College GameDay 2012: Week 11 Schedule, Location, Predictions & More
For the first time this season, ESPN's College GameDay comes to us not from campus, with a raucous crowd of undergrads in the background, but instead from sea. They'll be broadcasting live from the USS San Diego with an equally raucous crowd of enlisted men and women fueling the fire.
Week 11's slate of games features a number of important conference matchups, including Air Force at San Diego State, a game that should create some separation atop the Mountain West conference. Currently, four teams are separated by one game for the conference lead.
Conference matchups, many of which have BCS implications, dot the College Football landscape in Week 11. Let's take a closer look at some of the Top 25 action on tap and what the schedule looks like so that you can better plan your Saturday.
What: ESPN College GameDay
Location: USS San Diego, docked in San Diego, CA
Coverage: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET
Penn State Returns the Favor in Lincoln
It's a meeting of two storied programs headed in opposite directions, with Nebraska looking to reach the Big Ten Championship game in their first year in the conference while Penn State is in its first year of NCAA sanctions related to the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Last year, Nebraska walked into Happy Valley less than a week after the legendary Joe Paterno was fired and the ugliness surrounding Sandusky had come out. Nebraska beat a stunned and shocked Penn State squad 17-14, ending any hopes the Nittany Lions had of playing for the Big Ten Championship.
Penn State will be looking to return the favor on the arm of QB Matt McGloin, who is completing 62 percent of his passes and has 18 touchdowns and only three interceptions on the season, but he'll be going up against a formidable Cornhuskers' defense that allows fewer than 160 yards passing per game.
Nebraska's Taylor Martinez is one of the best dual-threat QBs in the country, though he's been a bit more turnover prone than you'd care to see with eight interceptions, including two last week in their win against Michigan State. He faces a defense that allows only 17 points per game, 14th lowest in the nation.
Nebraska's got the edge in the running game, but overall these two teams are pretty evenly matched. With this being the equivalent of Penn State's bowl game, I like the Nittany Lions to pull off the upset in a close game that comes down to the wire.
Oregon State Ends Stanford's Pac-12 Championship Hopes
Something's got to give when No. 11 Oregon State and No. 14 Stanford get together at Stanford Stadium. Both teams enter the game with 5-1 records in conference play, tied for second place in the Pac-12 North, one game behind an undefeated Oregon squad.
Cody Vaz has done a fantastic job replacing Sean Mannion for the visiting Beavers. The Cardinal will be going with redshirt freshman Kevin Hogan under center, replacing Josh Nunes, who started the first nine games of the season.
Hogan's inexperience will come back to bite the Cardinal at home, and his mistakes will cost Stanford the game and a shot to sneak into the Pac-12 Championship Game, while the Beavers' Week 13 matchup against Oregon becomes that much more important.
Tide Rolls over Aggies
Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Alabama's A.J. McCarron are both having fantastic seasons, and to be honest, Manziel's probably the better quarterback.
But those chirping that the Aggies are going to walk into Bryant-Denny Stadium and knock off the No. 1 team in the country because the Crimson Tide had their hands full with LSU are misguided. For as solid as the Aggies' defense may be, LSU's is better.
Alabama's defense is better than both, and it's that defensive unit that will give Manziel and the third highest scoring offense in the country fits on Saturday. Of his 32 touchdowns on the season, only one has come against teams ranked in the BCS Top 10.
It'll be close, but Alabama remains undefeated through 11 weeks of the season.
Week 10 Top 25 Schedule
Penn State (6-3) at No. 16 Nebraska (7-2), 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN2
No. 9 Louisville (9-0) at Syracuse (4-5), 12:00 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN3
No. 15 Texas A&M (7-2) at No. 1 Alabama (9-0), 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS
No. 2 Kansas State (9-0) at TCU (6-3), 7:00 p.m. ET, FOX
No. 3 Oregon (9-0) at California (3-7), 10:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
No. 4 Notre Dame (9-0) at Boston College (2-7), 8:00 p.m. ET, ABC
No. 5 Georgia (8-1) at Auburn (2-7), 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Louisiana-Lafayette (5-3) at No. 6 Florida (8-1), 12:21 p.m. ET, SEC Network
No. 21 Mississippi State (7-2) at No. 7 LSU (7-2), 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Arkansas (4-5) at No. 8 South Carolina (7-2), 12:00 p.m. ET, CBS
No. 11 Oregon State (7-1) at No. 14 Stanford (7-2), 3:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Baylor (4-4) at No. 12 Oklahoma (6-2), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Maryland (4-5) at No. 13 Clemson (8-1), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Iowa State (5-4) vs No. 17 Texas (7-2), 12:00 p.m. ET, Longhorn Network
No. 18 UCLA (7-2) at Washington State (2-7), 10:30 (71p.m. ET, ESPN2
Arizona State (5-4) at No. 19 USC (6-3), 3:00 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network
No. 20 Louisiana Tech (8-1) at Texas State (3-5), 7:00 p.m. ET, Longhorn Network
Kansas (1-8) at. No. 22 Texas Tech (6-3), 12:00 p.m. ET, FSN
Army (2-7) at No. 23 Rutgers (7-1), 12:00 p.m. ET, ESPNU
No. 24 Northwestern (7-2) at Michigan (6-3), 12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
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