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Top Games in College Football in 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

 


Here's a look at some of the top games in college football this year. As the season proceeds, some of these games may lose importance while others may jump into the picture; the Allstate Sugar Bowl will follow up with updates periodically. Due to the fact this is from the viewpoint of the Allstate Sugar Bowl, it is heavily weighted towards Southeastern Conference schools, as the SEC is our anchor league.

Sept. 2
Pittsburgh at Utah
- Preseason Big East favorites taking on always tough Utes who have 19 wins against AQ-leagues since 1998. Pitt is led by sensational sophomore tailback Dion Lewis (pictured above).

Sept. 4
LSU vs. North Carolina
(Atlanta) - Tar Heels' big-time defense could have them favored against traditional power LSU.
Cincinnati at Fresno State - Good test for Bearcats in first game under new head coach; Fresno star RB Ryan Mathews left for NFL.
Connecticut at Michigan - UConn looking to rise in Big East; Rodriguez needs every win possible in 2010.
TCU vs. Oregon State (Arlington) - The Beavers can bust the BCS Busters in '09 with games against TCU and Boise State.

Sept. 6
Boise State vs. Virginia Tech
(Landover, Md.) - Both national title contenders; Boise is probably done with a loss.

Sept. 11
Penn State at Alabama
- Paterno and Saban meet for a key non-conference battle; will this be it for Paterno?
Ole Miss at Tulane - Opportunity to see the Rebels in New Orleans; and to see what impact Jeremiah Masoli might have on the SEC.
Georgia at South Carolina - According to pundits, could be an early decision-maker for second place in SEC East.
Oregon at Tennessee - The Volunteers are the only SEC school to regularly battle the Pac-10.
Michigan at Notre Dame - Two semi-fallen legends; B. Kelly has been tasked with fixing the Irish; while Rich Rod's time may be short.
Florida State at Oklahoma - Two great QBs go at it as teams try to rise to national prominence once again.
Miami (FL) at Ohio State - Rumors of the Hurricanes return as a national power can be confirmed or denied in the Horseshoe.
New Hampshire at Pittsburgh - UNH has won four straight against FBS teams - Marshall, Northwestern, Army and Ball State.
USF at Florida - Bulls knocked off Florida State in 2009; adding Florida to list would very much solidify legitimacy.
Colorado at California - Buffs make their Pac-10 debut! Well, not exactly, but still a preview of the future; and Hawkins needs a win.

Sept. 18
Arkansas at Georgia
- The first real test for Arkansas and Ryan Mallett; will they live up to hype? Or will Georgia be back on track?
Clemson at Auburn - Tiger vs. Tiger; another interesting non-league match-up between potential ACC/SEC contenders.
Florida at Tennessee - Derek Dooley's SEC debut may not be pretty and John Brantley is slated to make first SEC start.
Iowa at Arizona - The feel-good Hawkeyes may have hands full with Arizona and talented QB Nick Foles.
Nebraska at Washington - Huskers defense without Suh gets major test against potential NFL top pick Jake Locker and Huskies.
Texas at Texas Tech - The Big 12 debut for Tommy Tuberville; Leach's biggest win may have been over Horns in 2008.
Baylor at TCU - Robert Griffin returns from injury for Bears, but TCU's Andy Dalton has been getting Heisman whispers.
Georgia Tech at North Carolina - Vaunted option offense against vaunted defense filled with NFL-caliber players.
BYU at Florida State - BYU is under-the-radar as a BCS contender and wants revenge after Noles thumped Cougars in Provo in '09.
Houston at UCLA - If Cougars are going to play BCS Buster, they need an undefeated season with key wins - such as beating UCLA.

Sept. 23
Miami (FL) at Pittsburgh
- Another tough early game for Pitt, but having it at home could spoil big season for Hurricanes.

Sept. 25
Alabama at Arkansas
- Media picked Alabama as overwhelming favorite in SEC West; Arkansas could challenge though.
West Virginia at LSU - Mountaineers head south with 16 returning starters; key game for the Tigers and coach Les Miles.
Virginia Tech at Boston College - Two top ACC title contenders; Tech hopes to be perfect after tough opener with Boise State.
Oklahoma at Cincinnati - Sooners expect to be back among best; Cincy can pick up one of biggest wins ever in hometown.
Temple at Penn State - Interesting game here as Al Golden has Temple on the rise - Golden played at PSU as did four other staffers.
Oregon State at Boise State - If Broncos top Virginia Tech in opener, this is their biggest remaining challenge.
Stanford at Notre Dame - Stanford's Andrew Luck has big stage to make national name for himself in South Bend.

Oct. 2
Florida at Alabama
- Expected to meet for the third straight year in SEC title tilt; round one is in Tuscaloosa.
Georgia at Colorado - Another SEC/Pac-10 match-up...well, almost Pac-10; Dawgs should win on the road.
Tennessee at LSU - Traditionally a major SEC game; interesting that it may not factor in league race based on preseason predictions.
Penn State at Iowa - Major showdown in Big Ten; can Iowa do it again or will the Lions get revenge?
Texas at Oklahoma (Dallas) - The annual Red River Rivalry should be as heated as ever.
Miami at Clemson - Clemson surprised with Atlantic title in 09; thrilling OT victory at Miami was a key springboard for success.
Notre Dame at Boston College - If Irish struggle again, game loses luster, but BC will be strong in ACC this year.
Stanford at Oregon - Cardinal shocked No. 8 Ducks last year; this one's in Eugene and Toby Gerhart is gone.
Washington at USC - Former Pete Carroll assistants meet as Lane Kiffin hosts Steve Sarkisian.

Oct. 9
Texas A&M vs. Arkansas
(Dallas) - Southwest Classic and both teams have big-time quarterbacks and BCS aspirations.
Mississippi State at Houston - Houston will be making another run at perfect season; can Keenum and Co., upend Bulldogs again?
Florida State at Miami - When ACC expanded, these two were supposed to rule; many finally have this game as preview of ACC tilt.
Clemson at North Carolina - Game could have huge implications depending on early results - or it may be a minor skirmish.
Pittsburgh at Notre Dame - If Pitt stays undefeated through this game, it should be Top 10; if ND is perfect, it will be Top 10.
Michigan State at Michigan - Spartans have two-game winning streak in series for first time since 1967.
USC at California - Golden Bears have been trying to get past Trojans for years; is this finally their time?

Oct. 16
Arkansas at Auburn
- Key showdown in SEC West; if Alabama slips, one of these two could move into driver's seat.
Boston College at Florida State - Two of the most talented ACC Atlantic teams, will be a key divisional showdown.
Ohio State at Wisconsin - Badgers might have best running back in Big Ten (Clay); Buckeyes might have best QB (Pryor).
Texas at Nebraska - One of the games for which everybody in the country will be waiting; final meeting ever between the two?
BYU at TCU - Always a key MWC contest; Horned Frogs hope to be running the table again in 2010.

Oct. 23
LSU at Auburn
- The SEC West could be a dogfight, for second place, if Alabama lives up to expectations.
North Carolina at Miami - Key divisional showdown; though in tight ACC races, every game can be key.
Wisconsin at Iowa - If Badgers upend Ohio State on Oct. 16, this game jumps quite a bit in relevance.
Purdue at Ohio State - Should be a stroll for Buckeyes, just like last year, when Boilermakers pulled off shocker, 26-18.
Navy vs. Notre Dame (East Rutherford) - It's not out of the question for Navy to be undefeated entering annual Notre Dame game.

Later games to be added following early results and as conference races become clearer.

Oct. 30
Georgia vs. Florida
(Jacksonville) - World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party may not be official name, but still will be a key game.

Nov. 6
Alabama at LSU
- Every game involving Alabama is key due to expectations, but Miles can gain a lot of goodwill by beating Saban.

Nov. 13
South Carolina at Florida
- Steve Spurrier could play the spoiler for his alma mater; or he could be going for a major bowl.

Nov. 26
Auburn at Alabama
- The Iron Bowl could have higher stakes this year if Auburn steps up and Bama meets expectations.

Nov. 27
LSU at Arkansas
(Little Rock) - Another key SEC West game; both teams hope to be in the hunt for BCS Bowl bids.
Florida at Florida State - Gators are national title contenders; Seminoles hope Jimbo Fisher has them back to that level soon.
Georgia Tech at Georgia - The Jackets' triple-option has brought great success; Richt hopes to be capping big year with rivalry win.

Dec. 4
SEC Championship
(Atlanta) - Winner has gone to BCS Championship game in each of last four years.

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