10 Must Watch Games for the 2012 College Football Season
Written by Curt Popejoy on 07/08/2012
I started putting this list together as I am prepping for the upcoming college football season. I've broken the list into 2 groups, non-conference and conference matchups. Some of these games will have BCS significance and others will be more of traditional importance, but they all look to me to be great games and well worth your time whether you are a fan of the teams or not.
Top 5 non-conference games
5. BYU at Utah September 15th-This matchup has been a tradition for many years, but since the conference changes in 2010 we've been counting down to the beginning of the end of the Holy War. This game is less about 2 great teams fighting for BCS position but marks what may be the end of a great football tradition.
4. Auburn Vs. Clemson(in Atlanta) September 1st-Clemson has a talented young team that could fight for a conference title, and Auburn needs to win this game before they go on a murderer's row of games including matchups against Arkansas and LSU.
3. Notre Dame at Oklahoma October 27th-I'm not sure what people think of Notre Dame this year, but I am counting on them being good. For the Sooners, this year is a season where I don't think most pundits are counting on them being great, but I think they mystery of both these teams is what makes this matchup so interesting.
2. Florida at Florida State November 24th-It's rare to see a non-conference game this late in the year, much less one this big, but the Seminoles and Gators have always provided some late season theater. But this year things are amped up as Florida Head Coach Will Muschamp needs to show that in his second season season he can improve on last year's 6-6 record and build momentum off their Bowl win over Ohio State. For Florida State it's a make or break year. They have a Senior Quarterback and are a sneaky pick for the BCS. Going to be an epic matchup.
1. Michigan vs. Alabama(in Arlington) September 1st-I'm sure most people don't give the Wolverines a shot in this game, and I have no doubt that it's a longshot for Michigan to beat the Crimson Tide even on a neutral site. But if history is true, Michigan QB Denard Robinson usually starts the year fast, and if nothing else the matchup of Robinson against the Bama Defense will be fun to watch. If Michigan wants to be taken seriously this year, this is the perfect opportunity.
Top 5 conference games
5. Oklahoma vs. Texas(in Dallas) October 13th-The Red River Rivalry is always a big deal. But this year it looks to be a really really big deal. By my count the Sooners and Longhorns are the 2 best teams in the Big 12 and that's hasn't been the case in the past couple of seasons. Whichever team wins this assuming they both come into the game undefeated the winner will be in control for the conference title.
4. Florida at Texas A&M September 8th-Welcome to the SEC. The Aggies invite the Gators to town for their inaugural SEC conference game. I love this matchup because both of these teams want assert themselves in the best conference in football, and will be pulling out all the stops to get this conference win.
3. Michigan at Ohio State November 24th-A Buckeye/Wolverine rivalry is great. One that matters is even better. Everyone is watching very closely at 2 things. Can Michigan keep up the momentum to get through an entire season, and how long will it take Urban Meyer to turn the Buckeyes around? Both of those questions will get answered in this game.
2. Oregon at USC November 3rd-Trojan fans banged a drum last season because they felt like they were the best team in the nation, but couldn't show it because of the sanctions against them. They get a chance to prove all the pundits right and the critics wrong this season. The Trojans beat the Ducks late last season, and so Oregon will be looking for revenge this year. It's going to be 2 very dynamic offenses facing off on a huge day in college football.
1. Alabama at LSU November 3rd-Told ya, big day. The only thing that will make this game better is if both teams can get here undefeated. If so, it'll be a matchup of the 2 best teams in the nation, and will aggravate fans everywhere unless there's a blowout for one side or the other. I fully expect this game to generate more offense than last year's matchup and be the game of the year prior to the bowls by a longshot.
Last Edited: 07/08/2012