2006 Football Schedule Planner - Week 3

June 2, 2006

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    By Adam Caparell                              

    Assistant Editor, CSTV.com


    Adam is CSTV.com's football editor and national football writer.
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    Over the summer, CSTV.com will be taking a look at the college football schedule, highlighting the top matchups, the can't-miss games and the storylines that make certain contests so intriguing. Check in every Friday for the heads-up on what games are shaping up to be the best each week, the worst each week and a few others that have piqued our interest. 


    Conference play will still be a few weeks away for the Big 12, so the third week of the college football season seems to be the perfect time for the year's first road game.


    Seven Big 12 teams will be playing their first game on the road this week. There's plenty of intriguing matchups and for most of the Big 12 teams, it will be their first game against legitimate competition.


    Bill Callahan brings Nebraska into Los Angeles for a showdown with USC and Pete Carroll. The Cornhuskers should be improved and ranked entering a game that features two former NFL coaches facing off.


    The annual battle for Iowa is renewed as Iowa State will take on Iowa. Colorado hosts Arizona State and Missouri travels to New Mexico.


    Then there's Oklahoma-Oregon, which just happens to be our. . .


    Game of the Week

    Sat. Sept. 16 - Oklahoma at Oregon

    In what easily could be a game featuring two Top 10 teams, the Sooners travel to Eugene where they will have to deal with one of the toughest -- and vastly underrated -- college football settings in Autzen Stadium. The Ducks have never beaten Oklahoma in six tries, including a 2005 Holiday Bowl loss to the lower-ranked Sooners.  


    Games to Watch

    Sat. Sept. 16 - Michigan at Notre Dame

    Some seem to think Michigan could be a sleeper this year after a disappointing 2005 campaign. The Irish have won the last two meetings and Michigan hasn't dropped three in a row to Notre Dame in over 15 years. While a loss at South Bend is understandable, it's not going to make the pressure on Lloyd Carr any smaller.


    Sat. Sept. 16 - Miami at Louisville

    Who doesn't remember that classic game from 2004 between these two when the Canes erased a 17-point lead, coming from behind twice for the win. If Cardinals QB Brian Brohm is fully recovered from knee surgery, look out. This is a big one for the Big East. This is by far the highest profile non-conference game for any Big East team and a win would do wonders for the conference's BCS credibility.


    Sat. Sept. 16 - Texas Tech at TCU

    Here's another Big 12 team on the road for a tough non-conference matchup. This one should be TCU's toughest game of the season. And for those who love offense, it's shaping up to be a shootout. A win over a Big 12 opponent would go a long way for a TCU team that again has BCS aspirations. If the new rules for BCS qualification had been in place last season, TCU would have made the grade.


    Sat. Sept. 16 - Memphis at East Carolina

    After a trip to UAB the week before, East Carolina could find itself in a tough spot in just its second conference game of the year. In what's shaping up to be an extremely competitive Conference USA this year, two losses right off the bat could put a serious damper on any hopes of an Eastern Division title for the Pirates.


    Rivalry of the Week

    Sat. Sept. 16 - Florida at Tennessee

    Since 1992 when the SEC went to a 12-team, two-division football league, the winner of this game has made it to the championship game nine times. It could be a feat on its own if Phillip Fulmer makes it to this game because tensions keep rising. The Vols are coming off their first sub-.500 record since 1988 and nine players have either been arrested or issued citations in the past 18 months causing Fulmer to reportedly admonish his team during a meeting this spring.


    Mismatch of the Week

    Sat. Sept. 16 - Youngstown State at Penn State

    Penn State gets to face the school that once had Jim Tressel roaming its sidelines. This should be a nice tune-up for the Nittany Lions, whose game the following week just happens to be against Tressel's current team, Ohio State.




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