We’ve gotten to the big boys.
The cream of the crop….well, at least until the games start and upsets begin as they always do in college football.
Whether you agree with college football preseason rankings or not, they give us all something to talk about.
No. 5 Georgia
Just like Clemson earlier in our rankings, Week 1 brings the ultimate challenge for the Bulldogs: the Tigers.
A Top-8 match up is set right out of the gates, and we will find out a lot about Georgia and quarterback Aaron Murray.
Most teams open up in their own stadiums, but UGA will head to Death Valley and challenge the best the ACC has to offer.
And, if they survive that, they get sixth-ranked South Carolina – at home – in their SEC opener.
Enjoy Mark Richt….enjoy!
No. 4 Stanford
All roads for the Cardinal lead November 7, which is when they host No. 3 Oregon.
This one should have national title and PAC-12 importance, especially if Stanford can survive a stretch of four ranked games in a row from mid-October to mid-November.
Kevin Hogan will have plenty of opportunities to get himself prepared for war minus All-American running back Stepfan Taylor.
No. 3 Oregon
Speaking of the PAC-12 and the Ducks, here is Oregon – minus offensive genius Chip Kelly.
Much like Stanford, there is two games pinpointed right now: October 26 and November 7.
If you read the previous paragraph, you would know November 7 is it, as the Ducks head South for the winter and play Stanford on The Farm.
Marcus Mariota returns to direct the offense, along with De’Anthony Thomas and a host of speedy, speedy players.
No. 2 Ohio State
The Buckeyes should be the cream of the Big Ten, with one game marked as it always is: Michigan.
This rivalry is well-documented and well-stories, and takes place November 30 in Ann Arbor.
If no stumbles happen before that time, the Wolverines could be nearing the Top-5 and Ohio State will definitely be there.
Braxton Miller’s Heisman campaign should be in full force, especially after a stretch of games like Iowa, Penn State, Purdue, Illinois and Indiana – not really the typical SEC stretch of juggernauts.
No. 1 Alabama
Credit Nick Saban and the Tide for not taking it easy to start the year.
Yes, Alabama should roll past Virginia Tech at a neutral site, but you never know with games like that.
Let’s go ahead and assume they do take care of business.
What’s the reward? Johnny Manziel and No. 7 Texas A&M in College Station.
Expect a raucous and rowdy crowd to greet A.J. McCarron and the rest of the Crimson Tide in this one.
Minus Manziel, though, and November 7 becomes the target date as LSU visits Tuscaloosa.