Top 10 games to watch in 2011

By Jenni Carlson, Staff writer, jcarlson@opubco.com Published: August 29, 2011
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Oregon vs. LSU (Arlington, Texas)

7 p.m., Sept. 3

TV: ABC

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

TV: TBD

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

TV: ABC

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

TV: TBD

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

TV: ESPN

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)

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