I was over by Franklin Field a few days ago running an errand, and as the temperatures kept rising football was the farthest thing from my mind.
But despite it being only the first week of June,
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has given us reason to start talking about the upcoming college football season.
So forget about the fact that we'll be sweltering in 90-degree-plus heat next week, and check out these ACC and SEC matchups that will kick off the fall. There are quite a few blockbusters, and an early one that should have some local interest.
N.C. State at South Carolina
USC at Virginia
- Delaware at Maryland (Any Blue Hens fans on here?)
Appalachian State at LSU (Can they do it again? Maybe not in Baton Rouge...)
Alabama vs. Clemson in Atlanta
(A great rivalry and a very high-scoring game recently)
Tennessee at UCLA (Rick Neuheisel's debut at the Rose Bowl)
Mississippi at Wake Forest (Houston Nutt's first road test with Ole Miss)
Richmond at Virginia (The Spiders made the I-AA semis last season)
Miami at Florida (A rivalry worthy of prime time in the Swamp)
California at Maryland (How will Cal be without new Eagle DeSean Jackson?)
Arkansas at Texas (Another rivalry game loaded with history and tradition)
Georgia at Arizona State (The Bulldogs could well start the season ranked No. 1)
There's also Auburn at West Virginia on Thursday, Oct. 23
, which is a bit of an odd time of year for an inter-sectional game if you aren't Notre Dame.
But still, what a test for the Mountaineers in Bill Stewart's first season at the helm. You have to wonder how many couches will be burned in Morgantown that night if West Virginia pulls off the upset.
What a haul of games this is. Hard to not get excite about it, even with an entire summer ahead.