Six Match Ups of Ranked Teams Make Week 11 Look Good

David HedlindAnalyst IINovember 3, 2008

Tuesday, Nov. 4

Miami at Buffalo: Yeah, sure it's on, but I don’t think many will be watching.

Even if Buffalo wins, moves to 5-4, and then wins out to go to 8-4, I still don’t think they would get a bowl bid.


Wednesday, Nov. 5

Northern Illinois at Ball State: Okay, this one should get some viewers, if for no other reason but to see if Ball State can stay perfect while playing 5-3 Northern Illinois.


Thursday, Nov. 6

Maryland at Virginia Tech: Maryland now finds itself at the top of the ACC Atlantic, while Virginia Tech is down to a tie for fourth in the Coastal. This is an ACC game, but it will be overshadowed by….

TCU at Utah: These Mountain West teams are ranked in the top 15. Utah wants to stay perfect, while TCU looks to move up and have a shot at being a one-loss team in the BCS.

Of course, when BYU and TCU, played everyone expected a close game, and we all know how that turned out.


Friday, Nov. 7

Nevada at Fresno State: Two teams that usually finish high in the WAC are just trying to make a bowl. Fresno does it with a win, while Nevada needs this and another.


Saturday, Nov. 8

Ohio State at Northwestern: They are both ranked and 7-2. Really, at this point, it is just playing for position and bowl status.

Georgia Tech at North Carolina: A couple ACC teams playing jump rope with the rankings all season are playing each other while both are on the ranked side. 

Purdue at Michigan State: Michigan State has a shot at the Rose Bowl still if it can win out, including beating Penn State in a couple weeks. Gotta beat Purdue first.

Louisville at Pittsburgh: What’s up with Louisville losing to Syracuse two years in a row? Well, if they want to go bowling, they need to rebound and pick up their sixth by beating Pitt. Pitt already has six and is just trying to keep its Big East title hopes going.

Georgia at Kentucky: Kentucky took out their frustration of getting destroyed by Florida by edging Mississippi State. Georgia just got beaten down by Florida and looks to take it out on Kentucky.

Virginia at Wake Forest: Two players in the jumbled mess that is the ACC. I gotta believe both are still alive in the ACC race somehow.

Alabama at LSU: This will pretty much decide the West. Well...almost, even if Alabama loses, they can still win out and win the West. Or so I read somewhere. Either way, it should be a heck of a game.

Marshall at East Carolina: Both are 3-1 in conference and currently sit at the top of the East division. East Carolina at No. 1 and Marshall at No. 2. After that, there is a couple games' separation. So the winner should win the division.

Penn State at Iowa: Lots of people think this could trip up Penn State on their quest for a perfect season and BCS berth. They obviously need to win and win big.

Stanford at Oregon: Stanford is a player this year in the Pac 10. Both sit at 4-2 in the conference. Stanford needs a win to become bowl-eligible. Stanford is riding the momentum of beating WSU, while Oregon may be reeling from losing to Cal.

Oregon State at UCLA: Oregon State needs to win out. If they do, they win the Pac 10 and go to the Rose Bowl. More importantly, USC doesn’t win the Pac 10.

Cincinnati at West Virginia: WVU currently sits at the top of the Big East. Cincinnati is just one game back in a tie for second. Obviously a big one in the conference.

Florida at Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt started 5-0 and is now currently riding a three-game losing streak. I don’t usually make predictions, but I think I see loss No. 4 here. Florida has just looked way too good lately.

Oklahoma State at Texas Tech: Okay, yeah this is how many weeks in a row that we have seen top 10 Big 12 teams go at it? Texas Tech wants to keep the momentum of knocking off No. 1 Texas going another week. Oklahoma State should provide just as good a game.

Cal at USC: Cal is another Pac 10 team that can win out and make the Rose Bowl. If they win out, that means they win this one and beat Oregon State down the road. Again, the best part is that USC doesn’t win the Pac 10.

Nothing against USC, just tired of seeing them win the conference.

Notre Dame at Boston College: This is one of Notre Dame’s handful of rivalry games. Both are 5-3, and so therefore the winner gets bowl eligible.