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|The top 10 TV games|
It's almost here. College football is just around the corner, and there is not a greater sport in the world.
To celebrate this wonderful time, I've picked the 10 best games to look out for in the 2010 season.
What game better to kick off the countdown than the first game of the year?
At No. 10, the North Carolina Tar Heels vs. the LSU Tigers. The contest will kick off at 7 p.m. on Saturday on ABC.
The game will be held in the Georgia Dome and the Tar Heels come into town with the best defense in the nation.
UNC is led by senior linebackers Bruce Carter and Quan Sturdivant, along with junior defensive end Robert Quinn and senior defensive tackle Marvin Austin.
LSU returns eight starters and is loaded with talent. The key factor for the Tigers this season is the quarterback role.
If Jordan Jefferson doesn't step up to become the man, LSU could have another long year.
Coming in at No. 9 is a big ACC showdown. Georgia Tech will travel to Virginia Tech on November 4. This Thursday night game will be televised on ESPN at 6:30 p.m.
Georgia Tech returns a lot of solid players, which gives them a chance at winning the ACC again.
However, if they want to win the conference, they have to get past the Hokies. Virginia Tech is led by returning senior quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
The defense has some holes to fill but with ace defensive coordinator Bud Foster, that shouldn't be too big of a problem.
As we go on down the list, No. 8 sees two SEC rivals going at it. The defending National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide will travel to Little Rock to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 25 with kickoff at 2:30 p.m.
Alabama's defense has lost a lot, but because they have fantastic coaching and so much talent, they'll be just fine.
On offense, the Tide returns some superstars in senior quarterback Greg McElroy, junior running back Mark Ingram, sophomore running back Trent Richardson, and junior wide receiver Julio Jones.
Arkansas has made themselves a legitimate threat to win the SEC West this year. The Hogs have one of the best offenses in the nation. They return 10 starters on offense, and more importantly they return senior quaterback Ryan Mallet.
No. 7 features two Big Ten schools clashing as Penn State travels to Iowa on October 7 at 7 p.m. on ABC.
Penn State has to replace quarterback Daryll Clark, so senior running back Evan Royster will get a larger workload.
Iowa returns seven starters on offense but the backfield stays in tact. Iowa always has some big "hogmollys," so finding offensive lineman shouldn't be too difficult of a task for them.
Coming in at No. 6 is another Big Ten showdown. Ohio State travels to Wisconsin on October 16 at 7:15 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN 2.
Ohio State is loaded with experience and their defense should be solid. The Buckeyes are a big favorite to win the title because of their easy schedule, but they have to get by Wisconsin first.
The Badgers were young and good last year, and this year they will be good and experienced. Wisconsin will be Ohio State's toughest test of the season. Should they upset the Buckeyes all national title hopes could be lost.
At No. 5, Alabama travels to Baton Rouge to take on the Tigers. The game is scheduled to take place November 6 and no time or TV listing has been decided yet.
LSU looks to finish what they started last year, as LSU came close to knocking the Crimson Tide off of it's national title crown. Had the referees got the Patrick Peterson interception call right, who knows what would have happened?
No. 4 features a potential national champion in Boise State taking on Virginia Tech on September 6.
The game will be held at in Landover, Md., at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Boise State is my personal pick to win the national title this season. I'm the first to rip teams that don't play anybody, but this year Boise State is seriously good.
They have a great coach and have all offensive starters returning. The Broncos have 21 of 22 players returning from last season. Not to mention the fact that Boise has an easy road to get to the title game.
The Broncos must go undefeated to get there, and that's what makes this game so interesting. Virginia Tech is a great opponent and if the Broncos slip up early, national title dreams could be down the tube.
No. 3 features one of college football's greatest rivalries in Oklahoma vs. Texas. These teams will do battle October 2, and the time of the game has yet to be announced.
Texas is loaded with talent like every year, but has to worry about the inexperience factor at quaterback. Sopomore Garrett Gilbert hasn't had much playing experience other than the National Championship Game last season.
Oklahoma has eight returning starters on offense to go along with one of the nation's best recruiting classes. This rivalry game will have big implications on the Big 12 and the national scene.
No. 2 on the list could very well be No. 1 just because of the buildup.
The Texas Longhorns will travel to Nebraska on October 16. No time or TV listing has been set.
Last season Nebraska was one second away from knocking Texas out of the title game. The clock ran down to zero and the referees decided to put one second back on the clock. After kicking the game winning field goal, Texas went on to play for the National Championship as Nebraska hung their heads in disgust.
With revenge on their mind, the Cornhuskers will look to take it to the Longhorn with 10 players returning on offense. You better believe this is a game you can't miss.
Who else would be at No. 1 other than Florida taking on Alabama? These two will clash on CBS at 7 p.m. on October 2. As the Gators make their way to Tuscaloosa, they bring talent, talent, and more talent.
The Gators lost Tim Tebow, but replace him with an NFL prospet in redshirt junior John Brantley.
The past two meeting between these teams have been epic clashes. This game truly defines college football with hard-hitting, raw athletic ability, and unpredictable outcomes.
College football is just around the corner. Can you feel it?
Jake Martin worked as an intern this summer at the Sentinel. He is a sophomore at Nicholls State where he is sports editor of the Nicholls Worth.
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