College Gameday 2012 Schedule: Previewing Potential Week 12 Destinations

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2012

STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 27: A Penn State Nittany Lions fan cheers against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Beaver Stadium on October 27, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. The Ohio State Buckeyes won 35-23. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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ESPN's College GameDay heads out to sea for Week 11, broadcasting from aboard the USS San Diego, a fitting location for sure with Air Force taking on the San Diego Aztecs.

As we get closer to the end of the regular season, each successive week brings with it intriguing matchups that not only have BCS implications, but conference implications as well.

Let's take a look at three campuses that should be put on notice: Chris Fowler and company might be coming to town.


Indiana (4-5) at Penn State (6-3)

It's a long shot for sure, but what great storylines this game could have.

On one hand, you've got the Indiana Hoosiers, not known as a football powerhouse, in contention for a shot to play in the Big Ten Championship game (especially if they beat Wisconsin this week) and with an explosive spread offense.

On the other hand you've got Penn State, a historic program dealing with unheard of sanctions, led by a coach who has done such a fantastic job of replacing a legend that he's worthy of serious consideration for Coach of the Year honors, both in his conference and nationally.

Happy Valley hasn't been graced with Lee Corso's presence since 2009, when the Iowa Hawkeyes (4-0) scored 16 unanswered fourth quarter points to beat the No. 5 Nittany Lions (3-1) by a score of 21-10 and hand Penn State their first loss of the season.


No. 14 Stanford (7-2) at No. 3 Oregon (9-0)

Stanford still has an outside shot at playing for the Pac-12 Championship, but they'll need to beat Oregon to stay alive.

Oregon, looking to stay unbeaten and in the hunt for the BCS National Championship cannot afford to lose any games at this point, with Alabama, Kansas State and Notre Dame all undefeated and with those same aspirations.

College GameDay last visited Eugene in October of last season when the No. 9 Ducks (5-1) took down No. 18 Arizona State (5-2) by a score of 41-27.


No. 19 USC (6-3) at No. 18 UCLA (7-2)

It's the Battle of Los Angeles as the USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins meet at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena with much more on the line than bragging rights.

Neither team has any National Championship aspirations, but the winner of this game will have an advantage in the Pac-12 South division and a fairly clear path to the Pac-12 Championship Game.

While the College GameDay crew makes a yearly visit to the Rose Bowl, this would be the first time that it was for a regular season contest between these two crosstown rivals, whose campuses are a mere 12 miles apart.