College football games to watch in 2014
A primer on the must-see college football games this season.
Aug. 28: Boise State vs. Ole Miss(Credit: AP)
Boise State needs a national win over the SEC’s Ole Miss on Aug. 28 at the Georgia Dome for a boost to earn role of the favorite for a non-Big Five school major bowl berth.
Sept. 6: Michigan State at Oregon(Credit: AP)
Big Ten favorite Michigan State meets Pac-12 favorite Oregon in a mini-Rose Bowl on Sept. 6 that will weigh heavily at the end in picking 4-team playoff.
Sept. 6: Michigan at Notre Dame(Credit: AP)
The last scheduled meeting in the 41-game series between Michigan and Notre Dame on Sept. 6 won't affect the playoffs, but it symbolizes lost rivalries as Irish form alliance with ACC.
Sept. 20: Clemson at Florida State(Credit: AP)
The outcome of this game on Sept. 20 likely will determine Atlantic Division and ultimate ACC champ as Seminoles did last year in 51-14 blowout of Clemson.
Oct. 24: LSU at Auburn(Credit: Getty Images)
The Oct. 4 conference opener for both LSU and Auburn should determine the top challenger to Alabama for the SEC West Division and the inside track to conference title game.
Oct. 11: Oregon at UCLA(Credit: AP)
Oregon’s toughest Pac-12 road game features a Heismanesque QB clash between Marcus Mariota and UCLA’s Brett Hundley on Oct. 11.
Nov. 8: Baylor at Oklahoma(Credit: AP)
Baylor QB Bryce Petty leads the nation's top offense against Oklahoma’s tough defense on Nov. 8 in a key game to decide the Big 12 title.
Nov. 8: Ohio State at Michigan State(Credit: AP)
This Ohio State-Michigan State game on Nov. 8 could decide the Big Ten East.
Nov. 22: USC at UCLA(Credit: AP)
The winner of USC vs. UCLA on Nov. 22 likely takes the Pac-12 South and advances to the conference title game for a spot in the four-team College Football playoff field.
Nov. 29: Rivalry Week(Credit: AP)
A slew of rivalry games on Nov. 29 topped by Auburn at Alabama (the Iron Bowl) in the SEC West shapes the playoff picture for selection committee. Key games include Stanford at UCLA (11/28), Oregon at Oregon State, Florida State at Florida, South Carolina at Clemson, Michigan at Ohio State, Notre Dame at USC and Utah State at Boise State.