CSD College Football Preview 2018 – 71 Must Watch Games for the 2018 College Football Season

Week 0

Hawaii @ Colorado State – 7:30PM ET, 8/25

The first FBS vs FBS game of the year! If you miss this you aren’t a true diehard fan.

Wyoming @ New Mexico State – 8PM ET, 8/25

The second FBS vs FBS game of the year! And this one might actually be between two teams with a shot at making a bowl.

Week 1

Florida Atlantic @ Oklahoma – 12PM ET, 8/1

Two early favorites to win their conferences face off to kick off Week One. The 20+ point spread that Vegas has this out is going to seem laughable when Lane Kiffin and the Owls are up at halftime.

Washington vs Auburn – 3:30PM ET, 8/1

This is probably where College Gameday will be going week one. An awesome matchup between two preseason top ten teams.

Michigan @ Notre Dame – 7:30PM ET, 8/1

An old rivalry renewed as Jim Harbaugh finally gets a chance to win a rivalry game other than Michigan State.

Alabama vs Louisville – 8PM ET, 8/1

Yeah, this game will probably be a blowout, but it’ll also be out first look at the 2018 National Champion favorites, so you can’t miss it.

LSU @ Miami – 7:30PM ET, 8/2

This is the only game on this night so what else are you going to watch? Also, two darkhorse NY6 bowl contenders.

Virginia Tech @ Florida State – 8PM ET, 8/3

First power five conference game of the year, also, similarly to the previous night, this is the only game on so you better not miss it.

Week 2

UCLA @ Oklahoma – 12PM ET, 8/8

Both teams will be playing their first power five opponent since they had their quarterback leave to the NFL.

Colorado @ Nebraska – 3:30PM ET, 8/8

Two former Big 12 rivals face off with neither actually still in the Big Ten. This will be Scott Frost’s big chance to prove himself to the world.

Clemson @ Texas A&M – 7PM ET, 8/8

Jimbo Fisher seemingly cannot escape Dabo and Clemson and will have to face them one final time before moving on.

Penn State @ Pitt – 8PM ET, 8/8

I love that this rivalry is back. Pitt probably kept Penn State out of the playoff the last time this game was at Heinz.

USC @ Stanford – 8:30PM ET, 8/8

Big rivalry matchup in the Pac 12 as we see how USC responds to the loss of Sam Darnold to the NFL on the road in primetime against Stanford.

Michigan State @ Arizona State – 10:45PM ET, 8/8

Some classic #Pac12AfterDark already in week two! I love it! Herm Edwards getting a chance to shine in week two? Yes, please.

Week 3

Boise State @ Oklahoma State – 3:30PM ET, 8/15

Potential New Year’s Six contender, oh who am I kidding, potential claimed national title contender Boise State gets a chance to prove themselves @ Oklahoma State (sans Mason Rudolph).

LSU @ Auburn – 3:30PM ET, 8/15

The SEC West is absolutely deadly! How are we getting this matchup in week one! This game will likely be for the #2 spot in the West and a likely NY6 slot.

Colorado State @ Florida – 4PM ET, 8/15

Dan Mullen opens his tenure with Charleston Southern and Kentucky, after this game we should have a feel for the Gators’ prospects for the season (also it’s hilarious how Jim McElwain didn’t make it to this game).

USC @ Texas – 7PM ET, 8/15

A good ol’ fashioned uniform matchup, plus the game last year was absolutely awesome so there is that added bonus.

Ohio State vs TCU – 8PM ET, 8/15

I’m not as high on TCU as some, but there is no denying that in Arlington, the Horned Frogs have a good shot at pulling what would be a massive upset.

Week 4

Florida Atlantic @ UCF – 8/21

My computer’s two highest rated G5 teams in it’s V1.0 rankings square off with a potential NY6 bowl slot on the line.

Florida @ Tennessee – 8/22

Tennessee never beats Florida, and they really need this win to make a bowl, Dan Mullen can make a statement by beating the Vols again.

Stanford @ Oregon – 8/22

This matchup may not be as huge a deal as it was in the Mariota era, but the winner of this game will probably have the best shot at knocking off Washington.

TCU @ Texas – 8/22

If hypothetically, TCU beats Ohio State and Texas beats USC, this could be a game between two top 10 teams, if not, it will still be a pivotal game in the hunt for a spot in the Big 12 title game.

Texas A&M @ Alabama – 8/22

Oh dear, this will probably be College Gameday. Jimbo’s first crack at Bama, what is the spread on this, 30?

Week 5

Stanford @ Notre Dame – 7:30PM ET, 8/29

Great smash mouth rivalry game here historically, except both offenses are starting to spread things out more.

Florida @ Mississippi State – 8/29

Dan Mullen traveling to play his former team. What else is there to say.

Ohio State @ Penn State – 8/29

This is going to be one of the best games of the season, I would say it was probably THE most important regular season game last year.

Tennessee @ Georgia – 8/29

Jeremy Pruitt’s first shot at Georgia. The Bulldogs beat the Vols 41-0 last year.

Week 6

Florida State @ Miami – 10/6

This is a huge historical rivalry, but should one of these two teams win their previously mentioned games, we could be talking about the winner as a real challenger to Clemson for the ACC crown.

Nebraska @ Wisconsin – 10/6

Nebraska hired Scott Frost for one reason: to compete with Wisconsin. This will be his first shot at it.

Notre Dame @ Virginia Tech – 10/6

The type of game we were all excited for when Notre Dame started rotating in all the ACC schools. Likely top 25 vs top 25 game.

Texas vs Oklahoma – 10/6

Red River Rivalry. Huge Big 12 title implications. Tom Herman getting a chance to face Oklahoma without Baker Mayfield, this checks all the boxes.

Washington @ UCLA – 10/6

Washington’s only real tough draw from the Pac-12 South division comes in the form of Chip Kelly and UCLA.

Week 7

Georgia @ LSU – 10/13

Ed Orgeron is on the hot seat this year, and if he can’t pick off one of these national powers, it will be getting very warm.

Michigan State @ Penn State – 10/13

The Michigan/Michigan State/Penn State/Ohio State games this year should all be fantastic with enormous Big Ten title implications.

Washington @ Oregon – 10/13

Washington has finally broken the streak of Oregon beating them and has started a streak of their own. If Washington wins this, they’re probably going to the Pac 12 title game.

Wisconsin @ Michigan – 10/13

Michigan’s brutal schedule continues as they draw Wisconsin as a cross-divisional opponent. Both teams look to add to their playoff resume.

Week 8

Michigan @ Michigan State – 10/20

Another big game in the hunt for the Big Ten East title. Jim Harbaugh has struggled with rivals in the past.

Alabama @ Tennessee – 10/20

Alabama will look to continue their dominance here as Nick Saban takes on his former coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.

Ohio State @ Purdue – 10/20

If you are looking for this year’s Iowa on Ohio State’s schedule, it’s probably Purdue, a team that might be looking at a second straight bowl trip.

Oklahoma @ TCU – 10/20

Oklahoma always beats TCU by a lot, but this game is in Fort Worth and Oklahoma does not have Baker Mayfield… so you’re saying there’s a chance.

USC @ Utah – 10/20

In a weak year for the Pac-12 South, this might be the deciding game as USC will have to travel to Utah to face the Utes.

Week 9

Clemson @ Florida State – 10/27

There is no Jimbo Fisher this year, but this game will decide which team comes out on top in the ACC Atlantic.

Florida @ Georgia – 10/27

Florida vs Georgia is a really fun rivalry every year, and they should be the top two teams in the SEC East this year.

Iowa @ Penn State – 10/27

Iowa looks to pull a shocking upset for the second straight year, although this time they will have to do it on the road.

Texas @ Oklahoma State – 10/27

The race between Texas, Oklahoma State, TCU, and West Virginia for that second Big 12 title spot is going to come down to the wire.

Oregon @ Arizona – 10/27

Arizona has shocked Oregon before, and with it being a down year for the South, Khalil Tate, and Kevin Sumlin, Arizona could be a darkhorse division winner contender.

USF @ Houston – 10/27

Two of the perennial best teams in the AAC took a back seat to UCF last year, but this game will be high scoring and a ton of fun.

Wisconsin @ Northwestern – 10/27

This might be Wisconsin’s most likely loss within the division as they’ll have to travel to face a bowl-caliber Northwestern team.

Week 10

Alabama @ LSU – 11/3

Ed Orgeron gets try #3 to take on Alabama. Let’s be honest, the Tide are going to roll.

Penn State @ Michigan – 11/3

If Ohio State takes a loss somewhere in division play, this game is going to be hugely important in relation to tiebreakers for that Big Ten East crown (and potential playoff spot).

Stanford @ Washington – 11/3

If Washington takes a loss to UCLA or Oregon early in the year, this could be Stanford’s opportunity to make it back into the Pac-12 title hunt.

Texas A&M @ Auburn – 11/3

Auburn has Georgia the next week with Jimbo Fisher coming to town, could this be a potential look-ahead spot?

UCLA @ Oregon – 11/3

Geez, UCLA’s schedule is tough this year. Oh yeah, Chip Kelly going back to his former school, that too.

West Virginia @ Texas – 11/3

I’ve mentioned it plenty of times, but a loss here could put that team out of contention for a Big 12 title spot.

Week 11

Auburn @ Georgia – 11/10

A rematch of last year’s SEC Championship Game as Kirby Smart looks to continue his winning ways against the Tigers.

Florida State @ Notre Dame – 11/10

Florida State and Notre Dame. Under the lights perhaps? Side Note: Notre Dame isn’t being talked about enough as a darkhorse playoff contender, they’ve got the schedule to eat a loss and still be in the hunt.

Ohio State @ Michigan State – 11/10

Ohio State, potentially #1 at this point if they make it through TCU & Penn State, has to begin their second tough stretch of the year @ MSU.

Oklahoma State @ Oklahoma – 11/10

The Red River Rivalry! Points, points, and more points (with added Big 12 title implications too!)

Wisconsin @ Penn State – 11/10

Wisconsin has a good shot at being undefeated at this point, so a win here could put them in contention for #1.

Week 12

Miami @ Virginia Tech – 11/17

Miami and Virginia Tech with the winner likely going to the ACC Championship Game where they will lose to Clemson.

Michigan State @ Nebraska – 11/17

Scott Frost has plenty of chances to prove himself. At home, against a Michigan State team coming off of a grueling game against Ohio State might be the best.

USC @ UCLA – 11/17

The inter-town rivalry continues with the Pac-12 South title potentially hanging in the balance. Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen are gone, but the rivalry sure isn’t.

West Virginia @ Oklahoma State – 11/17

With a win here, West Virginia could give themselves steady footing in the Big 12 title hunt heading into the blockbuster matchup with Oklahoma the next week.

Week 13

Oklahoma @ West Virginia – 11/23

A potential Big 12 title preview, if not, a game that will likely be win and in for the Dana Holgerson and the Mountaineers.

Michigan @ Ohio State – 12PM ET, 11/24

The Game. Big Ten East on the line. Yes please.

Auburn @ Alabama – 11/24

Iron Bowl. SEC West on the line. Yes please.

Florida @ Florida State – 11/24

Florida and Florida State should both be much better this year, and this game should be a lot more exciting to watch.

Notre Dame @ USC – 11/24

Two of the most iconic teams in the sport square off, both could potentially be College Football Playoff contenders too.

Oklahoma State @ TCU – 11/24

If Oklahoma-West Virginia on Friday doesn’t decide the Big 12 title race, this certainly will. Could you imagine a win and in scenario for the Horned Frogs under the lights?

South Carolina @ Clemson – 11/24

Clemson will probably still win because the game is in Death Valley, but South Carolina looks to be much improved this year.

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