Highlighting the Fall 2020 College Football Games Ohio State Fans Should Watch

By David Regimbal on August 20, 2020 at 10:10 am
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence
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Fall football isn't happening for Ohio State, but as of today, that isn't the case for ACC, Big 12 and SEC programs.

Those conferences are still marching forward to the start of their seasons in September, and if they manage to pull it off (with an enormous emphasis on the word if), there are plenty of high-profile games that'll take place this fall.

That'll be a hard pill to swallow for Big Ten and Pac-12 fans, as their teams pushed back the start of the season to at least January. That eliminates teams like Ohio State and Oregon from competing for a spot in the College Football Playoff, as well as its players from earning high-profile awards like the Heisman Trophy.

As unfortunate as that is, fall college football is still on the docket. Here are the best games still on the schedule.

Florida vs. Georgia

The winner of the this game has gone on to win the SEC in each of the last five seasons, with the Bulldogs claiming the last three.

Gators quarterback Kyle Trask burst onto the scene las fall, throwing for nearly 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns against just seven interceptions. He was a huge part of Florida's resurgence last year and helped the team to an 11-2 record.

Georgia has some work to do in replacing multi-year starting quarterback Jake Fromm and four starters along the offensive line, but the defense should once against be stout with defensive ends Malik Herring and Travon Walker anchoring the unit.

Texas vs. Oklahoma 

Tom Herman hasn't had the success many projected when he took over the Texas program in 2017.

In his three seasons with the Longhorns, they've registered just seven, 10 and eight wins. That lack of success has extended to the Big 12's most heated rivalry. Combining the three matchups in the Red River Showdown and the conference title game matchups, Herman has beaten Oklahoma just once in his four matchups against Lincoln Riley.

The momentum could shift in 2020. The Sooners have to replace quarterback Jalen Hurts this fall, while the Longhorns have continuity at the position with Sam Ehlinger returning behind center.

Clemson vs. Notre Dame

There was a moment in May when the conferences were contemplating a conference only schedule that had me thinking about what Notre Dame's season would look like. The Fighting Irish aren't official members of the ACC, and it was funny to entertain the idea of the program being forced to assemble a schedule of other independents.

But alas, the ACC extended its olive branch and included the Fighting Irish in its conference heavy schedule. The benefit of that, however, is that it'll force Clemson to travel north to take on Notre Dame the first weekend of November.

We've all wondered how a southern team would fare in the midwest elements late in the season. This fall, if the season goes on as scheduled. we'll find out. Please let it be snowing.

Alabama vs. Georgia

With 2019 and LSU being the outlier, Alabama and Georgia have been the royalty of the SEC for the better part of a decade. The Tide won half of the last 10 SEC titles while the Bulldogs have contended for the same number (and winning just one).

With Alabama and Georgia in different divisions, we usually only get this matchup in the SEC title game (or college football playoff). But this fall, on October 17, Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs will make the trip to face off against the Tide.

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