Circle the Dates: Weekly Look at the Most Loaded BCS Games on 2011 CFB Schedule
The college football season may be seven months away, but that has not stopped fans from already being pumped up for the new season.
In a sport where literally every game matters, this slide-show will identify one game a week that matters the most when it comes to the BCS picture.
I tried to stay away from repeating teams too much, and instead tried to include their single biggest game.
Feel free to comment below with what games your most looking forward to.
September 3- LSU Vs. Oregon
The college football season will kick off with one of the best games of the entire year, when LSU and Oregon meet in Dallas.
This game is crucial for both teams, because a loss for either will make it very difficult for them to go through their entire division undefeated and make a BCS bowl.
Both will be top five teams come September, and a win here will not only give the team great confidence but will also be very impressive to the voters in the poll.
September 10- Missouri Vs. Arizona State
A lot of people think that Arizona State will make a lot of noise in the Pac 10 this year, and if they want to be treated like BCS contenders this game against Missouri will be a must win.
On the other side of the ball, Missouri upset then number one Oklahoma last year, and has the ability to be just as good this year.
An early season non-conference match-up between these two teams will give them both a test to see just how good they are right out of the gates.
September 17- Oklahoma Vs. Florida State
Oklahoma, who will probably be ranked number one at the time of this game, will travel to Tallahassee to take on the number one recruiting class and the Florida State Seminoles.
If Florida State wants to make it to the National Championship, this is a must win game for them as it is their best chance to show how good they are.
An Oklahoma road win here will look very impressive, as Florida State should be ranked top 10 at the time also.
September 24- Oklahoma St. Vs. Texas A&M
An early season Big 12 clash between two top 10 teams could be the biggest game of the year for each team even though big dog Oklahoma stands in the way.
The winner of this game will probably be considered the best contender to beat out Oklahoma for the BCS bid, while the loser will most likely be sitting at home come BCS time.
College Station is not an easy place to play, but Oklahoma State put up numbers in bunches last year.
October 1- Auburn Vs. South Carolina
What should be a good early season test to see where both teams stand in the SEC, the defending National Champions will take on everyone's choice to win the SEC east.
If Auburn wants to have any chance of repeating as National Champions, this will be one of the first hurdles they will have to get over.
South Carolina may be the surprise best team in the SEC, and this would be a must win if they want to find themselves playing for the National Championship.
October 8- Ohio State Vs. Nebraska
Nebraska will be able to test themselves against arguably the best team in the Big Ten in early October, when they welcome Ohio State.
Nebraska ended up slipping up last year, but could still be a contender this year and many people are picking them to win the Legends division.
This should be the first game that all of the Ohio State players who were suspended return, and if they have made it through that stretch undefeated then this will be a huge game for them moving forward.
October 15- Florida Vs. Auburn
Two teams that probably wont be in the top 10 when they meet will probably be battling it out for a spot in the top 10 and a chance to move up in the SEC.
Florida will be without coach Urban Meyer, which will take some time to get used to, but their fans will want the team to produce wins right away.
Auburn will be without college star Cam Newton, but will still be expected to compete for a BCS game.
October 22- Wisconsin Vs. Michigan State
These two teams both shared the Big Ten title last year, and are sure to want to prove who is better when they meet in late October.
The Big Ten is a jumbled mess behind Ohio State, and both of these teams will want to rise out of the mess and give themselves a chance to go to a BCS bowl.
Whoever wins this game will have the inside rail for the rest of the season, and the best chance of making the Big Ten Championship Game.
October 29- Stanford Vs. USC
This will be one of the biggest games of the year in the Pac 10, when it places a traditional power against a team that many people think may be the best chance of a team going undefeated in the Pac 10 next year.
USC will probably not even be ranked at this point, but that will not stop the Trojans from putting up a big fight against Stanford.
Andrew Luck will need to be near perfect if he wants to win here, and maintain any chance of Stanford making the BCS National Championship.
November 5- South Carolina Vs. Arkansas
Two teams that could very well both still be ranked in the top 10 come November of next season will have a chance to knock off another roadblock in their way to SEC dominance.
This game is probably a lot more important for Arkansas than South Carolina because Arkansas plays in the tougher half of the division.
South Carolina will still need to win this game if they want National Championship consideration, but to make the SEC championship they may be able to get by with a loss.
November 12- Texas Vs. Missouri
Texas had a disappointing season last year, but looks to almost be back to the level they were at a few years back.
This late into the season both teams will be fighting for their Big 12 Championship lives, and this game will be a must win for them.
In a conference that is pretty stacked with great teams, this game could help a team to the Big 12 Championship, and from there to a National Championship.
November 19- Mississippi State Vs. Arkansas
The state of the SEC is going to be a mess these final two weeks, with some of the biggest match-ups moving teams all over the standings.
Mississippi State is a team that not many people are giving credit too, but could knock off some of the big dogs in the SEC.
Arkansas will be home for this game and it will be a must win with the SEC Championship sitting just a few weeks away.
November 26- Alabama Vs. Auburn
A bunch of different games could have gone in this slot, with it being the final week of the season, but if I didn't put the Alabama Auburn game the fans of those two teams would have commented with such hatred at such a rate that the entire Bleacher Report site would have gone down.
One of the best rivalries is football, there is a great chance that at this time both teams will be battling for a BCS spot, and a chance to head to the National Championship.
Even if one of these teams happens to have a disappointing season, they will have no problem giving it their all to really ruin the other teams season as well.
It looks to be a great season of college football coming up, and with the chance of no NFL season its a good thing for football fans all over the nation.