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Thursday, August 21
Updated: August 31, 3:21 PM ET
 
Great games every single week

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The road to the Sugar Bowl is littered with great games. Here are some of the best.

August 23
Cal vs. Kansas State (in the BCA Classic in Kansas City)
Our first chance to check out Ell Roberson, Darren Sproles and K-State. The Wildcats are talented enough to give OU a run for the Big 12 title and, possibly, the Sugar Bowl.

September 6
Oklahoma at Alabama
Forget the Aug. 30 date with South Florida, the Mike Shula era begins here.

Florida at Miami (Fla.)
Lots of fun subplots. Brock Berlin battles the old team. Ron Zook tries to do better this time (after last year's 41-16 whippin'). The Gators try to show they're still, well, the Gators. Also, does Chris Leak get thrown into the fire here as a true freshman?

Maryland at Florida State
If Maryland can leave Tallahassee with a win, the schedule is very favorable and could set them up to be 9-0 heading into back-to-back November showdowns with Virginia and NC State.

September 13
A win in Columbus could put NC State's Philip Rivers in the Heisman mix.
NC State at Ohio State
If Philip Rivers and the Wolfpack come out of Columbus with a victory, it could put Rivers to the top of the Heisman leaderboard and make NC State a serious Sugar Bowl contender.

Arkansas at Texas
'Horns and 'Hogs renew a classic Southwest Conference rivalry. While George Dub-Yah and Slick Willie may not make the game like Nixon did many years ago, it's still a great matchup.

Notre Dame at Michigan
If Michigan QB John Navarre wants to prove he can lead the Wolverines to a national title, he has to start against the Irish, a team he struggled against last season.

September 18
Texas A&M at Virginia Tech
A&M's Reggie McNeal against Tech's Kevin Jones, DeAngelo Hall and -- pause to dream -- Marcus Vick? We'd pay to watch this (but luckily, we don't have to because it's on ESPN's Thursday Night Football).

September 20
Tennessee at Florida
Didn't this used to be the biggest game in the SEC every year? Still, expect the winner to make some noise in the SEC East race.

Colorado at FSU
Gotta say this for the Seminoles -- ain't an ounce of fear in the kids. This kicks off a non-conference schedule of the Buffs, Miami (Fla.), Notre Dame and Florida.

Miami at Boston College
Miami's Big East farewell tour begins in Boston. This should be interesting.

September 27
Notre Dame at Purdue
After losing three in a row to the Irish, a win over ND could only help the Boilermakers -- a sleeper in the conference race -- heading into Big Ten season.

Pittsburgh at Texas A&M
The Panthers could be a surprise team this season. Of course, a win in College Station would probably put the word out pretty quick.

October 4
Darren Sproles
Darren Sproles and K-State are talented enough to run into a BCS bowl.
Kansas State at Texas
Texas better not be looking ahead to the Red River Rivalry or else. K-State is loaded for a championship run and the 'Horns will have their hands full trying to stop Ell Roberson and Darren Sproles.

USC at Arizona State
Arizona State QB Andrew Walter should look familiar to USC. He could be this year's Carson Palmer.

October 11
Oklahoma vs. Texas (in Dallas)
Arguably the best rivalry in the game right now. Can the Longhorns beat the Sooners without Chris Simms? The Sooner defense -- the best in college football and may be as good as some in the NFL -- will be a monster test for Chance Mock.

Kansas State at Oklahoma State
The other game in the Big 12 for the week. Still, two programs with some of the best players in the country go head-to-head with the winner still in the Big 12 race.

Miami at Florida State
If Oklahoma-Texas isn't the best rivalry, this one might be.

Georgia at Tennessee
Suddenly, the Dawgs own the Vols. After losing nine-in-a-row, Georgia has won the past three. If they make it four in a row, pencil the Dawgs in for a repeat trip to Atlanta for the SEC title game.

October 16
Air Force at Colorado State
This isn't a shameless plug for ESPN's Thursday Night game (check your local listings), believe it or not. The Zoomies and the Rams have developed quite a nice, little rivalry lately. With Bradlee Van Pelt and Chance Harridge running the Colorado State and Air Force offenses, respectively, this should be another high-scoring, intense affair.

October 18
Florida State at Virginia
Al Groh says the Seminoles are the champs until someone beats them. Well, now's Groh's and the Cavaliers' chance.

Iowa at Ohio State
Too bad this game wasn't last year. It should be an intense game nonetheless.

USC at Notre Dame
Both USC and ND try to show last year wasn't a fluke. This is a chance for the Irish to rebound from last year's embarrassing 44-13 loss.

Oregon State at Washington
Don't be surprised if this is the game that ultimately decides the Pac-10 title.

October 22
Virginia Tech at West Virginia
Memo to Hokies: Wear your helmets at all times.

October 25
Washington's Reggie Williams may be the nation's best WR.
USC at Washington
Can you say shootout? Washington's Cody Pickett and Reggie Williams may be the best QB-WR combo in the country.

Auburn at LSU
For Auburn to win the national title, it must first win the SEC West. To do that, Auburn must get past LSU.

November 1
Miami at Virginia Tech
The last time the two will meet in the Big East could decide who wins the conference. If that's not enough, try keeping up with the Joneses -- Miami's Sean and Va. Tech's Kevin.

Oklahoma State at Oklahoma
Rashaun Woods and Josh Fields have had a field day against the vaunted Sooner defense the past two years. Think the Sooners are out for a little payback?

Florida State at Notre Dame
Not sure what the T-shirts will say, but we want one.

Florida vs. Georgia (in Jacksonville)
Could the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party be a farewell toast for Ron Zook?

Virginia at NC State
Matt Schaub and Philip Rivers are two of the best QBs in the country. This head-to-head battle could decide the ACC as well as the ACC player of the Year.

November 8
Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh
Virginia Tech shutdown corner DeAngelo Hall vs. Pitt unstoppable WR Larry Fitzgerald. Top that.

Texas at Oklahoma State
Texas shutdown corner Nathan Vasher vs. Oklahoma State unstoppable WR Rashaun Woods. Call it a push?

Tennessee at Miami
Looks like a great game -- on paper. If Vols have rediscovered themselves, it could be a great game on the field as well.

November 13
Virginia at Maryland
Battle for the ACC title?

November 15
NC State at Florida State
If Virginia at Maryland isn't for the ACC crown, then this game might decide it. And it's always fun to watch Chuck Amato vs. Bobby Bowden battle wits.

Auburn at Georgia
A preview of the SEC championship game?

Kansas State at Nebraska
The Wildcats should be closing in on a trip to the Big 12 championship game, but must avoid an 18th consecutive loss in Lincoln to have a shot at New Orleans.

November 22
Chris Perry
If Chris Perry and Michigan get past Ohio State, they may be in the running for the national title.
Ohio State at Michigan
The 100th meeting between the two teams could be one of its best. Well, it could be if Maurice Clarett is still around. And if Chris Gamble isn't in any trouble. And Marlin Jackson is still on the team. Well, you get the idea.

Alabama at Auburn
At least Bama fans know Mike Shula understands how important the Iron Bowl is. Quick note: Bama has won the last two meetings in Auburn.

Maryland at NC State
The ACC is like a royal rumble. Are these the last two standing?

November 28
Nebraska at Colorado and Texas at Texas A&M
Is there a better way to spend the Friday after Thanksgiving?

November 29
Miami at Pittsburgh
Pitt came close to knocking off the 'Canes last year. Can they finish the job this season?

Virginia Tech at Virginia
Kevin Jones against Virginia's athletic group of linebackers will be fun to watch.

Florida State at Florida
It lost a little punch when the ol' ballcoach left for the NFL, but this is still a great rivalry.

December 6
Army vs. Navy It never has any national championship implications, but some things are more important than a crystal football trophy. In this case, bragging rights carry much more weight.












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