Wednesday, August 14, 2013

College Football Games to Watch This Year

     College football is almost here and that means that for many sports fans, Saturdays are going to be spent on the sofa. There's nothing like sitting at home with your buddies watching a college football game and having a beer. So what games should you be marking on your calenders aside from the Ohio State/Michigan games and Oklahoma/Texas games? Here's a laundry list of games to keep an eye on for every week:

  • North Carolina vs. South Carolina, August 29th: Battle of the Cackalackys.
  • Clemson vs. Georgia, August 31st: This game is being played at the Georgia Dome. Good primetime game to watch.
  • LSU vs. TCU, August 31st: This is the annual Cowboys Classic game. Also a primetime matchup.
  • Florida State vs. Pittsburgh, September 2nd 
  • Texas vs. Brigham Young, September 7th
  • Houston vs. Temple, September 7th: The premiere of the American Athletic Conference divisional play kicks off with the Cougars and the Owls. Houston had the 11th-most passing yards in NCAA FBS Football with 328.4 yards per game, while the Owls will miss Montel Harris.
  • Notre Dame vs. Michigan, September 7th: Both schools will go into this season without the likes of Manti T'eo and Denard Robinson. Still is always a good game to watch; the last four games between these two have been decided by a touchdown or less.
  • Air Force vs. Boise State, September 13th
  • Alabama vs. Texas A&M, September 14th: Johnny Football will miss the presence of Luke Joeckel as he takes on the stingy defense of the Crimson Tide.
  • Arizona State vs. Stanford, September 21st
  • Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech, September 26th
  • Wisconsin vs. Ohio State, September 28th: Should be a low scoring game. Urban Meyer has really brought along some talented linebackers to the Horseshoe in his first couple of years at Ohio State. The Buckeyes should also have a better D-Line with the likes of juniors Joel Hale and Michael Bennet taking over the inside.
  • Nevada vs. San Diego State, October 4th
  • West Virginia vs. Baylor, October 5th 
  • Arizona vs. USC, October 10th 
  • Rutgers vs. Louisville, October 10th
  • Michigan vs. Penn State, October 12th: Penn State rebounded nicely from the Sandusky scandal last year and could be the spoiler in the Big Ten.
  • Miami (FL) vs. North Carolina, October 17th
  • UCLA vs. Stanford, October 19th: The Bruins could play spoiler to the Cardinal's chances of getting to the BCS.
  • Nebraska vs. Minnesota, October 26th
  • Louisiana-Monroe vs. Troy, October 31st
  • Georgia vs. Florida, November 2nd
  • Oregon vs. Stanford, November 7th: This game could determine who could possibly be going to the Pac-12 Championship game. The Cardinal allowed the 11th-fewest points in the FBS last year, allowing only 17.2 per game. Meanwhile, Oregon will miss Kenjon Barner, who spearheaded the 2nd-best offense in the FBS (49.6 points per game) and the 3rd-best rushing attack (315.2 yards per game). QB Marcus Mariota will be the key to the Ducks offense, though.
  • LSU vs. Alabama, November 9th: Always a big game. Whoever can make the most off of turnovers will win this game.
  • Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh, November 9th
  • Ball State vs. Northern Illinois, November 13th
  • Oklahoma State vs. Texas, November 16th
  • Michigan State vs. Northwestern, November 23rd
  • Oklahoma vs. Kansas State, November 23rd
  • Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State, November 28th
  • Oregon State vs. Oregon, November 29th: The Civil War battle.
  • Louisville vs. Cincinnati, December 5th: In their last game in their only season in the American Athletic Conference, Terry Bridgewater and the Cardinals will have a tough road test on this day.

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