The games to watch


Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel leaps to avoid a tackle during a run against Georgia in the second half at EverBank Field in Jacksonville on Oct. 27, 2012.

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Published: Monday, August 26, 2013 at 11:11 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 26, 2013 at 11:11 a.m.

The easy thing is to go through the college football schedule and come up with the games you most want to watch or the games you believe GameDay will be at during 2013. Which we have done here.

The hard part — picking the under-the-radar games each week that are going to get you flipping the channel.

Of course, by the time we get to some of these games they could be irrelevant or GameDay worthy. But here are the games, week-by-week, the games you can't wait for and the games you will be surprised you can't turn off.

Week 1 — Best game: Georgia at Clemson. Two great offenses should make this great entertainment and the stakes make it even better.

Under the radar: Ole Miss at Vandy. Both teams are coming off surprising seasons and a win would be like a dozen swigs of 5-Hour Energy.

Week 2 — Best game: Notre Dame at Michigan. OK, let's see if the Irish have the magic two seasons in a row.

Under the radar: Oregon at Virginia. The Ducks have to come across the country and may be looking ahead to Tennessee.

Week 3 — Best game: Alabama at Texas A&M. Even ESPN can't over-hype this game, especially if Johnny Football is eligible.

Under the radar: Ohio State at Cal. The Bears gave the Bucks fits last year and could throw a wrench into the works early.

Week 4 — Best game: Kansas State at Texas. It's not a great week for games, but this is compelling when it comes to the Big 12.

Under the radar: Arkansas at Rutgers. Who can forget last year's amazing game? This is a big one for the Bret Bielema regime.

Week 5 — Best game: Wisconsin at Ohio State. Assuming both navigate the early parts of their schedule, GameDay will be partying on State Street.

Under the radar: South Carolina at UCF. Who scheduled this? The Knights are a dangerous team, especially at home.

Week 6 — Best game: Washington at Stanford. The Huskies had a little something for the Cardinal last season.

Under the radar: Arkansas at Florida. A lot will depend on where these two teams are at this point, but it should be intriguing.

Week 7 — Best game: Florida at LSU. The most underrated rivalry in football has had some real gems of late.

Under the radar: Alabama at Kentucky. Sure, the Tide should roll. But this will be one of those games that will define Mark Stoops' first season.

Week 8 — Best game: Florida State at Clemson. First team to break serve wins.

Under the radar: Northern Illinois at Central Michigan. Can Jordan Lynch lead the Huskies to another BCS bowl? This game will say a lot about it.

Week 9 — Best game: Penn State at Ohio State. There won't be a lot of chances for the Buckeyes to lose a game, but this is one of them.

Under the radar: Vanderbilt at Texas A&M. James Franklin will have his team ready and the Aggies may look past the 'Dores.

Week 10 — Best game: Florida-Georgia. The cocktail party is big no matter, but after last year, it's even bigger.

Under the radar: Northwestern at Nebraska. Just prop up your feet and enjoy the offenses here.

Week 11 — Best game:Oregon at Stanford. This might be the game of the year, assuming all goes well leading up to it.

Under the radar: Virginia Tech at Miami. Can the Hokies return to form? Can Miami get all the way back?

Week 12 — Best game: Florida at South Carolina. The Steve Spurrier vs. the Gators angle never gets old.

Under the radar: Alabama at Mississippi State. A week after Alabama-LSU, the Tide have to go to Starkville. Anyone else smell upset?

Week 13 — Best game: Texas A&M at LSU. The Tigers handled Johnny Manziel a year ago. This should be interesting.

Under the radar: Oregon at Arizona. Just the kind of game the Wildcats could find a way to win.

Week 14 — Best game: Notre Dame at Stanford. So many to choose from on rivalry Saturday, but this one could mean so much on the national scale.

Under the radar: Baylor at TCU. The last time they played in Waco it was 50-48. That's all you need to know.

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