College Football Preview – Week 14

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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.

Thursday, November 28th

Evening

Main Screen
Texas Tech at Texas (6:30 pm/Fox Sports 1) – As predicted in October, Texas Tech went from 7–0 and ranked 10th to losing 5 straight. Now they have one chance to salvage the regular season. Texas finally lose two weeks ago to a good Oklahoma St. team. They still have Baylor after this one, and believe it or not, could still win the Big 12 if OK St. loses to Oklahoma if the pieces fall right.

Second Screen
Ole Miss at Mississippi St. (6:30 pm/ESPN) – This game is imoprtant for Miss. St. They need to win to get bowl eligible. If they don’t, it might be the end of the road for Dan Mullen. Meanwhile, Ole Miss showed a lot this year, and if they win this one and the bowl game they should enter next season in the top 20 at least.

Friday, November 29th

Afternoon

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Arkansas at LSU (1:30 pm/CBS) – Football all day on the Friday after Thanksgiving is an awesome thing. There aren’t a ton of games to get excited about, but there are enough sprinkled in to make it worth keeping an eye one. Big Ten fans can take some schaudenfraude in watching Brett Bielma go 0–8 in the SEC and 3–9 overall in his first season.

Second Screen
Fresno St. at San Jose St. (2:30 PM/CBS Sports Network) – The battle of two future NFL QBs? Derek Carr looks to close out his regular season strong and try to make one last statement to at least get an invitation to New York. David Fales didn’t quite have the season people thought he would, and San Jose St. has had a rough go of it. He likely will still hear his named called at some point April though.

Evening

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Oregon St. at Oregon (6 pm/Fox Sports 1) – Oregon is ranked 13th somehow, and it seems like the Pac 12 as a whole is getting a lot of love as of love. That is very likely deserved though as they are easily the second best conference in the country. Oregon St. has lost four straight and could really use this one to right the ship, but it won’t be easy.

Second Screen
South Florida at UCF ( pm/) – After Jim Leavitt was let go, Skip Holtz took over USF and ran their record down three straight seasons. Assuming they lose this one, Willie Taggart will have managed to produced fewer wins that Holtz did last season. Meanwhile UCF still has to win out (or get help) to preserve this remarkable dream season and win a conference title in their first season.

Saturday, November 30th

Morning

Main Screen
Duke at North Carolina (11 am/ESPN2) – It’s likely the first time ever that this game has had so much behind it. Duke can win the division if they close this one out against their biggest rival. If they lose, a big logjam forms at the top of the division. How can anyone not be rooting for Duke in this one?

Second Screen
Ohio St. at Michigan (11 am/ABC) – Strange things happen during rivalry week. Almost certainly one out of nowhere upset will happen. Michigan is having a majorly down year, and beating Minnesota is the high point so far. They are at home for this one, with a chance to play spoiler. Anything can happen.

Third Screen
Florida St. at Florida (11 am/ESPN) – Looking back, it appears that the record margin of victory in this one is 49 points, by Florida in 1973. The spread is 27.5, but it’s certainly possible FSU could win by more. Jameis Winston doesn’t need a monster game to win the Heisman, it’s more about his off the field issues playing a role at this point.

Afternoon

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Alabama at Auburn (2:30 pm/CBS) – One of the biggest rivalries is setting up one of the biggest games of the year. Alabama is really good. Auburn is solid, but their defense isn’t quite as good as it needs to be. It doesn’t seem like they have a chance to win, but hopefully they can keep it close. What a great afternoon game though.

Second Screen
Baylor at TCU (2:30 pm/ESPN2) – Baylor singlehandedly fell out of the National Championship and Big 12 picture all at once last week. Now they need help to get back in the conference picture. Finishing 11–1 is nothing to sneeze at, and if they win these last two they could probably still end up in a BCS game.

Third Screen
Penn St. at Wisconsin (2:30 pm/ESPN) – Wisconsin is a very good two-loss team that is a screwup from Pac 12 refs away from being 10–1 and in the top 10. They are still very much alive in the at-large pool. Assuming Northern Illinois and the SEC each grab one. The last two will come down to the following (assuming they all win out): Clemson, Stanford, Baylor, Wisconsin, Arizona St. and Oregon. So they still have a shot.

Evening

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Clemson at South Carolina (6 pm/ESPN2) – Clemson is quieting haveing a great season. Sure FSU blew them out, but who hasn’t that happend to? They have rolled through the ACC, and if they beat South Carolina, and after the SEC sorts it all out, they will be the top one-loss team. This should be an excellent way to continue the day of football.

Second Screen
Texas A&M at Missouri (6:45 pm/ESPN) – The team new SEC teams square off. They have both proved everyone wrong who said they didn’t belong in the SEC. Missouri can play in the SEC championship in just their second season if they can win this one. Johnny Manziel, meanwhile, is playing his last regular season game (presumably), and could use a w big one to give him a shot at winning a second Heisman.

Third Screen
Notre Dame at Stanford (6 pm/Fox) – After a huge season last year, Notre Dame has stayed out of the spotlight this season. But they are quietly 8–3 including wins over Arizona St. and Michigan St. A win here would be huge for Brian Kelly going in to a bowl game. Meanwhile Stanford is alive for an at-large bid if they can win this one.

Did I miss any games you will be watching?