Aug. 30 > USC at Auburn
Against the Tigers--many a pundit's national champion pick--it
might not matter whom Pete Carroll throws out there at
Sept. 6 > Oklahoma at Alabama
Eighteen years after his biggest win as Tide quarterback (20-16,
at Georgia), Mike Shula makes his coaching debut in Tuscaloosa.
Sept. 13 > N.C. State at Ohio State
The last time a Wolfpack team played a game this big was in the
1983 Final Four. Is another giant-killing in the offing?
Sept. 18 > Texas A&M at Virginia Tech
Forget Friends. With quarterback battles on both teams (Dustin
Long vs. Reggie McNeal for the Aggies, Bryan Randall vs. Marcus
Vick for the Hokies), this Thursday night game is Must-See TV.
Oct. 11 > Oklahoma vs. Texas (at Dallas)
College football's marquee matchup--or marquee mismatch? The
Sooners have won three straight and gotten into the heads of the
Oct. 25 > USC at Washington
One week removed from a trip to South Bend, the Trojans head to
Seattle for a game that could decide the Pac-10 title.
Nov. 1 > Miami at Virginia Tech
The winner of this game will have the upper hand in the race for
the Big East's BCS bid.
Nov. 1 > Ohio State at Penn State
State College has been Unhappy Valley for the Buckeyes, who have
dropped four of their last five there.
Nov. 15 > Auburn at Georgia
This battle between the hedges could be important enough to
require a rematch--three weeks later in the SEC title game.
Nov. 22 > Ohio State at Michigan
Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes go for their third straight against
Big Blue in a game certain to have Big Ten and national title
Jan. 4, 2004 >
National Championship Game
Sugar Bowl, New Orleans
COLOR PHOTO: HEINZ KLUETMEIER (VA. TECH-MIAMI) HIGH HURDLE A wall of orange--the Miami D--stood between VirginiaTech and its title hopes.