College football is right around the corner and Week 1 has a lot of great match ups.
Here are five games you must see.
5. 2 Alabama vs. West Virginia (Game being played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA)
The Alabama Crimson Tide are looking to avenge their disappointing end to last year. It is still unknown who will be the starter at quarterback but whoever wins the position battle will have plenty of talent surrounding him. The Crimson Tide have a stable of capable running backs including junior T. J. Yeldon, a first team All-SEC player last season, and a talented wide receiver corps. West Virginia only won four games last season so Alabama should be off to a 1-0 start after Saturday night.
4. 21 Texas A&M at 9 South Carolina
The college football season kicks off this upcoming Thursday evening when the No. 21 Aggies head to Columbia to face off against No. 9 South Carolina. Johnny Manziel has taken his talents to the NFL and the keys have been handed to sophomore Kenny Hill. Hill, like Manziel is a dual-threat quarterback, which means good news for head coach Kevin Sumlin who won’t have to stray far from last year’s playbook. South Carolina is coming off its third straight season with 11 wins. Their leaders from last season, quarterback Connor Shaw and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney are gone and new ones will have to emerge if the Gamecocks want to duplicate their success from years past.
3. 1 Florida State vs. Oklahoma State (Game being played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas)
The defending national champions begin their quest to repeat against Oklahoma State at the Cowboys Classic. Reigning Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston is hoping to start and end his season at “Jerry World”. The 2014 national championship is being held at the same venue and Winston has pegged this season as “Dallas-to-Dallas.”
The Seminoles are once again loaded with talent on both sides of the ball and although the schedule is tougher than last season’s, Florida State is primed for another run at the title.
2. 16 Clemson at 12 Georgia
The Clemson Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs will be opening their seasons against one another for the second year in a row. Last season, Clemson won a shootout against Georgia, 38-35. All-time SEC passer Aaron Murry has left a void at the quarterback position for Georgia that senior Hutson Mason hopes to fill. After Murray went down with a season-ending injury, Mason had the opportunity to play and is hoping to carry that momentum into the 2014 season.
Clemson also lost a quarterback who rewrote the school’s record book. Tajh Boyd finished second all-time in passing yards for the ACC and his production will be almost impossible to replicate. But the reins now lie in the hands of Cole Stoudt, who won’t have
1. 13 LSU vs. 14 Wisconsin (Game being played at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas)
The most intriguing match up this weekend will take place in Houston. LSU and Wisconsin are both starting new quarterbacks this season and both teams will be running the ball…a lot. In Baton Rouge, head coach Les Miles has kept his cards close to the vest but we know that either sophomore Anthony Jennings or freshman Brandon Harris will be starting under center. News surfaced yesterday that converted safety, junior Tanner McEvoy will be the starter for the Badgers.
All eyes will be on the running backs for both teams. LSU freshman running back Leonard Fournette has been compared to Adrian Peterson and should get a significant amount of carries in his debut. Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon has already proven himself at the college ranks. The junior ran for 1,609 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2013 and is an early Heisman candidate.