While most ranked squads will be blowing out small-school teams on opening weekend, there are still a few games you'll want to pay attention to. Here's the top five.
5. Miami (Ohio) vs. Ohio State
Urban Meyer's presence on the sideline Saturday will assure every Ohio State fan that they haven't been dreaming these past 9 months. What will the Buckeyes look like? How much will they be improved from one of the worst seasons in school history? It'll be very interesting to see how different Ohio State's team looks compared to last year's. Like Penn State, expect the Buckeyes to be playing like mad men. This game may not be that close, but it's worth watching to see Meyer's debut.
4. Notre Dame vs. Navy
This game is a mix of tradition and innovation. Notre Dame and Navy will take their classic match-up overseas to play in Dublin, Ireland. Don't sleep in, though; ESPN has the game's kickoff at 9 a.m. ET. Navy has been giving Notre Dame fits the past few yeasr and the Irish are without their starting RB Cierre Wood. They also are starting a quarterback with no experience in Everett Golson. If nothing else, it's always worth it to watch Notre Dame just to see Brian Kelly scream at his quarterbacks.
3. Clemson vs. Auburn
Auburn had a down year last season and was lucky to even get to eight wins. Auburn needs to get a quality victory before it gets into conference play, where it'll play LSU, Arkansas, Georgia, and Alabama. Clemson is ready to take its program the next level and beating any SEC team is a step in the right direction. Both offenses are fun to watch and both defenses give up a lot of points, so you could see a shootout week one.
2. Boise State vs. Michigan State
Boise State is beginning a new era without Kellen Moore and will rely on Joe Southwick to take his place. Southwick will have help with D.J. Harper at RB and a deep receiving corps. The Broncos will need to play well against a Michigan State defense that has received much offseason praise. Make sure you don't forget that this game is on Friday night.
1. Michigan vs. Alabama
According to someone people, Michigan has a shot in this game. If the Wolverines can make it a shootout, they can outscore Alabama. Bama will have a great defense, but Michigan has been planning for this game for months and undoubtedly has several offensive packages exclusively for this matchup. If the game can live up to the hype, it'll be a great start to the college football season.
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