2009 College Football Preview: 15 Games That Get My Blood Flowing

Scott CollierContributor IMay 21, 2009

The 2009 college football season is still over three months away, which means it is time to start getting anxious. When reviewing the schedules for the upcoming season, there are many games that hold a certain level of intrigue and excitement, but these are the 15 that I will be focusing on as the season moves along.

(In order of progression.)

Sept. 5—Georgia vs. OSU

This is THE year for Oklahoma St., the year they finally break into the top 10 and have a shot at the Big 12 title. Lose at home to a Georgia team that is still good but lost a slew of players, and things don't look so good anymore. Win, and the season is right on track. 

My pick: OSU


Sept. 5—BYU vs. Oklahoma

Opening game for OU is the first actual game being played at the billion-dollar Jerry World.

My Pick: OU


Sept. 11—Alabama vs. Virginia Tech

This game is the first big-time game of the season for me. Two legit national title contenders—one will already have one loss after this game, while the other will have a huge non-conference victory on its résumé.

My Pick: Virginia Tech


Sept. 12—USC vs. Ohio St.

Just like the last game, this one has serious national title implications. Pete Carroll and Jim Tressel both lost major players. Who will have their new guys ready to win big? 

My Pick: Ohio St.


Sept. 19—Arizona vs. Iowa

This game may not be on the list for most, but being an OU fan, I root hard for Mike Stoops to do well. Coming off his first bowl game and bowl victory, can Stoops continue the turnaround and get a big-time non-conference win against a name opponent? 

My Pick: Iowa


Oct. 3—Penn St. vs. Illinois

Illinois should make another bowl game after missing out last year, and Penn St. will be really good again. A win here could boost Illinois into the conference title talk. Remember, they defeated Ohio St. two years go.

My Pick: Penn St.


Oct. 3—OU vs. Miami

OU finally got the Miami monkey off of their back two years ago with a trouncing of Miami in Norman. While Miami isn't all the way back yet, I think coach Randy Shannon is doing a good job, and the return trip should be much tougher for OU.

My Pick: OU


Oct. 10—Florida vs. LSU

Can Tim Tebow keep his team on track for a third national title in five years? Can Les Miles pull off a huge upset like he did twice when he was the coach of Oklahoma St. when facing Oklahoma? This is Florida's toughest conference test before the conference title game.

My Pick: LSU


Oct. 17—Oklahoma vs. Texas

You think these two teams already hate each other; now throw in the fact that OU has not only won three straight conference titles and six overall, while Texas has only one under Mack Brown, but also that Oklahoma got in the title game unfairly over Texas last year, according to a lot of the media and the entire state of Texas. Huge national title implications here; don't turn the channel! 

My Pick: OU


Oct. 17—USC vs. Notre Dame

USC is the most vulnerable that it has been in years; having said that, they will still be really good. Can Charlie Weis get the huge win that his program needs? 

My Pick: USC


Oct. 31—Texas vs. OSU

Depending on the Red River game, this game will have huge implications for the Big 12 South title. OSU is still looking for a signature conference win under Mike Gundy. 

My Pick: Texas


Nov. 7—Oklahoma vs. Nebraska

Oklahoma has been running on all cylinders for the past decade. Does Bo Pelini have Nebraska all the way back yet?

My Pick: OU


Nov. 7—Ohio St vs. Penn St.

Another one of the big-time games of 2009. This could settle the Big Ten championship and a possible national title berth.

My Pick: Penn St.


Nov. 28—Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma St.

Oklahoma State has won in Norman before, but very rarely have these teams played with so much on the line. Will this year's outcome decide the South Champion just like last year?

My Pick: OU


Dec. 5—Arizona vs. USC

Mike Stoops has come close a couple of times against USC; will this year finally be the year? 

My Pick: USC