The opening of the college football season is just a few weeks away and with that comes looking ahead at the first week of games to find the most intriguing match ups. I’ve taken a look at the schedule to help you find the best games on tap for week one.
Clemson vs Georgia (Aug 30th)
Last years game was incredible with Clemson winning 38-35 and this years match up will take place in Athens with an always vocal Georgia crowd. Gone are Tajh Boyd and Aaron Murray but this WILL be one of the best games of the opening weekend.
LSU vs Wisconsin (Aug 30)
Wisconsin will find out early just how good they are with this neutral site game in Houston Texas. LSU lost a lot of talent to the NFL in the last few years but have replaced it with outstanding annual recruiting classes. Highlighted by Leonard Fournette, the nations top freshman RB.
Texas A&M at South Carolina (Thurs. Aug 28th)
Johnny Manziel and Jadaveon Clowney are off to the NFL but this matchup should be interesting none the less. South Carolina has their sites set on a berth in Atlanta and the SEC championship and this might be Steve Spurriers best team in his time at South Carolina. Kevin Sumlin will look to find his QB and improve on the defensive struggles from a year ago. Kevin Sumlins offense is the same and will score in bunches all year. Can they stop anyone?
Penn State vs UCF (Aug 30th)
Set your alarm because this one kicks off early, an estimated 9 a.m. start time due to the game being played in Dublin Ireland. Penn State will try to usher in the James Franklin era with a win and a national audience being the only game on at this time. UCF has a little drama going into the game as it has been rumored that George O’Leary will resign as UCF coach after this game.
Arkansas at Auburn (Aug 30th)
A quality SEC match up with interesting story lines on both sides. Auburn QB Nick Marshall will sit out the opening quarter of the game due to a suspension after an arrest for possession of marijuana earlier this summer. At Arkansas it is year two of the Brett Bielema era and Arkansas fans are ready for improvement after a winless year in the SEC last season.
Boise State vs Ole Miss (Aug 30th)
The Chris Peterson era is over in Boise, in steps Brian Harsin, long time assistant to Peterson. And in true Boise State fashion they open the year with a tough opponent in Ole Miss. Ole Miss returns several young players off of a team that made alot of noise last year. Everything is up in Ole Miss land, including fan expectations. If the Rebels aren’t careful their season could be over before it even starts.
Cal at Northwestern (Aug 30th)
This is my guilty pleasure game. If you love offense this game shouldn’t disappoint. Cal plays and uptempo spread style that always puts up points. Northwestern runs a spread without as much tempo but can put up points in bunches. This actually, from a viewing perspective might be the most entertaining game of the weekend.