College Football Week 13 Primer: Black Friday of Football

David HedlindAnalyst IINovember 23, 2010

Tuesday, November 23

Temple at Miami (Ohio)

I think this was really close to being a big factor towards the MAC title just a week ago, but after last week's results not as much. I think they are now playing for a bowl spot.

Thursday, November 25

Texas A&M at Texas

This is some big rivalry. Normally Texas is fighting for a Big 12 title and even a shot at the National Championship, but this year the Longhorns are just trying to reach a bowl. Texas A&M is just trying to keep alive the outside chance of a Big 12 title.

Friday, November 26

Louisville at Rutgers

This is a make or break for both teams in terms of reaching a bowl. Both need the win.

Ohio at Kent State

This will be the last game for Kent State head coach Doug Martin.

West Virginia at Pitt

This is a big rivalry that could see a BCS bowl for Pitt either granted, or put in to jeopardy.

Buffalo at Akron

So this isn’t really a must watch, but this is Akron’s last chance to win a game this season. If the Zips lose, they are the only 0-12 team in the country.

Auburn at Alabama

The Iron Bowl. If you don’t know that, how did you even end up on this site? One of the big games of the day involving a top national contender against a ranked team.

UCLA at Arizona State

Winner keeps bowl hopes alive. Loser does not.

Colorado at Nebraska

This will be the last time these two meet as conference rivals. Colorado needs the win for a bowl. Nebraska needs it to play for the Big 12 title.

Arizona at Oregon

Both come in off a bye. Oregon still holds on to a shot at the National Championship, but some people have questions after the close win at Cal. Arizona will be looking to avenge the close overtime loss from a year ago.

Boise State at Nevada

Possibly the only thing standing in the way of Boise and a higher ranking at this point. Should an upset happen in Tuscaloosa or Eugene, a Boise win could move the Broncos in to the title game.

Saturday, November 27

Cincinnati at Connecticut

If West Virginia was to beat Pitt, Connecticut would be in control of the Big East if the Huskies win out.

Michigan at Ohio State

With Michigan actually showing some fight, this rivalry is starting to have a little more meaning to those outside of the Big Ten fanbases. Ohio State is still in it for the Big Ten title.

Michigan State at Penn State

Michigan State is still alive in the Big Ten title race, but tiebreakers may not be the Spartans' friend.

South Florida at Miami

South Florida is still trying to prove itself in the Florida power hierarchy. I read recently that there might be a movement to form an all-Florida conference. I don’t know how much there is to that, but all these games with Florida schools may be taking on a different meaning.

Kentucky at Tennessee

Kentucky is already in a bowl, so it is playing for bragging rights and position. Tennessee needs the win to be bowl eligible, which considering the outlook on the season to start the year, wasn’t so good.

Kansas at Missouri

Missouri could still play for the Big 12 if it wins and Nebraska loses.

LSU at Arkansas

LSU could be the best one-loss team in the country, or it could be the luckiest. Arkansas has only two losses to two of the highest ranked teams, and played them competitively.

Washington at Cal

Cal goes to a bowl with a win and dashes Washington’s hopes. Washington still needs to win this one and the next to make a bowl.

Florida at Florida State

The other game between Florida teams.

North Carolina at Duke

Two of the best teams in the...oh wait this is football.

BYU at Utah

The rivalry will be played even though the two schools will be going different ways next season. I don’t think it will lose any of its luster even though they aren’t conference rivals.

Arkansas Sate at FIU

Not only is FIU playing for bowl eligibility, but they will be playing to win the Sun Belt. 

South Carolina at Clemson

One of the many SEC/ACC out of conference in state rivalry games. I hope South Carolina isn’t looking ahead to the SEC title game.

Oregon State at Stanford

Stanford is another team in the “best one-loss team” race. Oregon State is in the Jekyll and Hyde race, as you just don’t know which version of this team will show up.

Georgia Tech at Georgia

Normally these two teams are at the top of their respective divisions in their conferences. This year they are both middle-tier teams. Georgia Tech is just at bowl eligible while Georgia needs to win this game just to get to .500.

Notre Dame at USC

All season long I have had this one notched as a win for USC. Suddenly Notre Dame is surging and USC might be sliding. The notch isn’t there anymore.

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State would play for the Big 12 title for the first time if it wins this game.


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