Rivalry Week is here.
It's the last regular season edition of ESPN's CollegeGameDay in 2012, and it comes to us live from Los Angeles, where No. 1 Notre Dame (11-0) takes on the USC Trojans (7-4) in what figures to be the most watched game of the season.
But Notre Dame's quest to remain No. 1 and earn a berth in the BCS National Championship Game isn't the only big game on Saturday's schedule. A number of games, both with conference and BCS ramifications, dot the college football landscape.
Let's take a look at what's on tap and how things are going to shake out.
What: ESPN College GameDay
Location: Outside the Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Coverage: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET
Penn State Will Send Wisconsin Limping Into the Big Ten Championship Game
The Wisconsin Badgers (7-4) are the ultimate beneficiaries of the postseason sanctions levied on both Ohio State (11-0) and Penn State (7-4) this season, as the Badgers, who sit third in the Big Ten Legends Division, are guaranteed of a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game whether they win or lose in Happy Valley.
It's senior day at Beaver Stadium, and the crowd will be more pumped than usual to send off a class of seniors who, unlike many of their counterparts, didn't abandon ship after the NCAA handed down its unprecedented sanctions and instead led Penn State to a successful season on the field.
Penn State will avenge the 45-7 thumping the Badgers handed out at Camp Randall last season and take care of business against the Badgers, ending their season on a high with a resounding victory at home.
Georgia Tech Upsets Georgia in the Battle of Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate
Georgia Tech's (6-5) triple-option offense has been on fire the past three games, scoring nearly 48 points per game and making many believe that this is a much tougher game for the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs (10-1) than it appears on paper.
While Georgia has won seven of their past eight meetings, six of those games have been decided by eight points or less. That trend will continue on Saturday at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia, when the Yellow Jackets pull off the upset.
Florida State Makes It Three In A Row Over the Gators
No. 10 Florida State (10-1) has beaten No. 4 Florida (10-1) by a total of 38 points over the past two seasons.
That domination will continue in 2012, as the Seminoles welcome the Gators into Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee.
Both squads have excellent defenses who don't surrender points—Florida ranks third in the nation at 11.9 points per game, while Florida State's fifth ranked defense allows only 13.1 points per game.
But that's where the similarities end. Offensively, Florida puts up fewer than 26 points per game, good for 81st in the country. Florida State, behind dynamic QB E.J. Manuel, drops nearly 43 points per game on the opposition, seventh most in the nation.
Florida State shuts down Gators RB Mike Gillislee, in turn shutting down the Gators' offense, and coasts to a surprisingly easy victory over the Gators.
Michigan Finally Wins at the Horseshoe
The last time Michigan beat Ohio State in Columbus was in 2000, a 40-34 victory behind three touchdown passes from Wolverines QB Drew Henson and three interceptions of Buckeyes QB Steve Bellisari—including one that DB Julius Curry returned for a touchdown.
Ohio State is looking to become only the sixth squad in school history to go undefeated, while Michigan is playing for a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game.
While the Buckeyes defense has been excellent all season long, we saw a new dimension of Michigan's offense last week with Devin Gardner under center and Denard Robinson in the backfield.
That dynamic duo will prove to be too much for the Buckeyes, who will keep things close in a high-scoring affair behind a big day from QB Braxton Miller, but the Wolverines will pull off the upset en route to winning the Big Ten Championship and making their first Rose Bowl appearance since 2007.
Rutgers Will Lose the Big East
Teddy Bridgewater will pick apart the Scarlet Knights defense, leading Louisville to a resounding victory in Piscataway on November 29, sending the Cardinals into a BCS bowl and a stunned Rutgers squad into their final season of Big East play wondering what just happened.
Bridgewater, who somehow managed to throw for 424 yards against the Syracuse Orange but not once find the end zone in Week 11, will find the end zone multiple times against Rutgers in Week 13.
Notre Dame Falls In Los Angeles
When the No. 1 team in the land, the undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish, walk into the Coliseum in Los Angeles on Saturday night to take on the unranked USC Trojans—sans starting QB Matt Barkley—things are going to get ugly.
Except it's not going to be ugly how most expect it to be.
The Trojans have owned the Irish since 2002, losing to Notre Dame only once since, a 20-16 defeat in 2010.
Making his first career start, redshirt freshman QB Max Wittek will pull off the upset of the undefeated Fighting Irish, sending the BCS National Championship picture into a tailspin and opening the door wide for the second consecutive season of an all-SEC National Championship Game.
Week 13 Top 25 Schedule
Georgia Tech (6-5) at No. 3 Georgia (10-1), 12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
No. 18 Rutgers (9-1) at Pittsburgh (4-6), 12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2
No. 19 Michigan (8-3) at Ohio State (11-0), 12:00 p.m. ET, ABC
Connecticut (4-6) at No. 20 Louisville (9-1), 12:00 p.m. ET, Big East Network
No. 5 Oregon (10-1) at No. 15 Oregon State (8-2), 3:00 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network
Auburn (3-8) at No. 2 Alabama (10-1), 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS
No. 4 Florida (10-1) at No. 10 Florida State (10-1), 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
No. 21 Oklahoma State (7-3) at No. 13 Oklahoma (8-2), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
No. 8 Stanford (9-2) at No. 17 UCLA (9-2), 6:30 p.m. ET, FOX
Missouri (5-6) at No. 9 Texas A&M (9-2), 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2
No. 12 South Carolina (9-2) at No. 11 Clemson (10-1), 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
No. 1 Notre Dame (11-0) at USC (7-4), 8:00 p.m. ET, ABC
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