Paul Zeise: Don't miss these 10 games



Ten games that figure to have a role in writing the story of the 2014 college football season:

■ Florida State vs Oklahoma State

August 30: at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas ... The defending champs will be challenged right out of the gate. Oklahoma State has some youth at key positions but the Cowboys' offense should be a test for the Seminoles' rebuilt defense.

■ LSU vs. Wisconsin

August 30: at NRG Stadium, Houston ... This game should be fun for those who like old school football. The winner will certainly be decided at the line of scrimmage. LSU has more overall team speed and a sensational young running back in Leonard Fournette, pictured inset, but the Badgers defense figures to be stingy.

■ Georgia at South Carolina

September 13: The SEC East has morphed into "that other division" as the power teams have come out of the West in recent years. The Gamecocks are dreaming of an SEC title, but to do that they will first need to win the East and the winner of this game gets an inside track in that quest.

■ Clemson at Florida State

September 20: The Seminoles will need to win the ACC in order to get back into the national championship picture and the Tigers again will be their toughest test in-conference. Of course, last year the Tigers were loaded with the likes of Sammy Watkins and Tajh Boyd, had this game at home and got crushed.

■ Notre Dame at Florida State

October 18: The Fighting Irish will need to win a few of these big games in order to put themselves into the national playoff picture. Notre Dame lost a few key players to suspension but should still be strong.

■ Stanford at Oregon

November 1: Both figure to be in contention for a playoff spot so this game should have national implications. But at the very least it can be expected to go a long way toward settling the Pac-12 title considering that the winner of this game has gone on to win the conference in each of the past five seasons. Stanford has won two in a row in this series and is the one defense that seems to have a hex on the Ducks' high-powered offense.

■ Alabama at LSU

November 8: This is always a huge game in the SEC and usually has national implications as well. The Tigers have had some success against the Tide and will need to win this game in order to cement their status as one of the nation's top teams.

■ Ohio State at Michigan State

November 8: This game has lost some luster with Ohio State losing standout quarterback Braxton Miller for the season (shoulder). But Urban Meyer still has a lot of talent to work with and is one of the nation's best coaches, so the Buckeyes certainly won't go quietly into the night. A win here and the Spartans could be on their way to a spot in the playoffs.

■ Baylor at Oklahoma

November 8: The two best teams in the Big 12 are Oklahoma and ... Baylor. Yep. Not Texas, not Oklahoma State, but the Baylor Bears, who are again loaded, especially on offense. This game is likely to be a good old-fashioned Big 12 shootout with lots of points and yards.

■ Auburn at Alabama

November 29: It is hard to believe that this Iron Bowl could top last year's in terms of drama and excitement ("THERE GOES DAVIS, DAVIS IS GOING TO RUN IT ALL THE WAY BACK, AUBURN IS GOING TO WIN THE FOOTBALL GAME ...") -- but there could be just as much riding on this one. Both teams figure to be in the mix for the SEC West title and by default that means they will be in the mix for a playoff spot.


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