Week 13 NCAA Football Buffet: Previewing All The Games Worth Consuming

The menu is stacked on rivalry weekend with plenty of Egg and Apple.  You can eat in the Backyard or on the Border, just try to keep it Civil.  You'll be sure to get plenty of Iron, I can assure you.  Let's find out what looks tasty and what might be worth pushing to the side of your plate in this weekend's college football buffet. (All times are Eastern.)

GIVE ME A HEAPING HELPING

No. 22 Utah @ No. 18 BYU (5:00 PM, MTN) - With both teams assured of bowl bids and with identical records, this game is all about pride.  The prevailing thought does seem to be that BYU has more to lose than Utah.

 

I'LL HAVE A SCOOP OF THAT, PLEASE

Arkansas @ No. 17 LSU (7:00 PM, ESPN) - These two teams are playing for The Boot.  It might surprise you to know it's resided in Arkansas for two years running now...will they make it three?

No. 2 Alabama @ Auburn ( 2:30 P.M., CBS) - They say anything can happen in the Iron Bowl.  Truth be told, that notion is simply not true.  The team with the better record almost always wins.  Sorry bout that, Auburn.

 

I'LL TASTE IT FIRST...

UCLA @ No. 24 USC (10:00, FSN) - This should be the most competitive USC-UCLA game in years.  A win for the Bruins could take them to the next level.

Notre Dame @ Stanford (8:00 PM, ABC) - Win or lose, not many people expect Charlie Weis to make it much further than this game.  He might be coaching for the right to be there at Notre Dame's bowl game in this one.

Nevada @ No. 6 Boise State (10:15P.M., ESPN2) - One of the offenses in this game is being hailed as one of the greatest rushing offenses in the history of college football.  Would it surprise you to know it's Nevada?

No. 8 Pittsburgh @ West Virginia (7:00P.M., ESPN2) - The Backyard Brawl will have a big effect on the Big East title race and bowl picture.  It should all come down to which kind of car West Virginia comes out as.

No. 3 Texas @ Texas A&M ( 8:00 P.M., ESPN) - The key to stopping the Aggie offense may be limiting their ability to run the ball.  If A&M is smart, they'll try to keep the ball in the Longhorn rusher's hands all day and out of Colt McCoy's.  Do that and they have a chance to shake up the Big 12 and national title picture.

 

I'LL KEEP THAT IN MIND FOR THE NEXT TRIP

Georgia @ No. 7 Georgia Tech (8:00 PM, ABC) - If historical statistics are any indiciation, Georgia doesn't stand much of a a chance against the Yellow Jackets.

No. 19 Miami @ South Florida (3:30 PM, ABC) - For Miami, its a chance to regain some status in the state of Florida.  For USF, it's a chance to remind another member of The Big Three that they're in the discussion now.

Florida State @ No. 1 Florida (3:30 PM, CBS) - There's a lot of great memories in this series, even if this year's game probably won't measure up.  It could be worse, Seminole fans...Jeff Bowden could still be in charge of your offense.

No. 11 Oklahoma State @ Oklahoma (12:30 PM, FSN) - The Sooners are suffering through their worst season in years and coming off their worst lost since 2005.  You'll have to excuse the Cowboys if they don't have sympathy.

No. 20 Mississippi @ Mississippi State (12:00 PM, SEC Network) - Has Dan Mullen figured out how much MSU fans value Ole Miss' suffering yet? Folks were hoping this would be the most important Egg Bowl ever.  It's not...but both schools are on their way there.

No. 15 Clemson @ South Carolina (12:00 PM, ESPN) - What will it take for the Clemson/South Carolina game to be nationally important? Getting both teams ranked at the same time would be a good start.

 

I DON'T KNOW...SMELLS KINDA FUNNY...

Tennessee @ Kentucky (7:30 PM, ESPNU) - It's been 24 years since Kentucky beat Tennessee.  That's the longest active annual winning streak in college football.

Texas Tech vs. Baylor (6:00 PM, FSN) - There's talent on the Baylor side of the field, but there's more talent on the Texas Tech side.  The Red Raiders should continue their last season surge.

No. 14 Virginia Tech @ Virginia (3:30 PM, ABC) - UVa has nothing to lose and it's the last game in Hooville for its seniors and its coach.If the Hokies can't match that intensity level, it's very possible for them to lose.  Would be par for the course in the ACC this year.

Missouri @ Kansas (3:30 PM, ABC) - This year's Border War packs a bit of extra meaning.  Missouri has a chance to end both Todd Reesing's career and Mark Mangino's tenure in Lawrence with a single victory; meanwhile, Reesing and Mangino have a chance to extend their lives with an upset win in what is potentially their last game together.

Arizona @ Arizona State (3:30 PM, ABC) - The Cardiac Cats are coming off a tough loss to Oregon.  They can get back on the right track with a win over rival Arizona State, who will not be bowling this year.

No. 23 North Carolina @ North Carolina State (12:00 PM, ESPN2) - Wolfpack fans are in "we'll watch only because we have to" mode.  Meanwhile North Carolina is wondering why they're not part of the BCS bowl selection discussion.

Nebraska @ Colorado (3:30 P.M., ABC) - Dan Hawkins will almost undoubtedly live to coach another day.  Nebraska has already clinched the Big 12 North.  With the off-field drama resolved, Colorado and Nebraska fans can sit back and enjoy the game...unless the local affiliate is showing Oprah instead.

Illinois @ No. 5 Cincinnati (12:00 P.M., ABC) - Can Illinois win? Probably not...but that's why they play the games. Cincinnati has shown weaknesses: most glaringly, their ability to stop a running game.  If Illinois can pound the rock, or at least get Juice moving his feet forward, they could score on Cincinnati. Tony Pike gets the start for Cincy.

 

NO THANKS, PLATE'S FULL

Washington State @ Washington (6:30 PM, FSN Northwest) - UDub hasn't been playing well, but that's still no excuse for them if they lose to this terrible Washington State team.

Boston College @ Maryland ( 3:30 PM, ESPNU) - Could this be Friedgen's last stand?  The Terrapins need something, anything they can hang their hat.  BC has somehow won 7 games and they're looking for No. 8.

New Mexico @ No. 4 TCU (1:00 PM, MTN) - New Mexico won last week.  Of course, that was their only win of the season.  Meanwhile TCU is one win away from a BCS bowl bid and an outside chance at the national title game. Don't blow it, fellas.

Syracuse @ Connecticut (12:00 PM, Big East Network) - Fresh off their upset of Rutgers, Syracuse is playing for bowl positioning...just not their own.  They'd love to knock off the Huskies, who are trying to get bowl eligible.

Wake Forest @ Duke (12:00 PM, Raycom) - It's Duke, not Wake Forest, who is playing for a bowl bid. Wake will be taking December off for the first time in four years.

Rutgers @ Louisville (11:00 A.M., ESPN2) - Are you ready for some A.M. football, folks?  The Steve Kragthorpe Era will almost certainly come to a close today in Louisville.  Whatever Rutgers can do to help that along will do wonders for their flagging reputation after losing to Syracuse last week.

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