demise of the Big XII a few years back. (7:00, TSN2)

LSU at Auburn – Les Miles might need his stomach pumped to remove all the grass after this one is over. Auburn’s first big conference test after their dream season last year. Might they need a prayer at Jordan-Hare a third time? (3:30, CBS)

Alabama at Ole Miss – The other SEC West semi-final (sorry Manziel-less Aggies) goes on in Oxford. This could be the Rebs’ best chance to beat the Tide in years. Also, an Ole Miss victory here would turn the college football world on its head (for at least a few days). (7:30, specialty pack)

Nebraska at Michigan State – Poor Bo Pelini. He knows he’s getting four losses this year, he just knows it. And there’s a very good chance one of the four that pushes him out the door will come here when Sparty mops the floor with the Huskers. (8:00, ABC)

Arizona at Oregon – Big-time trap game here. It was about 11 months ago when the Cats made Oregon its bitch. They may just do it again if the Ducks aren’t ready. (Thursday, 10:30, specialty pack)

Utah State at BYU – A bit of a sleeper pick here. Just hear me out. We have a returning Chuckie Keeton. An always-strong Cougs squad. And two teams who are among the half-dozen legitimate threats for the one special Group of Five spot in the CFP Bowlapalooza. I’ve made my case. (Friday, 10:30, specialty pack)

Honourable Mention: Stanford at Notre Dame (3:30, NBC of course), Oklahoma at TCU (7:30, FOX), Arizona State at USC (10:30, TSN3)

Week 7

Oregon at UCLA – Pac-12 Championship preview? Many think so. There is a good chance this is a clash between two top-10 teams. Will Mariota run wild on the Bruins? Will Hundley have a statement game here? Will Myles Jack play all 60 minutes? (5:00, TSN)

Oklahoma vs. Texas (in Dallas) – Ah the Red River Shootout (who’s it sponsored by now? Obviously not the NRA because they would never have changed that sweet name). Always a good game, except when it’s not. Unfortunately it’s usually a blowout dud of a game. Let’s hope for a change for once. (12:00, ABC)

Louisville at Clemson – Fun Bobby’s first big ACC test with his new/old Cards team. Despite the fact the Tigers lost a major part of their offense, they should still be a load to contend with. Expect a close affair. (12:30, WSBK)

Georgia at Missouri – Have the “Fire Mark Richt” stories started coming up yet? No? Well if the Dawgs lose here and don’t have half their team out with injuries, they may start up again. (7:30, specialty pack)

USC at Arizona – All the spotlight is on that “other” Pac-12 game. Arizona is the type of upper-middle-level-sneaky-good team that pulls out a bit of an upset or two but can’t win some of the truly winnable games. Frustration, thy name is RichRod. Only way to burst that bubble is to win the big ones, starting here (unless they already beat Oregon; then it continues here). (10:30, TSN3)

LSU at Florida – If WILL MUSCHAMP wants to keep his job in Gainesville he better keep this game close at least (if not win it). If the Gators get blown out, they may not wait to put ol’ firey Willy out to pasture before the season ends (kind of like Lane Kiffin last season). (12:00, CBS)

Honourable Mention: Washington State at Stanford (Friday, 9:00, TSN3), Ole Miss at Texas A&M (3:30, CBS), Penn State at Michigan (7:00, TSN3)

Week 8

Texas A&M at Alabama – To be honest, I don’t really know why I considered this the most important game of the week. Maybe I was drunk when I did this week’s listings. I can’t see the Aggies staying in this one without Money Manziel but stranger things have happened. (3:30, CBS)

Stanford at Arizona State – Now this probably should be the game of the week. A rematch of last year’s Pac-12 title match could be a preview of this year’s Pac-12 title match if things shake out accordingly for both these two teams. Either way, a loss here puts a huge dent in their championship game chances. (3:30, ABC)

Kansas State at Oklahoma – How often has Bill Snyder’s Wildcats stunned a very good team? Don’t be surprised if they do it here (I won’t be). An upset here would probably kill the Sooners’ chances at the CFP (unless some crazy shit happens). (3:30, TSN2)

Washington at Oregon – It’s funny how some weeks are so much better than others on the college football schedule. This is considered the fourth-best game this week. Some weeks it could have been #1 or #2. Either way, this is the ultimate first-year test for Chris Pedersen here. Win in Eugene and the Huskies become a very serious threat, not only in the Pac-12, but nationally. Not a trap game for the Ducks but one of a few very tough ones. (7:30, FOX)

Fresno State at Boise State – I am always hesitant to put any conference game from the Group of Five conferences in this list other than an honourable mention here and there. This could be the game that propels one of these two teams to the big-time CFP BowlFest gongshow in January (and New Year’s Eve). (Friday, 8:00, TSN3)

Notre Dame at Florida State – Catholics vs. Convicts II. Altar Boys vs. Jameis Crab Legs. Whatever you call it, you can be sure Brian Kelly will have his Irish team amped up for this one. Honestly, it’s one of very few true tests for the Noles this year as they look to repeat as champs. (8:00, ABC)

Honourable Mention: Missouri at Florida (12:00, Peachtree), Oklahoma State at TCU (7:00, probably on FS1), Tennessee at Ole Miss (7:30, specialty pack)

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