Pac-10 Race for the Roses Highlights Week 12 in College Football
I can’t believe we are here already. It seems like it was just the other day when the season started.
Yet here we are at week 12, and some of the schools will be done for the season after this week. Most won't, but some will.
Sorry if things get redundant about bowl eligibility or conference rankings and bowl positioning.
Wednesday, Nov. 18
Buffalo at Miami OH and Central Michigan at Ball State
The MAC is the only thing on, but neither game is really all that exciting or important unless Ball State can manage an upset.
Thursday, Nov. 19
Colorado at Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State is hoping to keep its chances alive for a BCS at-large bid. Colorado may be playing for coach Dan Hawkins' job, or at least to cool his hot seat.
Friday, Nov. 20
Boise State at Utah State
Boise State has to go on the road a week before meeting Nevada in what will likely be for the conference. They better not overlook Utah State and look ahead...sorry, I can’t even type it with a straight face.
Saturday, Nov. 21
North Carolina at Boston College
BC still has a shot at the division but probably a slim one. Mostly playing for bowl positioning.
Minnesota at Iowa
Iowa is trying to not let down after back-to-back losses and the emotional finish of last week's overtime game. Minnesota is trying to push for appeal for a bowl.
Duke at Miami
Duke is 5-5 but needs two more wins to become bowl eligible.
Ohio State at Michigan
Not even close to what it used to be, unless you are a fan of either. But the rest of the nation probably didn’t even realize this game is on—I didn’t.
Oklahoma at Texas Tech
By name it sounds good, but it is really only for bowl position.
Kent State at Temple
Temple is still at the top of the MAC East. The Owls' great run so far is unlikely to end this week. Kent State would like to win though as it would give them six wins.
Iowa State at Missouri
Iowa State has been one of the surprise teams of the season. Already bowl eligible and looking for more.
Northern Illinois at Ohio
These two sit at second in each of their divisions. Both meet the leaders in their divisions at the end of the regular season. This game may change the ramifications of those games.
TCU at Wyoming
TCU of course is riding high atop the Mountain West and is the leader to earn a BCS bowl from a non-automatic qualifying conference. They take to the road to play a Wyoming team looking to pick up win number six and earn any bowl.
Connecticut at Notre Dame
Notre Dame is not having the season they thought they would. Many chalked this game up as a win, and from what I have seen many still are. I am not—not from what I have seen.
Oregon at Arizona
The most important game in the Pac-10 this week. Each week for the winner will go towards the Rose Bowl. Both teams need to win out to earn their spot, so the winner takes the lead.
Air Force at BYU
Air Force has been that next team in the standings of the Mountain West after the big three of TCU, BYU, and Utah. Of course, they don’t want to always sit in the back seat to those teams and look to make a statement.
Penn State at Michigan State
Penn State would like to keep a BCS at-large chance alive. Michigan State wants to move up in bowl standing.
LSU at Mississippi
Alabama already has the SEC West locked up, so these two are playing for, you guessed it, bowl position.
Wisconsin at Northwestern
Did you know that Wisconsin is actually in a three-way tie for second with Iowa and Penn State in the Big Ten?
Army at North Texas
I haven’t mentioned it in a while, but Army is still alive in their hunt for a bowl. Their record is 4-6 with two games to go.
Arizona State at UCLA
The Pac-10 already has six teams that are bowl eligible, and UCLA and Arizona State are the next two down. UCLA has two tries to get one more win. Arizona State needs two more wins with two tries. In theory both could get there, but 6-6 still might not get them a bowl.
Oregon State at Washington State
Oregon State needs to win out and have Arizona lose a game, and they can go to the Rose Bowl. Washington State probably won't be a problem. The Civil War with Oregon on Dec. 3 may very well be for the conference and the Roses.
Cal at Stanford
The Big Game. I still always see the Stanford band on the field. Stanford can still make the Rose Bowl but needs lots of help around the rest of the top teams in the conference.
Kansas State at Nebraska
Fighting for the right to face Texas in the Big XII title game. The winner will likely do so as the Big XII North champion.
Kansas at Texas
Texas is still trying to stay undefeated and on track to the national championship game.
Nevada at New Mexico State
Nevada has been on a roll and is charging to the matchup with Boise State for the conference title.
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