Oregon vs. LSU (Arlington, Texas)
7 p.m., Sept. 3
Our take: What an opening-weekend treat. These two teams are good enough to play in the BCS national championship game, and who knows? If the cards fall the right way, both could get there for a redo of this stellar matchup.
LSU at Alabama
TBD, Nov. 5
Our take: The Tide and the Tigers could be the country's top two teams when they meet in Tuscaloosa. To the winner likely goes the SEC West title and an inside track to national championship game. Bryant-Denny Stadium will be rockin'.
Oklahoma at Oklahoma State
TBD, Dec. 3
Our take: Bedlam is always grand fun around these parts, but with a pair of preseason top-10 teams, this regular-season finale has a chance to be something truly special. Bragging rights won't be the only thing on the line this season.
Oklahoma at Florida State
TBD, Sept. 17
Our take: If not for Oregon-LSU, this would be the best nonconference game of the year. Both teams are in the top five. The Sooners want to win a national title while the Seminoles want to avenge a 30-point loss last season in Norman.
Boise State vs. Georgia (Atlanta)
7 p.m., Sept. 3
Our take: The Broncos don't shy away from anyone. After opening a year ago on the road against Virginia Tech, Boise State takes its high-powered offense south to Georgia. This could be the start of a make-or-break year for Bulldog coach Mark Richt.
Texas A&M vs. Arkansas (Arlington, Texas)
TBD, Oct. 1
Our take: Want to go to the SEC? Texas A&M will have a chance to see how it stacks up against one of that conference's upper-tier teams.
Oregon at Stanford
TBD, Nov. 12
Our take: There will be big-time BCS implications. Will Oregon play for a national title? Will Stanford push into one of the big bowls? Oh, it'll also be a Heisman Trophy showdown — Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck vs. Duck running back LaMichael James.
Alabama at Auburn
TBD, Nov. 26
Our take: The defending national champ vs. the next national champ? Could be. Or the Tigers could add another page to Iron Bowl lore and take down the Crimson Tide's title hopes. Lose the regular-season finale, and Alabama would be hard pressed to recover.
LSU at West Virginia
TBD, Sept. 24
Our take: Apparently, Les Miles doesn't ascribe to the philosophy that SEC teams need to schedule easy in the nonconference. Oregon and West Virginia? Yikes. Dana Holgorsen and his Mountaineers have a chance to make their first big statement by knocking off the Tigers.
Texas at Texas A&M
7 p.m., Nov. 24
Our take: This is about animosity, plain and simple. Bad blood has been boiling in recent weeks, but they have to wait nearly three months to hash it out on the field. What's more, it might be the last meeting for a long, long time.