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With a buffet of great matchups this Saturday, let's expand the day's list to four games:
No. 1 Oklahoma @ No. 6 Florida State
College football fans are in for yet another early season treat, as the Big 12 favorite and the ACC favorite square off in Tallahassee. Although Oklahoma trounced Florida State 47-17 when these two teams met in Norman last year, the Seminoles are much improved, and this time they get the Sooners at home. Obviously this game has major national title implications for Oklahoma, but also very much so for Florida State as well. Outside of this game, No. 22 Florida is the only other ranked team the Seminoles play the entire season. So if FSU can get past the Sooners, there’s certainly a good chance you could see a 12-0 Seminoles team playing on Jan. 9 in New Orleans.
No. 18 Ohio State @ Miami
From the Tattoo-gate scandal at Ohio State that led to the resignation of legendary coach Jim Tressel, to the Nevin Shapiro scandal at the U that some believe will bring about the death penalty to Hurricanes football, these two programs dominated the headlines of a turbulent college football offseason. What a different scene it will be from when these two teams faced each other last year: no Jim Tressel, no Terrelle Pryor and a dark cloud of uncertainty looming over the Miami football program and its future.
Washington @ No. 10 Nebraska
Heck, UW and Nebraska may as well be in the same conference, as this matchup will be the third between the two teams in the past 364 days. The Huskies got blown out by Nebraska in Seattle last September 56-21 but then put together a physically dominant performance in last year’s Holiday Bowl, beating the Cornhuskers 19-7. Needless to say, Nebraska will be hungry for revenge.
No. 4 LSU @ No. 20 Mississippi State
After a breakout 2010 that concluded with a 52-14 stomping of Michigan in the Gator Bowl, Mississippi State is out to prove that they are a real threat in the SEC. And what better stage to do so than a nationally televised Thursday night game against BCS title contender LSU.