Aug 20, 2019 6:05 PM

College football's "top-10 can't miss games" for the upcoming season (7-5)

Posted Aug 20, 2019 6:05 PM

By: Dave Collins

Eagle Radio Sports Director


Part II


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 7, 6 and 5 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!


#7 – Miami vs Florida

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The season opener on Saturday night, August 24 pits two huge rivals from the most talent-rich state in the country. Both teams have rosters and expectations to compete for their respective division titles, putting them in place for an ACC and SEC championship, which would lead to a potential New Year’s Six bowl.


Throw Florida State in the mix and anytime a combination of those three teams meets it’s also a battle of players who faced each other in high school or were on the same team, adding fuel to the rivalry. Any game featuring a combo of the trio has been a favorite of mine since I was a little kid and they’ve produced some epic games, comebacks and finishes.


With a Saturday night kickoff the fans will be juiced. The only downside is the game isn’t in The Swamp. Miami doesn’t have an on-campus stadium and this one will be played in Orlando at Camping World Stadium. It'll still be solid, and heck, it's the season opener!


The Pick: Gators 21, Canes 20



#6 – LSU at Alabama


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Two National Title contenders will meet November 9 in Tuscaloosa. It’s become an annual top-15 match-up, and seven times in the past five seasons either Bama, LSU or both have been in the top-4. Come opening weekend the Tide are #2 and the Tigers are #6 in the AP poll.


The games haven’t lived up to greatness every year however, but this one feels different. Bama is still rolling, but not as fast with the rise of Clemson exposing cracks in the Tide armor. LSU is expecting a huge season and might finally have the offense to score more than 16 points, the most the Tide’s defense has allowed the Tigers since 2014, including two shutouts.


Bama has the easier road to staying unbeaten by the time this one comes in November, whereas LSU has to get by a game at Texas and three tricky SEC games right before this showdown.


The Pick: Tide 23, Tigers 21



#5 – Army at Michigan

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Whoa? Who saw this one coming in the top-10 most anticipated games of the season? 


The huge upset, everyone loves to see it....until it happens to your team. This one here would go down in the minds of college football traditionalists as a huge upset by name, but in reality it shouldn’t be a huge surprise.


Army is a throwback to the old school days of running the football as a priority, and almost exclusively. In the past seven seasons the Knights have averaged less than 100 yards a game in the air, and just 28 yards a game two seasons ago. They’ll grind out over 300 consistently though, wear you down and keep the ball out of your hands with a punishing rushing attack.


Michigan is a trendy College Football Playoff pick. Both teams have a lot of strength defensively, but Michigan’s is in the defensive backfield, which won’t be a huge factor seeing as Army's strength is on the ground.


Appalachian State where you at? Colorado’s Miracle in Michigan. Big stunners in the Big House have happened before. Will it happen again? 


Army lost in overtime at #5 Oklahoma last year so they're spotlight-experienced for another big showdown.


The Pick: Michigan 20, Army 19 - OT Knights go for two and the win but come up short on the one yard line in OT.

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Aug 20, 2019 6:05 PM
College football's "top-10 can't miss games" for the upcoming season (10-8)

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

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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)

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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

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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!