10 Early Season College Football Games with National Championship Implications

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10 Early Season College Football Games with National Championship Implications
RICHARD SHIRO/Associated Press
Mike Davis and South Carolina will begin the season with a huge early game.

2014’s winter has been long, cold and seemingly unrelenting.

Even though the calendar has officially turned to spring, it doesn’t feel that way in many parts of our fine nation, with early-spring/late-winter storms buffeting the East Coast.

The good news? We’re just over five months away from the opening weekend of the 2014 college football season.

When Texas A&M and South Carolina kick off Aug. 28 at Williams-Brice Stadium, another highly anticipated college football season will lurch into gear.

This season will be more anticipated than any in memory, largely because of the increased possibilities. The controversial, often-lamented Bowl Championship Series is gone, replaced with the new College Football Playoff.

Teams across America will be fighting for one of four playoff spots, doubling the opportunities available to play for a national title under the BCS system.

Early-season games will be as important as ever: A team could afford a loss and perhaps fight its way back into playoff contention by the end of the season, but it isn’t advised. A number of high-profile games will shape the national title conversation. Here are 10 early-season games with national championship implications.

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