7 pm: Defending champion Alabama, which will open the season in the Top 10, travels to Baton Rouge to play LSU in a rematch of January’s title game. The Tigers, who should open the season as the team to beat, likely will be undefeated at the time. The untested NFL prospect vs. the depleted defense. Can’t wait.
Also on November 3rd, though the time is TBA (10 pm start in the East seems reasonable): Oregon travels to LA to play USC, which should open the season as the No. 2 team in the country. Last year’s game was fantastic: USC 38, Oregon 35. Coachella-loving QB Matt Barkley will probably throw five TDs this time around.
Appetizers earlier in the day: TCU vs. West Virginia. Both figure to be Top 20 teams. Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State. Missouri vs. Florida in a game the media will eat up because many of them went to one of these journalism schools. And lastly, for the Big Ten – Nebraska vs. Michigan State.