Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

These 15 Games May Tell Story of College Season

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

These 15 Games May Tell Story of College Season

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Though 111 Division I-A teams will play 1,234 regular-season college football games this year, here are 15 games that truly stick out:

Sunday: Penn State vs. USC - Saturday's Pigskin Classic (Texas A&M at Brigham Young) officially kicks off the season, but the Nittany Lions-Trojans game in East Rutherford, N.J., is the real Kickoff Classic.

Sept. 14: Michigan at Colorado - It will be hard-pressed to live up to the excitement of these teams' last meeting in 1994. Remember Kordell Stewart's 64-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass to Michael Westbrook on the game's final play, beating the Wolverines 27-26 in Ann Arbor, Mich.? The Michigan players probably haven't forgotten either.

Sept. 21: Florida at Tennessee - It's not often that a game this early could have national title-game implications. This game will feature not only two of the nation's top teams but also two of the nation's top players - Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning and Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel.

"There's an awful lot of attention on the Florida game," said Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer. "But with all due respect, that's probably the way to do it.

"The game is obviously huge. If you win the game, you're really two games ahead (in the Southeastern Conference East). If you lose it, you're two games behind. We've experienced that too much."

Sept. 28: Ohio State at Notre Dame - Two of college football's most storied programs meet in South Bend, Ind., for the first time since 1936.

Oct. 5: Penn State at Ohio State - In the Buckeyes' second big game in two weeks, the victor will move a step closer to smelling roses.

Oct. 12: Florida State at Miami - The Seminoles look to keep their national-title dreams alive by beating the Hurricanes in the Orange Bowl for the first time since 1984.

Oct. 26: Alabama at Tennessee - Though this is no longer the Volunteers' marquee game, it could be the prelude to the Dec. 7 SEC Championship Game.

Nov. 2: Washington at USC - The Trojans look to win the Pac-10 outright this year. But to do so, they will have to avenge a 21-21 tie to Washington, the team that tied USC for the conference title last season.

Nov. 16: Michigan at Penn State - A Wolverine win and next week's Ohio State game may be for the Rose Bowl. …

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