5 Football Saturdays to Savor

Hype machine already churning for Ohio State-USC showdown Sept. 13
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2008 9:31 AM CDT
5 Football Saturdays to Savor
Running back Chris 'Beanie' Wells (28) is billed as a Heisman Trophy candidate for Ohio State, which will begin the season ranked No. 2 after losing each of the past two national-title games.   (AP Photo)

With the college football season set to kick off Thursday, blogger The Kid outlines the five weekends that will help decide who plays in the national championship game on Jan. 8 in Miami.

  • Aug. 30: Illinois and Missouri square off in St. Louis; Clemson and Alabama meet in Atlanta. “Grilled sausages will be distributed according to need,” Kid writes.

  • Sept. 13: No. 2 Ohio State at No. 3 Southern Cal. “It’s the Rose Bowl in September, winner has a (virtually) clear road to the title game.”
  • Sept. 20: “While the previous week is like taking a belt of the Jaeger bottle, this weekend looks at you square in the eye like a bottle of the devil’s private tequila stock and says ‘Bring it.’” Top-ranked Georgia visits Arizona State; Louisiana State-Auburn is also this Saturday.
  • Oct. 11: “The obligatory shoutout to any weekend that counter programs against Oklahoma-Texas, but goddamn this is some serious reason to buy a satellite dish.”
  • Nov. 22: “If your family, marriage, or friendships are still intact by this week, kudos to you:” Michigan-Ohio State highlights a rivalry weekend.
(More NCAA football stories.)

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