Playing for Bowl Positions and a Couple of Western Revenge Matches

David HedlindAnalyst IINovember 11, 2008


Ball State at Miami (Ohio): Should be an easy one for Ball State to move them to 10-0 as they head into the tougher part of the schedule. Up next are Central Michigan and Western Michigan, the only other two teams that are bowl-eligible in the MAC.


Buffalo at Akron: Both are 5-4 and at the top of the MAC East, so an appearance in the MAC championship game is at stake. Also the winner moves to six wins so a bowl could also be in the cards.

Central Michigan at Northern Illinois: Central Michigan is still in the hunt for yet another MAC championship, but they can’t be looking ahead to Ball State because Northern Illinois is one win away from bowl eligibility. They are motivated.


Cincinnati at Louisville: Cincinnati is still in the mix for the Big East title, while Louisville is looking to play spoiler. Louisville needs another win for a bowl. Also, a number of games from the Big East that have been upsets on Thursdays and Fridays the past couple years.


Texas at Kansas: Kansas has fallen down a little bit but is still one of the better teams in the Big 12 North. Texas wants to keep wining to keep their Championship hopes alive.

South Carolina at Florida: One of the only games featuring two ranked teams, and I couldn’t be less excited. The way Florida is playing right now and at home, does anyone expect a close one? I don’t.

North Carolina at Maryland: North Carolina is in the lead in the ACC Coastal, while Maryland is still a contender in the Atlantic. I suppose this could be a preview of the ACC title game, but with the way the ACC has been this year, I am not so sure.

Cal at Oregon State: the Beavers need to win out to win the Pac-10 and go to the Rose Bowl. That means going through the other three teams in the conference going to bowls already, all in a row. First up is Cal, who is now playing for bowl positioning.

BYU at Air Force: With all the hype about Utah, TCU and BYU, Air Force has quietly gone 8-2 and 5-1 in MWC play. The only loss in conference being to Utah, the Falcons could still throw a wrench in to the seasons of BYU and TCU.

Arizona at Oregon: Last year, Oregon was up to No. 2 in the country and looked primed for the National Championship until injuries took their toll in Arizona, and the Wildcats upset the Ducks. Currently at the No. 3 and No. 4 spots in the conference, they are both hoping for second place or a big slip up by the top teams to move up to No. 1. Unlikely, but still need to win here just in case.

Nebraska at Kansas State: Nebraska still has an outside chance at the North, but I think Missouri would have to lose both of its final games.

Boise State at Idaho: Undefeated and still holding onto BCS hopes. I don’t think Idaho is going to offer much resistance.

USC at Stanford: Remember this one from last year? And this Stanford team is better. Do I need to say more?

Utah at San Diego State: Like Ball State and Boise State, Utah’s opponent doesn’t look to offer much challenge and they should come out still perfect.

Vanderbilt at Kentucky: Vandy was 5-0 and eyeing a bowl. Now they are 5-4 and hoping to make one. This is a good chance for them to make it.

UCLA at Washington: Washington is the last team without a win… in the country. This is one of their best chances to pick one up.