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Do not miss these games this fall

8/26/2004

First of all, you don't have to miss any games. That's why TiVo was invented. But life happens sometimes. We've heard of reports of insensitive relatives planning weddings or having children during college football season.

But before you're guilted into leaving the house ("You gotta see the baby...") here are some games that you simply absolutely, positively cannot miss.

USC vs. Virginia Tech (Sat., Aug. 28)
Trojans begin their title defense without Mike Williams and in Virginia Tech's backyard. But they still have Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush and a dominating defense.

Texas A&M at Utah (Thurs., Sept. 2)
Let's see if we have this straight -- Everyone is talking about how good Utah is and A&M is thinking it can make a statement with a win here. Welcome to Bizarro World.

FSU at Miami (Mon., Sept. 6)
With all due respect to the NFL, this will be the best Monday Night Football game of the season.

Michigan at Notre Dame (Sat., Sept. 11)
How big is this? Notre Dame reworked its schedule so it could be ready for the Wolverines. This could be a statement game -- good or bad -- for Tyrone Willingham and the Irish.

LSU at Auburn (Sat., Sept. 18)
Auburn always seems to be a little better when flying under the radar. With a punishing ground game, an upset of LSU and early control of the SEC West race isn't out of the question here.

Florida at Tennessee (Sat., Sept. 18)
This game is always intense, but both Ron Zook and Phil Fulmer may need this win.

Iowa at Michigan (Sat., Sept. 25)
Rumor has it Iowa now plays Hail to the Victors after winning two straight over Wolverines, including the 34-9 woodshed beating the Hawkeyes gave UM the last time they visiting the Big House in 2002.

Clemson at FSU (Sat., Sept. 25)
We don't need the Bowden Bowl hook anymore here since Clemson actually beat the Seminoles last season. Now it's an actual rivalry and thanks to QB Charlie Whitehurst, the Tigers have a chance to make it two in a row.

LSU at Georgia (Sat., Oct. 2)
A preview of the SEC Championship? Assuming they're both undefeated here (hey, LSU has Auburn and Marshall -- stop laughing -- could sneak up on the Dawgs if they're looking ahead to LSU), the winner can realistically start thinking about the Orange Bowl.

Oklahoma vs Texas (Sat., Oct. 9)

Another Longhorn loss in the Red River Rivalry means another one of those great Texas recruiting classes leaves Austin without ever beating the Sooners.

Cal at USC (Sat., Oct. 9)
Think USC remembers that it was Cal who handed the Trojans their only last season?

Oklahoma at K-State (Sat., Oct. 16)
Think Oklahoma remembers it was K-State who whipped its butt in the Big 12 title game last year?

Alabama at Tennessee (Sat., Oct. 23)
An already bitter rivalry took another turn thanks to Phil Fulmer turning state's evidence against the Tide. Fulmer was afraid to go to Birmingham for the SEC Media Days, but Bama won't be afraid to try to stick it to the Vols in Knoxville.

Florida vs Georgia (Sat., Oct. 30)
Hard to believe, but Florida has won 13 of the last 14 meetings of the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.

USC at Washington State (Sat., Oct. 30)
This is USC's toughest road trip and even though the Cougars are down, Pullman is still a boring, er, tough place to visit.

Penn State at Ohio State (Sat., Oct. 30)
JoePa can silence alot of critics with a win in Columbus.

Colorado State vs Utah (Sat., Nov. 6)
Say Utah is undefeated here, do BCS officials root for Colorado State?

Notre Dame at Tennessee (Sat., Nov. 6)
Here's guessing by November, there's some heat on Ty Willingham and Phil Fulmer. Here's further guessing that the winner here can rest easy for a little while.

Kansas State at Missouri (Sat., Nov. 6)
As if the fact the Big 12 North title could be up for grabs when the Wildcats and Tigers meet isn't enough, this could be a Heisman showcase for K-State's Darren Sproles or Missouri's Brad Smith.

Wisconsin at Minnesota (Sat., Nov. 6)
Like great running backs? Don't miss this one with Anthony Davis for the Badgers and Laurence Maroney and Marion Barber for the Gophers.

Nebraska at Oklahoma (Sat., Nov. 13)
Welcome to the Big 12, Bill Callahan.

Michigan at Ohio State (Sat., Nov. 20)
The Big Ten title could be on the line when the two rivals meet. But even if it's not, it will be worth the watching just to see the Michigan receivers battle the Buckeye defense.

Auburn at Alabama (Sat., Nov. 20)
The Iron Bowl may be the most intense, hardest-hitting rivalry in college football.

Southern Miss at TCU (Sat., Nov. 20)

Say TCU is undefeated here, do BCS officials root for Southern Miss?

Florida at FSU (Sat., Nov. 20)
The great thing about this game is both teams have everything to lose by keeping this rivalry going, but they still play it every year. Another reason college football is great.

Syracuse at BC (Sat., Nov. 27)
The farewell song for BC in the Big East and they play the Orange, who were at one point supposed to leave with them.

Army vs. Navy (Sat., Dec. 4)
Some may argue, but it's the purest and best rivalry in college football.