College Football – Week 11 Preview

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For the foreseeable future my Saturdays in the fall are consumed by college football. I often include a second, and sometimes third screen in my day, and this year will be no exception. Be that as it may, I figured a good way to preview the college football weekends would be to go through the day and say what I plan to watch on each screen.

BCS Bowl Predictions

Rather than list the handful of unbeaten teams, this week will feature my predictions for BCS Bowls. This is based on the current BCS Standings (“if the season ended today”) and mostly focuses on where the at-large teams will end up. If you want information on how teams end up where, check out the official BCS procedures. Bold teams represent existing tie-ins, basically things I am not guessing.

  • BCS National ChampionshipAlabama vs. Kansas State
  • Sugar Bowl – Notre Dame vs. Louisville
  • Rose BowlOregon vs. Nebraska
  • Fiesta Bowl – Florida vs. Oklahoma
  • Orange BowlFlorida St. vs. Oregon St.

Thursday,

Evening

Main Screen
Florida St. at Virginia Tech (6:30 pm/ESPN) – Preseason this was looking like a preview of the ACC Championship. Now Virginia Tech is struggling to become bowl eligible. Florida St. remains an incredible longshot for the National Championship, but their focus for now is the ACC Championship. They own the tiebreaker of Clemson, but can’t afford a slip-up.

Saturday,

Morning

Main Screen
Louisville at Syracuse (11 am/ABC) – Louisville is another team with a long shot chance at the National Championship. They have to win out, starting with this road game.

Second Screen
Northwestern vs. Michigan (11 am/ESPN) – Both of these teams lost to Nebraska earlier in the season. Now both are fighting with their last gasp of air. The loser is officially done. Michigan would need one more Nebraska loss if they win out. Northwestern needs two. Not a lot of hope here.

Third Screen
Arkansas at South Carolina (11 am/CBS) – South Carolina is ranked #8 despite two losses. They can’t even win their division. Seems weird they are ranked 8th.

Afternoon

Main Screen
Texas A&M at Alabama (2:30 pm/CBS) – Alabama looks like the best team in the country. Texas A&M is no slouch and blew out Mississippi St. last week. Alabama is at home in this one, and I don’t see them falling, but this is no cakewalk.

Second Screen
Oregon St. at Stanford (2:30 pm/Fox) – Both of these teams till have Oregon left, and both still has their eyes on the ultimate upset and chance at the Pac 12 championship. The loser is almost certainly done in the Pac 12 race.

Third Screen
Penn St. at Nebraska (2:30 pm/ABC or ESPN2) – A good challenge for Penn St., and a big one for Michigan fans. They need Nebraska to lose this one to have a shot.

Evening

Main Screen
Kansas St. at TCU (6 pm/Fox) – Collin Klein’s status is still not 100% clear. This is night road game against a decent team. Klein remains the Heisman favorite and this is a big one for them.

Second Screen
Notre Dame at Boston College (7 pm/ABC) – Notre Dame is coming off a crazy triple overtime win against Pittsburgh. They need to be on the lookout for a disappointing loss to a team they should easily beat.

Third Screen
Mississippi St. at LSU (7 pm/ESPN) – Should be one of the better games of the day, but not sure it means a whole lot at this point. Neither of these teams can make the SEC championship.

Did I miss any games you will be watching?