By RantSports Staff on August 26, 2014
Florida State enters the season with a huge target on its back. After all, the Seminoles won the final BCS title game, and enter the year with the No. 1 ranking. FSU is just one of many teams that have an intriguing matchup in the first week of the 2014-15 college football season.
With that, we look at the 10 can’t-miss games of the opening week.
An upset of Auburn would be huge for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Not only is Arkansas playing on the road, but it also did not win a single game in the SEC in 2013. Still, this is two SEC teams battling it out in the first weekend. Not to mention, it will be interesting to see how the Tigers look after losing the championship game last year.
I am sure Michigan fans remember Appalachian State — for all the wrong reasons. It wasn’t too long ago when Appalachian State knocked off No. 5 Michigan … at the Big House. A win this time around wouldn't be as big of an upset, but it would still be just as surprising. Time to see if lighting strikes twice.
With the new College Football Playoff in place, it would be really hard to see a mid-major like Boise State making the playoff, but it certainly is not impossible. Ole Miss enters the season with SEC championship game on its mind, but the Broncos look to get back in the national spotlight with an upset right off the bat.
Penn State looks to get back on track in the Big Ten this year, but it will play a very talented UCF team in Week 1. The Knights no longer have QB Blake Bortles, but they still have the talent to pull off this upset, if you will. For what it’s worth, UCF beat the Nittany Lions, 34-31, last season.
West Virginia has seen better days, but this is still an intriguing matchup to say the least. If the Mountaineers can get to QB Jake Coker, or whoever is starting for the Crimson Tide, early and often, an upset is certainly not out of the question. With that said, Alabama is expected to challenge for a title.
Both teams are coming off of great seasons, but Florida State enters the year by being ranked No. 1 in the country. Oklahoma State isn’t even ranked. Still, the Cowboys have the talent to pull off the upset. The only problem is the Seminoles are arguably the most complete team in the nation, and Oklahoma State has a lot of turnover to deal with.
Okay, so this game is technically next week, but it will be a good watch nonetheless. Louisville loses QB Teddy Bridgewater, head coach Charlie strong and will be playing in the ACC in 2014. Miami enters the season way under-the-radar. The victor in this one will be off to a great start, and could possibly challenge Florida State for a conference title — maybe.
Texas A&M no longer has Johnny Manziel, and South Carolina could realistically win the SEC this year. Oh yeah, the game is also played at home for the Gamecocks. This is still a top 25 matchup between two SEC teams. What a great way to open up the college football season.
The winner of this contest could realistically make the first College Football Playoff. The loser’s hopes of doing so could be crushed. Last season, the two teams battled it out to the tune of a 38-35 score in the Tigers’ favor.
This may not be the highest-scoring game of the weekend, but it still has a lot on the line. Not only do both teams have enough talent to compete for their conference titles, but both teams have the talent to compete for a championship. Taking one game at a time, this matchup will be crucial for both teams. If the Badgers can pull off the victory, they have a very favorable schedule the rest of the way.
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