Aug 21, 2019 6:05 PM

College football's "top-10 can't miss games" for the upcoming season (4-2)

Posted Aug 21, 2019 6:05 PM

By: Dave Collins

Eagle Radio Sports Director


Part III


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 4, 3 and 2 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!



#4 – Ohio State at Michigan

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These teams hate each other. 

History.

Tradition.


They both have strong legitimate shots at being undefeated when they play November 30 in Ann Arbor. It’s one of the biggest rivalries in all of sports. If Jim Harbaugh doesn’t finally beat the Buckeyes will he be fired no matter how good the Wolverines have been this coming season? The winner will be in the Big Ten Championship and a step closer to the New Years Six or College Football Playoff. There’s nothing more needed to spice this one up. 


The Pick: Ohio State makes it 15 wins in the last 16 meetings. Buckeyes 35-29




#3 – Oklahoma vs Texas (Cotton Bowl - Dallas, TX)

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The Red River Shootout is finally a great game again! Growing up in Big 12 country this was a top-three game of the year in the conference before Texas crashed down from great heights following the Vince Young, Colt McCoy eras.


With Texas surging back into a New Year’s Six bowl contender and the Sooners always in that conversation this game feels like it’s destined to be a classic – and the last five regular season games have been decided by a touchdown or less even though OU was highly ranked and Texas the definitive underdog.


Usually the first games of the morning are yawners, but this one always makes and early start in early October an enjoyable way to begin the day of football – it’ll kick at its classic time of 10:00.


And it’s being held in the original Cotton Bowl in Dallas, not Jerry’s World where it went not long ago. This match-up is so good in a traditional college atmosphere, split down the middle with red and burnt orange on natural grass and the open air next to the Texas State Fair.


OU has a relatively easy path to 5-0, Texas has LSU and Oklahoma State before the Shootout. If both are undefeated it will absolutely be a top-five showdown.


The Pick: Sooners 44, Longhorns 40




#2 – LSU at Texas

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Back to the juicy non-conference, early season showdowns to finish out the top-10 countdown with LSU visiting Texas. Both teams begin the season in the top-10 - LSU #6, the Horns #10 - and with tune-ups on the schedule for both in Week 1 they’ll have a get-ready game before this showdown in Austin.


There’s really not a lot of match-up history here just a pair of teams with National Title opportunities that will greatly enhance with a win. LSU is one of my favorite programs in the country…Texas is one that fans either seem to love or hate.


LSU looks more like a complete team than in recent years with a senior quarterback and the always stocked full roster built with several of the best athletes in America. Playmakers.


Texas handled Georgia in the Sugar Bowl last year but lost some really good talent. There’s plenty still there to compete with the SEC, especially with this being a home game and under the evening sky at 5:30 on national TV. The fans will be insanely jacked and the atmosphere second to none that weekend.


The Pick: LSU 24, Texas 17


Check in tomorrow for our #1 Can't Miss Game of the 2019 Season!

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Aug 21, 2019 6:05 PM
College football's "top-10 can't miss games" for the upcoming season (7-5)

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.