One game is all it takes to change a team.
One play can turn doubters into believers.
One season can allow a team to rise from obscurity to greatness.
New head coaches have arrived at storied college football programs and others have departed.
College football produced many upsets, images, and memories last year.
This season will be no different as many high-stake, high-profile games will sweep the country from the beginning of the season until the BCS National Championship Game.
Here are 10 must-see games for the upcoming college football season.
New head coach Jimbo Fisher leads a rejuvenated Florida State team into Norman to face Big 12 power Oklahoma in an early inter-conference battle.
The Seminoles finished last season with a 7-6 record after an inspiring 33-21 victory over West Virginia in the Gator Bowl.
Quarterback Christian Ponder leads the potent Florida State offense to face a Sooner team that is in a foul mood after the disappointment surrounding last season.
Oklahoma finished 8-5 last year after losing Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Sam Bradford to a shoulder injury for the majority of the season.
The Sooners look to bounce back from an injury-riddled season and win the Big 12 Championship for the second time in three years.
This game will also feature a sibling rivalry as FSU's new defensive coordinator Mark Stoops will try to stop the potent offense of Oklahoma and his brother, head coach Bob Stoops.
Penn State head coach Joe Paterno faces Alabama for the first time in 20 years and will have a stiff test against the defending national champion Crimson Tide.
This game will be a hard-nosed, grind-it-out battle between two defenses that ranked in the top 10 in the nation last season.
The Nittany Lions tied Iowa for second in the Big Ten last season posting an impressive 11-2 record, but a late loss to Ohio State dashed any hopes of Penn State capturing the Big Ten crown.
Penn State, led by speedy senior running back Evan Royster, will try to defeat a team that has not lost since January 2009.
Alabama finished last season undefeated on their way to their first national championship since 1992 and will look to overcome their first real test of the season in Penn State.
Look for this game to be a physical battle and will help dictate how successful each team can be in their respective conferences.
Miami quarterback Jacory Harris and the Miami Hurricanes will head to the Horseshoe to face a motivated Buckeye team that is hoping to build on its Rose Bowl win from last season.
Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor leads nine starters that return on the offensive side of the ball and hope to improve its 68th total offense from last year.
An early loss to USC last season strongly diminished the Buckeyes chances of reaching the National Title game, but they stayed motivated and won 10 of their final 11 games including a 26-17 win over Oregon in the Rose Bowl.
The Buckeyes will have to avoid that same result if they want to be considered one of the biggest threats to win the BCS National Championship this year.
Miami hopes to improve its 9-4 mark from last year, but it may not get a win against Ohio State who won the Big Ten for the fifth straight season.
The Hurricanes start a difficult four-game tilt with Ohio State, but Miami can use this game as a gauge to determine how successful the season can be.
Two teams ready to break through in the Big East will prove in their case in the Backyard Brawl, as West Virginia and Pittsburgh clash in which could easily serve as the Big East Championship Game.
The Mountaineers and Panthers had a close game last year, with West Virginia escaping with a 19-16 win.
While both teams are breaking in new quarterbacks, two of the most explosive players in the entire country return to make an impact in the Big East title race.
West Virginia's Noel Devine rushed for 1,465 yards and 13 touchdowns, and Pitt's Dion Lewis ran for 1,799 yards and 17 scores, so both should have outstanding numbers in this contest.
The last three games between Pittsburgh and West Virginia have been decided by a total of 11 points, so another close game should be anticipated.
Whoever wins the latest game in this storied rivalry should have the inside track to the Big East title and a BCS game.
The defending National Champions Alabama face perhaps their toughest test of the last month of the season when they face LSU.
The Tigers, who last won the SEC crown in 2007, hope to become a serious threat to Alabama and Florida who have dominating the conference since.
Three of the Tiger's losses last season came by single digits, so a tough game will be needed by the Crimson Tide to defeat LSU.
The Tigers return six starters on the offensive end, including quarterback Jordan Jefferson, but finished 112th in total offense last season.
They face the suffocating defense of the Crimson Tide who finished second in the nation in points allowed, rushing defense, and total defense. The Tide return only two defensive starters, so Alabama will need to find players to fill numerous voids immediately.
This last road game for Alabama could be the only thing standing between a chance at a second straight national championship. LSU would love nothing more to deny the Tide of that opportunity.
The Buckeyes face their last tough test of the season when they hit the road to face a tough, athletic Iowa squad.
Ohio State has clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title for the past five seasons and hope to clinch a National Championship berth, but will be put to the test by a stifling Hawkeye defense.
Both teams finished last season in the top 10 in the country in total defense, but the play of dual-threat quarterback Terrelle Pryor will likely be the deciding factor.
Despite an average game from Pryor, OSU defeated Iowa last season in a 27-24 overtime win.
A healthy Ricky Stanzi could be paramount to the Hawkeyes' chances. The Iowa quarterback missed last year's game with an ankle injury, but has a couple of playmaking receivers that can keep up with OSU's offense.
This game determined the Big Ten champion last season and could very well do the same this year. The Big Ten title and a BCS bowl game could be at stake.
Nebraska would like to forget the last time they were on the field with the Texas Longhorns.
The Cornhuskers were one second away from winning the Big 12 and sending the BCS National Championship picture into complete chaos when a 46-yard field goal by Texas kicker Hunter Lawrence sent the Longhorns to the title game and Nebraska into disbelief.
The kick gave Texas a 13-12 win over Nebraska, but with sophomore quarterback Garrett Gilbert replacing Colt McCoy, the winningest quarterback in college football history, the Cornhuskers feel they can dethrone the Longhorns for the Big 12 crown.
With the departure of dominant defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to the NFL, Nebraska retains plenty of athleticism as they return seven starters on a defense that ranked first in points allowed (10.4 per game).
The defense may have its hands full with a Texas offense that scored 39.3 points per game last year, good for third in the nation.
This game, played midway through the season, will dictate which Big 12 power has the inside track to a conference title and a BCS bowl game.
Standing in the Broncos' way of a second consecutive perfect season and being in the center of the National Championship discussion are the Virginia Tech Hokies, who are also trying to gain consideration for a national title.
A Boise State win would surpass its two previous Fiesta Bowl victories and be the biggest in the school's history.
The loser of this game will, in all likelihood, be eliminated from the national title picture.
Boise State returns 21 starters, including quarterback Kellen Moore, whose 39 touchdowns helped propel the Broncos to their second undefeated season in the past four years.
Boise's 14th ranked defense will be put to the test by Virginia Tech's primary playmakers, quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who accounted for 18 total touchdowns, and arguably the best running back tandem in college football, Ryan Williams and Darren Evans.
This will be a highly entertaining game with plenty of playmakers capable of taking over the game. Regardless of the winner, shockwaves will be sent throughout college football.
This year's game between Texas and Oklahoma may not have two-time Heisman Trophy finalist Colt McCoy and 2008 Heisman winner Sam Bradford, but the stakes will be just as high.
Texas defeated Oklahoma, who was without an injured Bradford, 16-13, to give Oklahoma their third of five eventual losses and help keep the Longhorns dream of a national title alive.
Oklahoma and Texas have combined to win eight Big 12 Championships in the past decade and are once again the favorites to claim the conference title.
Sophomore quarterback Landry Jones, who filled in for Bradford last year, and dynamic receiver Ryan Broyles, return to lead eight starters from the Oklahoma offense.
Texas' third-ranked defense from last season, including, arguably, the best secondary in the country will attempt to contain the Sooners' big play ability and dictate the pace of the game.
This game between two national powerhouses will dictate who is a front-runner in both the Big 12, but more importantly, for a possible national title.
The two have won the past two SEC Championships and the past two national titles.
But when Florida and Alabama clash in their first regular season contest since 2006, one will have an uphill climb the rest of the year, while the other could be a favorite to play for a national title.
Florida lost one of the greatest players in college football history, two-time National Champion and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, Tim Tebow, to the NFL, but junior quarterback John Brantley will be ready to lead a Gator squad once again stacked with talent.
Florida finished last season ranked in the top 10 in both points scored (35.8) and points allowed (12.4), and will hope to continue to have big play ability on both sides of the ball.
Alabama finished in the top two in the nation in total defense, rushing defense, and points allowed, but are only returning two starters from last year's championship unit.
This could be the first of two meetings this year between Florida and Alabama, but this mid-season game will be paramount if either team wants to play in Glendale, Ariz. for a National Championship.