College Football: More Rivalries in Week 14

David HedlindAnalyst IINovember 24, 2008

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Western Michigan at Ball State—Well for Ball State, the BCS is out, but a potential perfect season is still on the table. Really, though, this game will decide the MAC West, or a share of it.


Thursday, Nov. 27

Texas A&M at Texas—Texas needs a few points here, but how much style is there in playing a 4-7 team? They're playing to win to keep Big 12 South and BCS hopes alive.


Friday, Nov. 28

West Virginia at Pitt—West Virginia is still holding onto hopes of sliding into the Big East BCS spot. They'll need to win out and have Cincinnati slip up.

Fresno State at Boise State—Boise State has already won the WAC and trails Utah in the standings, meaning they probably won't be getting the non-BCS automatic berth. They can still hold onto a slim chance of an at-large bid if they can hold on to finish out undefeated.

UCLA at Arizona State—Both are 4-6 and both have two games left. The winner needs to beat their rival in order to go bowling. The loser is out of bowl contention.


Saturday, Nov. 29

Georgia Tech at Georgia—No conference implications, but a pretty good little rivalry here. Pretty much been owned by Georgia for a while now though.

Syracuse at Cincinnati—Cincinnati can grab the Big East outright and a BCS bowl if they win. If they lose, everyone will laugh at them for losing to Syracuse.

Missouri at Kansas—Remember last year when this one was the game everyone was looking forward to? Well it was, and it was a fairly important one that doesn’t have the same implications this year as it did last season. It could still be a good one though.

South Carolina at Clemson—This one is not all that important for anything much more than bragging rights. Maybe we will see another brawl.

Auburn at Alabama—Auburn has won six in a row. Alabama is undefeated and No. 1 in the country. Something will be changing here.

Houston at Rice—Besides being a rivalry game, they are in a three-way tie with Tulsa for the lead in the CUSA West.

Oregon at Oregon State—It's called the Civil War and it's one of the longest played rivalries in the country. If Oregon State wins, they go to the Rose Bowl. lf they lose, USC wins the Pac 10 again and goes to the Rose Bowl again, provided they take care of their business.

From 1996-2006, the home team has won. In '07, Oregon State won in double-overtime at Autzen to break that streak.

Florida at Florida State—Florida State has lost the last four in this in-state rivalry. Florida is ranked higher and has one of the highest ranked scoring offenses and defenses.

Maryland at Boston College—Boston College needs to win in order to go to the ACC title game. If they lose, Florida State goes instead. Maryland is just playing for bowl position.

Virginia at Virginia Tech—If Virginia Tech wins, they play in the ACC Championship game. If they lose, Georgia Tech will represent the Coastal Division.

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State—Oklahoma is coming off a huge win over Texas Tech. Still, they are making their case for BCS title consideration and will help that case if they can win on the road.