No. 1 on this list is Louisville at Miami on Oct. 14. No. 2 is Miami at Michigan Sept. 4, No. 3 is Marshall at Ohio State on Sept.11, No. 4 is UNLV at Tennessee on Sept. 5 and No. 5 is Fresno State at Kansas State on Sept. 11.
''The SEC will get by on reputation when it comes to respect from the national media. LSU and Georgia are two of the five best teams in America and worthy of the hype. Auburn will be better than anyone is expecting. However, Tennessee is playing around with two true freshman quarterbacks, Florida will do its yearly gag in two games it shouldn't and the rest of the league is flat-out average to lousy. ... That means Alabama will be one of the year's most overrated teams when it starts out 7-0.''