ACC: Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech
The ACC wastes no time getting the 2012 conference schedule underway with a Week 1 ACC clash on Monday, September 3. The Yellow Jackets, a pleasant surprise from 2011, will travel to Lane Stadium to take on the defending Coastal Division champs.
Big 12: SMU at Baylor
It might not seem that interesting, but the improving Mustangs against the RG3-less Bears will likely be more interesting than Texas-Wyoming or Oklahoma-UTEP.
Big East: Kentucky at Louisville
This is the only AQ vs. AQ matchup the Big East has in Week 1, so it was a no-brainer.
Big Ten: Boise State at Michigan State
Both teams are in rebuilding mode. It will be interesting to see which one of these upstarts can maintain its winning ways. Boise State has a knack for knocking off AQ programs in their own stadium.
Pac-12: Hawaii at USC
We're all anxious to see just how good USC is going to be in 2012. Hawai'i may not provide the best opposition, but it's far better than trying to judge the Trojans against the likes of Big Ten cellar-dweller Minnesota or some FCS team.
SEC: Michigan vs. Alabama (Arlington, Texas)
We're putting this game under the SEC's headline, because it's arguably bigger for the SEC than the Big Ten. Alabama should be favored, and if Alabama's win is anything less than impressive, it will only serve to highlight a possible chink in the seemingly impenetrable SEC armor.