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Top 15 BCS College Football Games for 2013

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Top 15 College Football Games for 2013

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Can you believe College Football is in the final four days before it officially puts a wrap and crowns a BCS National Champion?

Just four days folks...

(take a deep breath and remain calm)

And what a fun season it has been that will actually have the two best teams in the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Alabama Crimson Tide playing for the BCS National Championship.

So with the end of the season in sight, it sounds like it’s time to take a look at what will be the games and the teams that will be fighting to get to this point one year from today.

Now not all conferences and teams have their schedules set and it is impossible to predict the future in terms of which team will man up or blow up.

But one thing is clearly evident in the process of forecasting the big games...

The final BCS Title will roll through the SEC.

(patiently waits for you to get your thoughts together to begin to rip this list)

Yes, the SEC hasn’t had its dominant run it has in years past...

But it is still the best conference from top to bottom and a group of teams everyone else in college football is trying to copy.

So as you begin to read through this list of games remember a few things...

Who has proven anything from the Big 10?

Who will be the one or two teams that will jump to the top of the pack in the ACC Football, Big 12 and Pac-12?

Can the final year of the Big East produce anything viable?

How deep will the SEC be in 2013?

So that is the foundation of this thought process. And keep this in mind when you look at this list.

Whether Bama wins or loses, the road to the title in the land of the BCS will always go through the SEC.

So with all that being said, let’s take a look at the Top 15 College Football Games of 2013.

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No. 15 -- Ohio State Buckeyes @ Michigan Wolverines - 11/30/2013

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So the biggest game by far in the Big 10 for 2013 will be the final game of the season as the Ohio State Buckeyes travel to face its rival in the Michigan Wolverines.

Urban Meyer is coming off a perfect season, but one in which he could not qualify for postseason play. He is also possibly building an SEC caliber program in the middle of the Big 10.

Michigan is looking for respect and how to grow up and win that big game.

Both teams very well could be undefeated at this point making it a must see, do or die game.

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No. 14 -- Oklahoma Sooners @ Oklahoma State Cowboys - 11/23/2013

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Bedlam will go a long way in establishing who the BCSrepresentative will as the 2013 regular season comes to a close.

Both the Oklahoma Sooners and the Oklahoma State Cowboys could very well be undefeated heading into this game with the BCS Bid on the line for the Big 12.

This could also have a player or two from each team who could be in a do or die Heisman Trophy run too.

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No. 13 -- Florida Gators @ South Carolina Gamecocks - 11/16/2013

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The team with the toughest schedule in 2013 is by far the Florida Gators.

Don’t know who exactly the Gators ticked off, but they have to run the gauntlet like no other team in recent SEC

Florida is on this list multiple times because of this crazy 2013 schedule, but it comes in at No. 13 as it hits the road to face the South Carolina Gamecocks.

The Gamecocks have been in the same boat in the past few years as the Gators are this year. And there is no question this game, as just about every year, could be for the chance to go to the SEC Championship Game.

The question here is will Florida have anything left in the tank by the time it gets to Columbia, South Carolina.

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No. 12 -- Oklahoma Sooners @ Notre Dame Fighting Irish - 9/28/2013

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The Oklahoma Sooner make another appearance on the Top 15 College Football Games of 2013 as it travels to South Bend, Indiana to face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

The Irish played the spoiler to the Sooners in 2012 in Norman, Oklahoma...

Can Oklahoma return the favor in the shadow of Touchdown Jesus?

A must see game...

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No. 11 -- Florida State Seminoles @ Florida Gators - 11/30/2013

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The SEC schedule is over, but the crazy season for the Florida Gators is not over as it hosts the Florida State Seminoles to end the 2013 season.

This could be a tune up for the SEC Championship and the ACC Championship.

And it will be interesting to see what both of these teams have left at this point.

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No. 10 -- LSU Tigers @ Georgia Bulldogs - 9/28/2013

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The second toughest schedule in the nation for 2013 will belong to the Georgia Bulldogs.

The first month of the season is just simply brutal as it will play potentially three top five teams...

And the third game against the LSU Tigers might be the most difficult.

If Georgia can survive these early games the sky is the limit.

But the Tigers will not feel too bad, because they probably have the third toughest schedule in the nation.

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No. 9 -- Alabama Crimson Tide @ Texas A&M Aggies - 9/14/2013

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The Alabama Crimson Tide finally make the list along with the Texas A&M Aggies at No. 9 in a rematch of what many saw as the biggest upset of 2012.

Johnny Football and A.J. McCarron will battle to see who moves on in not only the BCS race but in the Heisman Trophy voting as well.

This will simply be a classic.

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No. 8 -- Florida Gators @ LSU Tigers - 10/12/2013

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Anytime the Florida Gators and the LSU Tigers get together it is a must see game.

The 2013 contest will be no different as both will be fighting to stay focused and healthy in the middle of a grueling schedule.

This could be the game that officially sinks one of these two great teams.

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No. 7 -- Georgia Bulldogs vs Florida Gators - 11/2/2013

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Who knows what both the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators will have left in the tank at this point...

But no matter whether these teams have no losses or three losses at this point, it will be compelling, must see football.

And if both teams are undefeated at this point, it could be the game for the top spot in the country.

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No. 6 -- Texas A&M Aggies @ LSU Tigers - 11/23/2013

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So the question for this game is did the Texas A&M Aggies learn from it’s home loss to the LSU Tigers in 2012.

Johnny Manziel will be ready to go for sure...

But the Tigers are a year stronger and smarter as well...

This could be a signature game for Manziel’s Heisman run in 2013.

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No. 5 -- South Carolina Gamecocks @ Georgia Bulldogs - 9/7/2013

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You just know South Carolina Head Coach Steve Spurrier already has this game against the Georgia Bulldogs circled on the calendar and has began breaking down tape.

This is the SEC opener for both teams and it should be one for the ages.

Especially if Aaron Murray comes back for his senior campaign.

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No. 4 -- Georgia Bulldogs @ Clemson Tigers - 8/31/2013

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The surprise team of 2013 could be the Clemson Tigers...

And the run to greatness will start with an old foe in the Georgia Bulldogs.

These two storied programs played every season until 1991. Georgia holds a 41-17 advantage and has won the last meetings since 1991 including a 30-0 victory in 2004. Clemson’s last win was a 34-3 victory in 1990.

This is the season opener for both teams and will go a long way in setting the tone for the 2013 season.

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No. 3 -- LSU Tigers @ Alabama Crimson Tide - 11/9/2013

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One thing about the BCS and a big reason why it is going away is that it is way too predictable.

This is something that the SEC has figured out a long time ago and a reason why the LSU Tigers battling the Alabama Crimson Tide is a must see and a must win game.

The winner of this game has played for the BCS National Championship in three of the past five years.

And 2013 will be the same...

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No. 2 -- Notre Dame Fighting Irish @ Stanford Cardinal - 11/30/2013

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Is there any way possible that the Notre Dame Fighting Irish can finish 2013 undefeated for the second year in a row?

It’s possible with their schedule and it could all come to the mecca of all games to end the season against the Stanford Cardinal.

Both of these teams could be perfect at this point with this game deciding who makes it to the final BCS Title Game.

For fun and the glory of College Football, let’s hope this happens...

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No. 1 - Clemson Tigers @ South Carolina Gamecocks - 11/30/2013

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Yes, the game of all games to watch in 2013 will be a battle for the Palmetto State as the Clemson Tigers face the South Carolina Gamecocks to end the regular season.

Both team have a great chance at being undefeated with only the conference championships left to play.

Both if both are undefeated, this means the winner moves on in the hopes of a National Championship while the loser has to regroup to win its conference championship and see how the cards fall.

Just compelling football for a pair of teams that have not been in the national limelight in almost 30 years.


M Shannon Smallwood is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association.

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