The Best College Football Games Right Now

  • Carl Hulick
    The Battle for Los Angeles

    USC versus UCLA is coming again on November 22. The fans make this game special. The second-biggest city in the United States is split down the middle. Are you a Bruin or Trojan? Do you call the Rose Bowl home or the L.A. Coliseum home? This year the game will be played at Rose Bowl Stadium, which just happens to be a National Historical Landmark. USC leads the series 44-30-7, but UCLA won last year’s game, 35-14, celebrating hard afterward. (Look at that homie, Carl Hulick.

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  • Chris Davis
    The Iron Bowl

    They made an ESPN 30 for 30 movie about this game, so that should tell you something. Need more? They’ve killed trees over this rivalry. Phyllis from Mulga will fight you over this rivalry. For the past five seasons, ‘Bama or Auburn has played for the BCS National Championship, with ‘Bama winning three and Auburn winning one. And last year in the Iron Bowl, this happened.

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  • Michigan, Ohio State
    The Game

    Michigan vs. Ohio State. Michigan leads the series 58-45-6. Desmond Howard’s Heisman moment happened in this game. Charles Woodson’s Heisman moment has happened in this game. Troy Smith’s Heisman moment happened in this game. See where I’m going here? This is THE BIG GAME. Whether you watch the game in The Big House amongst 115k-plus or this year in The Horseshoe among 106k-plus, you’ll be watching arguably college football’s biggest rivalry in one of the biggest football stadiums in the country.

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  • Texas, Oklahoma
    The Red River Rivalry

    The only thing separating the hate between the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas is one long river. It separates both states and keeps the peace until every October when the Sooners cross state lines and meet in Dallas, Texas, which is the midpoint between Norman, Oklahoma, and Austin, Texas. The rivalry is so intense people fight over whether it’s called the OU/TX game or the TX/OU game. A big part of what makes the game special is that the stadium, the Cotton Bowl, is smack dab in the middle of the Texas State Fair. Corn dogs, fried Oreos, rides, funnel cakes, Big 12 football and 80 degrees in October, who doesn’t want that?

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  • Notre Dame Stadium
    Notre Dame Stadium

    Look, whether you love them or hate them, you know all about Notre Dame. There is someone in your family that’s a Notre Dame fan. The Fighting Irish are the New York Yankees of college football. They have more tradition than your favorite religion. A big part of the lore and luck of the Fighting Irish is Notre Dame Stadium. It’s the slanted lines in the end zone, the golden helmets, and Touchdown Jesus looking down on the fans and players.

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  • Death Valley
    A night game in Death Valley

    Technically, there are two Death Valleys in college football: One in South Carolina, and the other in Baton Rouge, La. Sure, Frank Howard Field at Clemson Memorial Stadium aka Death Valley has the great tradition touching Howard’s Rock before they “Run Down the Hill.” Let’s be real, though, there’s only ONE Death Valley and it’s Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, home to the LSU Tigers. When Death Valley is at full capacity at 102k, it’s the fifth-largest city in Louisiana.

    Here’s all you need to know about Death Valley and why you need to watch a game there: Arkansas’ governor has said, “Unfair is playing LSU on a Saturday night in Baton Rouge.” iIt’s been called “the best place in the world to watch a sporting event.” It was ranked as the loudest college football stadium in the country, and one time the crowd was so loud they registered an earthquake in the Louisiana Geological Survey office.

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  • Carl Hulick
  • Chris Davis
  • Michigan, Ohio State
  • Texas, Oklahoma
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • Death Valley

There’s a saying in the NFL that “no player is bigger than the shield.” It sounds like something Roger Goodell would say, especially considering what some of the NFL’s quarterbacks are doing nowadays, but I’m not sure who said it. Whoever said it was wrong. There are players bigger than the shield. People watch the NFL for the superstars. Remember when the NFL went on strike in 1987 and used replacement players? I don’t, I was too young but I heard the football was scarier to watch than Friday the 13th.

Now, when it comes to college football, no player is bigger than the game. The fans, the tradition, the stadiums, the pageantry, and then the players all hold stake in the prodigious entity we call college football.

Have you ever heard anyone say I’d love to go to an Arizona Cardinals game one day? Have you heard anyone outside of Detroit talk about dreaming of one day going to a Detroit Lions game? I bet you have heard someone talking about wanting to go to a University of Michigan football game so that they can see what it’s like to hear the crowd explode after a punt return touchdown. I’ve never heard anyone say they’d love to watch the Indianapolis Colts play in Lucas Oil Stadium, but I’ve heard several people say they want to go to Notre Dame Stadium and revel in the presence of Touchdown Jesus. Even in the NFL, fans don’t feel like they have to watch the best teams in person. In college, it’s different.

You’re not going to a college football game JUST for the players. You’re going for everything that comes with college football. If you plan on taking a tour of college football games or you just happen to be in the area, here are some games, stadiums and rivalries you need to check out this college football season. These are The Best College Football Games Right Now.

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