NCAA Football Week 11 Primer: Season's End Approaches, Bowls Up for Grabs

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NCAA Football Week 11 Primer: Season's End Approaches, Bowls Up for Grabs
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Tuesday Nov 9

Toledo at Northern Illinois

 

Normally these MAC games on weekday nights barely make me lift an eyebrow. On the other hand both of these teams are 5-0 in MAC play and the winner will likely be the West representative in the MAC championship game.

 

Wednesday Nov 10

Miami(OH) at Bowling Green

 

This is more of what I was talking about in terms of a whatever type game. I guess the only story line here is Miami will be bowl eligible with a win.

 

Thursday Nov 11

Pitt at Connecticut

 

Pitt has sole control of the Big East and would become the conferences first bowl eligible team. Connecticut still needs a couple and an upset here would be huge.

 

East Carolina at UAB

 

East Carolina needs another win to be bowl eligible and to try and gain ground on East division leader UCF.

 

Friday Nov 12

Ball State at Buffalo

 

I think it is on ESPNU. So it will be hard enough to find but will be over shadowed by the other game that is on.

 

Boise State at Idaho

 

Even though this game will be the highlight of the night, don’t expect it to be a good game. It’s all about style points for Boise State.

 

Saturday Nov 13

Miami at Georgia Tech

 

I don’t think either really has a shot at the ACC title so this is more about pecking order.

 

Iowa at Northwestern

 

Iowa is still one of the one loss Big Ten teams that has a shot at the conference title and a BCS bowl. Northwestern is bowl bound just a matter of where, but it wont be a BCS bowl. Northwestern is capable of an upset.

 

South Florida at Louisville

 

These two teams have identical records in conference at 2-2 each. More important though is the fact that both have five wins and the winner here goes bowling.

 

Indiana at Wisconsin

 

Wisconsin is another one loss Big Ten team looking for a conference title and BCS bowl. Indiana just wants to make a bowl.

 

Kansas State at Missouri

 

Nebraska still leads in the Big XII North, but these are the next two teams in position should the Huskers slip up.

Army at Kent State

 

Could this be the game that puts Army into a bowl? I think so. Kent State won’t be a pushover for them but they shouldn’t be all that tough either.

 

Utah at Notre Dame

 

Utah had its BCS dreams likely dashed last week but they would still like a win over Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish may be down but the name is the name.

 

Georgia at Auburn

 

Only a couple games left for Auburn to make the SEC title game then the National Championship game. But this is the SEC, anything can happen.

Virginia Tech at North Carolina

Virginia Tech is likely alone at the top of the standings without much chance of falling but a loss to a pretty good North Carolina team could shake things up.

 

Penn State at Ohio State

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While it is hard to imagine this not being a big game, it feels different that in recent years when this has pretty much decided the conference.

 

San Diego State at TCU

 

San Diego State is having their best season in years but TCU is one of the best teams in the country. With only New Mexico left after this one, this maybe the only real potential roadblock for TCU.

 

Texas A&M at Baylor

 

The Big XII South is still open and both of these teams are still in it.

 

South Carolina at Florida

 

I am pretty sure this decides who represents the SEC East in the conference title game.

 

Mississippi State at Alabama

 

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Sorry to all the Mississippi State fans but I don’t buy it. I didn’t understand when you got ranked. I saw why you would stay ranked. I saw this one as why you would lose the ranking. I stand by that.

Oregon at Cal

 

Oregon hasn’t been the same team on the road as at home but they still win. Cal hasn’t been the same team on the road as at home but at home they win big. This game is at Cal.

 

USC at Arizona

 

USC may have lost to Oregon already but if they beat Arizona they could kind of stick to Oregon in the sense that Arizona would fall from the rankings and Oregon would take that hit in the computers before the Wildcats play the Ducks in a couple weeks.

 

Clemson at Florida State

 

The ACC Atlantic is still wide open. Florida State is on top right now but Clemson could just as easily find itself there by seasons end.

 

Nevada at Fresno State

 

Boise State plays these two teams in the next couple weeks and kind of needs Nevada to win here so that they maintain a good ranking when the two meet.

 

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