With both conference championships taking place during the final week of the regular season on Saturday, there was no shortage of elite games on tap in Week 15 for ESPN’s College GameDay crew to attend.
However, the esteemed program decided to travel to Indianapolis for the weekend, where it will broadcast live ahead of the Big Ten Championship.
According to GameDay’s official Twitter feed, Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and the rest of the gang are set to post up outside of Lucas Oil Stadium in preparation for an epic clash between No. 10 Michigan State and No. 2 Ohio State.
Perhaps no other game on the schedule will have a more far-reaching impact on the BCS picture, as the outcome will decide the national championship on down.
Let’s take a look at where you can catch College GameDay in Week 15, discuss the game at hand, plus look at the entire slate of games and make some predictions.
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.
When: Saturday, Dec. 7
Time: Begins at 9 a.m. EST
Matchup: No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes (12-0) vs. No. 10 Michigan State Spartans (11-1)
Ohio State, winners of 24 straight games, is playing for its national title dreams.
A win and the Buckeyes don’t have to pray for the voters and the computers that make up the BCS system to still rank them higher than other one-loss teams. A win and this team will head to Pasadena to contest for the crystal trophy, something the school tried and failed to do twice in a row back in 2006 and 2007.
Getting that win will be much easier said than done against this elite Michigan State squad. The Spartans are conceding a mere 64.4 yards per game on the ground, which will force OSU to reconsider a rushing attack.
Michigan State is on pace to allow the fewest rushing yards per game (64.4) since TCU gave up 47.1 in 2008.— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) December 4, 2013
The Buckeyes may average the most yards per carry and second-most rushing yards per game in the FBS, but they played a paper-soft schedule in 2013 and will struggle to reach those eye-popping numbers against arguably one of the top defenses in the nation.
Ohio State leads the FBS in yards per carry (7.1) and is second in rushing yards per game (321.3) #OSUvsMSU— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) December 4, 2013
Michigan State fans have to feel good about their chances, but one thing that could be a kiss of death is having GameDay host Lee Corso pick against them. Corso—known for donning the mascot mask of the school he predicts to win—has gone against Sparty five times and was correct on four of those projections.
If the Spartans can pull it off, it will be the first outright Big Ten title and automatic Rose Bowl berth for the school since 1987. Ohio State last won the B1G outright back in 2009, when Jim Tressel coached the school to a Rose Bowl victory over Oregon.
This should be a great contest with plenty of action, intrigue and implications that follow, so make sure you tune in to ESPN’s College GameDay ahead of the matchup and watch all the way through to the final whistle.
Week 15 Schedule and Predictions
|When (ET)||Championship||Away Team||Home Team||Predicted Winner|
|Friday, Dec. 6|
|8 p.m.||MAC Championship||Bowling Green||No. 14 Northern Illinois||NIU|
|Saturday, Dec. 7|
|12 p.m.||No. 17 Oklahoma||No. 6 Oklahoma State||OK ST|
|12 p.m.||Conference USA Championship||Marshall||Rice||Marshall|
|12 p.m.||Central Florida||SMU||UCF|
|3:30 p.m.||No. 25 Texas||No. 9 Baylor||Baylor|
|4 p.m.||SEC Championship||No. 5 Missouri||No. 3 Auburn||Auburn|
|7:30 p.m.||South Florida||Rutgers||RU|
|7: 45 p.m.||Pac-12 Championship||No. 7 Stanford||No. 11 Arizona State||ASU|
|8 p.m.||Louisiana-Lafayette||South Alabama||ULL|
|8 p.m.||ACC Championship||No. 20 Duke||No. 1 Florida State||FSU|
|8:17 p.m.||Big Ten Championship||No. 2 Ohio State||No. 10 Michigan State||OSU|
|10 p.m.||Mountain West Championship||Utah State||No. 23 Fresno State||FSU|