Sometimes the most exciting games are the ones played in between teams from different conferences.
The lack of familiarity, the differences in style or sometimes just the geographical proximity to one another sets up great games. Its why we love the Bowl games at the end of the year, consider these five games your appetizer to that.
5) #16 Oklahoma @ #11 Notre Dame – September 28th
- The game that made ND look like real national contenders last year was this game last year. ND went into Oklahoma and shut them down. Both teams are likely in a bit of transition this year but it should nonetheless be a renewal of a great matchup.
4) #12 Florida St. @ #10 Florida – November 30th
- Two top-10 teams from the same state playing on the last week of the regular season. This game could potentially have large impacts on both teams depending on how they have performed throughout the season. This historically has been a great game to watch, and one or both teams have been in contention for their conference title.
3) #11 Notre Dame @ #17 Michigan – September 7th
- Nothing spells history like these two rivals. This will be the last time ND goes to the Big House in the foreseeable future. This has led Michigan Coach Brady Hoke to call ND chickens for not renewing the rivalry once ND makes the jump to the ACC schedule. This game will also likely highlight week 2 of the season assuming that both teams win their openers.
2) #11 Notre Dame @ #4 Stanford – November 30th
- Remember how Notre Dame went to the national title game? Well it included some heart stopping wins, including one against the Pac-12 champions. Last year Stanford fell literally less than an inch short of winning the game in South Bend. Stepfan Taylor could not wiggle his way over the goal line though. We assume that ND will still have a solid run defense and an improving offense. The only down side to this game is that it comes so late in the season which may lessen the importance or impact of the game, then again if both teams live up to expectations then it could be for a spot in a BCS bowl.
1) #5 Georgia @ #8 Clemson – August 31st 8:00 pm
- This game may not have the household names of Alabama, Oregon, LSU, Notre Dame or USC but it does have two top 10-teams. Tajh Boyd (Clemson QB) is a potential Heisman finalist. He had an impressive year last year and is looking to impress scouts on the national stage (an opportunity one does not get very often in the ACC). He will be going against Aaron Murray, another Heisman hopeful that has been to 2 straight SEC championship games. Another reason I can’t wait for this game … it’s only 3 weeks away!