Thursday, September 20, 2018
  • USF Sports Bulletin
  • Joey Knight

Your way-too-early 2018 college football schedule viewing guide

Although we still don't know the full 2018 college football schedule, we do know the full slates for Florida, Florida State and Miami, after the ACC announced its games Wednesday.

Let's look ahead:

Best date: Oct. 6. LSU-Florida and FSU-Miami are on the same day, again. The Tigers are playing in The Swamp for the second year in a row; you might remember a minor scheduling snafu a few years ago. The Hurricanes snapped their seven-game losing streak to the rival Seminoles last season and will try to make it two in a row, this time at home.

Second-best date: Oct. 27. Florida-Georgia clashes against FSU-Clemson, so two state teams are playing two College Football Playoff teams. I think the Bulldogs will take a small step back before competing for a national title in 2019, but Clemson looks like the team to beat this season. I don't know what to make of the Gators or Seminoles yet (hey, it's January), but both should be in for enormous challenges.

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Worst date: Oct. 20. If you're planning a fall wedding, may I humbly suggest this date? You're welcome. The Gators are off. So are the 'Canes. FSU hosts Wake Forest, which loses excellent quarterback John Wolford.

Best/worst idea: The Gators open the Dan Mullen era on Saturday against mighty Charleston. Miami faces LSU the next day in Arlington, Texas. FSU hosts Virginia Tech the day after that, on Labor Day night. I would love to try to pull off the trifecta. Who's coming with me?

Worst non-conference game: Miami hosts Savannah State on Sept. 8. No thanks.

Other games that caught my eye: The McElwain Matchup, when UF hosts Colorado State on Sept. 15 as part of the deal to get now-former UF coach Jim McElwain. … Miami at Toledo on Sept. 15 will be weird and awesome. … The Gators' three-game stretch of at Tennessee, at Mullen's old Bulldogs and home against LSU will be huge. … Miami at Virginia Tech on Nov. 17 will probably decide the Coastal Division. … You won't find many tougher stretches than this one, for FSU: Clemson, at always tricky North Carolina State and at Notre Dame.

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