Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Best Non-Conference Games

Last week, I previewed what I thought were the best conference games of the year. Here is what I think are the best non-conference games in no particular order.

Notre Dame @ Georgia Tech September 2
The Irish will come into Atlanta highly ranked and favored by at least a touchdown. Georgia Tech has made a habit of beating teams when they should not (and losing to teams they should beat) in Chan Gailey’s tenure. The key to the game will be how much of a pass rush Tech can get on Brady Quinn.

South Carolina @ Clemson November 25
Clemson has beaten South Carolina 7 out of the last 8 years including 4 in a row. Spurrier learned last year how a win over a team like Florida can be greatly reduced if you do not beat your in-state rival.

Florida @ Florida St November 25
Last year, the Seminoles took a beating in Gainesville that has not been seen since the 1980’s between these two perennial powers. Florida has not had much success in Gainesville except for a win 2 years ago.

Georgia Tech @ Georgia November 25
They call this game “Clean Old Fashioned Hate” which may be the most accurate rivalry nickname in college football. Many thought last year would be Tech’s year as they were just coming off a win at Miami. If Georgia’s quarterback situation is still unsettled, the Chan Gailey may get that giant Bulldog off his back.

Miami @ Louisville September 16
Two years ago, Louisville gave Miami all they could handle. Florida St fell victim to the Cardinals in Papa John Stadium a few years back.

USC @ Arkansas September 2
Last year, USC looked as if it was playing a high school when they torched the Razorbacks in LA. Arkansas should be better this year and has not forgotten about that game.

Cal @ Tennessee September 2
One of the best games in September, but is being overshadowed by others. The Vols will find out in Week 1 if they are capable of playing with the big boys once again. Cal is many people’s favorite to win the Pac-10.

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