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Ranking the 99 best games of college football's 2014 opening week

After waiting out an entire offseason, just about every college football game sounds pretty great. Let us know your top five in the comments!

SB Nation 2014 College Football Guide

College football is here, and there are plenty of exciting games on opening weekend to let fans get right into the thick of things. There are many, many more games, however, that are not so exciting. What follows is a list of the top 10 games of Week 1 (Aug. 27-31) plus the best of the rest. (Thanks to Jon Morse of Bring on the Cats for helping with this list.)

All times Eastern.

  1. Clemson at Georgia, Saturday, Aug. 30, 5:30 p.m. After a decade without a game, the Clemson-Georgia rivalry started anew last season in fiery fashion, with the Tigers pulling out a dramatic 38-35 win. Quarterbacks Aaron Murray and Tajh Boyd are gone to the NFL (as is Sammy Watkins), but wherever Todd Gurley is, we'll be watching. If last year was about the offense, this year sees two of the best defensive units in college football (Georgia's linebackers and Clemson's defensive line).
  2. Wisconsin vs. LSU in Houston, Saturday, Aug. 30, 9 p.m. Melvin Gordon against SEC speed? Leonard Fournette versus a Big Ten defense? If this game were on campus, it would take the No. 1 slot.
  3. Texas A&M at South Carolina, Thursday, Aug. 28, 6 p.m. The SEC schedule starts early for the Manziel-less Aggies and Clowney-less Gamecocks. It's not all gone, however -- Mike Davis looks to be one of the best running backs in the conference, and Texas A&M boasts a strong offensive line for new quarterback Kenny Hill.
  4. West Virginia vs. Alabama in Atlanta, Saturday, Aug. 30, 3:30 p.m. Florida State transfers Clint Trickett and Jacob Coker are expected to quarterback West Virginia and Alabama, respectively, though Bama's yet to say so. The Mountaineers are considerable underdogs.
  5. Oklahoma State vs. Florida State in Arlington, Saturday, Aug. 30, 8 p.m. Jameis Winston will face off against former Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year J.W. Walsh. And running back Karlos Williams has a much bigger role in the offense ahead of him for the Seminoles, while Desmond Roland is one of the top running backs in the Big 12.
  6. Miami at Louisville, Monday, Sept. 1, 8 p.m. A rematch of last season's Russell Athletic Bowl finalizes Bobby Petrino's return to the Cardinals. A healthy Duke Johnson means a dangerous Miami offense, and this could be quite different from last year's 36-9 Louisville rout.
  7. Boise State vs. Ole Miss in Atlanta, Thursday, Aug. 28, 6 p.m. Boise State suffered a blowout loss to Washington in its opener last season. The Broncos have a new head coach in Bryan Harsin, their former offensive coordinator who won a share of the Sun Belt title in his only year as the head man at Arkansas State. They'll have to contend with an Ole Miss team whose stellar 2013 recruiting class is now one year more experienced.
  8. Utah State at Tennessee, Sunday, Aug. 31, 7 p.m. Welcome back Chuckie Keeton! One of college football's most exciting players returns to face a rebuilding Tennessee. The Volunteers will attempt to turn a massive, 32-member recruiting class into their first bowl appearance since 2010.
  9. Penn State vs UCF, Saturday in Ireland, Aug. 30, 8:30 a.m. This was a great game last season, and this year it takes place in Dublin -- that is, if a volcano doesn't get in the way. Penn State has the star power in Christian Hackenberg and new head coach James Franklin, and UCF seeks to replace Blake Bortles and Storm Johnson.
  10. Rutgers at Washington State, Thursday, Aug. 28, 10 p.m. This will be Rutgers' first game as a Big Ten school, and it could be a tough one. Mike Leach doubled his win total in his second season at Washington State.
  11. UCLA at Virginia
  12. California at Northwestern
  13. Fresno State at USC
  14. Arkansas at Auburn
  15. SMU at Baylor
  16. UNLV at Arizona
  17. North Texas at Texas
  18. Washington at Hawaii
  19. Colorado State vs. Colorado
  20. Ohio State at Navy
  21. Rice at Notre Dame
  22. BYU at Connecticut
  23. North Dakota State at Iowa State
  24. Ohio at Kent State
  25. Eastern Illinois at Minnesota
  26. Temple at Vanderbilt
  27. Wake Forest at Louisiana-Monroe
  28. Boston College at Massachusetts
  29. UTSA at Houston
  30. Bowling Green at Western Kentucky
  31. Tulane at Tulsa
  32. St. Cloud State at Minnesota State-Mankato
  33. Troy at UAB
  34. Louisiana Tech at Oklahoma
  35. Appalachian State at Michigan
  36. Western Michigan at Purdue
  37. Marshall at Miami (Ohio)
  38. Florida Atlantic at Nebraska
  39. UTEP at New Mexico
  40. Grand View at Drake
  41. New Hampshire at Toledo
  42. Georgia Southern at NC State
  43. Southern Miss at Mississippi State
  44. South Dakota State at Missouri
  45. Elon at Duke
  46. Portland State at Oregon State
  47. James Madison at Maryland
  48. Indiana State at Indiana
  49. Villanova at Syracuse
  50. Abilene Christian at Georgia State (bonus points for being the first FBS game of the season, though Eastern Washington would probably still beat Georgia State)
  51. Youngstown State at Illinois
  52. Delaware at Pittsburgh
  53. South Dakota at Oregon
  54. NC Central at East Carolina
  55. Montana at Wyoming
  56. Southern Utah at Nevada
  57. Northern Iowa at Iowa
  58. Idaho State at Utah
  59. Wofford at Georgia Tech
  60. William & Mary at Virginia Tech
  61. Bryant at Stony Brook
  62. Liberty at North Carolina
  63. Samford at TCU
  64. Central Arkansas at Texas Tech
  65. Alabama A&M vs. North Carolina A&T
  66. Western Carolina at South Florida
  67. Jacksonville State at Michigan State
  68. Stephen F. Austin at Kansas State
  69. Prarie View vs. Texas Southern
  70. Cal Poly at New Mexico State
  71. Montana State at Arkansas State
  72. Southern at Louisiana-Lafayette
  73. Colgate at Ball State
  74. Idaho at Florida
  75. Northern Arizona at San Diego State
  76. Bethune-Cookman at Florida International
  77. North Dakota at San Jose State
  78. Weber State at Arizona State
  79. Hampton at Old Dominion
  80. Nicholls State at Air Force
  81. Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Texas State
  82. Coastal Carolina at The Citadel
  83. Chattanooga at Central Michigan
  84. UC Davis at Stanford
  85. West Texas A&M at Colorado State-Pueblo
  86. Hey, we finally joined Facebook!
  87. Tennessee-Martin at Kentucky
  88. Duquesne at Buffalo
  89. Morgan State at Eastern Michigan
  90. Austin Peay at Memphis
  91. Howard at Akron
  92. Presbyterian at Northern Illinois
  93. Missouri State at Northwestern State
  94. Valparaiso at Western Illinois
  95. Florida A&M at Jackson State
  96. Marist at Sacred Heart
  97. Gardner-Webb at Furman
  98. Grambling State at Lamar
  99. UNC-Pembroke at Winston-Salem State
  100. Eastern Kentucky at Robert Morris