12 can't-miss games in college football in 2007

Tim Cronin

Notre Dame at Penn State, Sept. 8: Are the Fighting Irish post-Brady Quinn contenders or pretenders? A Penn State defense featuring size up the middle and experience in the secondary will help provide the answer.

Texas vs. Oklahoma, Oct. 6: The annual grudge match at the Cotton Bowl could boil over. Winner should go to the Big 12 title game.

Florida at Louisiana State, Oct. 6: If they were from different conferences, this would be a bowl game to drool over. What it could be is a sneak preview of the SEC title game.

Florida vs. Georgia, Oct. 27: The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party isn’t supposed to be called that anymore, but why lie? It’s also a huge game in the SEC East.

West Virginia at Rutgers, Oct. 27: If the Mountaineers are for real, this is the game to prove it. BCS honors will be on the line.

Wisconsin at Ohio State, Nov. 3: The Badgers and Buckeyes didn’t meet last year. By game’s end, the Badgers might be wishing that was true this year as well.

Michigan at Wisconsin, Nov. 10: The Wolverines handed the Badgers their only loss last season, and may silence Camp Randall Stadium this time.

Ohio State at Michigan, Nov. 17: It won’t be No. 1 vs. No. 2, but it’s Michigan and Ohio State, and that’s reason enough to watch.

Miami at Virginia Tech, Nov. 17: The Hokies could have only one loss (LSU, Sept. 8) coming in to this game. The Hurricanes could saddle them with a second.

Boise State at Hawaii, Nov. 23: Remember the Broncos, the darlings of last season? Here they are again, facing the Rainbow Warriors and pass-happy quarterback Colt Brennan, aiming to break his NCAA season record of 58 touchdown passes.

Alabama at Auburn, Nov. 24: Nick Saban’s first taste of the best in-state rivalry in college football. Whoa, Nellie!

UCLA at Southern California, Dec. 1: The Bruins knocked the Trojans out of the BCS title game and into the Rose Bowl at the Rose Bowl last year. If it happens again, Trojans fans will be calling for quarterback John David Booty’s, er, booty.

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