College GameDay 2012 Schedule: Previewing Potential Week 12 Destinations
ESPN’s College Gameday honored the military in Week 11 for Veteran’s Day weekend by broadcasting live from the USS San Diego’s flight deck in San Diego Bay on Saturday.
The San Diego Stage Aztecs upset the 19th-ranked Boise State Broncos in Week 10 and took on the Air Force Academy at Qualcomm Stadium in Week 11.
The military-rich San Diego Bay was the center of the sports world, giving proper attention and respect to those brave and dedicated individuals who risk their lives every day for the United States.
With that said, let’s take a look at some potential destinations for next week’s edition of College Gameday.
No. 19 USC Trojans at No. 18 UCLA Bruins
The Rose Bowl, Los Angeles
These bitter intra-city Pac-12 rivals will square off in what will presumably be for a chance to play in the BCS Rose Bowl against the Big Ten. Anything can happen, especially with a Pac-12 championship date looming with whoever can run the table.
There are huge implications in this one. Before Week 11, UCLA holds a one-game edge over its crosstown rivals in the Pac-12 South standings.
The winner of this game may end up getting the short end of the straw, though, because drawing Oregon in the championship game could mean the end of their Rose Bowl aspirations as Oregon State or the next best team would go in their place should they lose.
No. 2 Kansas State Wildcats at Baylor Bears
The Baylor Bears have a shot at knocking off No. 12-ranked Oklahoma and shaking up the Big 12 conference standings in Week 11. If they can manage to find some type of defense, their first-ranked passing game may be able to do just that.
That would set up an exciting showdown with second-ranked Kansas State in Week 12 that could steal the show in a week of underwhelming matchups.
National championship implications? Check. High scoring potential and excitement factor? Check. Heisman hopeful playing for the trophy? Check.
What’s not to like about Waco in Week 12?
No. 14 Stanford Cardinal at No. 3 Oregon Ducks
Another big Pac-12 matchup will go down in Week 12. This one has some immediate national title implications brewing in Eugene.
Stanford is playing as good as anyone in the conference not named Oregon and could use its more physical style approach to slow the pace of the game and keep the Ducks high-flying attack in check.
Or, more likely, it’ll be yet another high-scoring Oregon rout that continues to boost the team's standing and push it closer to catching Kansas State for the second spot in the BCS title game.
Only one thing is for sure, Eugene is going to be loud and crazy to help the Ducks ward off a potential upset from the visiting Cardinal.
Mike Hoag Jr. is a Breaking News Team writer and NFL featured columnist for Bleacher Report.
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