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Imagine you’re a major college football fan. You have time off from work and plenty of money. Now, what would you like to do this fall? That’s the question presented to me by my colleagues here at VegasInsider.com.
My answer; I’m going to see the best football games of the year.
The only rule given to me in making my travel schedule was that I can’t visit the same stadium twice. There’s plenty of good football around the country and there is no reason to miss it in favor of someplace you’ve already been.
With that being said, let’s board the plane.
Tennessee at Cal – Might as well kick off labor day weekend on the west coast with one of the biggest non-conference matchups of the year. Just two hours down the road is Pebble Beach, the home of American golf and no doubt where I’d be spending the day after the game.
Florida State at Clemson – A flight across the country in time for a night game at Clemson. To me, there is nothing that substitutes the atmosphere of a big college football game played under the lights.
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Virginia Tech at LSU – Another monster non-conference game and this one should provide a look at my two favorite defenses in the country. Down on the Bayou in primetime is scary for opponents.
Tennessee at Florida – I love the atmosphere at The Swamp for the first “real” game of the season for the Gators. This is Tim Tebow’s real coming out party and I wouldn’t even think of missing it.
Texas A&M at Miami – Driving down the Florida Turnpike for a Thursday night matchup at the Orange Bowl. This could be one of the last chances to see the legendary stadium as the Canes’ will likely be moving up to Joe Robbie Stadium in the near future.
Georgia at Alabama – There’s never any love lost between these border states and a loss by either team this early in SEC play will hurt.
West Virginia at South Florida – It’s back to Florida to catch Steve Slaton running through the humidity. South Florida is the second best college team in the state and I would not be surprised in the least to see them upset the Mountaineers on the ESPN Thursday night game.
Alabama vs. FSU at Jacksonville – I’m thrilled to get the chance to see Bobby Bowden’s team for the second time this season and someplace other than Tallahassee (I hate Doak Campbell Stadium). I’ll be looking to see if FSU has improved after tough early games.
Texas at Oklahoma at Dallas – The battle for Big 12 supremacy and my first live look at Colt McCoy. If Oklahoma doesn’t solidify the QB position before this game, there’s a good chance I’ll be watching a blowout.
FSU at Wake Forest – The third time in just over a month I’ll be seeing the Noles. I’ll be hoping Wake Forest can keep last season’s magic rolling.
Wisconsin at Penn State – My first venture of the year into Big 10 country. I’m just hoping its fairly warm in Happy Valley for us Florida boys.
South Florida at Rutgers – Who can pass up college football in Jersey? I want to see just how quick Ray Rice is in person.
USC at Notre Dame – The game that will either be the beginning or the end of Notre Dame’s new starting QB. A win and he’s a hero. A loss and he’ll be on the bench next week.
Nebraska at Texas – I hear Austin is one crazy party town and this game will be even more intense if the Longhorns knock off Oklahoma in early October.
Wisconsin at Ohio State – While OSU is “rebuilding,” no season would be complete without a trip to the Horseshoe. Think they’ll let me dot the “I?”
Louisville at West Virginia – The best Big East game of the year is in prime time. Winner goes to the BCS.
Michigan at Wisconsin – I just want to do the “Jump Around” once in my life. A Wolverine win in Madison could mean next weeks game is for a trip to the BCS title game.
Ohio State at Michigan – It’s tradition that brings me to Ann Arbor for this weekend because in no way do I think this Ohio State is going to put up much of a fight.
USC at Arizona St. – It’s pretty cold around the country so a trip down to Arizona is in order. I’m not sure why but I feel like there could be more to this game than the stat sheets say. Beware the primetime upset.
Boise St. at Hawaii – It’s only a quick trip to Hawaii but any trip to Hawaii is a good trip. The best of mid-major football is going to be played on an island in the wee hours of the east coast morning.
Alabama at Auburn – The reason for the quick trip to Hawaii is the rush back to Alabama to watch this game. Bragging rights at stake because neither team is going to see the SEC Championship game. Saban may announce he’s going back to the Dolphins.
Rutgers at Louisville – Amazing that I’ll be attending yet another Big East game. I may cancel this trip if neither team is in the BCS hunt and I decide not to buy any horses in Kentucky this year.
UCLA at USC – The only reason to cancel the previous trip is to spend more time in Southern California getting ready for the Pac-10 championship game. It’s winner take all in celebrity central.