10 Best College Football Games Each Week in 2016

While it is a tad bit early to go in-depth with a massive conference preview, I do think it’s the right time to give you the 10 best games each week throughout the entire season. From week one to week 14, the college football season offers up some of sports best drama and this season is no exception.

In part one, I take a look at weeks one through four where there are plenty of major games that shift the the Heisman race all the way to the College Football Playoff.

Week 1

K-State at Stanford (Sept. 2nd)

A little Friday night football on “The Farm”, Heisman frontrunner Christian McCaffery takes on a Kansas State team that’s making a rare trip out west in what could be Bill Snyder’s final season in Manhattan.

USC vs. Alabama (AT&T Stadium)

Alabama opening up in a neutral site game? No way right?

LSU vs. Wisconsin (Lambeau Field)

While I’m not a fan of the neutral site game, this is one I can fully support and get behind. For the first time since 1982, historic Lambeau Field will host a college football game featuring the home state Wisconsin Badgers and LSU Tigers. As the kids say, it’s gonna be lit.

Other Games of Note

Oklahoma vs. Houston (NRG Stadium)

Clemson at Auburn

North Carolina vs. Georgia (Georgia Dome)

Louisiana Tech at Arkansas

UCLA at Texas A&M

Notre Dame at Texas (Sept. 4th)

Ole Miss vs. Florida State (Sept. 5th)

Week 2

Iowa State at Iowa

In last seasons showdown, Iowa State’s meltdown at home was a springboard for Iowa’s cinderella season that ended with a Rose Bowl. Can new Cyclones head coach Matt Campbell make his mark in the Hawkeye State’s biggest rivalry?

Tennessee vs. Va. Tech (Bristol)

It’s a football game that takes place on a racetrack. A football game, on a race track. I’m in.

BYU at Utah

The shifting of teams in conferences has killed some of the nations best rivalries. Luckily the holiest of all college football rivalries is still alive with Utah taking on BYU in Salt Lake City. If these two can equal their showdown in the Las Vegas Bowl back in December, we’re in for a treat.

Other Games of Note

Penn State at Pittsburgh

Arkansas at TCU

Texas Tech at Arizona State

Ohio at Kansas (If KU football wins then they’ll be 2-0, let’s get weird baby)

Kentucky at Florida

UCF at Florida

Cincinnati at Purdue

Week 3

Ohio State at Oklahoma

This is the week where we could see the College Football Playoff start to take shape, with pivotal games taking place in South Bend, Oxford and Norman. This will be an insane weekend for football.

Alabama at Ole Miss

Ole Miss has won two straight games vs. the defending national champions, with a new quarterback under center for the tide. Don’t be surprised if we see a 3rd straight win by Ole Miss.

USC at Stanford

Christian McCaffery’s Heisman run can either be halted here or continue to it’s ascension. One thing that hurt McCaffery was the lack of “showcase games” in 2015, this year it won’t be a problem.

Other Games of Note

Michigan State at Notre Dame

Colorado at Michigan

UCLA at BYU

Oregon at Nebraska

Houston at Cincinnati

Texas A&M at Auburn

Mississippi State at LSU

Week 4

Washington at Arizona

There has been talk out west that this is the season that Chris Petersen and his Washington Huskies break through and win the Pac-12 North and make a run at the College Football Playoff. This trip to Tucson is followed up by games vs. Stanford and Oregon. We’ll know a lot more about the Huskies in a few weeks.

Tennessee at Florida

Last season Tennessee and Florida mattered for the first time in a long time and in 2016 it’s still gonna matter.

LSU at Auburn

If LSU wants to win the SEC West, let alone a national championship they’ll need to win games on the road and this is their first road test in the conference. After a trip to the plains, they’ll go on the road at Florida, Arkansas and Texas A&M so a win here would go a long way.

Other Games of Note

USC at Utah

Arkansas at Texas A&M

Wisconsin at Michigan State

Penn State at Michigan

Oklahoma State at Baylor

West Virginia vs. BYU (FedEx Field)

Stanford at UCLA

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