Final Week of College Football for Some Teams


Most college football programs will conclude their regular season this week with a handful playing their final games on Saturday, December 4. The absolute last game of the regular season is played on December 11 when Army takes on Navy.

This week, games will be played on Thanksgiving night, Black Friday and on Saturday as schools take a break from their academic schedules for the week or finish up classes on Tuesday.

The following games of note will be played this week:

Texas A&M at Texas — The Longhorns need to win to be bowl eligible while the Aggies would like to extend their winning streak and secure an upper tier bowl. This game will be played on Thursday night, the only collegiate contest in the nation on Thanksgiving.

West Virginia at Pittsburgh — The weakened Big East Conference will likely see its BCS pick chosen when the Mountaineers take on the Panthers in the 103rd meeting of the Backyard Brawl.

Auburn at Alabama — Alabama is defending its national title, but won’t get that opportunity to do so in the SEC championship game which will pit Auburn against South Carolina for a right to represent the the league in the BCS. Before that can happen, the Tigers have to take on the Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium Friday afternoon.

Arizona at Oregon — If the Ducks win out they’ll play for the BCS championship, but the Wildcats would love to have the opportunity to improve their bowl position by upsetting Oregon on the road.

Boise State at Nevada — Two of the top offenses in the nation will be gathering on Friday night at Mackay Stadium. The Broncos need to keep winning and hope for Oregon, Auburn or TCU to stumble to gain the right to place for the national championship. Nevada may have other plans, namely a share of the WAC title.

On Saturday, several “grudge” matches will be played, long-standing feuds which are settled on the gridiron and remain a source of consternation between schools for the following year:

Michigan v. Ohio State — The Wolverines can deny the Buckeyes a share of the Big Ten title by winning on the road.

Virginia v. Virginia Tech — The Cavaliers probably won’t be able to stop the hot Hokies.

LSU v. Arkansas — The Tigers are winning all of their close games this season, but the Razorbacks want a better bowl pick, something they’ll get if they win on Saturday.

BYU v. Utah — Can you feel the love between these two schools? This could be the final “Holy War” meeting between the two as the Utes depart for the Pac 10 next season.

Florida v. Florida State — Who is the best team in Florida? This game isn’t likely to decide that (says Miami), but it’ll give the winner bragging rights for at least one more year.

South Carolina v. Clemson — Gamecocks can’t afford to look ahead to the SEC championship game next week by forgetting the Tigers. The winner of this game gains state bragging rights.

Georgia Tech v. Georgia — They call it “Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate” the rivalry between the Yellow Jackets and the Bulldogs. Whatever you call it, this game is what Georgians live for all year long.

Notre Dame v. USC — Neither team is as good as they have been, but the Irish seemed to have woken up from their slumber. Beat the Trojans and the Irish will be bowl eligible. Lose, and Notre Dame will have to wait another year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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