Week 13: 5 Rivalry Games with BCS Implications
Rivalry games are great, and rivalry games with postseason implications are even better. These games get even more heated when both teams are ranked or when one team can spoil another team's postseason dreams with an upset. Especially this year, with so many upsets last week, things can get interesting.
Let's take a look at five games with BCS Bowl game consequences.
(22) Notre Dame at (6) Stanford
Notre Dame leads the series 17-8.
These teams first met in the 1925 Rose Bowl.
Stanford is favored in this game and rightfully so. Andrew Luck has been having a solid season so far, and with a solid performance during this game, may solidify a Heisman Trophy.
Stanford can still receive an "at-large" bid if they win. However, coach Kelly and the Fighting Irish will look to spoil the fun and try and get to their first 10-win season since 2006.
(2) Alabama at (24) Auburn
Alabama leads the series 40-34-1.
A game called the "Iron Bowl" was first played in February of 1893.
Last year, Auburn defeated Alabama on its way to a BCS National Championship.
Alabama is favored in this game by 21 points.
This year, Auburn does not stand a chance, but things may be closer than people think. The game this year is at Auburn, and Alabama did not look stellar in last week's game against Georgia Southern.
A big game by Trent Richardson will solidify a seat in New York at the Heisman Trophy ceremony.
Oregon State vs. (10) Oregon
Oregon leads the series 58-46-10.
In a game called "The Civil War," this game is the seventh longest rivalry game in college football dating back to 1894.
Recently, the result of the game has had Rose Bowl implications, and this year's game is no different. This year with an Oregon win, they lock up the Pac-12 north spot in the Pac-12 championship game—the winner of which will play in the Rose Bowl.
Oregon is coming off a disappointing loss against USC, while OSU is coming off a win against Washington.
This game is at Autzen stadium, and while there has been talk in Corvallis of an upset to salvage the Beavers season, the Ducks will send the Beavers home with another loss.
Ohio State vs. (15) Michigan
Michigan leads the series 57-44-6.
The first meeting between these schools was on October 17, 1897 with Michigan shutting out Ohio State 34-0, and there has been hatred ever since. Often simply known as "The Game," this is the premier rivalry game in all of college football. No other rivalry game in all of sports is as storied.
Back in 2006, known at the time as "The Game of the Century," featured the top ranked Ohio State against the No. 2-ranked Michigan. The game resulted with an Ohio State win, 42-39.
This year, Ohio State has a chance to spoil the Wolverines' BCS bowl dreams. With a Michigan victory, the Wolverines will lock up an "at-large" bid to play in a BCS bowl, as they would be ranked in the top 14.
Ohio State will struggle against Michigan this year. Ohio State is playing a freshman quarterback, who will struggle playing in his first game in Michigan Stadium. Look for the Michigan defense to take advantage and for Denard Robinson to run wild.
(3) Arkansas vs. (1) LSU
LSU leads the series 34-20-2.
The first time this game was played was in 1901, and LSU has a firm hold on the rivalry. However, "The Battle for the Golden Boot" has been highly contested since 2000 with the series being split evenly 5-5.
While this rivalry is not as big or as historic as the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry, this year's game has serious BCS consequences, with the winner most likely playing for the National Championship.
Arkansas would love to upset rival LSU and spoil their undefeated season, and ruin their dreams at the shot at the National Championship.
Arkansas is playing at LSU this year which might be the deciding factor. However, this situation is a perfect storm situation and as we know anything can happen during a rivalry game.
Watch for Arkansas to stun LSU in a tightly contested game.