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Ranking the new college football match-ups of 2014

Brett Hundley

According to the fine folks at, there will be six brand new college football match-ups debuting on the gridiron this fall. One of those will be a conference match-up and another will come as part of a conference scheduling agreement, while the other four are good, old-fashioned cross-regional games making for an attractive non-conference tilt. So, if you had to give them a power ranking, which would be the crème de la crème?

Here is my personal take, but feel free to rank these match-ups yourself in the comments below.

1. Ohio State vs. Virginia Tech (September 6)

Virginia Tech may not be quite the ACC power they once were, but the Hokies should be capable of giving Ohio State more than a good early test in non-conference play. The Buckeyes should be one of the favorites in the Big Ten and the boost from playing a solid Virginia Tech team could be a nice little boost in strength of schedule in the eyes of the College Football Playoff selection committee.

2. Alabama vs. West Virginia (August 30, Chick-fil-A Kickoff)

Alabama returns to Atlanta, a city it has become very familiar with over the last few years. The Crimson Tide look to reload and establish a powerful presence against a West Virginia team looking to get the offense firing on all cylinders once again. Nick Saban vs. Dana Holgorsen is quite the contrast in coaching styles, and Saban’s Tide are looking to avoid losing a third straight game for the first time in a long time.

3. Notre Dame vs. Louisville (November 22)

Part of the ACC scheduling agreement with Notre Dame happens to land first-year member Louisville in South Bend in November. The Cardinals are a team that could get better as the season plays out in a year of transition, while Notre Dame could be looking to finish the season on a strong upswing. This one may not carry much influence in the playoff picture, but rankings could be at stake.

4. South Carolina vs. Texas A&M (August 28)

The lone conference match-up in this list will help kick off the entire college football season with a Thursday night game at South Carolina. It is a shame this game will not feature Johnny Manziel or Jadeveon Clowney, but Steve Spurrier‘s Gamecocks could get off to a strong start against a rebuilding Texas A&M team and take an early lead in the SEC East as a result.

5. Ole Miss vs. Boise State (August 28, Chick-fil-A Kickoff)

Boise State returns to Atlanta looking for another victory over an SEC team in the season opener. A couple of years ago it was Georgia, but now it is an Ole Miss team that appears to be moving upward in the world of college football. If the Rebels are going to be a legitimate force, a strong showing against a Boise State team under new leadership is certainly not a bad way to go.

6. Virginia vs. UCLA (August 30)

Last year Virginia was embarrassed at home by Oregon. This year another Pac-12 and potential playoff contender visits Charlottesville with UCLA coming across country to start the new season. This could quickly turn into a showcase for Brett Hundley and Myles Jack if Virginia does not come up with anything worth showing.

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15 Responses to “Ranking the new college football match-ups of 2014”
  1. friarjack61 says: May 23, 2014 1:54 PM

    Good luck to all teams. When the clock expires, we’ll know if the experts know of what they write.

  2. Deb says: May 23, 2014 2:25 PM

    Just keep thinking about that guy on here who calls himself iwishwvuwouldbeatbama. As a Bama fan, I sure hope he doesn’t get his wish :)

  3. 8to80texansblog says: May 23, 2014 3:06 PM

    Ironically the composition of this list seems to represent my general feeling about the conferences (except I might have more Pac 12 teams)

    4 SEC teams
    3 ACC teams
    1 Pac 12 team
    1 Big 10 team
    1 Big 12 team
    1 MWC team
    1 Independent team

  4. Scott Hevel says: May 23, 2014 3:49 PM

    Goes to show how terrible the BCS affects the quality of schedule. These matchups are terrible for “big” matchups sake.

    Bring on the playoff with SOS as an important factor so teams will at least start playing other good teams. Maybe September will be watchable again.

  5. sportsbastard says: May 23, 2014 4:03 PM


  6. garypagetwo says: May 23, 2014 4:27 PM


  7. musketmaniac says: May 23, 2014 4:40 PM

    My opinion Wvu has improved, This game could be a big one. Mountaineer fans are hoping for continued success in Atlanta.

  8. thefiesty1 says: May 23, 2014 6:40 PM

    South Carolina and A&M on a Thursday Night. I thought that was reserved for the schools that have little to no following.

  9. dmvtransplant says: May 23, 2014 7:36 PM

    Any list with:

    Notre Dame = Pointless

  10. mediocrebob says: May 23, 2014 9:27 PM

    Hmmm. That last comment makes sense…?

  11. bamajs says: May 24, 2014 10:39 AM

    Alabama doesn’t look to avoid anything. They look to dominate everything.

  12. goodfieldnohit says: May 24, 2014 2:10 PM

    “South Carolina and A&M on a Thursday Night. I thought that was reserved for the schools that have little to no following.”


    A dumb, beyond comprehension statement.

    Let the butthurt flow through you, dude.

  13. classyjacklambert says: May 25, 2014 11:07 AM

    South Carolina may have little to no following right now, but it is many times bigger than it was 5 years ago, and everyone is waiting to see how A&M looks post Manziel. This will be one of the highest rated Thursday night games in a long time and they usually do pretty well since they are usually the only show on that night.

  14. classyjacklambert says: May 25, 2014 11:09 AM

    Also it is the opening game! And everyone is going to be fiending for football by then.

  15. bsiefkes says: May 29, 2014 9:43 AM

    The Oregon vs Michigan State game doesn’t rank for you? Did you even look at non sec schedules?

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