15 College Football Games To Set Your DVR For Now
College Football: 15 Games To Set Your DVR For Now
As the years have passed, what has become an inside joke is now reality: There is no college football offseason. Honestly, there's no offseason for any level of football. Regardless, you'll find fans of the collegiate level scraping and clawing for any manner of news, rumors, debate and flat out arguments.
In the spirit of being proactive, I decided to skim over the upcoming 2014 schedules and give the starved masses a jump on scheduling their DVRs. We can program recordings seven or eight months out, correct? That's a thing, right? Even if it's not, it probably will be in a month or two, so consider this your initial guide.
It provides a smattering of everything. Early non-conference tilts that may set the tone for an entire season, games that may very well get coaches canned and good old fashioned blood feuds. The beautiful part about the whole thing is the storylines within. New coaches take over, realignment chaos has shaken the very foundation of climbing to conference glory and then there's sweet revenge.
Any college pigskin prognostication wouldn't be complete without a good old fashioned upset, and I deliver. No Appalachian State Mountaineers over the Michigan Wolverines, I'm sad to say. Although, that could very well be No. 16.
Of course, this year brings an entirely new aspect to the game thanks to the College Football Playoff. It goes without saying that you'll be tuning in for the semifinals and initial CFP game. Enough chit chat. Grab some spare AA batteries and get your remotes ready.
14. Florida State vs. Oklahoma State – Aug. 30
This is the first chance to see the defending national champions in action. I already feel sorry for the Pokes, but at least we should have fun seeing what Jameis Winston can do.
13. Miami (FL) vs. Louisville – Sept. 1
Teddy Bridgewater's taken his leave, and this is a perfect opportunity for the Cardinals to test their mettle against a decent squad. The Hurricanes can score a quality win, and it won't be their only opportunity early on.
12. BYU vs. Texas – Sept. 6
The Texas Longhorns are still smarting from the 550 rushing yards they gave up to the Cougars last season. Can Charlie Strong repay the favor?
11. Michigan State vs. Oregon – Sept. 6
Similar to Super Bowl XLVIII, an offensive force will face a defensive powerhouse. The Ducks have home-field advantage, but don't expect the Spartans to be intimidated by Autzen Stadium.
10. Miami (FL) vs. Nebraska - Sept. 20
This is a Husker fan's dream as the Hurricanes finally make the trip to Lincoln. Bo Pelini's going to find out just how good his team is following an away game to take on the Fresno State Bulldogs.
9. Kansas State vs. Auburn – Sep. 20
On paper, this seems like a blowout. However, the teams themselves aren't the main attraction. Bill Snyder against Gus Malzahn is the reason to make sure one of your screens is tuned to this contest.
8. The Red River Rivalry - Oct. 11
This Big 12 classic is another one of Strong's firsts. Surely the Sooners won't be overlooking the hated 'Horns this time around regardless of the BYU-Texas outcome.
7. Arizona vs. Oregon – Oct. 18
Upset alert! Since Rich Rodriguez headed southwest, he's found comfort in the Pac-12. Mark Helfrich enters his second year as the Ducks head coach, and we're starting to see some cracks in Oregon's armor. Not to mention there was that whole "defeated in Tuscon by 26 points" thing.
6. Florida vs. Georgia – Nov. 1
By this point in the season, we should know just how hot Will Muschamp's seat is. If he's going to cool it down, defeating the Dawgs may be a step in the right direction.
5. Michigan State vs. Ohio State – Nov. 8
Oh, you thought the Wolverines were the only team from Michigan that posed a threat to the Buckeyes? Now that the Spartans share a division with Ohio State, they become a very pesky threat. Fortunately, Ohio State will have the friendly confines of The Shoe. This may very well be the Big Ten East Championship.
4. Nebraska vs. Iowa – Nov. 28
Last year's Heroes Game was nothing if not eventful. Hats were swingin', Pelini was open to being fired and the Hawkeyes stomped Nebraska. At this point in the season, we get to see if the Huskers' head man has finally turned the corner or if four losses is still the standard.
3. Ohio State vs. Michigan – Nov. 29
Of course, I have to include The Game, but not for the reasons you might think. This could be the game that tosses Brady Hoke from the ranks of Michigan Men. The Wolverines have talent but lose a number of contributors that kept them in games last season.
2. Alabama vs. Auburn – Nov. 29
This should be fun. The Iron Bowl's always a treat, but following last year's "Are you serious? That didn't really just happen, did it?" finish, the Crimson Tide will surely be out for blood. Whether or not Gus Malzahn's Tigers can topple Nick Saban's Crimson Tide two times in a row is officially a debate.
1. Army vs. Navy - Dec. 13
Because any red-blooded college football fan watches Army-Navy, that's why.