Tonight’s Civil War for the Rose Bowl kicks off what promises to be a weekend of triumph and disappointment.
In nearly every game, either a bowl bid or a berth in a BCS game, is on the line as conference championships will be decided in the Pac-10, Conference USA, Big East, SEC, ACC, MAC, and Big XII.
There are only 17 total games being played this weekend, beginning with Arkansas State and Western Kentucky tonight at 6 p.m. central, and No. 16 Oregon State visiting No. 7 Oregon at 8 p.m. Central, with the winner headed to Pasadena. More on that game later.
The Mid-American Conference will decide its champion Friday night, when Ohio meets Central Michigan in Detroit. More on that game is also later.
Saturday has three noon Eastern kickoffs with two huge games in the Big East—Cincinnati-Pittsburgh and West Virginia-Rutgers—and the Conference USA title tilt in Greenville between No. 21 Houston and East Carolina.
Fresno State visits Champaign on Senior Day to face Illinois in Juice Williams’ final game in an Illini uniform at 11:30 a.m. Central.
San Jose State travels to Louisiana Tech for a 1 p.m. Central kickoff. New Mexico State takes on No. 6 Boise State at 2 p.m. Central, and Arizona and No. 18 USC get going from the Coliseum 30 minutes later.
CBS will have the SEC championship game at 3 p.m. Central. The rest of Saturday’s slate has No. 19 California at Washington at 5:30 p.m. Central on Fox Sports Net and Florida Atlantic at Florida International at 6 p.m. There are three 7 p.m. kickoffs—Texas-Nebraska for the Big XII title, Clemson-Georgia Tech in the ACC championship, and South Florida and Connecticut. Wisconsin travels to Hawaii for a 10:30 p.m. Central time kickoff to close out the day.
If you’re wondering about Army-Navy, that’s Dec. 12.
Why did I list all 17 games? Because every game can be found either on CBS, Fox Sports Net, ABC, or the ESPN family of networks. So, grab a spot on the couch with some snacks and your favorite beverage around 11 a.m. Central time, and just stay there for over 12 hours of non-stop football. Isn’t it great?
Here are the 10 can’t-miss games, BCS rankings are used and all times are Central.