Today we make it College Football Day! With 2 weeks left before the pageantry and tradition resume, we’re gonna give you the first 6 weeks of a week-to-week glance, at the games that could decide who makes the 2nd College Football Playoff! The season kicks off on Thursday, September 3rd, with 19 games (all times are EASTERN).
Ohio St(-11.5) @ Virginia Tech, 8p (Monday<9-7>) – Anyone know who starts for Ohio State? How will the 4 suspensions of Ohio St players impact the game? Does VaTech repeat last year’s upset at home? – we’ll see
Wisconsin v Alabama(-10.5), 8p in Arlington – In neutral site openers under Nick Saban, Alabama is 5-0 – with an average margin of victory of 19pts. Does Alabama have a QB? What does new coach Paul Chryst have prepared for another re-loaded Crimson Tide?
Michigan @ Utah(-6), 8:30p (Thursday) – Jim Harbaugh returns to his Alma-Mater and will be a heavily watched game. The problem could be that despite all the pre-season pub Harbaugh got, this is still a good Utah team that beat the Wolverines in Ann Arbor last year 26-10.
- TCU(-14) @ Minnesota, 9p (Thursday)
- UNC v SCAR(-2.5) in Charlotte (Thursday) 6p
- Washington @ Boise St(-10.5), 10:15p (Friday)
- BYU @ Nebraska(-6.5), 3:30p
- Louisville v Auburn(-11) in Atlanta, 3:30p
- ASU v Texas a+m(-3) in Houston, 7p
- Texas @ Notre Dame(-9.5), 7:30p
Oregon @ Michigan St, 8p – Just like last year this will be the first top 10 matchup of the year and it could be cray in East Lansing. Also like last year the winner could have an inside track to the ‘offs.
LSU @ Mississippi St, 9:15p – Last year the bulldawgs took it to the Tigers in Death Valley. Look for payback in Stark-Vegas.
Oklahoma @ Tennessee, 6p – Oklahoma is always over-rated and Tennessee has been on the comeback for 10years – someone has to break. Could it be any different than OU duplicating last year’s 34-10 win?
- Utah St @ Utah, 9p (Friday)
- Houston @ Louisville, noon
- Oregon St @ Michigan, noon
- Notre Dame @ Virginia, 3:30p
- Iowa @ Iowa St, 4:30p
- Kentucky @ SCAR, 7:30p
- Boise St @ BYU, 10:15p
Auburn @ LSU, 3:30p – Another September SEC West battle that could decide the who goes to Atlanta. LSU got whooped last year 41-7, but Auburn has not won in RED STICK since 1999 – too bad this game is not at night, where it belongs – either way FUQ Auburn!
Stanford @ USC, 8p – If the Trojans are the preseason pick to win the PAC 12 then they have to get by the Cardinal. The last two meeting have been decided by a Trojan field goal.
Ole Miss @ Alabama, 9:15p – Revenge is a dish served….um….anyway Saban is 9-1 in these types of games since arriving in Tuscaloosa – we’ll know enough about both teams after this game and their prospects of being in Atlanta.
- Clemson @ Louisville, 7:30p (Thursday)
- Georgia Tech @ Notre Dame, 3:30p
- Nebraska @ Miami, 3:30p
- SCAR @ Georgia, 6p
- TexasTech @ Arkansas, 7p
- Cal @ Texas, 7:30p
- BYU @ UCLA, 10:30p
UCLA @ Arizona – If Arizona is the defending PAC 12 South champion then this game could see two undefeated teams meet in week 4 for the inside track. Under Rich-Rod the ‘cats are 0-3 against the Bruins.
MissSt @ Auburn – Both teams could be licking their wounds after losses to LSU – or it could be an early SEC West triangle of nonsense. MissSt has won the last two out of three – but at home, Auburn has won the last three. Either way, so is life in the SEC West meat-grinder.
Tennessee @ Florida – remember when this game meant anything. There are children who have been born, that have no idea what this meant. If Tennessee is truly the dark-horse everyone is making them, they have to beat Florida. For Florida’s Jim McElwain, it is a must win!
- Cincy @ Memphis, 7:30p (Thursday)
- OklahomaSt @ Texas
- BYU @ Michigan
- Texas a+m @ Arkansas
- USC @ ASU
- Utah @ Oregon
- GaTech @ Duke
Alabama @ Georgia – this game will be a Running Back battle featuring ‘Bama’s Derrick Henry and UGA’s Nick Chubb. The last time these two played in Athens – it was a funeral for Georgia in their “blackout” game, as Alabama took a 31-0 lead at halftime. The final score was 41-30 and was never that close.
Notre Dame @ Clemson – Notre Dame has not been to Clemson since 1979, so expect a raucous crowd in Memorial Stadium. It should provide plenty of fireworks if Deshaun Watson and Malik Zaire put on a show.
Texas @ TCU – the Horned Frogs took the Longhorns behind the woodshed last year, 48-10. Charlie Strong needs this game or he could be finding himself on the hot seat.
- Miami @ Cincy, 7:30p (Thursday)
- Iowa @ Wisconsin
- Ole Miss @ Florida
- SCAR @ Mizzou
- Arkansas @ Tennessee
- ASU @ UCLA
- West Virginia @ Oklahoma
Oklahoma v Texas – the Red River Rivalry is still a spectacle – for Charlie Strong, many misgivings can be forgiven if the Longhorns take down the Sooners. These teams have split the last 10 meetings and for Strong, it is a crucial two weeks.
Miami @ FSU – FSU has one of the easiest schedules – get by the ‘Canes and their next toughest opponent in September is @ Boston College. Al Golden is 0-4 against FSU, but they do have Brad Kaaya. Jimbo is a nice 5-0 against the Hurricanes. The biggest question mark is who will be FSU’s QB for this game?
Wisconsin @ Nebraska – this has leader in the clubhouse for the winner, for the BIG (not)10 West Division. Dominance is spelled B-U-C-K-Y – as the Badgers have won 3-of-the-last-4 meetings by an average of 35pts – but Wisconsin did lose their last trip to Lincoln…
- Washington @ USC, 9p (Thursday)
- GaTech @ Clemson
- Arkansas @ Alabama
- TCU @ KSTATE
- Florida @ Mizzou
- LSU @ SCAR
- Georgia @ Tennessee