10 Games that should be on the Schedule in 2010.

1. #1 Alabama vs. # 10 Oregon. Autzen Stadium (Eugene, Oregon).  Why? Tradition vs. Innovation. SEC vs. Pac-10.  Quick strike offense (37.7 pts./game vs. the toughest SEC defense (11.1 pts. against/game). Efficient power offense vs. a “no name” quick Oregon defense. Nick Saban vs. Chip Kelly. Greg McElroy, Julio Jones, A Heisman winner (Mark Ingram), Trent Richardson.  LaMichael James, no Jeremiah Masoli, a “no name defense”.

2. #4 Texas Longhorns vs. #3 Boise St. Broncos. Bronco Stadium (Boise, Idaho). Why? WAC vs. Big 12. Powerhouse vs. Overachiever. Mack Brown vs. Chris Peterson. Forgotten Idaho vs. Powerful Texas. 44.2 points per game (Boise St.) vs. 15.2 points against per game (Texas). 4 and 5 star recruits vs. 2 and 3 star recruits. The Broncos return 23 of 24 starters. Kellen Moore, James Avery.  No Colt McCoy, and the beginning of the Garrett Gilbert era.

3. #15 USC Trojans vs. #9 Nebraska Cornhuskers. Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Nebraska). Why? The return of Nebraska vs. the possible demise of the USC dynasty. Lane Kiffin vs. Bo Pelini. Matt Barkley vs. the “Black Shirt Defense”. The Red Sea. The best athletes from the West Coast. Monte Kiffin. Ed Orgeron.

4. #2 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. #21 North Carolina Tar Heels. Kenan Stadium (Chapel Hill, NC). Why? Terrelle Pryor vs. the UNC defense. Baby blue vs. Scarlet red. Jim Tressel vs. Butch Davis. The unproven UNC offense vs. the talented OSU defense. Chapel Hill fired up. Marvin Austin, Butch Davis, and Cameron Hayward.

5. #12 Oklahoma Sooners vs. Arizona Wildcats. Arizona Stadium (Tuscon, Arizona). Why? Bob Stoops vs. Mike Stoops. The tradition of OU vs. the inconsistency of Arizona. Pac-10 vs. Big 12. The beginning of the Landry Jones era. Great television.

6. #7 Florida Gators vs. #13 Pittsburgh Panthers. Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA). Why? The rebuilding talented Gators vs. the Big East favorite Panthers. Dave Wannstedt vs. Urban Meyer.  The end of the Tim Tebow era.

7. #24 Stanford Cardinal vs. Michigan Wolverines. Michigan Stadium (Ann Arbor, Michigan). Why? The return of Jim Harbaugh to Ann Arbor. Tradition vs. Academia. Rich Rodriguez on the hot seat. Pac-10 vs. Big Ten. Andrew Luck’s rise to a legit NFL prospect.

8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Montana Grizzlies. Washington-Grizzly Stadium (Missoula, Montana). Why? FCS powerhouse vs. a pastime powerhouse. 4 and 5 star recruits vs. 1 and 2 star recruits with FBS transfers. Loyal fans. The beginning of the Brian Kelly era. Upset special.

9. #19 Penn State Nittany Lions vs. #21 Florida State Seminoles. Doak Campbell Stadium (Tallahassee, Florida). Why? Tradition vs. Tradition. Bobby Bowden  Jimbo Fisher vs. Joe Paterno. Big Ten vs. ACC. The Tomahawk Chop. Talent, talent, talent.

10. #14 LSU Tigers vs. California Golden Bears. Memorial Stadium (Berkley, California). Why? Pac-10 vs. SEC. Jeff Tedford vs. Les Miles. The Bay area vs. the Deep South.

Honorable Mentions:

#13 Miami Hurricanes vs. Fresno State Bulldogs. Bulldog Stadium (Fresno, California).

~ by philip d. on May 6, 2010.

6 Responses to “10 Games that should be on the Schedule in 2010.”

  1. Poll feedback: One reader voted for Alabama at Utah in the other selection. I would like to see that. A rematch of the 2009 Sugar Bowl victory by the Utes. I think Alabama and Saban would be thinking revenge.

    • Revenge games almost never work out, except as an advertising gimmick…Ask Oregon about trying to get revenge against Boise State…Fail.

      • I assume you are talking about Utah v. Alabama? Oregon and BSU had a home and home agreement and you are right Oregon put too much into the game at Boise last year. If they would have treated like any other game it might of had a different outcome. Alabama is a better then the Sugar Bowl and Utah is not the same team. Good point.

  2. A few more “other” comments from readers are:

    Virginia Tech at Texas.

    Iowa at Oklahoma.

    I think Iowa could win that game this year, and VT vs. Texas would be a classic game. Thanks readers.

  3. And another I missed, I am sure this was from the Boise State masses that flooded this article yesterday.

    Nebraska at Boise State.

    The Nebraska defense against a veteran Bronco team on the Smurf Turf would be great. I think BSU would take it in a close game in Boise and the Cornhuskers would absolutely rock the Broncos in Lincoln.

  4. It was pretty obvious which game was gonna be the most sought after game before I voted. I think if you ask every fan in the nation, about Texas and BSU, each fan will really, really want to see one of those teams get beat. It is one of those games where nobody really knows who would win.

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