The 9 Tastiest Cupcake Games of College Football Week 11
With huge games coming up in Weeks 12 and 13, most teams have scheduled their cupcakes at the right time. From the Oregon Ducks to the UCF Knights, there's plenty of treats to snack on for Week 11.
With plenty on the line, and the BCS bowls still in contention, it's time for these teams to build some confidence and rest some players.
Therein lies the true beauty of the late-season cupcake.
UCLA at Washington State
Sitting pretty atop the Pac-12 South, UCLA is about to begin its toughest stretch of games—facing both USC and Stanford in must-win situations.
But first the Bruins get this week's easy showdown against Washington State.
WSU sits dead last in the Pac-12 North—and division as a whole—with no wins in conference play (these guys actually lost to Colorado).
The game should be a nice cake walk for UCLA, allowing the starters to get some rest and build some confidence before Weeks 12 and 13.
Oregon at California
Just like UCLA, the Oregon Ducks have a firm lead on top of the Pac-12 North. But in two weeks they kick off their final stretch against Stanford and Oregon State.
If the Ducks want a chance at a BCS National Championship berth, they need to win both games with authority. And after that shootout with USC, these guys could use a cupcake.
Good thing they roll into Berkeley this weekend to take on California. The Golden Bears rank ninth in the Pac-12 in total defense, allowing 416 yards per game.
How many do you think Oregon puts up?
Notre Dame and Boston College
Notre Dame avoided disaster last weekend, barely edging Pittsburgh, 29-26. Despite the win, the damage was done, as the still undefeated Irish fell from No. 3 to No. 4 in the BCS standings.
If coach Brian Kelly wants to get his team back in the BCS National Championship discussion, he's going to have to win his final games with authority.
Lucky for him, Notre Dame gets to face Boston College in Week 11.
The Eagles are 2-7 on the season, with one of the worst rush defenses in the FBS. This game won't be nearly as close as last week's.
Idaho vs. Brigham Young
Despite an up-and-down season, BYU is still 5-4. With one more win, the Cougars will become bowl eligible for the eighth season in a row.
Coming off a bye week, the Cougars should have no issues getting that sixth win against the Idaho Vandals.
Keep in mind, Idaho's offense is ranked 115th in the FBS, while BYU's defense is a dominating fourth.
Oh, and the game's being played in Provo.
Boise State vs. Hawaii
Coming off just its second loss of the season, Boise State was dropped from the BCS standings heading into Week 11.
If the Broncos hope to get back in good graces with the polls—while possibly recapturing the Mountain West—they have to win out.
That should be no issue in Week 11, with Boise State heading out to Hawaii to face the 1-7 Warriors.
D.J. Harper's going to have quite the heyday, taking on a Hawaii defense that's giving up over 200 yards on the ground per game.
Georgia at Auburn
With their final challenge conquered—if you can call Ole Miss a challenge this season—the Georgia Bulldogs can almost call themselves SEC East Champions.
The final test: taking down Auburn
Over the last few seasons, this game would have upset written all over it. But this is 2012, and these Tigers stink.
Auburn ranks 116th on offense and 84th on defense in the FBS. The Tigers' last ranked opponent (Texas A&M) blew them out by 42 points at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Even with Auburn coming off a 42-7 win over New Mexico State, expect the Bulldogs to steamroll this contest.
Arizona vs. Colorado
At first glance, it might be hard to tell who the cupcake is in this one. Then you remember that no matter how inconsistent Arizona's been, Colorado is still Colorado.
And so the 1-8 Buffaloes roll into Tuscon to face the 5-4 Wildcats.
This shouldn't be much of a problem for 'Zona, with its 330 yards per game passing attack taking on that 110th-ranked passing defense of Colorado's.
Last time the Buffs took on an elite passing attack (USC), they were blown out 6-50. Shouldn't be much different in this one.
Kansas vs. Texas Tech
Texas Tech limps into Week 11, coming off a disappointing 22-31 loss to Texas last Saturday.
At 6-3 on the season, and just on the cusp of elimination at No. 22 in the BCS, the Red Raiders need to finish strong.
Lucky for them, they get to take on the 1-8 Kansas Jayhawks this Saturday at Jones At&T Stadium in Lubbock.
Texas Tech's fourth-ranked offense takes on Kansas' 96th-ranked defense.
There's no better way to bounce back from a disappointing loss than enjoying a tasty treat at home.
UCF at UTEP
After a disappointing 3-5 season in 2011, UCF has made a complete turnaround in 2012. The Knights sit pretty atop Conference USA's East Division at a perfect 5-0 in conference play.
And in two weeks they'll take on Tulsa—also 5-0—in what will most likely be a precursor to the same matchup for the conference championship.
But first, UCF gets a perfectly timed cupcake of a game to build some confidence and rest up.
Unfortunately for the 2-7 UTEP Miners, that makes them the frosting on this treat of a game.