Late Season Action Marks College Football This Week

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For some college football teams the regular season has come to an end. All that is left is to wait for bowl assignments or, in the case of the Michigan Wolverines, a rare losing season means that everyone stays home come January.

college footballYet, quite a few teams will be seeing action this week, one that includes a handful of key match ups which will determine the post season standing for some. Two games were already played on Tuesday night, one will be played on Thanksgiving night, with the remaining contests scheduled on Friday and Saturday to take advantage of the long holiday weekend.

Let’s take a look at some of the more notable tilts, games which will go great with all of your turkey day leftovers:

West Virginia at Pittsburgh – The Panthers may have the national ranking (#25) but the Mountaineers have the best shot at the Big East title. Win and the Panthers still won’t take the Big East, lose and they’ll be relegated to a lesser known bowl. Both teams will still have one more game to play, WVU against South Florida and Pittsburgh vs. Uconn.

Fresno State at Boise State – Knocking off Rutgers and UCLA early on burnished the image of the Bulldogs, but they still have lost four games. Fresno will probably be invited to a bowl even should they lose, while Boise needs to keep their BCS bid alive by winning on Friday.

Georgia Tech at Georgia – Both teams are assured of a post season game, but before then some business needs to be taken care of. The Yellow Jackets represent the ACC while the Bulldogs represent the SEC, but that isn’t the most important thing about this game: who is the best team in the state of Georgia? This game could spell the difference as to where a recruit decides to attend school next year.

Miami at North Carolina State – Why would a game between a 7-4 Miami squad facing a 5-6 Wolfpack team matter? For the simple reason the home team could surprisingly find itself playing a bowl game later this month. Though a 6-6 team may not be much of an appeal to some, consecutive wins over Wake Forest, North Carolina, and Miami would bolster NC State’s position. Lose and they go home and Miami gets invited to a better bowl game.

Florida at Florida State – The Gators lone loss was a one-point heart breaker to Mississippi during the fourth game of the season. Since then, the Gators have done everything in their power to prove they are BCS championship material. At 7-4, the Seminoles have seen better seasons and an upset win on Saturday can ensure that they’ll win a warm weather site bowl even if the game is played in December.

Oregon at Oregon State – The battle for Oregon is on! Both teams are ranked, both are 8-3 with Oregon State making its first Rose Bowl berth since 1965 if the Beavers beat the Ducks. Should the Beavers lose, then USC goes back to the Rose Bowl with an outside shot for the national championship.

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State – Fresh off their 65-21 destruction of Texas Tech, the Sooners still think they’ll get to the BCS title game if they beat their cross state rivals and get to the Big 12 title game. Regardless of the future , at #3, the Sooners will give the talented Cowboys all that they can handle.

Even after this weekend’s games, there will be season ending contests and conference championships to watch, games which will also determine who plays where come bowl season. Yes, bowl season begins on December 20th, just two weeks after the official end of the college football regular season.


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