Major Division and Conference Implications in College Football Week 13

David HedlindAnalyst IINovember 17, 2008

Tuesday, Nov. 18

Northern Illinois at Kent State

Really not much to this one. I don’t even think it is on TV. Northern Illinois could get bowl eligible with a win.


Wednesday, Nov. 19

Ball State at Central Michigan

This is one of the games I have been waiting for: undefeated Ball State going to play defending MAC champs Central Michigan. Pretty much should decide the division.


Thursday, Nov. 20

Miami at Georgia Tech

Currently sitting on top of the ACC Coastal division, this game should decide the division.


Friday, Nov. 21

Buffalo at Bowling Green

Top of the MAC East here. Buffalo is No. 1 while Bowling Green is No. 2.


Fresno State at San Jose State

In the WAC there are more bowl eligible teams than Bowls available. These two are playing for more wins to make the case as to why they shouldn’t be eligible and left out.


Saturday, Nov. 22

West Virginia at Louisville

West Virginia is still alive in the conference title race. Louisville is still looking for win six for a bowl.


Michigan at Ohio State

Remember like two years ago, this was No. 1 vs. No. 2 and all eyes were on the game? Does anyone outside of Ohio and Michigan even care this year?


Tennessee at Vanderbilt

I wonder when the last time was that Vanderbilt was favored over Tennessee. Vanderbilt is now playing for a better bowl.

Washington at Washington State

Can we change the name from the Apple Cup to the Futility Cup? Honestly, the only thing I want to see is if Washington can get a win since they are the last team in the nation without one.


Stanford at Cal

The Big Game—Stanford needs a win for a bowl. Cal needs a win to stay alive for a decent one.


Boston College at Wake Forest

There are implications on the Atlantic Division here, but I don’t know what they are because then it involves all sorts of who wins and who loses in the rest of the division. But I know it means something.


Michigan State at Penn State

Rose Bowl implications here. Penn State gets there with a win. MSU needs all kinds of help if they win and hope to get there.


UTEP at Houston

For some reason this one just appeals to me. Seems like it should be a pretty good game. Probably a bit of scoring going on.


Air Force at TCU

Probably overlooked due to the BYU at Utah game being played the same day, but this one is just as big in the Mountain West thanks to the TCU win over BYU. Besides all that, these two are still a part of the top of the conference.


Boise State at Nevada

Boise State is not really the same team on the road as they are at home. Well, that used to be the case—they haven’t had much trouble this year. But if they relapse to how they used to be on the road, Nevada could give them trouble.


BYU at Utah

The Holy War and a BCS berth on the line. Utah wins, they should be in the BCS. BYU wins and gets some help around the country, they still have an outside shot at it. The last two have been decided by a total of nine points and three years ago went to overtime.


Oregon State at Arizona

Oregon State is still in the lead of the Pac-10 for the Rose Bowl. Win out and they are in. They passed test No. 1 with Cal. Test No. 2 may be harder as Arizona has beaten a ranked team at home in November four years in a row.


Pitt at Cincinnati

The top of the Big East pretty much playing for the conference. I think Cincinnati would clinch it with a win, which would then put more importance on next week's West Virginia-Pitt game.


Louisiana-Lafayette at Troy

Both are 4-1 in the conference and therefore are the leaders, so obviously the winner takes over sole possession of first place in the conference.


Florida State at Maryland

Right now listed as the top teams in the ACC Atlantic. The winner takes the lead for now.


Texas Tech at Oklahoma

It has been a few weeks since we had a big ranked vs. ranked game in the Big 12. I am sure we all remember some of those others, not to mention that this was a close one last year too.