We are back with another installment of “College Football Countdown.”
No. 20 TCU
For the Horned Frogs and head coach Gary Patterson, 2012 was a disappointing year.
Starting QB Casey Pachall was booted earlier in the year, and what followed was a winning record, but just a 7-6 one; a low mark for TCU.
So, what can they do to make up for it? How about defeat LSU in Week 1?
The two teams will play in the Cowboy Classic in Dallas, home of JerryWorld and the Dallas Cowboys.
The Horned Frogs will need to be all jumpy to pull off the upset, but they have proven world-beaters before.
No. 19 Boise State
The decision to return to the Mountain West Conference makes for an interesting one for the Broncos.
Once again, they will be league favorites, but will it be enough to position them for a possible berth in a major-money game?
The first week of the season will go a long ways in determining that, as Boise State travels to noisy Husky Stadium to face Washington.
A win, and continued victories after by Washington, would give the Broncos and Chris Petersen a strong base to build around.
No. 18 Nebraska
The Cornhuskers and the Big Ten still do not sound right, but that is the new-age world we live in with college football.
So, until the Oklahoma game gets renewed down the road, things for Nebraska will center around November 9 this year.
That marks a visit to Michigan and the Big House, as the Wolverines look to make amends for last year and score a title game berth in the process.
No. 17 Michigan
Speaking of the Wolverines, they will face a tough test the week prior to hosting Nebraska when they make the short drive over to East Lansing.
Michigan-Michigan State games have been interesting to call in the past few years, as they have left many wanting more.
This season, with Big Ten title hopes aplenty for both, the winner of this contest should go a long ways in challenging the Huskers.
No. 16 Oklahoma
That’s really all that matters for the Sooners at this point.
No Nebraska on the schedule anymore, and while a meeting with Notre Dame sounds good on paper, a win over the Longhorns carries more weight – in both the Big 12 and recruiting in the South.
Bob Stoops will be running the gauntlet in late September-October, as his squad battles the Irish, TCU and Texas during a three-week stretch.
Can Blake Bell replace Landry Jones? Will OU be able to overcome any injuries unlike the last few years?
By the end of October’s stretch, we will know the answer to those questions and more.