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College GameDay 2013: Week 14 Schedule, Location, Predictions and More

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 24:  T.J. Yeldon #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide breaks a tackle by T'Sharvan Bell #22 of the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIINovember 29, 2013

No. 1 Alabama will take its undefeated record and hopes for a third consecutive national football championship on the road to face fourth-ranked Auburn in the Iron Bowl on Saturday.

Considering that these are the highest stakes in recent memory regarding this heated Heart of Dixie rivalry, it's no surprise that ESPN's College GameDay is setting up shop on site for an epic showdown at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Whichever storied program wins this contest will earn a spot in the SEC Championship Game, but for Auburn to get a national title, it would need Ohio State to lose one of its next two contests.

No matter the outcome, this should be an Iron Bowl for the ages.

A great way to prepare for the impending action will be to take in the College GameDay broadcast to get a sense of the atmosphere and passion that will be on display on campus at Auburn.

Let's take a look at when and where to view the pregame proceedings, along with the complete Week 14 college football schedule and some predictions for the biggest games.

 

When: Saturday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m.-noon EDT

Where: Auburn, Ala.

TV: ESPN

 

Predictions

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Auburn

A big factor in this game is how junior dual-threat quarterback Nick Marshall handles the pressure.

If Marshall is up to the task on such a monumental stage, not only will Auburn have a signal-caller to count on for the foreseeable future, but it also will have a great chance of pulling out a landmark upset.

For a program that just went 3-9 a season ago, head coach Gus Malzahn has done an outstanding job in just getting the Tigers to this point.

Athletic quarterbacks such as reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel have given Alabama trouble in recent memory. Then again, the Tide do have AJ McCarron under center, a player who knows nothing but winning and has two national championships to prove it.

Another huge development to monitor is the health of super sophomore Crimson Tide running back T.J. Yeldon, who elected not to play last week against Chattanooga with an ankle injury.

The good news for Alabama is that there is depth in the backfield, but Yeldon and his 1,022 yards plus 12 rushing touchdowns will be difficult to replicate against a quality opponent like Auburn.

This game should come down to what happens in the red zone:

While Auburn has the second-ranked rushing attack in the nation, led by Dre Mason, Alabama's superior balance in the passing game will push it over the top in a tight win.

Prediction: Alabama 24, Auburn 20

 

No. 6 Clemson vs. No. 10 South Carolina

CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 24:  Sammy Watkins #2 of the Clemson Tigers is tackled by Victor Hampton #27 of the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Imag
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

The Gamecocks were able to render star Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins rather quiet in last year's 27-17 victory in Death Valley, as the wideout caught just four passes for 37 yards.

With an additional year of polish and added chemistry with senior QB Tajh Boyd, Watkins should be poised for vengeance on the road in this Palmetto Bowl rivalry.

As intense as past Iron Bowl showdowns have been, neither of these two teams have been as highly ranked entering their annual clash in the past, per college football analyst Phil Steele:

Boyd is going to be the key to Clemson's success, though, as he has to avoid a formidable defensive line, led by top NFL prospects Jadeveon Clowney and Kelcy Quarles.

Connor Shaw is Boyd's counterpart, and is one of the more underrated signal-callers, having thrown 20 touchdowns compared to just one interception this season. He tends to be overshadowed by a running game led by Mike Davis, one of the best backs in the country.

As explosive as Watkins can be, his 6'5" classmate Martavis Bryant will present the Gamecocks secondary with problems as well with his ridiculous average of 20.6 yards per catch.

Those are weapons South Carolina may not be able to match up with on Saturday.

Combine that with the fact that Clemson is better at getting opposing QBs on the ground, totaling 31 sacks—tied for 20th in the FBS rankings—compared to only 19 for the Gamecocks, and the Tigers build a pretty convincing case to take this one on the road.

Prediction: Clemson 34, South Carolina 27

 

No. 21 Texas A&M vs. No. 5 Missouri

Nov 9, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) scrambles against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the second quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports
Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Love him or hate him, this will be the last regular-season game that Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel plays before he makes his decision on whether or not to enter the 2014 NFL draft.

Manziel will look to not only get his campaign for a second straight Heisman back on track, but will also be seeking to play spoiler in Columbia, Mo., against another quality SEC opponent. Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans—a fellow Biletnikoff Award finalist along with Watkins—may be heading to the pros, too.

Coming off the worst game of his college career in a 34-10 loss at LSU last week, it will be interesting to see how Manziel responds. If his prolific track record is any indication, chances are he lights it up.

The problem is that the Aggies defense is awful, which should allow Manziel's counterpart, James Franklin, to light up the scoreboard with relative ease for Missouri.

Franklin has not lost a start this season while the Tigers' only loss was in double overtime to South Carolina. Although Mizzou is formidable, this is going to be a signature Johnny Football performance that will eliminate the Tigers from the conference championship game.

Prediction: Texas A&M 49, Missouri 45

 

Week 14 College Football Schedule
Tuesday, Nov. 26Time (ET)
Western Michigan vs. No. 14 Northern Illinois7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 28Time (ET)
Texas Tech vs. Texas7:30 p.m.
Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 29Time (ET)
Iowa vs. Nebraska12 p.m.
Southern Methodist vs. Houston12 p.m.
East Carolina vs. Marshall12 p.m.
Toledo vs. Akron12 p.m.
Miami (OH) vs. Ball State1 p.m.
Bowling Green vs. Buffalo1:30 p.m.
Massachusetts vs. Ohio2 p.m.
Eastern Michigan vs. Central Michigan2 p.m.
Texas State vs. Troy2 p.m.
Arkansas vs. No. 17 LSU2:30 p.m.
Florida International vs. Florida Atlantic3 p.m.
No. 16 Fresno State vs. San Jose State3:30 p.m.
Miami (FL) vs. Pittsburgh3:30 p.m.
Washington State vs. Washington3:30 p.m.
Oregon State vs. No. 13 Oregon7 p.m.
South Florida vs. No. 19 UCF8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 30Time (ET)
No. 2 Florida State vs. Florida12 p.m.
No. 3 Ohio State vs. Michigan12 p.m.
Minnesota vs. No. 11 Michigan State12 p.m.
No. 24 Duke vs. North Carolina12 p.m.
Rutgers vs. Connecticut12 p.m.
Temple vs. Memphis12 p.m.
Kansas State vs. Kansas12 p.m.
Wake Forest vs. Vanderbilt12:21 p.m.
Maryland vs. North Carolina State12:30 p.m.
Southern Miss vs. UAB1 p.m.
Air Force vs. Colorado State2 p.m.
Colorado vs. Utah2 p.m.
Wyoming vs. Utah State2 p.m.
South Alabama vs. Georgia State2 p.m.
North Texas vs. Tulsa2:30 p.m.
Tulane vs. Rice3 p.m.
Brigham Young vs. Nevada3 p.m.
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Auburn3:30 p.m.
No. 9 Baylor vs. TCU3:30 p.m.
Penn State vs. No. 15 Wisconsin3:30 p.m.
Georgia vs. Georgia Tech3:30 p.m.
Purdue vs. Indiana3:30 p.m.
Idaho vs. New Mexico State3:30 p.m.
Boston College vs. Syracuse3:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech vs. Virginia3:30 p.m.
Northwestern vs. Illinois3:30 p.m.
Louisiana Tech vs. UTSA3:30 p.m.
UTEP vs. Middle Tennessee3:45 p.m.
Arkansas State vs. Western Kentucky4 p.m.
Iowa State vs. West Virginia4 p.m.
No. 6 Clemson vs. No. 10 South Carolina7 p.m.
No. 25 Notre Dame vs. No. 8 Stanford7 p.m.
Tennesssee vs. Kentucky7 p.m.
Louisiana-Monroe vs. Louisiana-Lafayette7 p.m.
No. 21 Texas A&M vs. No. 5 Missouri7:45 p.m.
No. 22 UCLA vs. No. 23 USC8 p.m.
Arizona vs. No. 12 Arizona State9:30 p.m.
New Mexico vs. Boise State10:15 p.m.
San Diego State vs. UNLV10:30 p.m.
Army vs. Hawaii11 p.m
Source: ESPN.com

 

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