setting the pace
5 Early-Season Games That Will Shape Race For National Championship
1. Southern California at Virginia, Saturday
Given the uncertainty at quarterback for the Trojans, this one might be more interesting than expected.
Last year's controversial last-second defeat to LSU still burns Tommy Tuberville (above).
4. Florida at Tennessee, Sept. 20
Urban Meyer has yet to lose to Phil Fulmer, including last year's 59-20 romp at The Swamp.
The Bulldogs could still be No. 1 when they reach the desert to play the Sun Devils.
5 Midseason Games That Could Eliminate Some Pretenders
1. Ohio State at Wisconsin, Oct. 4
If the Buckeyes are still unbeaten, Camp Randall crazies will be waiting for them.
If the Tigers and Chase Daniel (above) want to be in the hunt, they must get by the Huskers and new coach Bo Pelini.
Shaping up as the game of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
4. Oklahoma vs. Texas in Dallas, Oct. 11
Could be a Heisman duel between QBs Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy.
5. Auburn at West Virginia, Oct. 23
Mountaineers will be carrying Big East's BCS flag in this interconference showdown.
closing the deal
5 Late-Season Games That Will Clear Up The Picture
1. Georgia vs. Florida in Jacksonville, Fla., Nov. 1
World's Largest Cocktail Party could be serving up a pretty tasty entree.
2. USC at Stanford, Nov. 15
Avenging last season's loss to the Cardinal will be on minds of Trojans all season.
3. Ohio State at Illinois, Nov. 15
If Jim Tressel (above) and the Buckeyes are looking ahead to Michigan, they might see their Big Ten reign end in Champaign.
4. Brigham Young at Utah, Nov. 22
BYU could finish the season unbeaten with a win against in-state rivals.
5. South Florida at West Virginia,
Weather in Morgantown will be a factor in determining the Big East champion.