The 2008 Dream Tour: College Football's Games of the Week
Wouldn't it be nice to be Chris, Kirk, or Lee on College Gameday? Each week, you find yourself at the arguably the best college football game of the week... and get paid for it, on top of that!
Too bad every other red-blooded male football fan wants to be them, too, leaving a .00001% chance anyone reading this ever reaches that position.
So, here's the next best thing: This is my list - our list - of a game each week of the season that we'd give anything to attend. It doesn't take into account any expenses whatsoever -- plain and simple, it's all about the football.
Week 1: Alabama vs. #6 Clemson @ Georgia Dome
What better way to kick off the 2008 college football season than this. Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide take on the consistently inconsistent Clemson Tigers, who once again come into a season with high expectations.
Bama is 17-2 in season openers, but has to deal with the Tiger trifecta of QB Cullen Harper and RBs James Davis and C.J. Spiller
Week 2: Miami @ #5 Florida
Tim Tebow and co. try to re-write recent Florida history against the Canes, who have won 6 straight against the Gators.
This starts a stretch of four tough games for Miami, who go on to play at Texas A&M and home against North Carolina and Florida State.
Week 3: #2 Ohio State @ #4 USC
Easiest pick of the season, hands down. An interesting fact: Since 1991, the Buckeyes are 11-2 vs the Pac 10, including bowl games.
Week 4: #1 Georgia @ @15 Arizona State
Hardest pick of the season, hands down. A week with a handful of marquee games, Georgia heading out to Tempe, Arizona takes the cake because of the relevance for both teams.
A Georgia win, assuming they beat South Carolina on the road the week before, gives them all the confidence in the world heading into the meat of the SEC schedule. A Sun Devils win could put them on top of USC in the Pac 10, if the Buckeyes knock off the Trojans in week three.
Week 5: #20 Virginia Tech @ Nebraska
What better opportunity for new Cornhusker coach Bo Pelini to rally his troops in Lincoln than to start the season 5-0, with a win against a Top 25 team?
In the last 21 years, Nebraska has a 20-1 record in its final non-conference games.
Week 6: #2 Ohio State @ #16 Wisconsin
Remember last year, in Columbus? The Badgers lead OSU 17-10 in the third quarter, despite not having RB P.J. Hill in the lineup.
Could Wisconsin seal the deal this year, shaking up the Big Ten in the process?
Week 7: #11 Texas @ #3 Oklahoma @ Cotton Bowl
The annual Red River Rivalry takes on a new dimension this year, with the Longhorns coming in largely under-looked.
Can Colt McCoy rebound from his sophomore slump and help get Texas past Sam Bradford, DeMarco Murray and the Sooners, and in the process gain control of the Big 12 South?
Week 8: #17 Kansas @ #3 Oklahoma
Oklahoma gets the nod again, for the second straight week, but for a different reason. Kansas went through all of last season without playing the meat of the Big 12 South.
This year they get OU, Texas, and Texas Tech. We'll see just how good Mangino's group really is.
Week 9: #10 Auburn @ #7 West Virginia
This Thursday night game could be the only thing standing between West Virginia and an undefeated season.
Auburn, on the other hand, could be in must-win mode after facing LSU, Tennessee, and Arkansas three of the previous four weeks.
Week 10: #11 Texas @ #8 Texas Tech
In a game that could send a message to the rest of the country, Texas Tech has a chance to beat Texas at home and cement themselves as true Big 12 contenders.
Meanwhile, Texas could very easily come into this game losers of 2 out of its last 3 games and in complete panic mode.
Week 11: California @ #4 USC
You can almost always throw out the rankings and records when these two get together. Coming off a homecoming game against Washington, and a week before a revenge game against Stanford, Cal could be in a perfect position to surprise the Trojans at home.
Week 12: #1 Georgia @ #10 Auburn
If Georgia makes it this far unscathed, and that's a BIG if, the atmosphere at Jordan-Hare Stadium will be one for the ages.
Auburn and Georgia Tech would be all that stand between the Bulldogs and a chance to play for the SEC title, and possibly a berth in the BCS Championship game.
Week 13: Michigan @ #2 Ohio State
Easily one of the best rivalries in sport, Ohio State Michigan gets a shot of new blood this year thanks to top recruit Terrelle Pryor, who chose OSU over the Wolverines a few months ago.
Rich Rodriguez, nothing you could do would endear you more to the Maize and Blue supporters than to go into "The Shoe" and upset the Buckeyes.
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