- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Imagine, for a moment, the ultimate college football road trip: the chance to see 20 games spread over 15 weeks — but with a few caveats. There can be no scheduled return to the same stadium (though a conference title game provides an exception), no team can be seen more than twice, and there’s a requirement to pay a visit to each of the six automatic qualifying BCS leagues. Look elsewhere for the money to fulfill such a dream. But with an afternoon of tinkering and scheming, it wasn’t hard to develop a full schedule to maximize the 2011 college football season.

Sept. 2: Texas Christian at Baylor

Friday night under the lights in Texas … and with an unbeaten team from 2010 facing one of the nation’s most electrifying quarterbacks in Baylor’s Robert Griffin? That will work. The Horned Frogs face a trying road schedule, starting with this in-state date. Baylor has some hype for a change - but will it fizzle from the start?

Sept. 3:Louisiana State vs. Oregon

Waco and Arlington, Texas, are separated by a little more than 100 miles of highway, making this a manageable two-part weekend. The Will Lyles Bowl features a pair of top-10 teams, with 2010 national runner-up Oregon seeking to make an early statement despite unwanted offseason headlines while facing SEC contender Louisiana State.

Navy offensive tackle Jeff Battipaglia (61) leads Navy onto the field before an NCAA college football game against Army, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Navy offensive tackle Jeff Battipaglia (61) leads Navy onto the field before ... more >

Sept. 10:South Carolina at Georgia

It won’t take long to identify the SEC East favorite. While Florida adjusts to a new staff, Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks can make life miserable for coach Mark Richt, who finds himself with an impatient fan base after a 6-7 season. South Carolina’s chances for success Between the Hedges will be pinned on all-SEC knucklehead QB Stephen Garcia. Ruh roh.

Sept. 17:Oklahoma at Florida State

Are the Seminoles a national power again? There’s no better way for Florida State to find out than to upend a BCS title contender in the opening weeks of the season. The Sooners will bring a Heisman candidate (Landry Jones) into Tallahassee to face the Seminoles, the preseason favorites to win the ACC.

Sept. 24:Arkansas at Alabama

The first game in the Alabama/Arkansas/

Louisiana State round-robin likely to sort out the SEC West, this could be a matchup of top-10 teams. After three likely wins, it also will be the first major test for Razorbacks quarterback Tyler Wilson, who will be scrutinized after taking over for Ryan Mallett.

Oct. 1:Nebraska at Wisconsin

Welcome to the Big Ten, Cornhuskers. Your reward for a first conference game in your new home? A trip to Camp Randall to face the Badgers and new quarterback Russell Wilson, a coveted grad school transfer from N.C. State. But if you miss this, fret not. Both teams could win their divisions and meet in the league title game.

Oct. 8: Florida at Louisiana State

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