After what has to be a disappointing weekend of college football, Footballgasm 2017 is upon us! So much college football and NFL football from Thursday until Monday night thanks to Americans celebrating their turkey day. I could say that we beat them to the punch by about six weeks but they have a holiday on a Thursday. And many people get the Friday off as well. So yeah I am a bit jealous of that.
Time for the college football schedule and I will do it more like the American Thanksgiving style I have used in past years. Not every game is important but every game gets its spotlight. Here we go! Brace yourselves! Remember that the first graphic is the American network and the second graphic (or set of graphics) is where we can see the game here in the Great White North.
|Ole Miss at #14 Mississippi State||7:30 PM|
Ole Miss is just playing for pride here as they are not going bowling this year thanks to Hugh Freeze and his penchant for escorts. Mississippi State, on the other hand, still has a chance at a New Year’s Six bowl so this is huge for them. They are currently #14 and would need a bit of help so a big win here would be a good start.
UPDATE #6: This has been moved to TSN2.
|Western Michigan at Toledo||11:30 AM|
A Toledo win here clinches their spot in the MAC Championship and a date with Akron (who clinched the MAC East last night). A loss and they have to wait to see what Northern Illinois does in their game.
|#2 Miami at Pittsburgh||Noon|
The comparisons are going to come up so let’s just state them here. Many teams are hoping that in this game, playing the part of the 2007 West Virginia Mountaineers will be the 2017 Miami Hurricanes and playing the part of the 2007 Pitt Panthers will be the 2017 Pitt Panthers. Not quite the Backyard Brawl but man it would cause a shit-ton of chaos which I would be very fine with.
|Northern Illinois at Central Michigan||Noon|
This game only becomes important if Western Michigan can pull off the upset of Toledo a bit earlier in the day. A lot of scoreboard-watching will be happening in Mount Pleasant for sure.
|Navy at Houston||Noon|
At the start of the season, there were many that figured this would be a supremely important game for the New Year’s Six spot. Didn’t turn out that way. Both teams are bowl-eligible so this game is really not important. Let’s hope no one gets severely injured in this one. That’s all we can hope for.
|Missouri at Arkansas||2:30 PM|
This game will be overshadowed by the rumours of Bret Bielema’s demise in Fayetteville. He is almost guaranteed to be shitcanned so the rumour mill will be in full force in this one. The nice story of Missouri means nothing here because they are already bowl-eligible.
|USF at #15 UCF||3:30 PM|
The game of the day! The War on I-4 winner goes to the AAC Championship. A UCF win and they are one win away from going to the Peach Bowl (probably). A USF win and there will be a lot of intrigue when the College Football Playoff rankings come out on Tuesday. Memphis awaits the winner of this game in the AAC title tilt.
|New Mexico at San Diego State||3:30 PM|
This game really does mean nothing. SDSU going bowling, New Mexico not.
|Western Kentucky at FIU||7:00 PM|
Another game that means nothing since both teams are going bowling…unless there are two many bowl-eligible teams. Then this game would be somewhat important. Otherwise, nah.
|#25 Virginia Tech at Virginia||8:00 PM|
The Commonwealth Cup, for once, doesn’t mean a whole lot as both teams are heading to bowl games. However, this is the first instance of not really knowing where this game will head. It shows up on the specialty pack for Bell but not for Rogers. TSN1 and TSN3 have the game on their schedule as well so my guess is it will end up here, especially since this is the week where people who don’t get the specialty pack finally get their fill of college football.
UPDATE #1: Might as well start numbering them now. This game has been moved from TSN1 and TSN3 to TSN2. Why? So they can show replays of the CFL Division Finals. Yeah.
|Texas Tech at Texas||8:00 PM|
Big game here for the Red Raiders as a win gets them to bowl-eligibility. Tom Herman’s Longhorns would like nothing more than to send Kute Kliff Kingsbury and his squad home for the holidays.
|East Carolina at #20 Memphis||Noon|
Memphis still has a shot at the New Year’s Six spot. They have to take care of business here first against a lowly Pirates team who is fully regretting letting Ruffin McNeill go a couple seasons ago.
|#7 Georgia at Georgia Tech||Noon|
Georgia Tech needs a monster upset here to go bowling. For Georgia, the stakes are higher. A win probably guarantees a New Year’s Six bowl at the very least. It also gives them an outside shot at the CFP if things shake out their way (let’s just say they will be huge Auburn fans later in the day).
|Tulane at SMU||Noon|
Tulane has done way better than most thought they would. Willie Fritz is spinning his genius again. A win here completes a great season as the Green Wave would go bowling. The Mustangs are already going bowling and are a great story in their own right with Chad Morris bringing this team back in a short time to bowl contention.
|Florida State at Florida||Noon|
First off, Bell has this on the specialty pack and TSN3. My guess is it ends up on TSN3 (kind of like the VT-UVA game the previous night). Florida is playing solely for pride as they are 4-6. FSU is also 4-6 but rescheduled the ULM game that had been cancelled earlier in the year due to the hurricane. This game happens during Conference Championship Week. This means that if the Noles win here they will probably be bowl-eligible. What a joke. I hope the Gators win by 40.
|Indiana at Purdue||Noon|
The winner goes bowling. Loser is home for the holidays. So this is actually pretty huge. Now this is a bit of an issue since it appears on the specialty pack. However, TSN2 has a game but the teams are TBA. My gut says its IU-PU but it could be one of the other games being already shown on a TSN network. For now, let’s say it will be on the specialty pack but stay tuned for updates.
UPDATE #3: With UL-UK being moved to TSN2 (for now), this game is on the specialty pack only.
|#9 Ohio State at Michigan||Noon|
This is an interesting one as so many scenarios affecting the CFP and NY6 come out of this game. A Michigan win hurts tOSU’s NY6 chances and completely destroys their CFP chances. It also hurts Wisconsin. A Buckeye win keeps them with slim hopes for the College Football Playoff and almost guarantees a New Year’s Six spot. It also helps Wisconsin. So much riding on this game. It’s also the first year FOX has broadcast The Game. So many changes in college football broadcasting this season. Let’s hope we get caught up at some point and get FOX Sports One but that’s a different argument for a different time.
|Louisville at Kentucky||Noon|
Louisville is going bowling. Kentucky is going bowling. It’s a rivalry game so at least there’s that. Other than that, there are many other options in this timeslot.
UPDATE #2: This game has been added on TSN2 instead of Indiana-Purdue. It is still showing on specialty pack guides as well. This should change by late tomorrow.
UPDATE #7: Yep, this game has gone to TSN2. However, Duke-Wake Forest has been added to the specialty pack.
|Boston College at Syracuse||12:30 PM|
This game also means nothing since BC is going to a bowl game and Syracuse basically collapsed after the upset of the year over Clemson.
|#1 Alabama at #6 Auburn||3:30 PM|
The game of the day and the one that could turn the College Football Playoff and New Year’s Six upside down. We all remember what happened last time these two teams met as Top 10 teams in the Iron Bowl. Auburn is hoping for a repeat of that performance. The winner here goes to the SEC Championship against Georgia. A Bama win means Auburn is eliminated from CFP contention and UGA has a slim chance (with a win over GT). An Auburn win and then who knows what happens. The SEC won’t be eliminated in this case but we could see a #3 or even #4 seed be an SEC team which would be odd to see.
|North Carolina at NC State||3:30 PM|
Not important at all although you have to wonder about Larry Fedora’s future after the Tar Heels bottomed out this season.
|#5 Wisconsin at Minnesota||3:30 PM|
The Badgers need to win here. And they almost need to win in a blowout as their strength-of-schedule will hurt them without some huge wins. They still have the Big Ten Championship and a big win there will help as well. Minnesota would need the massive upset win to go bowling this year, not what P.J. Fleck expected in his first year with the Gophers.
|#23 Boise State at Fresno State||3:30 PM|
And here is an argument against conference championships. This game is the first in a series of two since these two teams meet again next weekend in the Mountain West Championship. The only thing with this game is Boise needs a win to keep their New Year’s Six hopes alive.
|West Virginia at #4 Oklahoma||3:30 PM|
The Big XII’s CFP hopes rest on Oklahoma’s shoulders so a win here is desperately needed by the Sooners.
|Iowa State at Kansas State||3:30 PM|
Both teams are going bowling so no issues there. However, ISU is the only team that could leap past TCU and go to the Big XII Championship. We will know whether they have a chance at all since TCU plays Baylor the day before. A TCU win and this game is essentially meaningless.
|#10 Penn State at Maryland||3:30 PM|
Thanks to PSU’s collapse against Ohio State, this game means nothing. It’s probably also the reason this game is on the Big Ten Network.
|#16 Michigan State at Rutgers||4:00 PM|
This game really doesn’t mean anything. It just feels weird to see Rutgers on FOX.
|Vanderbilt at Tennessee||4:00 PM|
Both teams are home for the holidays. This could be the most meaningless game in this rivalry in a very long time. Sad times in the state of Tennessee.
Saturday Primetime & Late Night
|Oregon State at Oregon||7:00 PM|
Oregon is going bowling and Oregon State is definitely not. This game, as of right now, is showing up on the specialty pack guides AND TSN2. My guess, again, is that TSN will get the game.
UPDATE #4: This game has been moved to the specialty pack.
|UTSA at Louisiana Tech||7:30 PM|
The Bulldogs need a win to go bowling here. This game isn’t showing on the Bell specialty pack yet but is on the Super Sports Pack. That issue should sort itself out in the next 24 hours.
|#3 Clemson at #24 South Carolina||7:30 PM|
One of the big games of the night as Clemson has to be on upset alert here. Another game that could really cause chaos for The Committee. The Tigers are already locked into the ACC Championship but a loss here affects both them and Miami. Big stakes here.
|Texas A&M at #18 LSU||7:30 PM|
The biggest issue here? Kevin Sumlin’s future in College Station. It is rumoured that he will be fired after this game (or the next morning). To be honest, even if he isn’t fired right after this game, his time is over as Aggies head coach. I can almost guarantee that he won’t be the head coach of Texas A&M for the 2018 season.
|#8 Notre Dame at #21 Stanford||8:00 PM|
Big game here for Notre Dame and for Stanford. Different stakes though. Stanford as no shot at the College Football Playoff but could move up towards a New Year’s Six spot with a big win here. Their Pac-12 fate is not in their own hands as their conference schedule is done and they have to watch what happens in the Apple Cup. As for the Irish, they need a big win here and a lot of chaos in front of them. A win basically locks them into a NY6 spot at the very least. If enough happens in front of them, they could sneak into the #4 spot and play in the CFP semi-finals.
UPDATE #5: This game has been moved from TSN4 to TSN1. The Raptors game has been moved to TSN4 which necessitated this move. Twitter user @CamPeverley notified me of the TSN changes. Thanks go out to him.
|#13 Washington State at #17 Washington||8:00 PM|
Biggest Apple Cup ever? Close. It doesn’t mean much to the Huskies except for pride…and the fact if they win then Wazzu is knocked out of the Pac-12 Championship. The Cougs control their fate. Win and go to the Pac-12 Championship to face USC. Lose and they won’t even get a New Year’s Six spot. It’s that simple.
|BYU at Hawaii||9:00 PM|
This happens pretty much every year. CBS Sports Network shows college basketball after their afternoon game and then goes to this odd timeslot for the final college football game of the day on the network. And it’s always a game that has no stakes. No difference here. Both teams were disappointing this year with BYU being VERY disappointing.
|Utah State at Air Force||10:15 PM|
Utah State will play in a bowl game this year. Air Force will not. The crazy weekend of college football ends with a whimper.
Some gambling fun and games
I combined the primetime and late night portions of the schedule here because really, the late night schedule is the calming down after a crazy two days. I eliminated the games of the week since there are a bunch of them and a bunch of secondary ones. Only a handful of games have no stakes other than pride (which sometimes can make for the best games). After a week of relatively easy picks, let’s start this week’s picks which should be a lot more difficult. I will provide way more picks this week than normal, just an FYI.
Mississippi State over Ole Miss
Toledo over Western Michigan
Miami over Pittsburgh
Central Michigan over Northern Illinois
UCF over USF
Virginia Tech over Virginia
Texas over Texas Tech
Memphis over East Carolina
Georgia over Georgia Tech
Tulane over SMU
Florida over Florida State
Indiana over Purdue
Michigan over Ohio State (yes I am calling for the big upset)
Alabama over Auburn (although it will be close)
Wisconsin over Minnesota
Boise State over Fresno State
Oklahoma over West Virginia
Kansas State over Iowa State
Louisiana Tech over UTSA
Clemson over South Carolina
Stanford over Notre Dame
Washington over Washington State
This is gonna be fun. I can feel it. Only once in the past few years has this final weekend of the regular season (for most conferences) disappointed in general. I can’t see this being the case this year.
I figured i would do this post today and the NFL one, in its entirety, tomorrow. I will be doing updates over the next few days for the college football schedule as there are sure to be a few. I am also live-tweeting most of Friday and pretty much all of Saturday. Enjoy the games everyone!