Top games on TV this season

August 29, 2012 

Sept. 1 Michigan vs. Alabama (8 p.m./ABC-36): Alabama is not just the defending national champ but the No. 1 pick again in plenty of pre-season rankings, including Sports Illustrated's picks. Michigan is the favorite to win the Big Ten. Quite a season kickoff at Cowboys Stadium.

Sept. 8 Georgia at Missouri (7:45 p.m./ESPN2): Welcome to the SEC, Mizzou. The Tigers play host to SEC East favorite Georgia in Columbia in the first game in Missouri's new conference.

Sept. 15 Alabama at Arkansas (3:30 p.m./CBS-27): John L. Smith would take a huge step toward turning his "interim" tag as Arkansas head coach to "permanent" if the Hogs could beat the Tide in Fayetteville.

Sept. 22 Michigan at Notre Dame (7:30 p.m., NBC-18): If Brian Kelly is making any progress at Notre Dame, the Irish head coach needs to show it here when the Wolverines come to South Bend.

Sept. 29 Wisconsin at Nebraska (8 p.m., ABC-36): This is the Big Ten opener for two teams with designs on a league championship. The Huskers will be seeking revenge for last year's 48-17 loss in Madison.

Oct. 6 Georgia at South Carolina (TBA): The expected two best teams in the SEC East battle in Columbia for what could well be the right to play in the league championship game in Atlanta.

Oct. 13 Oklahoma vs. Texas (TBA/ABC-36): The annual Red River Shootout is a key game for Texas, which has been plotting a comeback after a couple of down years.

Oct. 20 LSU at Texas A&M (TBA): You asked for it, Texas A&M, you got it. LSU comes to College Station as the host Aggies are fully indoctrinated into the SEC.

Oct. 27 Michigan at Nebraska (8 p.m./ABC-36): Probably the two best teams in the Big Ten, this time squaring off in Lincoln. Michigan buried the Huskers 45-17 last year in Ann Arbor.

Nov. 3 Alabama at LSU (8 p.m./CBS-27): Rematch of last year's national championship game, or rematch of last year's best regular-season game. Only the 2012 version will be played in Baton Rouge's version of Death Valley.

Nov. 10 Texas A&M at Alabama (TBA): Alabama can't afford a letdown here a week after playing LSU. Texas A&M makes its first trip to Tuscaloosa as an SEC member.

Nov. 17 Oklahoma at West Virginia (TBA): As new members of the Big 12, the Mountaineers welcome the Sooners to Morgantown. Will be interesting to see how the return of defensive coordinator Mike Stoops affects Dana Holgorsen's potent WVU offense.

Nov. 24 Michigan at Ohio State (Noon/ABC-36):

As the new coach at Ohio State, Urban Meyer is welcomed to possibly the biggest non-SEC rivalry in college football.

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