While most college football teams still have around a month until they take the field for their spring games, that doesn't mean we can't obsessively analyze the 2015 season schedule for the games that'll be worth missing anniversaries, birthdays, and reunions at Uncle Joe's house.
Here's our list of The 5 Best College Football Games Of 2015.
5. Florida State Seminoles at Clemson Tigers (November 7th)
One of the vastly underrated rivalries in college football, this edition will feature Clemson QB Deshaun Watson in his quest to upend the rebuilt Florida State Seminoles in a game that'll likely have ACC Atlantic Divison title implications. Expect a raucous orange-clad crowd begging for redemption after the Tigers took the Seminoles to the limit in a 23-17 overtime loss in Tallahassee last season.
4. Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Wolverines (November 28th)
Ready for a rivalry game with a Super Bowl-like amount of tabloid fodder built into it? Urban Meyer brings his defending national champion Buckeyes into the Big House to square off with new Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh's retooled Wolverines squad. You'll likely be sick of hearing about the game after ESPN's analysts are done with it, but this is equivalent of a popcorn flick -- fun, flashy, and full of potential plot twists.
3. USC Trojans at Oregon Ducks (November 21st)
The Pac-12's two likely elites lock horns in a contest that could be a preview of the conference's championship game. Oregon will be looking for one of the first signature wins AMM (After Marcus Mariota) against a talented USC Trojans squad that could all the right cogs in place for a run to the College Football Playoff. Will this end up being one of Cody Kessler's shining moments with the Trojans? It'd be a heck of a stage for it.
2. Baylor Bears at TCU Horned Frogs (November 27th)
Saying this game will have fireworks aplenty is a massive understatement. This Big-12 rivalry has evolved into one of college football's best, featuring two programs that just plain dislike each other battling it out in what will likely be a scoreboard-breaking offensive showcase. Baylor won't have QB Bryce Petty leading the charge, but their offense still has plenty of playmakers returning to make it a high-speed chess game against Heisman candidate Trevone Boykin and the Frogs.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide at Auburn Tigers (November 28th)
The Iron Bowl is always high stakes no matter what the records, but this once again will likely be a BIG one for the SEC West title race, and could very well stand as a elimination game for two projected College Football Playoff contenders. Last time this game was held at Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2013, we got the "Kick Six." 2015's game will all the subtext and motivation necessary to bring us another similarly iconic moment.
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