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Early Look at the Top 25 College Football Games of 2016


The Alabama Crimson Tide were just crowned the kings of college football and here is Nick Saban's team already claiming the top spot as we turn our attention to next season.

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Related: A Very Early College Football Top 25 for 2016

As we bid adieu to the 2015 season, it’s time for an oh-so-early look at what games fall into the must-watch category for the upcoming season. After all, August will be here before you know it.

Some of these games could not only trip up the defending champion, but also give numerous other teams a chance to hold the College Football Playoff National Championship trophy high.

Here are the games you need to pin to the cork board and circle on your calendar to make sure you don’t miss:

Best of the Rest:

26. Auburn at Georgia (Nov. 3)

27. UCLA at Texas A&M (Sept. 3)

28. West Virginia at Oklahoma State (Oct. 29)

29. Louisville at Houston (Nov. 19)

30. Nebraska at Iowa (Nov. 25)

31. Oklahoma State at Oklahoma (Dec. 3)

32. Florida at Florida State (Nov. 26)

33. USC at Stanford Sept. 17)

34. South Carolina at Clemson (Nov. 26)

35. LSU at Florida (Oct. 8)

36. USC at UCLA (Nov. 19)

37. Minnesota at Wisconsin (Nov. 26)

38. Notre Dame at Texas (Sept. 3)

39. Arizona at Washington State (Nov. 5)

40. Florida vs. Georgia (Jacksonville, FL, Oct. 29)

41. Alabama at Ole Miss (Sept. 17)

42. UCLA at Arizona (Oct 15)

43. Nebraska at Wisconsin (Oct. 29

44. North Carolina vs. Georgia (Atlanta, Sept. 3)

45. BYU at Arizona (Glendale, AZ, Sept. 3)

46. UCLA at Arizona State (Oct. 8)

47. Washington at Washington State (Nov. 25)

48. Miami at. Notre Dame (Oct. 29)

49. Mississippi State at Ole Miss (Nov. 26)

50. Army vs. Navy (Baltimore, Dec. 10)

— Written by Brandon Cavanaugh, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Be sure to follow Brandon on Twitter @eightlaces and like his Facebook page.

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