If you’ve ever felt like you’ve “been there” and “done that” this is for you—six college games between teams who have never faced each other on the football field.
All are powerhouse programs and all mark first-time matchups, quite something for a sport which has been alive and well since Rutgers and Princeton got things underway in 1869.
Though this list doesn’t include all the first-ever meetings in 2014—especially with another wave of conference realignment this year—it’s a good start.
Texas A&M-South Carolina
When/Where: Thursday, Aug. 28, Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, S.C.
The Aggies have only visited the state of South Carolina twice to face an FBS opponent, in 1973 when they beat Clemson 30-15 and most recently in 2005 when the Tigers won 25-24.
The only power-five team from the state of Texas ever to play in Columbia is Baylor. The Bears beat the Gamecocks in South Carolina 24-13 in 1975.
When/Where: Saturday, Nov. 22, Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Ind.
The Irish are 134-56-3 all-time against ACC members and the Cardinals are 10-3 all-time against independents. The last time Louisville played an independent program was in 2004 when they beat Army 52-21 at West Point.
When/Where: Saturday, Aug. 30, Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Va.
The Cavaliers are 0-4 all-time against Pac-12 members, most recently losing to Oregon 59-10 in Charlottesville last season.
The Bruins are 18-14 all-time against ACC teams, last beating Virginia Tech 42-12 in the 2013 Sun Bowl.
Virginia Tech-Ohio State
When/Where: Saturday, Sept. 6, Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
The Hokies are 3-2 all-time against the Big Ten, most recently falling 23-20 to Michigan in the 2012 Sugar Bowl. The last time Virginia Tech traveled to the state of Ohio for an FBS game was in 1996 when it beat Akron 21-18.
The Buckeyes are 37-16-1 all-time against the ACC, last losing to Clemson 40-35 in the 2014 Orange Bowl.
Ole Miss-Boise State
When/Where: Thursday, Aug. 28, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.
The Rebels are 5-3 all-time against Mountain West members and last beat Fresno State 38-28 at Fresno in 2011.
The Broncos are 1-4 all-time against SEC members, most recently scoring a 35-21 win over Georgia in Atlanta in the 2011 Chick-fil-A Kickoff game.
When/Where: Saturday, Aug. 30, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.
It’s hard to believe that the Crimson Tide, who started playing football in 1892, and West Virginia, who hit the gridiron in 1891, have never faced each other.
Alabama is a surprising 7-14-2 all-time against Big 12 members and most recently lost 45-31 to Oklahoma in last season’s Sugar Bowl.
West Virginia is 24-23-2 all-time versus the SEC and last fell to LSU 47-21 in Morgantown.