October has a great schedule of upcoming games in college football. Many teams have started the in-conference portion of their schedule, key freshmen are contributing and roles have been defined.
Recruits also are starting to schedule their visits, and many like to go on trips on the weekend of a big game. The smart prospects attend the best games to see a program at its peak focus, plus to get the best feel of how intense a game-day atmosphere can be.
The SEC has several different games this month that a recruit would be wise to attend. However, the Pac-12's schedule is also impressive. Toss in a national rivalry game, and it's to see why many recruits are excited to attend many of the upcoming games in October.
LSU has perhaps the best game-day atmosphere in the country, and a recruit would be smart to check out the Tigers at home. This weekend would be ideal, as Florida is coming to Baton Rouge.
New offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has completely overhauled the offense, as LSU is averaging 291.5 yards and 45.5 points per-game, says ESPN. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger throws to receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, who could be the best receiving tandem in the SEC.
This game is also great to see live, as it gives a recruit a great idea of how fast the college game is. Both Florida and LSU have exceptional team-speed, athleticism and quickness.
Plus, the Tigers and Gators go after many of the same prospects, so a recruit considering both schools could kill two birds with one stone by attending this game.
The Rebels have dropped their last two games, so they will be a desperate football team when Texas A&M comes to Oxford this weekend.
Ole Miss' stud freshmen have played well, highlighted by receiver Laquon Treadwell having 24 receptions for 250 yards, and Laremy Tunsil holding his own at left tackle.
Defensive end Robert Nkemdiche will get a chance to rush Heisman Trophy-winning Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel all night. The Aggies will bring their dynamic offense, but the defense has holes for Ole Miss to exploit.
This is great game for recruits to attend.
UCLA will travel to Palo Alto in Week 8 to play Stanford. The Bruins will bring superstar quarterback Brett Hundley, who has thrown for 1,059 yards and nine touchdowns so far this season.
The team from Westwood is also only surrendering 20.3 point-per-game, says ESPN, while Stanford's offense averages almost 40 a contest. If a recruit can't get to Stanford on Nov. 7, when the Cardinal plays Oregon, then this is probably the next best game to attend.
Recruits who didn't get a chance to visit Clemson when it played Georgia missed out on a surreal atmosphere and game. However, they have a second chance this season because the Tigers will host Florida State next weekend.
This game could have both ACC and national title implications. It also figures to show the present and future of quarterbacks in college football, with Tajh Boyd leading Clemson and freshman Jameis Winston piloting Florida State.
This also will see two high-scoring offenses, and two stingy defenses square off.
Anyone who has a chance to visit Notre Dame should take advantage of the opportunity. Whether you are are a fan of the program, a supporter of a visiting team or a recruit.
Now that the Fighting Irish will not be playing Michigan for quite awhile, perhaps the next best game to take in at Notre Dame Stadium is when rival USC comes to South Bend. Recruits would be wise to attend this game on the 19th of October, as the Irish highlight much of their tradition during USC-week.
This has typically been a big recruiting for the Irish, and this year will be no different. John Smith, a 5-star athlete leads a group of visiting prospects that also includes 4-star recruits such as defensive tackle Matt Elam, tight end Tyler Luatua, athlete Michiah Quick and cornerback Nick Watkins, according to 247Sports.
The Aggies are up to their old tricks once again, as scoring has come easy in College Station. Texas A&M has scored at least 42 points in each of its five games, and has a 4-1 record.
Johnny Manziel has a solid chance to win his second Heisman Trophy, as the quarterback has thrown for 1,489 yards and 14 touchdowns. Manziel also has 314 yards rushing, along with three touchdowns, per ESPN.
Auburn has a 4-1 record, including wins over Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Head coach Gus Malzahn has done a great job of installing his hurry-up/no-huddle offense so far this season.
With both programs going after the many of the same recruits, this will be a good weekend to head to College Station.
Tuscaloosa has become a must-see place among college football recruits. Alabama is the nation's premier program, the atmosphere is impressive and the Tide are a well-oiled machine on the field.
This game will be a great test for Alabama, as upstart Tennessee will be excited for the chance to knock off the champs.
Tennessee has had some issues at the quarterback position this season, but this figures to be one of the most interesting matchups in October. Also, Tennessee is 32nd in rushing yards (ESPN), so it will be intriguing to see how the Vols' running game fares against the mighty Alabama defense.
Recruits out West will practically be required to attend this game, as Oregon hosts UCLA on the last Saturday of this month. Many touchdowns will be scored during this contest, which figures to be a back-and-forth tussle.
Oregon boasts quarterback Marcus Mariota, who has scored 21 total touchdowns, according to ESPN, and has his eyes on the Heisman. However, the Ducks' defense will have to deal with Brett Hundley, UCLA's quarterback who also has Heisman hopes.
The Bruins are scoring 48 points-per-game, according to ESPN, while Oregon is averaging 59 points-per-game. Oregon's facilities, crowd noise and uniforms make this game that is sure to draw a long list of recruits.
The Buckeyes will take on the Nittany Lions in a night game on the 26th of this month. Ohio State has a ton of recruits it still is targeting on the trail, and this will be a good game for some of them to see.
Penn State has a budding superstar in freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who has completed 109 passes for 1,367 yards and eight touchdowns. The Nittany Lions are also playing solid defense, as they are giving up just 20.4 points-per-game, according to ESPN.
Ohio State's crowd will be rocking in Columbus, as the atmosphere should be electric.