What does your dream college football road trip look like?
Do you travel across the country or do you stick to one area? Want to see the traditional forces or explore some of the lesser-known spots in the sport?
A few years ago, we planned the ultimate season-long travel version of college football with just two rules.
1. All teams in AP’s pre-season top 25 must be seen at least once.
2. Movement between games must be reasonable within the time available. If you’re in the Big Ten game in the afternoon, you don’t plan on going to SEC land that same evening for a kick-off.
This may not feel like a completely normal college season just yet, as highly contagious delta variants are causing problems across the United States, but due to vaccine availability, this year is 2020. Unlike many fans, they want to make sure they can return safely. to the stadium. Maybe one or two trips to a road race.
So this is our attempt to scale up the 2021 season with our own dream route.
Let’s start the journey:
Game 1: Virginia Tech 10th North Carolina (September 3)
Start with a night game in Blacksburg. Justin Fuente may be in an unstable situation at Virginia Tech and his Hawkeys will start the season against the top 10 opponents. It’s an intriguing match – and timelines and locations work well…
Game 2: 3rd Clemson vs. 5th Georgia (September 4, Charlotte, NC)
The drive from Virginia Tech to Charlotte is fine, and it’s worth it for this clash between the two teams that look like candidates for the national title. Georgia won’t want to take any losses before the SEC schedule starts, and Clemson will be happy to recover from a one-sided playoff defeat to Ohio.
Game 3: 18th Iowa, 7th Iowa (September 11)
The Cy-Hawk series is the main protagonist. Despite all that Matt Campbell has coached at Iowa State University, Cyclone has yet to beat Iowa during his tenure.
Game 4: No. 23 Louisiana Lafayette vs. Ohio (September 16)
Ragin Cajuns is one of two Sun Belt teams to start qualifying this season. Watch them as they host Ohio as Bobcat moves on after Frank Solich’s retirement.
Game 5: No.17 Indiana’s No.8 Cincinnati (September 18)
There are three games that stand out in Cincinnati’s schedule against Indiana, Notre Dame and Central Florida. Pick this for Hoosiers, who were ranked in pre-season polls for the first time since 1968.
Game 6: No. 9 Notre Dame vs. no. 12 Wisconsin (September 25, Chicago)
Wisconsin transfer Jack Coan was recently named the first quarterback at the University of Notre Dame. These two Midwestern teams last met in 1964.
Game 7: No. 14 Miami vs. Virginia (September 30)
A more interesting game is on the agenda from Miami — the hurricane will eventually open in Alabama — but Thursday night’s game went well and Bronco Mendenhall’s Cavalier took part in the ACC title game a few years ago. did.
Game 8: No. 21 Texas on TCU (October 2)
One of the big questions this season is how the SEC-bound Longhorn will be perceived as he moves through the swaying Big 12. This is the first road game at a conference. Unlike its rivals in the state. pleasure.
Game 9: 1st Alabama at 6th Texas A&M (October 9)
Aggie’s won every game he played last year, except those that lost to Alabama 52-24. Texas A&M welcomes Nick Saban and the defending National Champions to Kyle Field for this rematch. Both teams will have to trade their starting quarterbacks this season.
Game 10: No.13 Florida at No. 16 LSU (October 16)
These teams created one of the weirdest games of last year. It was when the Gators lost a field goal at the last minute after being flagged as throwing an LSU player’s shoes. The rematch will take place at Tiger Stadium.
Game 11: Appalachian State University 22nd Coast Carolina (October 20)
Another ranked Sunbelt team, Coastal Carolina, will enter an undefeated regular season in 2020. Shanti Clears can fill their hands this Wednesday night with a visit to Kidd Brewer Stadium.
Game 12: No. 9 Notre Dame vs. no. 15 Southern California (October 23)
Our first Notre Dame game was in Chicago, but the Irish return to South Bend to update one of the sport’s biggest rivals. Last year, Notre Dame and USC did not play against each other for the first time since 1945.
Game 13: 19th Pennsylvania State University 4th Ohio State University (October 30)
The last team to win the Big Ten outside of Ohio State University was Pennsylvania State University in 2016. The Birth of Birth is supposed to replace Justin Fields, but there’s little reason to expect a big slide.
Game 14: Stanford University 24th Utah (November 5)
Pac-12 has not been in the College Football Playoff since 2016. The league has five ranked teams to start the season, but none of them are in the top ten. By November, everyone in the conference is pushing to join the nation’s elite.
Game 15: No. 11 Oregon, No. 20 Washington (November 6)
You may have to fly from the Bay Area to Seattle to participate in this game, but it should be doable. Oregon won the Pac-12 last year after Washington had to withdraw from the title match due to a COVID-19 issue and was replaced by a duck. Of course, Washington initially solidified its position in the championship game when the Dec. 12 game against Oregon (which should have been decided to split) was canceled. It’s no exaggeration to say that both teams want a little less drama in 2021.
Game 16: Washington 25th, Arizona 20th (November 13)
Reis only breaks because this is the second consecutive match at the same location. It’s not ideal, but it hasn’t crossed Arizona off the list yet. This match looks more appealing than some of the others in Sun Devils.
Game 17: 2nd Oklahoma vs. 7th Iowa (November 20)
The last top 25 team we haven’t seen is Oklahoma, at which point Spencer Rattler is approaching the Heisman Trophy. This is a rematch of last year’s Big 12 title game.
Game 18: Wild Card (November 26–27)
I saw all 25 teams in the pre-season mood, so I have free space this past weekend. Iron bowls and bedside lamps are optional. Otherwise, Michigan will recover from the stormy waves of 2020 and pose a threat to Ohio. Keep this slot open for now, knowing that you should be able to pick from many great games by the end of the weekend.