FootballScoop's Ultimate 2014 College Football Road Trip
- by Zach Barnett 4 months ago
On the first Saturday of the 2014 college football season, Arkansas will open their season against the defending SEC champions in Jordan-Hare Stadium. That's just a wonderful game to open with. First of all, every opener is great in its own right. Then you add in Auburn chomping at the bit to defend its SEC title, to get that fantastic running game revving again after nine months of fine tuning.
Then there's the opponent. Arkansas, under Bret Bielema, also beginning year two, very much needs its 2014 season to be better than 2013. And they open with the team that was half a minute away from winning the 2013 national title. That's just a delicious game before you add in pace versus politicking, the fact that one coach accused the other of doctoring game film and any other assorted storylines.
Needless to say, we'd all like to be there.
It also got us wondering what was the best possible game to attend each week. So I decided to map it out. The goal was to see as many programs as possible, and the only rule was that you couldn't visit the same stadium twice.
Here's what I came up with. Feel free to disagree.
August 30: Arkansas at Auburn.
September 6: Michigan at Notre Dame. The last chance to see these on-again, off-again rivals for a while.
September 13: Clemson at Florida State. The best rivalry the ACC has going.
September 20: Miami at Nebraska. They've split their 10 previous meetings, but haven't met in the regular season since 1976.
September 27: Stanford at Washington. Coach Pete's first game against a Pac-12 heavy, and one of college football's most unique venues.
October 4: Alabama at Ole Miss. No ultimate road trip is complete without a visit to The Grove.
October 11: Texas vs. Oklahoma. Forget college football, the Red River Shootout, err, Showdown is one of the most unique events in sports.
October 18: Texas A&M at Alabama. The last two Tide-Aggies games turned out okay.
October 25: Ohio State at Penn State. The biggest home game to date in the James Franklin era, Happy Valley should be rocking for the Buckeyes.
November 1: Stanford at Oregon. With the winner bringing home the last five Pac-12 championships, this series is the hottest thing going in college football west of Tuscaloosa.
November 8: Alabama at LSU. It's our third Alabama game in the last five weeks, but our first trip to the Death Valley.
November 15: Auburn at Georgia. If this game reaches 60 percent of the drama of the 2013 affair, we're in for a treat.
November 22: USC at UCLA. We've been for this game to mean something - on both sides of the rivalry - for years. Could this be the year?
November 29: Michigan at Ohio State. This one feels self-explanatory.
December 6: SEC Championship (Atlanta). I felt a tinge of regret skipping Bedlam, but the South's Super Bowl delivers nearly every year.
December 13: Army vs. Navy (Baltimore). The perfect cap to the perfect season.