Friday, August 22, 2008

Top 15 College Football Games to Watch in 2008

College football season is right around the corner, as mentioned in Relatively Journalizing's "Yard Wars" series (Episodes: I, II, III, IV, V and VI), so I thought it would be appropriate to highlight the top matchup you shouldn't miss each week of the regular college football season.

Week 1: 8 p.m., Aug. 30, Alabama vs. Clemson — two teams start out ranked, but can the highly acclaimed Tigers hang with the SEC football giant?

Week 2: 8 p.m., Sept. 6, Miami (FL) vs. Florida — One highly ranked team battles an in-state rival with previous history as a great ball club. Has Miami done enough rebuilding yet to fight for a W?

Week 3: 8 p.m., Sept. 13, Ohio State vs. USC — Is Ohio State overrated once again, and will these teams still be #2 and #3 when they face off in week three?

Week 4: TBA, Sept. 20, LSU vs. Auburn — Both teams are likely to still be ranked when the defending national champs try to defeat Auburn in their race back to the BCS title game.

Week 5: 3:30 p.m., Sept. 27, Marshall vs. West Virginia — The nastiest in-state rivalry in the country takes place in Morgantown as the Thundering Herd attempt to better their so-far losing-only record in the Friends of Coal Bowl series against the Mountaineers.

Week 6: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 2, Pittsburgh vs. South Florida — These two teams started off the season ranked #25 and #19, respectively, so this game should be fun to watch, to say the least. An interesting anecdote, these are the only two teams who could beat West Virginia last season.

Week 7: TBA, Oct. 11, Tennessee vs. Georgia — This is Georgia's chance for some revenge on its SEC rival. If Tennessee is lucky, they won't demolish them the way they did Hawaii at the end of the 2007 season.

Week 8: TBA, Oct. 18, Missouri vs. Texas — Here, two outstanding teams should face off in an engaging battle. Missouri will likely still be fighting to make sure it doesn't get overlooked for a BCS game again.

Week 9: TBA, Oct. 25, LSU vs. Georgia — Powerhouses in the sports butt heads as we delve later into the season. Bowl appearances will probably be on both teams' minds when they take the field in Louisiana.

Week 10: 8 p.m., Nov. 2, ECU vs. UCF — The Pirates face the Knights in what should be a pretty good C-USA football game. There's always Texas Tech and Texas if devoting time to non-BCS teams isn't your thing.

Week 11: 7:30 p.m., Nov. 6, Maryland vs. Virginia Tech — This should be an easy game for VT, but Thursday night games in Lane Stadium are always packed full of energy and surprises. During last year's Thursday night home game, VT fell to Boston College in the final couple minutes of the game. Do the Terrapins have a chance at the upset as well?

Week 12: TBA, Nov. 15, Illinois vs. Ohio State — The Illini gave the Buckeyes their only regular season loss last year, so this will definitely be a revenge match that's sure to involve lots of hard hits.

Week 13: TBA, Nov. 22, Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma — Who knows if these two teams will still be in the running to be ranked or to see a bowl game by this late in the season. If they can hang on this long, though, then this game will mean something for sure, and there's no reason both teams can't be ranked in at least the top 10 late in November.

Week 14: Noon, Nov. 28, West Virginia vs. Pittsburgh — It's rivalry week, and while there are plenty of compelling games, this one has special meaning. The Panthers ended WVU's national championship run late last season, and the ensuing chaos that unfolded as then-coach Rich Rodriguez left for Michigan lasted through the spring. Don't miss the game that's dubbed as the Backyard Brawl for a reason.

Week 15: 4:30 p.m., Dec. 6, USC vs. UCLA — Hopefully the San Andreas fault will still be intact when this one's over!

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