Arizona State-Texas A&M is the game I'm most interested in when Week 1 of the college football season rolls around for one simple reason: the Sun Devils and Aggies have never played one another. It seems impossible for two major programs to exist for so many decades in this universe without colliding, either intentionally or through the random pairing of a bowl game. So I celebrate these new clashes, knowing that they are finite and one day everyone will have played everyone else.
In fact, I want more of them. In that spirit, I found the most interesting opponents that each team in the preseason Top 10 has never played:
1. OHIO STATE vs. GEORGIA TECH
When the Buckeyes played Navy last season, they gave up 370 rushing yards and only led by three early in the fourth quarter. Paul Johnson is waiting, and yes this knife he carved himself IS made out of another man's femur.
2. TCU vs. MICHIGAN
One of these teams has won a Rose Bowl since the Playstation 2 was first released!
3. ALABAMA vs. OREGON
4. BAYLOR vs. WISCONSIN
This is the Pepsi to Alabama-Oregon's Coke, except that we'll absolutely take Pepsi if that's all you have. Enthusiastically, even.
5. OREGON vs. TEXAS A&M
You know, if the Ducks can beat Bama and A&M, that pretty much ends the arguments that they wouldn't compete if they played in the SE-oh.
6. MICHIGAN STATE vs. CLEMSON
It's especially fun because fans of the losing team will automatically revert back to "oh hell, we're back to losing four games every year now" panic.
7. AUBURN vs. UCLA
Imagine the thickest Alabama accent you've ever heard call in to Finebaum. Now imagine that accent saying "EWE SEE ELL AYYYYYYYY."
8. FLORIDA STATE vs. ARKANSAS
Jimbo and the Hawgs is also a great name for a George Thorogood tribute band in Key West.
9. GEORGIA vs. OKLAHOMA
The game that definitely gets a long-tenured head coach fired. No, we're kidding. Bob Stoops and Mark Richt are immortal.
10. USC vs. LOUISVILLE
Picture Sark and Petrino, shaking hands at midfield and wondering if they've got Tinder dates scheduled with the same woman after the game.