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Games to watch: A fantasy week-by-week wish list


A fantasy look at 2010's games to watch ...


Pittsburgh kicks off the season winning a wild one over Utah in the Wasatch then petitions BCS for strength of schedule boost by beating a Pac-10 team ... You can't spell "embarrassing upset" without USM. Southern Miss wins at South Carolina, officially making it the beginning of the end in Steve Spurrier's final season.


Chris Petersen will have some interesting opening comments when he meets the press. (US Presswire)  
Chris Petersen will have some interesting opening comments when he meets the press. (US Presswire)  
Ticket sales are so bad at Cowboys Stadium that Jerry Jones hires leftover Emmy seat-fillers to claim a sellout for TCU-Oregon State. Horned Frogs (avg. attendance 38,000 in '09, 61st nationally) feel right at home and spank the Beavers ... Dayne Crist throws for 400, the Notre Dame defense allows 400. Irish "roll" by a field goal over Purdue in Brian Kelly's debut ... Rich Rod knows the feeling a lobster has before it is dropped into boiling water. UConn wins its fifth straight road opener, this time over Michigan ... Sympathetic LSU coach Les Miles agrees to play seven-on-seven when North Carolina can't travel enough players to fill a two-deep. T.J. Yates scores the winner when Tiger defenders can't get two hands on him above the waist.


Boise State beats Virginia Tech by 20. Chris Petersen starts his postgame comments by saying, "Anyone wonder how we'd do in the ACC?"

Sept. 11

The biggest Saturday of the season begins when Joe Paterno gets off the bus in Tuscaloosa asking what time his old friend Bear Bryant is going to walk through. Fearing a small crowd and lack of media exposure, Nick Saban commissions Steven Spielberg to preserve the memorable weekend. MTV buys the footage for "Joe Paterno's 84th Birthday Bash," to be shown in December. History gives way to reality: Alabama 31, Penn State 14 ... Citing style points from the German judge, Miami announces it is back after losing by 10 at Ohio State ... In a case of Stoops-on-Stoops crime Bob smacks down Mark in Norman as Oklahoma runs by Florida State ... Tennessee attempts to drop Oregon the week of the game. You thought North Carolina was too tough in 2011? Vols embark on back-to-back losses against top 11 teams at home (Florida is next on Sept. 18) ... The water continues to boil for Rich Rod as Michigan drops to 0-2 after losing at Notre Dame.

Sept. 18

Yet to announce a starting quarterback, Nebraka's Bo Pelini starts the Washington game on offense by having Alex Henery punt ... Tommy Tuberville is suspended by Texas Tech officials after saying his team will, "take Texas out behind the shed." It's not trash talking, Tech realizes the shed is still occupied.

Sept. 23

Hurricane flashback: Miami meets with Pittsburgh for the first time since it split for the ACC. 'Canes have won six straight and 14 of the last 15. These, though, are different times.

Sept. 25

Boise goes to 6-1 against BCS conference schools since 2006 by beating Oregon State. Petersen begins his postgame comments by saying, "Anyone wonder how we'd do in the Pac-10?" ... In the biggest game in Fayetteville since Nolan Richardson was coach, Ryan Mallett gets his 300 yards. But Arkansas gets a bloody nose. 'Bama wins its 19th consecutive SEC opener.

September 28

In preparation for the Alabama game, Urban Meyer demands that the campus evacuate to prevent distractions. The National Guard complies.

Games of the Year
Sept. 6: Boise State vs. Virginia Tech#
Sept. 11: Penn State at Alabama
Sept. 11: Miami (Fla.) at Ohio State
Sept. 11: Florida State at Oklahoma
Sept. 18: Nebraska at Washington
Sept. 23: Miami (Fla.) at Pittsburgh
Sept. 25: Oregon State at Boise State
Sept. 25: Alabama at Arkansas
Oct. 2: Florida at Alabama
Oct. 2: Oklahoma vs. Texas*
Oct. 9: USC at Stanford
Oct. 16: Texas at Nebraska
Oct. 16: Ohio State at Wisconsin
Oct. 23: Notre Dame at Navy
Oct. 30: Oregon at USC
Nov. 20: Ohio State at Iowa
# - Washington D.C.; * - Dallas, Texas

Oct. 2

His name is Trent Richardson and this is his breakout game. Heisman winner Mark Ingram twists an ankle and 'Bama Nation gets to see the future as T-Rich runs for 150 yards and three touchdowns against the Gators. Somewhere Tim Tebow cries. Again ... Oklahoma's DeMarco Murray does his Richardson imitation going for positive yards against Texas. Anything is better than last season's minus-16 rushing by OU against Texas (Red River Rivalry record).

Oct. 7

Since 1969, Kansas State has beaten Nebraska only five times. All five with Bill Snyder at the helm. Make it six as Manhattan spends the day tailgating its way into a frenzy for this Thursday nighter.

Oct. 9

Stanford gets revenge for last year's 34-point nail-biting victory at the Coliseum by going for two in the third quarter against USC ... Boise State beats Toledo by 30. Petersen opens his postgame comments by saying, "Anyone wonder how we'd do in the MAC?"

Oct. 16

Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman and Tom Osborne incite Husker crowd to tip over Texas team bus outside Memorial Stadium. Disoriented, Texas wins by only 10 and bids a fond middle-fingered farewell to Big Ten-bound 'Skers ... A Wisconsin win over Ohio State sure would get the joint jumping. Bret Bielema is a frat boy trapped in a coach's office. He golfs, he barbecues, he tweets, he speaks his mind. Sadly, the only team to beat Ohio State three times in the last decade becomes the latest team to fall to the Bucks ...

Oct. 23

Navy's Ricky Dobbs jumps into the Heisman race and the undefeated Midshipmen move into the top 20 by beating Notre Dame for the third time in four years. Dobbs announces his intention to enter the 2012 New Hampshire primary.

Oct. 30

Oregon wins even if USC wins at the Coliseum. Ducks can go to the Rose Bowl. Trojans can't go to so much as the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Down to 37 healthy bodies, Lane Kiffin pitches North Carolina's seven-on-seven idea but is turned down. The best Chip Kelly will do is agree to play the game in shells ... Paterno wins his 400th career game against Michigan. Rich Rod petitions to the NCAA to have the game vacated from his record.

Nov. 1

NCAA ignores Rodriguez's request but slaps Michigan with four years probation. Wolverines, 3-5, need to win three of their last four to get a bowl.

Nov. 20

Ohio State beats Iowa and clinches the last Big Ten title decided without a championship game. Jim Tressel immediately comes out in support of moving the Michigan game to the first week of November in the future as a "tune-up" for the stretch run.

Nov. 27

Memphis mails it in the season finale against Central Florida. No, really. Memphis' starting quarterback Cannon Smith is the son of FedEx CEO Fred Smith ... Notre Dame clinches a spot in the Champs Sports Bowl after losing to USC for the eighth consecutive year. USC clinches a spot on the couch ... After losing to Ohio State, Michigan finishes its third consecutive losing season, 5-7. Rodriguez finishes 13-23 in his three seasons. Jim Harbaugh is on Dave Brandon's speed dial.

Dec. 3

Jim Delany upstages the weekend championship games by inviting two teams to the Big Ten -- Rutgers from the Big East and Maryland from the ACC beginning in 2012. The SEC responds by inviting Texas A&M and Oklahoma from the Big 12. The Pac-10 follows by grabbing Texas and Texas Tech. The Big 12 implodes. The ACC raids the Big East to replace Maryland. The Notre Dame board of trustees goes into executive session.

Dec. 4

Boise beats Utah State to clinch a Rose Bowl berth, at least. Petersen begins his postgame comments by saying, "Anyone wonder how we'd do in Pasadena?" ... Alabama sweeps Florida in Atlanta to get to its second consecutive BCS championship game ... Virginia Tech slips by Florida State allowing Boise the computer push it needs to finish No. 2 in the BCS. Petersen can't help himself and ends his postgame comments by saying, "Anyone wonder how we'd do in the SEC?"

Anyone in need of a credential from all the BCS title games? Dennis Dodd has them. In three decades in the business, he's covered everything from the Olympics to Stanley Cup to conference realignment. Just get him on campus in a press box in the fall. His heart lies with college football.

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