Alright. Almost done here. I see the finish line. Last few weeks of the biggest games of the college football season. HERE WE GO!
Texas A&M at LSU – This ends the SEC West on SEC West violence (at least in terms of the teams vying for division supremacy). Unfortunately, both teams could be out of the running for a division title by this point. If that’s the case, it would knock this game down a few notches for sure.
BYU at Notre Dame – Again, I keep harping on it, but the Irish could come into this game undefeated. And BYU is no pushover. Expect this to be more of a battle than might be normally expected, especially if Notre Dame is in line for a BCS birth and BYU could stand in its way. By the way, shouldn’t this game be called the Holy War rather than the actual Holy War (BYU/Utah)?
Oklahoma at Kansas State – Another game where both teams could be essentially out of the conference title hunt. Chances are at least one of these teams will be in the thick of it.
Arizona State at UCLA – The hype machine seems to have settled on both schools this season. High expectations for both schools. Having this game at home is a major advantage for the Bruins as there is no way they would like to go to the desert this late in the season.
Rutgers at UCF – Not many notable games in the American this year but this is definitely one. Two of three teams (Cincinnati being the other) that have a truly legitimate shot to beat Louisville and get the American’s last ever automatic BCS berth.
Honourable mention: Washington at Oregon State, Nebraska at Penn State, Baylor at Oklahoma State
Ohio State at Michigan – The Big Game. This one could be extra special. There’s a fair chance of the Buckeyes being undefeated going into this game. Nothing would please Wolverines fans more than to knock THE Ohio State University off its football perch and win this last regular season game of the season for these two teams.
Clemson at South Carolina – If either of these two teams aren’t in a conference championship, a loss could kill any BCS hopes. The Battle of the Palmetto State is always huge. This could be the biggest one yet.
Florida State at Florida – For the first time in a while, it really does seem that the Seminoles have a much better chance of a great season and a BCS berth than do the Gators. Saying that, most interstate games are heated and WILL MUSCHAMP! and Florida won’t let FSU walk all over them at the Swamp.
Notre Dame at Stanford – Both teams could be coming into this one either undefeated or very close to it. Last year the Irish won when Stepfan Taylor couldn’t get over the goal line in OT (oh wait, he did…never mind). But this time they will be out on the west coast so give the (slight) advantage to the Cardinal.
UCLA at USC – Victory Bell time! This game could have the biggest implications if these two teams are close enough in the standings. A Pac-12 South division crown and berth in the Pac-12 Title game will probably be at stake here.
Honourable mention: Ole Miss at Mississippi State (Egg Bowl), Texas Tech at Texas, Oregon State at Oregon (Civil War)
This is a different week since there are six conference championship games on tap. So of course all of those are important, especially the SEC and Big Ten games this year. Other games that could be of importance include:
Louisville at Cincinnati – Ending off an amazing Thursday night schedule this year is this gem from the American. Everything points to this game being the one that could potentially put the Cardinals in the BCS Championship. Also, the Bearkats are damn good too. This should be a fun one for the Keg of Nails.
Texas at Baylor – The way things look, if the Horns can knock off Baylor in Waco, they will be off to the Fiesta Bowl at the very least as Big XII champs. But you can never sleep on the Baylor Bears these days. You could go to the fridge to get a beer and come back and see they’ve put a 21-spot up on the board.
Honourable mention: Oklahoma at Oklahoma State (Bedlam)
There you go. Finally done. Next few posts will be some ones on TV scheduling and then maybe, just maybe, I will finally get to my predictions for this season.