All games at 7 p.m. unless noted
WEEK 1 — AUG. 31
Miami Northwestern vs. St. Thomas Aquinas, 7:40 p.m.,
Sun Life Stadium
Comment: The matchup many have wanted to watch for years will finally be played. But will Northwestern be able to handle Aquinas, the defending Class 7A state champions, which will start the season ranked in the top 10 nationally?
Others to watch: Aug. 30: Miami Central at American Heritage; Homestead at Boyd Anderson; Plantation at Dillard.
WEEK 2 — SEPT. 6
Boyd Anderson at Cypress Bay
Comment: An early matchup between Cypress Bay, state runner-up in Class 8A last year, and Boyd Anderson, a regional finalist in Class 7A, should make for one of the better early-season games in Broward.
Others to watch: Sept. 6: Delray Heritage at American Heritage, 7:30; Sept. 7: Miami Norland vs. University School (Nova); Deerfield Beach at Blanche Ely.
WEEK 3 — SEPT. 13
St. Thomas Aquinas at John Curtis (La.), 8 p.m.,
Comment: Nationally ranked St. Thomas is no stranger to playing the country’s best on the road. This could be the Raiders’ greatest challenge yet as they take on consensus defending national champion John Curtis Christian in New Orleans.
Others to watch: Sept. 12: University School at Cypress Bay; Plantation at Miramar; Columbus at American Heritage; Chaminade at Gulliver, 4.
GAME OF THE YEAR | WEEK 4 — SEPT. 20
Miramar at St. Thomas Aquinas
Comment: No team has been able to beat St. Thomas as consistently in recent years as Miramar has. The rivalry between these two has produced thrilling finishes each of the past two seasons ending with Patriots’ victories. Both teams have a chance to reach state this season which should make this another thriller.
Others to watch: Sept. 20: American Heritage at Chaminade, 4; Cardinal Gibbons at Boyd Anderson; Taravella at South Plantation.
WEEK 5 — SEPT. 27
Boyd Anderson at University School
Comment: University School will vie for back-to-back state titles. Boyd Anderson is hoping to break into the upper echelon in Class 7A. This is a good early-season test for both as they move into their respective district schedules.
Others to watch: Sept. 27: Daytona Beach Mainland at American Heritage, 7:30; Miami Northwestern at Blanche Ely; Flanagan at McArthur.
WEEK 6 — OCT. 4
Miami Jackson vs. American Heritage, Curtis Park
Comment: Jackson has spoiled two promising seasons for American Heritage, knocking the Patriots out of the playoffs in the first round each of the past two years. This meeting could decide the District 16-5A title and set up a playoff rematch.
Others to watch: Oct. 4: Chaminade at Westminster Christian, 4; Taravella at Deerfield Beach; Northeast at Boyd Anderson.
WEEK 7 — OCT. 11
Blanche Ely vs. Plantation, PAL Field
Comment: An intriguing matchup between two potential playoff teams. Blanche Ely missed the postseason in 2012, but should be in the thick of the race in District 14-7A. Plantation challenged St. Thomas Aquinas during the regular season last year and could again in District 15-7A.
Others to watch: Oct. 11: Jacksonville Bolles at American Heritage, 7:30; Monarch vs. Taravella (Coral Springs); Miramar at Everglades.
WEEK 8 — OCT. 18
Cypress Bay at St. Thomas Aquinas
Dillard at Hallandale