Each day this week, Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley will give you five things having to do with this Florida college football season to help you get through the summer. Each day they will be posted at Gatorsports.com at 5 p.m. Therefore, “Five at Five.”
- Texas A&M at Georgia, Nov. 23: While the Gators are resting up for their annual game with FSU, UF fans get to have a third bye week. It may be strange and for those of you who don’t go to road games anyway, you are used to having a lot of Saturdays free. But it’s still three stress-free weekends for Florida fans. Or not. Who knows how big a game this will be for the races on both sides of the conference? And it could very well have national implications. A&M’s rough schedule is one reason it is difficult to predict the Aggies’ record. This could well be the game that ultimately decides the East.
- Auburn-Oregon in Dallas, Aug. 31: With the Florida game moved up a week, the fare on the menu for the second week of the season isn’t as tasty as it has been the last couple of years. But this is the main course. It’s a huge game for the Pac-12, which has taken its lumps of late. USA Today’s post-spring poll had both teams in the Top 16 and for good reason. It’s the 7:30 p.m. ABC game so pace yourselves.
- Notre Dame at Michigan, Oct. 26: There seems to be a summer-talking theme that Notre Dame will drop off this year and Jim Harbaugh is coaching for his Michigan life. Neither may be true, but we will know a lot more by this point in the season and there is a real possibility we’re looking at two undefeated teams (if the Irish can get past Georgia).
- Penn State at Ohio State, Nov. 23: Ohio State is already a 6.5-point favorite, but we know how intense this rivalry is and how good the games usually are. Ohio State has won the last two games by a single point and the Nittany Lions won the previous year by a field goal.
- Auburn at LSU, Oct. 26: Tiger on Tiger crime here. This might be the most underrated series in college football when it comes to drama. A great finish is almost a lock.