NCAA Football Week 12 Primer: BCS No. 1, 2 and 3 are Off, But Games Must Go On

David HedlindAnalyst IINovember 16, 2010

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Vaughn Charlton #12 of the Temple Owls throws a pass during a game against the Penn State Nittany Lions on September 19, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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Tuesday, Nov. 16

Ohio at Temple

There is a three-way tie for first place in the MAC East. I do believe that if Ohio wins this game, they win the division.

If the Owls win, they must still get past Miami (OH) in their next game. Miami needs Ohio to lose since they lost the head-to-head. I could be wrong, though.

Wednesday, Nov. 17

Miami (OH) at Akron

Akron has only two more chances to win a game this season. As mentioned above, Miami is still in the hunt for a MAC title.

Bowling Green at Toledo

Not much to this one other than it is on.

Thursday, Nov. 18

UCLA at Washington

UCLA needs to win two of their final three to become bowl-eligible. Washington needs to win-out to be bowl-eligible.

Not sure if I see either scenario playing out, but this would be the first step for either team.

Friday, Nov. 19

Boise State at Fresno State

This is usually one of my favorite games of the WAC season, even though Boise has pretty well dominated the series.

Saturday, Nov. 20

Pitt at South Florida

Something about the Big East champ in a BCS bowl. But is anyone paying attention anymore?

Purdue at Michigan State

Michigan State is still alive in the Big Ten race, tied for first, but may still be left out of a BCS bowl.

Wisconsin at Michigan

Wisconsin is another team in that tie at the top of the Big Ten. Wisco also holds the tie breaker after beating Ohio State head to head and being top ranked in the BCS for the Big Ten schools.

Oklahoma State at Kansas

Oklahoma State has never won the Big 12 South but find themselves on top right now. If the Cowboys can survive the next two games, they will play for the conference championship.

Stanford at Cal

Stanford has been called the best one-loss team by a number of people. Cal just put the brakes on top-ranked Oregon’s high-powered offense.

Ohio State at Iowa

Ohio State is the final piece of the three-way tie at the top of the Big Ten. Iowa was also in that race before falling last weekend to Northwestern.

Virginia Tech at Miami

This game doesn’t mean a whole lot due to Virginia Tech’s current lead in the ACC, but still a meaningful game for things like bragging and momentum.

Connecticut at Syracuse

The Big East race changed when Connecticut beat Pitt last week, giving new life to Syracuse’s hopes for a BCS bowl.

Florida International at Louisiana-Lafayette

FIU is actually on top of the Sun Belt and could get the program's first bowl bid but still needs two wins.

Arkansas at Mississippi State

Playing for bowl positioning. I said a week ago that I wasn’t sold on Miss State and then they went out and lost. I don’t know how they stayed in the rankings, but don’t be surprised if they fall out after this week.

Florida State at Maryland

This game will pretty much decide the ACC Atlantic division.

USC at Oregon State

In the past few games between these two at Reser Stadium, Oregon State has managed to pull off a couple of upsets. Oregon State seems to be in some rough times right now, and I am not so sure I see a surprise this year.

Oklahoma at Baylor

Oklahoma is still in the mix for the Big 12 South. Baylor is just a little too far back to contend, but bowl position is on the line.

Nebraska at Texas A&M

Nebraska is in the lead in the Big 12 North and just needs to win out.

Utah at San Diego State

Utah has been on something of a downfall since losing to TCU two weeks ago. San Diego State fell just short of the upset at TCU. I'm pretty sure the winner of this game finishes second place in the conference.


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