Marquee College Football Matchups at AT&T Stadium
Throughout the college football season, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX – home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys – hosts multiple marquee matchups between BCS colleges. Two of those, the AdvoCare Classic and AdvoCare Showdown, will be early season highlights for NCAA football. Let’s take a closer look at each of these games.
Major College Football Events at AT&T Stadium
When: Sunday, September 2nd at 7:30 PM EST
Who: LSU vs. Miami
Opening weekend of the NCAA season will see the LSU Tigers face the Miami Hurricanes in the 2018 AdvoCare Classic. With eight National Championships and 45 bowl victories between them, this game will involve two teams with a lot of success and glory over their history.
The last time these two teams faced was in the 2005 Chick-Fil-A Bowl, when LSU grabbed the win in blowout fashion, 40-3. It was the ninth win for LSU against Miami, and the Tigers lead the all-time series 9-3.
Miami, coming off a successful 2017 campaign that ultimately finished in a tough Orange Bowl loss, will look to get the 2018 season off to a good start against a team it has historically had a tough time of beating. LSU finished last year with a 9-4 record – also culminating in a bowl loss – and there are some uncertainties on the offensive end, especially at the quarterback position. It’ll be interesting to see how the Tigers match up against a solid defense like Miami’s.
When: Saturday, September 15th at 8:00 PM EST
Who: Ohio State vs. TCU
Two weeks removed from the AdvoCare Classic, AT&T Stadium will host the AdvoCare Showdown featuring the Big Ten’s Ohio State Buckeyes and the Big 12’s TCU Horned Frogs. This new event replaces a previously-scheduled home-and-home series between the two teams and, instead, will pit the two teams against each other in a single, neutral-site game.
These two teams haven’t met since September 29, 1973 in what ended up being a 37-3 win for the Buckeyes. To-date the teams have only played each other six times, with Ohio State leading the series 4-1-1.
Coach Gary Patterson’s TCU squad impressed the BCS last year, finishing 11-3 and defeating Stanford in the Alamo Bowl. However, gone is starting quarterback Kenny Hill and there are question marks surrounding who will be under center in 2018.
For Ohio State, two-thousand-seventeen was slightly disappointing, as the 12-2 team just missed out on the College Football Playoff, instead taking home a Cotton Bowl win over USC. Gone is four-year starter J.T. Barrett, leaving a three-man battle for the QB position. Despite the uncertainty there, Ohio State will certainly trot out one of the country’s best defenses (15th in opponent’s points per game in 2017) and this should prove tough for TCU in the Showdown.
Upcoming Events at AT&T Stadium
These two early season games aren’t the only ones you’ll find at AT&T Stadium, aka Jerry’s World. There are other great college events hosted there throughout the year, including the Big 12 Conference Championship Game and the Cotton Bowl. Check them out below.
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