11 conferences, 16 weeks, 128 teams, and countless incredible matchups. This college football season is gearing up to be quite a show. Here are our picks for the 5 most exciting college football games of 2015.
Alabama vs Wisconsin (Sept 5)
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After suffering a heartbreaking defeat to LSU last season, the Badgers are out to prove to the SEC that the Big 10 has more than just one worthy adversary. Head coach Paul Chryst returns to Wisconsin to face off with the Crimson Tide at AT&T Stadium, in literally, the biggest arena in football. Traditionally Alabama has dominated against opening non-conference opponents, but with their QB position still in the air, and Wisconsin bringing proven senior QB Joel Stave back under center, look to this matchup to be a close one.
Ohio State at Virginia Tech (Sept 7)
This time last year the Buckeyes looked lackluster and the Hokies were on a path to glory. But after Ohio State’s 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech, they went on to win 13 straight games and the National Championship while the Hokies finished the season with an overwhelming 7-6 record. Being the only game played on Labor Day, both sides will be feeling the pressure to perform.
Florida vs. Georgia (Oct 31)
The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party takes place on Halloween this year adding a bit extra to the festivities. Despite a win against the Bulldogs, Florida’s poor performance during the season led to the resignation of head coach Will Muschamp. With Jim McElwain now at the reigns, it’s uncertain whether the inexperienced McElwain will flop or lead the Gators to victory for a second time.
USC at Oregon (Nov 21)
After Oregon’s embarrassing loss to OSU in the National Championship, USC looks to dethrone the wounded Ducks from the top of the PAC 12. The two teams haven’t played each other since 2012, and without QB Marcus Mariota, the Ducks will be out to prove they still deserve to be at the top. Oregon’s performance at Stanford a week before will likely be a major factor for the outcome of this match.
Ohio State at Michigan (Nov 28)
Arguably the biggest rivalry in college football has been refueled with the debut season of Jim Harbaugh as head coach of the wolverines against the well-established Urban Meyer. Although OSU has dominated 10 of their last 11 meetings, the addition of Harbaugh could be a game-changer. The matchup will be a true meeting of the minds and is a great way to end out the regular season.
BONUS: 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship
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The ultimate showdown takes place in the Valley of the Sun in Glendale, Arizona at the University of Phoenix stadium. The Playoff system has proven itself, and with so much movement happening in every conference, it’s anyone’s game.
Old grudges, new powerhouses, and reignited rivalries. One thing is for sure, this is going to be a heck of a season. Which games are you excited to see? Let us know in the comments below.
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