Aug 19, 2019 5:50 PM

College football's "top-10 can't miss games" for the upcoming season (10-8)

Posted Aug 19, 2019 5:50 PM

By: Dave Collins

Eagle Radio Sports Director

Leading up to kickoff this weekend of the college football season I thought it'd be fun to scope out the national Division I schedule and find the games that we just can't miss watching this fall! Rivalries, non-traditional match-ups of great powers, games with huge implications.....this top-10 has it all and today is games 10, 9 and 8 leading up to my #1 can't miss game of the year later this week. Get primed for kickoff Saturday, it's finally going to be here!

#10 – Notre Dame at Georgia


Early season non-conference games between huge powerful programs are ones I get really excited about. Georgia is on a rise similar to Alabama and Clemson, a program that could be next in line behind that pair to win several National Championships under Kirby Smart.  

Notre Dame of course, is Notre Dame. A huge national fan base, plenty of tradition and a really good football team in four of the last five years.

Both teams are loaded this year and could make a run to the College Football Playoff. They’ll both be undefeated with a few games under their belt when they play September 21st in Athens.

Two years ago it was a great game in South Bend with #15 Georgia prevailing over the #24 Irish 20-19 and this year both teams will be ranked higher when they play. 

Tickets were priced as high as the mid-$500’s for the “cheap seats” this summer and Sanford Stadium will be crazy. I hope this game is under the lights but I’m guessing an afternoon kickoff will be in order for TV purposes.

The Pick: Georgia 24, Notre Dame 14

#9 – Oregon vs Auburn (Dallas, TX)


A non-conference match-up between the PAC-12 and SEC with potential playoff implications is my ninth most anticipated game of the season. It’s a rematch of the 2011 BCS National Championship Game won by the Tigers 22-19.

Oregon is my sleeper pick to make the College Football Playoff. I don’t have them actually in the final four at this point (Monday), but that could change later this week and if I had to choose a dark horse the Ducks are it. But, they’ve got to survive some big road game landmines on the schedule including this showdown.

Auburn upset #6 Washington in the opener last year and this year’s game pits the #11 Ducks against the #16 Tigers in the pre-season AP poll. Kickoff is at 5:30.

Auburn brings back an all-senior offensive line but is expected to start a freshman QB. The Ducks have the potential #1 NFL Draft pick next year taking snaps in Justin Herbert.

The Pick: Oregon 31, Auburn 24

#8 – Ohio State at Nebraska


Is it a Big Ten Championship Game preview in Lincoln September 28?

If you read the national hype the Huskers are the trendy pick to win the West and face either the Buckeyes or Michigan. Ohio State takes the field under first-year Head Coach Ryan Day while Scott Frost will certainly have a better team in year two after threshing out the issues from the program he took over.

Ohio State is always roster-loaded. The Huskers have a lot of really good pieces including a potential Heisman candidate in QB Taylor Martinez, plus Coach Frost will always get maximum output from the guys who are buying in as this roster continues to evolve in his second season.

I’m hoping this one gets scheduled under the lights at Memorial Stadium. I was in the stands for the 2011 Husker comeback to beat the Buckeyes and it was an incredible scene. This year has the potential to top that chilly, rainy night with Nebraska trying to re-establish itself as a national power and Ohio State going through transition from Urban Meyer.

The Pick: They'll be partying in the Haymarket after this one, Nebraska 20, Ohio State 17

Check back on Tuesday for games 7-6-5 in the top-10 can't miss countdown!

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Aug 19, 2019 5:50 PM
Rockies win fourth straight, sweep Marlins on 10th inning walk-off hit

DENVER (AP) — Garrett Hampson didn't think about being a hero. He only wanted to hit a ball deep enough to score Yonathan Daza from third.

His approach paid off and kept Colorado's faint playoff hopes alive.

Hampson hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 10th inning, and the Rockies rallied to beat the Miami Marlins 7-6 on Sunday, completing a three-game sweep.

Nolan Arenado homered twice for Colorado, which has won four straight and swept a series for the first time since June 18-20. It took a wild finish in which the lead changed three times after the seventh inning.

"It's not an easy thing to do in this game, so it felt good to do it," Arenado said of the sweep. "I don't know if we're in it or out of it, we just have to focus on ourselves and win ballgames."

The Rockies loaded the bases with no outs in the 10th against Jeff Brigham (2-2). Daza had an infield single, Raimel Tapia reached when his grounder got past Isan Díaz — the second baseman's second error of the game — and Ryan McMahon singled.

The Marlins brought right fielder Brian Anderson into the infield, leaving two outfielders. Brigham struck out Ian Desmond before Hampson lifted a 1-0 breaking ball to left to score Daza.

"I was hoping it was going to be deep enough and then I looked out there and there was nobody out there," Hampson said. "Got the job done. It's what you play for. It's what you want to do."

Arenado gave the Rockies a 4-3 lead in eighth inning with his 30th home run of the season, a two-run shot off of reliever Austin Brice. Colorado's Wade Davis, who moved back into the closer's role he lost to Scott Oberg two weeks ago, started the ninth by walking Jorge Alfaro. Lewis Brinson doubled and Neil Walker singled to tie it.

Carlos Estévez came on and allowed a sacrifice fly and Brian Anderson's double, which gave Miami a 6-4 lead. But Díaz couldn't field a grounder cleanly in the bottom of the inning, helping the Rockies tie it against Ryne Stanek.

Charlie Blackmon's RBI single and a sacrifice fly by Trevor Story sent the game to extra innings.

"Obviously I was just trying to get an out," said Díaz, who was playing in his 13th game since being called up from the minors. "I was a little too quick to the ball, a little too fast. The thing is to catch the ball first. I didn't do it."

Miami manager Don Mattingly said the rookie learned a tough lesson.

"We'll make sure we talk with him," he said. "It is something I think that'll help him. You don't want to have that lesson. I've learned that lesson the same way. It's not an easy one to swallow, but you do come out on the other side of it."

Blackmon hit his 26th homer in the sixth to cut the Marlins' lead to 3-2.

Harold Ramírez had three hits and two RBIs to help put the Marlins ahead. Starter Jordan Yamamoto struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings.