Taking an early look at the best college football match ups week one. With most teams playing their spring games, college football is getting closer. Let’s take a look at some of the games that will start the season worth watching.
- TCU at Baylor: The first major match up of the season will take place on Friday, the 2nd. TCU will play their first game after their successful Rose Bowl season, and their last season before hopping to the Big East. They will be without Andy Dalton, the QB who lead them to back-to-back undefeated regular seasons. Baylor has Robert Griffin III, the duel threat quarterback returning, and coming off their first bowl appearance since 1994.
- Boise State vs. Georgia: Boise State is Boise State, you know what they bring to the table. However, Boise will not be returning either Austin Pettis or Titus Young, the favorite targets of Kellen Moore, who opted to return for his senior season. The Broncos will finally have a chance to either silence, or give fuel to the fire of the critics who claim they can’t hang with the SEC, when they play Georgia. Georgia has lost both of their major running backs, with Washaun Ealey and possibly Caleb King, as he has been rumored ineligible. Aaron Murray will be returning for year two, but he will not have AJ Green to bomb it up to.
- LSU vs. Oregon: Easily the best game of week 1. The Cowboys Classic will be a fantastic match up between the strong offense of Oregon, and LSU’s strong defense. Oregon will be missing Jeff Maehl from the dynamic offense, but the Darron Thomas-LaMichael James read offense will still be going strong. Gone from the LSU defense is cornerback standout Pat Peterson.
- Miami at Maryland: Two teams undergoing coaching changes, two ACC teams. Maryland and Miami would not be as big of a game on Labor Day if not for the coaching changes. Maryland fired Ralph Friedgen, the man who brought the program back to relevancy. Meanwhile, Randy Shannon was fired over at the U for never delivering an ACC title and just generally being disappointing as a coach. Maryland will look to prove itself on a massive national stage as a team worthy of discussion, and Miami will have a chance to show the college football world that they are back.