Sunday, August 24, 2008
We already know the first week kicks off at Atlanta between Clemson and Alabama.
Week 2, ESPN College Gameday will be live from Gainsville for Miami at Florida.
Yeah, not a real high caliber matchup as the Gators are considered one of the best teams in the country and Miami...well, they're still rebuilding, I guess. But anyways, it's an in state rivalry where there's always a lot of blood on the line. Add the fact that the state of Florida always boasts some of the best high school football players in the country, this game is a huge recruiting tool for both schools.
Miami/Florida may seem like a one sided affair, but there really isn't any other intriguing matchups in Week 2. Throw in the fact it's Gator Nation and Kirk Herbstreit loves Tim Tebow (Can you really blame the guy), and this a great opportunity for ESPN to highlight the Gators.
Week 3? Duh! Ohio St. at USC. This is by far the most anticipated matchup of the season. Everyone's been talking about this game since the final seconds ticked away from last year's BCS Championship Game. The game looks to feature No 2 vs. No. 3.
The Buckeye's will be ranked higher, but won't be the favorite in Vegas. Ohio St. is playing with a chip on it's shoulder and would like to show the nation they can compete with top teams outside the Big 10.
A lot of people are saying this might be Jim Tressel's best team ever as they return 18 starters. USC quarterback Matt Sanchez so far has been unproven in his collegiate career. If Ohio St. can go to LA and upset the Trojans, the Buckeyes will most likely run the table the rest of the year and be the only undefeated team in College Football.
One other note. While many will knock the Big 10's nonconference schedule as a bunch of "cupcakes," give Ohio St. credit. The Buckeyes will play No. 3 USC in September and again next year, this just 2 years removed from their nonconference schedule that featured back to back years against the Texas Longhorns when the Longhorns were a top 5 team.
As of now, College Gameday Week 4 is leaning towards Tempe, Arizona when the No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs continue their tough road schedule with a nonconference game at Arizona St. This is assuming both teams are undefeated and Georgia doesn't falter in a Week 2 "trap game" at South Carolina against Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks.