Week twelve of college football features some very important games concerning the bowl hopes of several teams. Cincinnati is guaranteed to make it to week thirteen undefeated but the other four undefeated teams will be in action.
There are 14 teams that must win this week to keep their bowl hopes alive. If some of these teams cannot win their conferences might not be able to fill all their bowl slots.
The ACC has nine bowl slots but only six bowl teams heading in to this week. Only two more teams can become bowl eligible.
The Big East has six bowl slots but only four bowl teams certain to make a bowl. There are three teams left that can get to six wins.
Conference USA can pick up an extra bowl slot if Army does not win out to become bowl eligible. The Mid-American Conference can pick up another bowl slot if the ACC cannot fill all their slots.
The Big-12 is also in danger of losing one bowl slot if one of the four teams with a chance to become bowl eligible cannot get the required number of wins. The SEC could pick up two bowl slots if Tennessee and Mississippi State can get to six wins.
The Big Ten can also pick up an extra bowl slot. The Mountain West could lose a bowl slot if the two remaining teams that can reach six wins fail to do so.
The Western Athletic Conference would also pick up an extra spot if Boise State is able to make it to a BCS game. Week twelve in college football could make or break nearly every conference and here is a look at the games to watch.
Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Ball State Cardinals
Central Michigan had little trouble getting past Toledo last week. The win kept the Chippewas in first place in the MAC West division.
The Cardinals lost a close game to Northern Illinois last week. At 1-9 Ball State cannot become bowl eligible this season.
Who needs the win more: Central Michigan
A win in this game for the Chippewas would setup a winner take all game in the final game of the season against Northern Illinois. A loss would not end any title hopes for Central Michigan but it would be a bad time for their first conference loss.
Colorado Buffaloes vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Colorado’s disappointing season continued last week in a loss to Iowa State. The loss ended the Buffaloes bowl hopes and might have cost Dan Hawkins his job.
The Cowboys beat a tough Texas Tech team in a close game last week. Oklahoma State now must win to have any chance to catch Texas in the Big-12 South.
Who needs the win more: Oklahoma State
A loss gives the South division in the Big-12 to the Longhorns. A win keeps the Cowboys hopes alive. Oklahoma State still would help to have any chance of winning the division but a loss makes that help pointless.
Eastern Michigan Eagles vs. Toledo Rockets
The Eagles were blown out by Western Michigan in their last game. Eastern Michigan has not won a game the entire season. The Eagles only have two more chances to win a game this season.
Toledo’s loss in their last game means they have to win out to become bowl eligible. The Rockets will be home for the holidays if they lose this game.
Who needs the win more: Toledo
The Rockets need two wins in their next two games to reach the wins necessary wins to make the postseason. A loss against the Eagles ends any chance Toledo would have in their final game against Bowling Green.
Boise State Broncos vs. Utah State Aggies
The Broncos lambasted in-state rival Idaho in their last game. Boise State is trying to bust into the BCS for the second time in program history.
Utah State lost any chance of a bowl bid after their loss to Hawaii last week. The Aggies can now play spoiler for the final two games of the season.
Who needs the win more: Boise State
The Broncos have to avoid a letdown after spanking their rival Idaho last week. Boise State should have a chance at BCS game. That is as long as all the other teams from the automatic qualifying conferences keep losing.
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Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan Wolverines
The Buckeyes needed overtime last week to beat Iowa and win the Big Ten. Ohio State earned the conference’s automatic BCS bid with the win. A loss would give Iowa a share of the Big Ten title.
Michigan keeps sliding after their fast start. The heat is getting turned up on Rich Rodriguez after the Wolverines have lost six of their last seven games. A loss in this game ends any hope of a bowl for Michigan.
Who needs the win more: Michigan
Nothing could be better to Buckeye fans. They beat Michigan and the Wolverines are staying home come the postseason. Last season Jim Tressel proved it did not matter who coached the Wolverines. He would still take them behind the wood shed.
Rich Rodriguez thought before the season began that anything short of a bowl game would be a disappointment. He and freshman Tate Forcier will have to beat arch-rival Ohio State for that bowl game.
Nothing could be better unless this game was for the Big Ten title. Still it should be a good game with Ohio State looking to win the conference title outright and the Wolverines fighting for their bowl lives in the “Big House”.
Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes
The Gopher became bowl eligible with a win in their last game against North Dakota State. Minnesota can clinch a winning season with a win in this game.
The Hawkeyes have lost two straight after a 9-0 start and look to avoid a three game losing streak in this game. Iowa has to bounce back from a heartbreaking overtime loss to Ohio State that ended their conference title hopes.
Who needs the win more: Iowa
The Hawkeyes have a chance to share the Big Ten title if Ohio State loses to Michigan. Iowa would also like to have a win heading in to the bowl season. A win would also keep the Hawkeyes slim hopes of a BCS at-large spot alive with a win. A loss should eliminate them from BCS contention.
Duke Blue Devils vs. Miami Hurricanes
The Blue Devils were drummed last week against Georgia Tech. Duke has gone from a chance to win the ACC Coastal division to fighting for its postseason hopes. This team has to win its last two games to become bowl eligible.
Miami was upset on the road in their last game against North Carolina. The Hurricanes are 5-0 in ACC play against Duke and can end their bowl hopes with a win.
Who needs the win more: Duke
If the Blue Devils win this game they will need a win next week against Wake Forest to get bowl eligible. Duke has to win this game to even make the game next week matter. A win would make football matter in basketball crazy Durham, for at least one more week.
Maryland Terrapins vs. Florida State Seminoles
Maryland was taken behind the wood shed by Virginia Tech last week. The Terrapins have lost five straight games. Overall Maryland is 2-8 and is just hoping a bad season will end soon.
Florida State with a win over Wake Forest in their last game kept their postseason hopes alive. The Seminoles only need to win one of their final two games to become bowl eligible.
Who needs the win more: Florida State
Florida State needs to win this game to become bowl eligible. The Seminoles might not make it if they wait till their final game to become bowl eligible. Florida State plays in-state rival Florida in their final game and it would be best if the Seminole did not need to upset the top ranked Gators to get in to the post season.
Louisville Cardinals vs. South Florida Bulls
The Cardinals kept their bowl hopes alive and ended the hopes of Syracuse with their win. Louisville has to win out to become bowl eligible.
South Florida did not look like a ranked team in the nationally televised game against Rutgers getting spanked 31-0. A Bulls in one win in their final three games to have enough wins to make the postseason.
Who needs the win more: Both
The Cardinals have to win this game to have any chance to make the postseason. A Louisville win and bowl bid might save Steve Kragthorpe’s job as well.
South Florida will have two more chances make the postseason. The Bulls best chance to get the win they need to get bowl eligible is this game. South Florida final two games after this one are against Miami (FL) and Connecticut.
North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Boston College Eagles
The Tar Heels won their second game over a top 15 opponent this season after besting Miami. North Carolina can win their eighth game of the season with a win in this game.
This game would only mean more for Boston College if Clemson loses to Virginia later in the day. The Eagles would still have a chance at an ACC Atlantic title win a win and a Tigers loss.
Who needs the win more: Boston College
Only with a win can the Eagles have a chance to keep pace with Clemson in the division. A loss would make the Clemson game later in the day meaningless. Boston College has to win this game and hope for a Virginia upset.
Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Arkansas Razorbacks
The Bulldogs were man-handled by second ranked Alabama in their last game. Mississippi State can still become bowl eligible with wins in their final two games.
The Razorbacks took Troy behind the woodshed last week. Arkansas is already eligible for the postseason and wants to keep winning to help their bowl position.
Who needs the win more: Mississippi State
Mississippi State needs to win to keep their bowl hopes alive. A loss in this game and the Bulldogs will be spending the holidays at home.
Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Temple Owls
The Golden Flashes missed a chance to become eligible for the postseason with a loss against Akron two weeks ago. Kent State must win one of their final two games if they hope to get enough wins to make a bowl.
Temple on the other hand whipped Akron last week to stay undefeated in the MAC West division. The Owls win or lose set up a big showdown with Ohio in the final game of the season for the division.
Who needs the win more: Both
A win by Kent State gives them enough wins to go bowling. A loss would still give them a chance next week at Buffalo but a 6-6 team from the MAC would have little chance to go bowling.
A Temple loss and an Ohio win would make next week must win for the Owls to play for a conference title. A win in this game and an Ohio loss clinches the division for Temple.
TCU Horned Frogs vs. Wyoming Cowboys
TCU continued its march through the Mountain West Conference by spanking a ranked Utah team last week. The Horned Frogs need to keep winning for a chance to play in a BCS game. A loss would end TCU chance to be a BCS buster for the first time in school history.
Wyoming must win one of its final two games to become bowl eligible. A loss in this game would make next week against Colorado State must win for the Cowboys.
Who needs the win more: TCU
TCU in a BCS game would help the whole conference by opening up an extra bowl slot. Wyoming could still go bowling at 6-6 even if they lose this game. That is because the Horned Frogs would open up a spot for them to make the postseason.
Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Ohio Bobcats
The Huskies kept pace in the MAC West with a win over Ball State last week. Northern Illinois is on four game winning streak after they lost to Toledo.
The Bobcats survived by a field goal over Buffalo in their last game to keep their East title hopes alive. Ohio has won their last two games after a loss to Kent State.
Who needs the win more: Both
A loss by either team ends their hopes of a conference title unless one of the teams they are chasing loses as well. Northern Illinois has a little advantage since Central Michigan plays Wednesday night.
If Ball State can pull the upset and the Huskies lose this game, then their meeting with the Chippewas would still have meaning. Ohio has to hope Temple loses if they lose this game to make their game important.
Connecticut Huskies vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Huskies need to win two of their final three games to become bowl eligible. Connecticut has had two week to prepare for this game after their loss to Cincinnati.
The Irish were beaten by Pittsburgh last week and it could have spelled the end Charlie Weis at Notre Dame. Still the Irish have a chance to win their last two games and finish 8-4. A loss in this game would leave no question that Weis is gone.
Who needs the win more: Notre Dame
The Irish have to win this game if they hope to have any chance of saving their coaches job in the final game against Stanford. Notre Dame will get a chance to get a very big win for Weis if they can win this game and beat the Cardinal next week.
Jimmy Clausen will also be considering his future at the university as well. He could base his future on whether Weis is in South Bend or not.
Virginia Cavaliers vs. Clemson Tigers
Virginia nearly upset Boston College in a close game that ended in a loss. The loss also ended the Cavaliers chance to make the postseason and could cost Al Groh his job.
Clemson ended NC State’s post season hopes with their win last week. A win against Virginia gives the Tigers the ACC Atlantic title.
Who needs the win more: Clemson
A loss in this game opens the door for Boston College to win the division title. This game becomes meaningless if Boston College loses earlier in the day. The Tigers can clinch a spot in the ACC title game and have a six game winning streak heading in to their final game against South Carolina.
UAB Blazers vs. East Carolina Pirates
UAB kept their postseason hopes alive with a win over hapless Memphis last week. The win was the third in a row for the Blazers. A win in this game keeps their C-USA East title hopes alive.
The Pirates had little problems with Tulsa last week to get a win. East Carolina used the win to bounce back from their loss to Virginia Tech. The Pirates lead the division by one game over several teams.
Who needs the win more: East Carolina
East Carolina has to keep winning if it wants to play in the C-USA title game. A loss would drag them back to the pack.
UAB, UCF, and Southern Mississippi all have shot at winning this division with a loss by the Pirates. East Carolina meets Southern Miss in the final game of the season that could decide this division.
Baylor Bears vs. Texas A&M Aggies
Baylor’s loss to Texas last week means they have to win out to have any chance of getting eligible for a bowl. A loss in this game ends their postseason hopes.
The Aggies were crushed last week by Oklahoma. They need one more one to become bowl eligible.
Who needs the win more: Both
The Aggies best shot at getting a chance at a bowl game is with a win here. Their final game is against Texas and they would be big underdogs. A loss in this game would pretty much end their bowl hopes.
Any loss at all would end Baylor’s bowl hopes. They have to beat the Aggies and then win their final game against Texas Tech to have a chance to even make a bowl game.
Arizona State Sun Devils vs. UCLA Bruins
Arizona State was taken behind the woodshed by Oregon last week. The Sun Devils have lost their last four games. Arizona State has to win out to become bowl eligible.
UCLA is on a two game winning streak. The Bruins have been helped by playing both Washington schools the past two weeks. This team only has to win one of its final two games to become eligible for the postseason.
Who needs the win more: Both
The Sun Devils have to win this game to keep their bowl hopes alive. A loss would mean no matter what they are staying home for the bowl season.
UCLA needs to win this game to get the wins they need to play in a bowl game. Their final game is against UCS and that game might not be winnable for the Bruins. This game is must win for both teams.
Army Black Knights vs. North Texas Mean Green
Army broke a three game losing streak against VMI last week. The Black Knights have to win out to reach a bowl game. A win in this game means Army has to beat Navy to make a bowl game.
North Texas is 2-8 and on a two game losing streak. The Mean Green would love to win this game for the Sun Belt. No matter what happens North Texas cannot make the postseason.
Who needs the win more: Army
The Army game against Navy will mean something to this team even if they had not won a game all year. For the game to mean more the Black Knights need to win this game. Otherwise Army would be playing for pride and a chance to beat Navy.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
The Eagles became bowl eligible with their win over Marshall last week. Southern Miss still has a chance to play in the conference title game if they keep winning.
Tulsa had their bowl hopes take a serious blow after their loss to East Carolina. The Hurricanes are on five game losing streak. A loss in this game ends their bowl hopes.
Who needs the win more: Both
Tulsa has to win this game to keep any bowl hopes alive. A loss means they cannot go bowling. The Eagles need to win this game to keep pace with East Carolina in the division. A loss would mean Southern Miss would need a lot of help to win the division title.
Kansas State Wildcats vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers
This game means so much for both teams. Kansas State has a lot to lose if they cannot win this game.
A win by Kansas State means they win the Big-12 North and will play in the conference title game. A loss means the Wildcats not only lose the division but cannot even play in a bowl game.
Nebraska just needs to win this game to win the Big-12 North. The Cornhuskers are already bowl eligible.
Who needs the win more: Both
Kansas State is playing for their season and a loss means they get nothing for one of the biggest turnarounds in college football. Bill Snyder would love to have his Wildcats playing in the Big-12 title game in his first season back at his old job.
Nebraska wants their national exposure back and winning the Big-12 North and a possible chance at ending Texas’ title hopes would go a long way to making that happen.
Oregon Ducks vs. Arizona Wildcats
The Ducks still control their destiny in the Pac-10 and only have to keep winning to play in the Rose Bowl. A loss by Oregon opens the door for other teams to steal their spot in the Rose Bowl.
Arizona also can control their destiny with a win in this game. A loss would mean they will not get a chance to smell the roses.
Who needs the win more: Both
A loss by either team means they might miss their chance at a BCS game. A win means they only have to win out to play in the Rose Bowl.
This is a must win for both teams. The loser would need help and open the door for a very hot Stanford team to come in and get the BCS game for the Pac10.
California Golden Bears vs. Stanford Cardinal
The Bears will not have Jahvid Best for this game. He is still recovering from his concussion he suffered in the loss to Oregon State.
Stanford spanked USC and handed the Trojans their worst loss at home since 1966. The Cardinal has an outside chance at the Rose bowl if they keep winning and get some help.
Other games to keep an eye on:
Chattanooga Mocs vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
The Tide plays the Mocs in a tune-up game before they play Auburn. Alabama should have little trouble against Chattanooga.
Florida International Golden Panthers vs. Florida Gators
Tim Tebow and the Gators get a chance to beat up on FIU before they play Florida State. Florida gets a chance to play a team Alabama played in the first game of the season to compare themselves to the Tide.
Memphis Tigers vs. Houston Cougars
The Cougars loss to UCF not only hurt their chances to play in the C-USA title game but also hurt quarterback Case Keenum’s Heisman chances as well. Houston has to win this game and hope for SMU to lose one of their final two games.
Iowa State Cyclones vs. Missouri Tigers
The Cyclones play for a chance at a seven win season. The Tigers are also playing for seven wins and a chance to win eight in their final game against Kansas.
Tulane Green Wave vs. UCF Knights
The Knights are one of four teams that have a chance at winning the C-USA East division. They have to keep winning and hope for some help to play in the conference title game.
LSU Tigers vs. Mississippi (Ole Miss) Rebels
The Rebels fans might not be able to say “The South Will Rise Again” but their football team can rise again. That is if they can beat a ranked LSU team and in-state rival Mississippi State to finish the season. The Tigers are just hoping to make it to the end of the season to try to get healthy in time for their bowl game.
Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders
Oklahoma hopes it can win seven games and more importantly not get anyone else injured before the end of the season. Texas Tech wants to get to seven wins as well and go for eight in their final game of the season.
SMU Mustangs vs. Marshall Thundering Herd
SMU only has to win out to win the C-USA West division. A loss opens the door back up for Houston. Marshall needs to win one of the two final games on their schedule to be bowl eligible.
Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Tennessee Volunteers
A win in this game means Lane Kiffin and the Vols can go bowling. A loss means they have to beat Kentucky to have any shot at a bowl game.
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Texas Longhorns
Texas only has to win every game they have left and they play for a BCS title. Kansas needs a win in one of their final two games to become bowl eligible.
There are some games that feature bowl eligible teams playing each other here is the run down:
Georgia Bulldogs vs. Kentucky Wildcats
Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Michigan State Spartans
Wisconsin Badgers vs. Northwestern Wildcats
Enjoy all the games of week 12 and watch as the season comes closer in to focus. The week also features a full slate of NFL games and the MLS championship game.
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