The calendar is set to turn to the page to October and as sure as the leaves turning, the pumpkin-spiced lattes going on sale and the conference races in college football are heating up.
As much as the fantastic non-conference slate brought us in the month of September however, the potential for some epic clashes await in the coming weeks as national title contenders start to fall and potential surprises jump onto the board.
So clear out your schedule, stock up on supplies, say goodbye to your loved ones and get ready for one wild ride in college football over the coming weeks. Here are the best college football games in the month of October and why you should watch.
1. Louisville at Clemson (Oct. 1)
Two top-five teams at one of college football’s best venues involving a pair of Heisman Trophy favorites? Sign us up for the atmosphere and a great battle of wits between coaching staffs.
2. Clemson at Florida State (Oct. 29)
This was billed as one of the games of the season and was supposed to be a play-in game for the College Football Playoff. It still could be that depending on how the Tigers and Seminoles look the next few weeks but bottom line is there may not be a game this year with more NFL talent on the field than this one.
3. Wisconsin at Michigan (Oct. 1)
The Badgers have been one of the biggest surprises so far in 2016 and they’ll have a chance to show they’re for real against a Michigan team with designs on winning a Big Ten title. If you’re interesting in stingy defenses and pro-style offensive attacks, this one is for you.
4. Alabama at Tennessee (Oct. 15)
Everybody circled this game in the preseason as a potential SEC Championship Game preview and that’s increasingly what it looks like. This could be the biggest ‘Third Saturday in October’ since 1993 if both are undefeated.
5. Texas A&M at Alabama (Oct. 22)
Will the SEC West be won this game? It certainly could as Trevor Knight (who beat Alabama the last time he faced them) and a potent Aggies offense heads to Tuscaloosa to face one of the best defenses in the country. Don’t overlook how fun Myles Garrett against that Tide offensive line matchup will be either.