July 14, 2006
Adam is CSTV.com's football editor and national football writer.
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.
Theme of the week: How about neutral game sites? We have two big ones on tap, with
And in an unusual twist, our Game of the Week arrives early - a few days early. So that means the weekend begins Thursday in
Game of the Week
Thurs., Oct. 26 - Clemson at Virginia Tech
Look out for Clemson. They should be poised for a big season after finishing last year on a four game winning streak. With the return of their offensive line to open holes for RB James Davis - and a ridiculously easy non-conference schedule - there's no reason why the Tigers shouldn't win the ACC
Games to Watch
Fri., Oct. 27 - UTEP at Tulsa
Here's a contest that should feature the top two teams in the C-USA West. Last year's game was a shootout with UTEP winning, 41-38, but with nine starters returning for the Golden Hurricane, UTEP QB Jordan Palmer should have a more difficult time lighting up the scoreboard this time around. Winner should be heading toward the C-USA title game.
Sat., Oct. 28 -
Mike Leach has had incredible success with his quarterbacks, allowing the Red Raiders to put up explosive offensive numbers every year. And the receiving corps that features three seniors - including Jarrett Hicks - is one of the best in the Big 12, if not the nation. The Longhorns pasted Tech last season, 52-17, and put up 51 the season before. Still, a Red Raider win, with
No home field advantage for either here as this one will be played at M&T Bank Stadium. The challenge for the Irish will be stopping the Navy option attack, something always easier said than done. When Paul Johnson has more than a week to prepare for opponents, he's 13-5. Navy will have 14 days to get ready for Notre Dame.
Rivalry of the Week
Sat., Oct. 28 -
It will always be known as the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, but not if both schools, who have requested the media stop using the reference, have their way.
Mismatch of the Week
Sat., Oct. 28 - Buffalo at Boston College
New coach, new season, same results? The answer for