College Football’s Top 100 Games for 2014

The 2014 College Football season is just 100 short days away. Because I love college football more than most things in this world, I took it upon myself to put together a list of the Top 100 games for 2014-in honor of the season being 100 days away. Enjoy!

(Disclaimer: I got a little excited putting this list together that I went a few games over 100. You’re welcome.)

WEEK 1

Wednesday August 27th

Abilene Christian @ Georgia State-7pm ESPNU: Wednesday Night Sun Belt Football on opening week? Heck yes.

Thursday August 28th

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Texas A&M at South Carolina-6pm, SEC Network: SEC Network gets college football’s opening game for 2014. No more Connor Shaw or Johnny Football here, but the opening Thursday night game in Williams-Brice is always fun.

Boise State vs Ole Miss-8pm, ESPN

Temple at Vanderbilt-9pm, SEC Network

Friday August 29th

BYU @ Connecticut

Saturday August 30th

Penn State vs UCF-8:30am ESPN2 (Dublin, Ireland)-You guys. Live College Football. AT 8:30AM!!! #TurnUp

App State @ Michigan- Just gonna to leave this here


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UCLA @ Virginia: PAC-12 and playoff favorite UCLA gets a roadtrip to UVA to open 2014. Yeah, the Cavs finished 2-10 last season, but opening on the road is different—I don’t care how good you are.

Clemson at Georgia-This matchup doesn’t feature the high flying quarterbacks as last year’s game, but Georgia certainly has revenge on its mind after the 38-35 loss in Death Valley a year ago.

Alabama vs West Virginia-3:30, ESPN2 (Atlanta, GA)

Arkansas @ Auburn-4pm, SEC Network: The defending SEC Champions open the season with a conference divisional opponent.

Florida State vs Oklahoma State-8pm, ABC (Arlington, TX)

LSU vs Wisconsin-9pm, ESPN (Houston, TX)

Monday September 1st

Miami @ Louisville-8pm, ESPN-Miami opens 2014 with a rematch of the team that beat them handily 36-9 in last year’s Russell Athletic Bowl.

WEEK 2

Friday, September 5th

Pittsburgh @ Boston College-7pm, ESPN

Saturday, September 6th

FAU @ Alabama- 12pm, SEC Network: Only reason I put this game was I’m legitimately concerned it could end up being 73-0. Yikes.

BYU @ Texas

Virginia Tech @ Oklahoma State 

Ole Miss @ Vanderbilt 

Michigan State @ Oregon: Heisman favorite Marcus Mariota vs Michigan State’s nasty secondary? Yes please. 

USC @ Stanford

Ole Miss @ Vanderbilt

Michigan @ Notre Dame-7:30, NBC: Because I’ll never forget this 2011 drive by UM’s Denard Robinson, so I put it here for your enjoyment. (Start at :09 in.)


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Week 3

 Saturday September 13th

UCF @ Missouri- 12pm, SEC Network: The defending Fiesta Bowl Champs travel up to Columbia to face the defending SEC East Champs. Can the Knights prove they are a playoff candidate even without Blake Bortles?

Kansas @ Duke: Sadly, this isn’t a basketball game.

Tennessee @ Oklahoma: Big-12 vs SEC games scream “FUN”. But hey, that’s just me.

UCLA @ Texas: You’ll see a lot of UCLA’s games on here-that’s because pretty much every game they play this season is important if they want a playoff bid.

Georgia @ South Carolina: Two SEC East favorites clash early this season.

Arkansas @ Texas Tech: Two words: Kliff Kingsbury.

Kentucky @ Florida- 7:30, SEC Network: Florida gets back-to-back SEC Network games getting Kentucky at home.

 

Week 4

Thursday, September 18th

Auburn @ Kansas State: Keep in mind that with the playoff system in place this season, every game is important. Could the Tigers lose this game and still come out as SEC Champs? Yes, but that doesn’t guarantee them a spot in the playoff. That is determined by the 13 members of the College Football Playoff Committee.

 Saturday, September 20th

Clemson @ Florida State

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Florida @ Alabama: Florida gets a huge road test early this season.

Miami @ Nebraska-8pm, ABC: Anyone who was around “The U” in the 80’s knows the significance of this matchup.

Week 5

Thursday September 25th

Texas Tech @ Oklahoma State: It was a Thursday night game that gave Kingsbury an E! News interview. Because you know, “E! News: The Worldwide Leader in Sports”.

 Saturday September 27th

Tennessee @ Georgia: Let’s see if this game can top 2013’s overtime thriller.

Stanford @ Washington 

Arkansas vs Texas A&M (Arlington, TX): Having this a neutral-site game in Jerry World makes it 10x more fun. 

Missouri @ South Carolina: South Carolina rallied back from a 17-point deficit to beat Mizzou in double overtime last year.


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Week 6

Friday, October 3rd

Louisville @ Syracuse-7pm, ESPN

Saturday, October 4th

Florida @ Tennessee: Don’t sleep on the Vols in this matchup-they play like a whole different team in Knoxville.

LSU @ Auburn: LSU handed Auburn its only loss in the regular season before reaching the National Title game.

Baylor @ Texas

Stanford @ Notre Dame- 3:30, NBC

Nebraska @ Michigan State- 8pm, ABC

Week 7

Georgia @ Missouri

Oregon @ UCLA: This is the best PAC-12 matchup this season by far.

Alabama @ Arkansas

Texas vs Oklahoma

LSU @ Florida: Even though Florida is coming off of a 4-8 season, this rivalry remains huge.

Louisville @ Clemson 

Penn State @ Michigan-7pm, ESPN 

Week 8

Notre Dame @ FSU

Missouri @ Florida: Depending on where everyone stands, this is a pivotal SEC East matchup.

UCLA @ Cal 

USP NCAA FOOTBALL: ALABAMA AT TEXAS A&M S FBC USA TX

Texas A&M @ Alabama: No Johnny Football or AJ McCarron anymore, but this has become a true rivalry the last two seasons. 

Week 9

Thursday, October 23rd

Miami @ Virginia Tech- 7:30pm, ESPN 

Friday, October 24th 

Oregon @ Cal: Something about this Friday night game whispers “trap” to me for the Ducks.

Saturday, October 24th 

Ole Miss @ LSU 

Michigan @ Michigan State

South Carolina @ Auburn 

Alabama @ Tennessee: Bama gets its annual cross-divisional opponent late in the season.

Ohio State @ Penn State: Could first year head coach James Franklin upset the Buckeyes in Happy Valley? If he does, who knows what kind of sad post-game meal Urban will have afterwards.

Week 10

Thursday, October 30th 

Florida State @ Louisville: This would’ve easily been FSU’s toughest game on their schedule-had it not been for the bye the ‘Noles get conveniently the week before. The Cardinals are Bridgewater and Charlie Strong-less, but a home crowd could give them the spark they need to pull off the upset.

Saturday, November 1st

Auburn @ Ole Miss

Florida vs Georgia- 3:30, CBS

Tennessee @ South Carolina 

Texas @ Texas Tech

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Stanford @ Oregon: Stanford spoiled my hopes for an Oregon national title bid last season. This game could give Mariota a platform to seal a Heisman victory.

Week 11

Saturday, November 8th

Baylor @ Oklahoma

Alabama @ LSU 

Florida vs Vanderbilt: Last season marked Vandy’s first road win in Gainesville since 1945. If Florida somehow winds up losing in Nashville, the wheels will officially fall off at Florida.

Texas A&M @ Auburn: Auburn’s 45-41 win at Kyle Field last year is what sparked their unbelievable National Title run.

Ohio State @ Michigan State: A rematch of last year’s Big 10 championship, in which Sparty handed the Buckeyes their first loss in 24 games, and spoiled their chances for a trip to Pasadena. Turn. Up.

Week 12

Wednesday, November 12th

Kent State @ Bowling Green: #MACtion y’all!

Thursday, November 13th

Cal @ USC

Saturday, November 15th

Nebraska @ Wisconsin 

Northwestern @ Notre Dame 

Missouri @ Texas A&M 

Auburn @ Georgia: Has the potential to be one one of the most exciting offensive matchups in the SEC all year. 

South Carolina @ Florida: Spurrier returns to The Swamp after the 42-11 rout the Gamecocks suffered in 2012.

Oklahoma @ Texas Tech 

Florida State @ Miami: Could Miami pull off the upset at home? Probably not, but we can dream.

Week 13

Thursday, November 20th

North Carolina @ Duke: Don’t be surprised if this game decides the ACC Coastal title.

Saturday, November 22nd

Vanderbilt @ Mississippi State 

Louisville @ Notre Dame 

Missouri @ Tennessee

Week 14: Rivalry Week

Thursday, November 27th

LSU @ Texas A&M

TCU @ Texas

Friday, November 28th  

Stanford @ UCLA

Virginia @ Virginia Tech 

UCF @ South Florida

Saturday, November 29th

Notre Dame @ USC 

South Carolina @ Clemson: The Tigers have lost five straight to the Gamecocks. Could Spurrier do it again for a sixth straight year?

Michigan @ Ohio State

Baylor @ Texas Tech

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Florida @ FSU: Florida could get a chance to spoil the ‘Noles playoff hopes with an upset victory in Tallahassee…but I’ve already put an L for Florida next to that one. Sorry folks.

 

Iron Bowl

Auburn @ Alabama: Everything I could say about last year can be summed up below.


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Week 15

Saturday, December 6th

Oklahoma State @ Oklahoma

SEC Championship 

PAC 12 Conference Championship 

ACC Conference Championship 

Big 10 Conference Championship 

Morgan Moriarty is a third year Telecommunications major at the University of Florida. She covers college football and recruiting for Florida Sports Talk Radio/NBC Sports. She is the lead recruiting reporter for The Alligator, and contributes for OurTwoBits.com. She is also on the University of Florida Women’s Club Water Polo Team. Her wedding song will without a doubt be the College Game Day theme music. After getting her undergrad at UF, she hopes to have a career in sports broadcasting. Find her on Twitter: @Morgan_Moriarty

 

 

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