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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, December 5th
Louisville at Cincinnati (6:30 pm/ESPN) – Louisville can still finish with 11 wins if they pull this one out, Teddy Bridgewater is looking to solidify himself as one of the top two picks in the NFL draft, but Cincinnati has the most to gain. They can win a share of the AAC title if they pull on this win and UCF loses on Saturday.
Friday, December 6th
Bowling Green vs. Northern Illinois (7:00 pm/ESPN2) – The MAC Championship is on the line, but this game is all about NIU. Jordan Lynch is hoping to get an invite to New York next week, but in the meantime NIU needs to win so that they can qualify for a BCS bowl game for the second straight year. Last chance to see Lynch just roll some team.
Saturday, December 7th
Oklahoma at Oklahoma St. (11 am/ABC) – Oklahoma St. controls their own destiny in the Big 12. They already beat Baylor and Texas, so winning here gets them to the Fiesta Bowl. They are ranked 6th in the BCS and have a chance to win out and finish in the top 3 or 4.
UCF at SMU (11 am/ESPN) – UCF has had an amazing first season in the AAC. Their only loss was by three to South Carolina. They won on the road at Penn St. If they win here they will go to their first BCS game. QB Blake Bortles is fun to watch, and his last name is fun to say.
Missouri vs. Auburn (3:00 pm/CBS) – Nobody had this matchup for the SEC championship when the season started. Auburn still has a slim chance to make the National Championship even if FSU and OSU both win. Missouri probably can’t do that without some help, but this game should be good. It has all the makings of Auburn suffering the letdown.
Texas at Baylor (2:30 pm/Fox) – Both of these teams need help, but they can still win the Big 12. They need Oklahoma St. to lose earlier in the day, but if that happens this game becomes for the Big 12 title and a BCS berth. It’s amazing that Texas got back to this point after it looked like Mack Brown was on his way out just a few weeks ago. Amongst all the Big 12 teams still alive, Baylor is the one I would most like to see in a BCS game.
Ohio St. vs. Michigan St. (7:17 pm/Fox) – Tons on the line here. Ohio St. needs to win to even be in the discussion for the National Championship, but it could be as simple as win and they are in. Michigan St. could get a program changing win with this one. This one will likely be close, and hopefully is the game of the day.
Duke vs. Florida St. (7:00 pm/ABC) – With the news that a discussion on whether or not to charge Jameis Winston is going to come Thursday (read: today), and it could change everything. Per school rules, if he is charged with a felony, he will be suspended, which means not only will be miss the ACC Championship but also the National Championship. If he is out, suddenly Duke has a chance. More importantly, if Florida St. loses, the SEC championship means everything again. Things will be really interesting in the next 24 hours.
Stanford at Arizona St. (6:45 pm/ESPN) – Stanford inexcusably lost to Utah and USC, but thanks to Oregon falling apart at Arizona, Stanford somehow creeped back into the Pac 12 title game. Stanford already beat Arizona St., who also lost to Notre Dame. This is a very underrated game, but because there are no National Title implications, but it should be a good one. Stanford could roll though.
Did I miss any games you will be watching?