Sept 3: Oregon vs. LSU (Arlington, Tx) – This could be it for both teams, especially LSU, which will be without quarterback Jordan Jefferson and linebacker Josh Johns, who were both suspended indefinitely for their alleged participation in an assault.
Sept 3: Boise State at Georgia – This won’t necessarily have national championship implications, but it has huge ramifications for the Mountain West Conference. The BCS is going to evaluate the four-year performances of the non-BCS conferences at the end of the season to see if any of them warrant inclusion in the BCS. The MWC needs a win here.
Sept 10: Alabama at Penn State – Could this be the last hurrah for Joe Paterno? We say that every year. This is a great early test for both squads.
Sept 17: Oklahoma at Florida State – We’ll see in this one if Florida State can live up to the hype. The same goes for Oklahoma, which sits atop both the AP and coaches preseason polls.
Sept 17: Ohio State at Miami – With the prospect of at least eight players, including quarterback Jacory Harris, not available for the Hurricanes, this might not be much of a contest. Then again, Ohio State will be without five starters from last season.
Oct 1: Nebraska at Wisconsin – We haven’t even started year one of Nebraska’s tenure in the Big Ten and already they have been crowed. Wisconsin’s hopes at a BCS bid could hinge on this one.
Oct 29: Stanford at USC – Even a watered down USC could give the Cardinal some trouble. This will be Andrew Luck’s first real test of the season. USC is playing this one for pride.
Nov 5: Texas A&M at Oklahoma – Other than Florida State, this could be the only real test the Sooners face in the regular season.
Nov 12: Oregon at Stanford – Assuming Stanford gets past USC, this game will be for all the PAC-12 marbles and maybe even a shot at the national championship.
Nov 12: Florida at South Carolina – A win for the Gamecocks keeps them in the driver’s seat for everything, including a shot at the national title. Florida needs to prove its dry spell is only a short one.
Nove 12: TCU at Boise State – It’s a shame these two have to play each other in the regular season. The loser (assuming Boise State beats Georgia) is out of the national championship conversation and is likely out of the BCS race, too.