Taking a look at the 2023 college football schedule, which has yet to be finalized in a few leagues, it’s never too early to project 10 games that will rank among the most important in the country in the race for college football playoffs. Continuing our analysis before the start of spring training in a few weeks, let’s try to determine the matchups that the selection committee will be watching closely during nationally ranked competitions.
The reveal of the 2023 Big 12 schedule is expected in late January, according to Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark. The league would have “finished” the schedule with the inclusion of the addition of Houston, Cincinnati, UCF and BYU, so for this exercise we’ll be excluding the Big 12 before their list becomes final and updated later this spring with a more extensive ranking.
In the Pac-12 during the 2022 campaign, the league title game was only decided on the last weekend of the season and we expect more of the same this fall.
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Here’s a look at 10 of college football’s most important games in the 2023 season and where they’re ranked.