To quote the great Keith Jackson, “Woah, Nelly!”
Rivalry week is upon us all, and it is also the final week of the regular season. This weekend will be season defining for a lot of teams across the nation. Some schools are looking to become bowl eligible, while some are looking to punch their ticket to conference championship games. This weekend is spread nicely across both Friday and Saturday, so hunker down with family and friends to catch all the action.
B5Q gives the low-down on the major games to watch this weekend, and how to watch.
Thursday, Nov. 28
Ole Miss (4-7) at Mississippi State (5-6) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on ESPN
The Egg Bowl is essentially a toss up right now with MSU getting a three-point home advantage. The Mississippi Bulldogs are looking to become bowl eligible, as head coach Joe Moorhead potentially fights for his job after an underwhelming year two. Neither team usually lights it up offensively, but this game is usually fun and chippy.
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Friday, Nov. 29
Virginia Tech (8-3) at Virginia (8-3) —> 11 a.m. CST on ABC
The battle for the Commonwealth Cup is especially relevant this year. In addition to state bragging rights, the winner moves on to face Clemson in the ACC Championship Game. Both teams have played well down the stretch, and are playing their best football after winning three straight games. This is a big game Friday morning.
Other Friday morning games of interest: Texas Tech at Texas, Toledo at Central Michigan.
No. 17 Iowa (8-3) at Nebraska (5-6) —> 1:30 p.m. CST on BTN
Nebraska still has a chance to become bowl eligible. In a big home game against a close rival, Scott Frost has a chance to jumpstart momentum for the Cornhuskers next year. Iowa on the other hand has bounced back nicely these past two games after losing to Wisconsin. The Heroes Trophy is relatively new, but Iowa has won five of the first eight meetings, and is the favorite once again.
Mike Norvell calls on fans to fill Liberty Bowl for Memphis/Cincinnati: "We've seen the potential that we have, & we're going to need that next Friday."— Jessica Benson (@Local24Jessica) November 24, 2019
On the line:
-3rd straight AAC West title
-Trip to AAC championship game
-First 11-win season
-Driver's seat to NY6 bowl pic.twitter.com/bElNNVV7Wa
No. 19 Cincinnati (10-1) at No. 18 Memphis (10-1) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on ABC
The Cincinnati Bearcats has been absolutely rolling since a non-conference loss at the hands of Ohio State in Columbus. Lead by their balanced offensive attack, Cincinnati will have their toughest matchup since against Memphis. The Tigers have one of the best offenses in the country, averaging over 42 points per game. These two teams are both at the top of their respectable sides of the American Athletic Conference. If Memphis wins, a rematch will be in the works the following week. If Cincinnati wins, Navy takes the American west division title. Huge implications in what could be the game of the day.
Other Friday afternoon games of interest: Washington State at Washington, West Virginia at TCU.
USF (4-7) at UCF (8-3) —> 7 p.m. CST on ESPN
The USF Bulls haven’t quite recovered from their opening weekend trouncing by Wisconsin. That can all change on Friday. USF has the chance to take down rival UCF in Orlando. Dillon Gabriel will lead the UCF Knights, while Charlie Strong is hoping to hold onto his job at South Florida. This is by no means an absolute must watch, but it is likely the best game later in the day.
Other Friday primetime games of interest: No. 24 Appalachian State at Troy
Saturday, Nov. 30
No. 2 Ohio State (11-0) at No. 13 Michigan (9-2) —> 11 a.m. CST on FOX
The Game is on. Ohio State has won the past seven match ups, but many fans and media pundits predicted that this could be Michigan’s year in the preseason. Michigan hasn’t lived up to those expectations, but in Ann Arbor anything can happen. Ohio State has looked unflappable to this point in the year, but Michigan has been playing much better since losing to Penn State in mid-October.
No. 3 Clemson (11-0) at South Carolina (4-7) —> 11 a.m. CST on ESPN
Clemson hasn’t really been tested outside of a close call against North Carolina on the road. They are already penciled in for the ACC Championship game, but South Carolina is looking to play spoiler for the College Football Playoff. South Carolina has already played the role of giant killer well in their win versus Georgia. Can they replicate it again against Clemson?
Other Saturday morning games of interest: Georgia at Georgia Tech, Louisville at Kentucky, Northwestern at Illinois, Indiana at Purdue, Wake Forest at Syracuse.
No. 12 Wisconsin (9-2) at No. 10 Minnesota (10-1) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on ABC
Minnesota has surprised folks with a big season, and have only lost to Iowa on the year. After winning 14 straight games, Wisconsin lost Paul Bunyan’s Axe last year to the Gophers. Minnesota has a tremendous offense, and the Wisconsin defense is one of the best in the country according to most metrics. The Badgers are a close favorite according to Vegas, and heavy favorites according to ESPN’s FPI. This is the first time these teams will square off as ranked foes since 2014, and it should be a good one.
No. 5 Alabama (10-1) at No. 15 Auburn (8-3) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on CBS
Alabama is going to be without star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa who is out with a hip injury. Backup quarterback Mac Jones has looked strong in relief, but Auburn has one of the better defenses in the country. The Iron Bowl has given fans some gems, and I expect this to be a doozy once again. The big question will be how many points Auburn can put up on a stingy Alabama defense?
Other Saturday afternoon games of interest: Notre Dame at Stanford, Boston College at Pittsburgh, Baylor at Kansas, Maryland at Michigan State, Oregon State at Oregon.
Texas A&M (7-4) at No. 1 LSU (11-0) —> 6 p.m. CST on ESPN
The Texas A&M Aggies put up a good fight last week against Georgia, and are one of the most battle tested teams in the country. LSU will be A&M’s fourth top 10 team that they have squared off against. Can this finally be the game that they win one? LSU quarter Joe Burrow is the clear Heisman Trophy favorite at this juncture, and he has that offense rolling. I’m not predicting an upset here, but it may be closer than it should be on paper.
No. 9 Oklahoma (10-1) at No. 21 Oklahoma State (8-3) —> 7 p.m. CST FOX
Oklahoma has been sneaking by these past few weeks with close wins against Iowa State, Baylor, and TCU. All three match ups came down to the last possession, as quarterback Jalen Hurts has come down to earth as of late. Oklahoma State on the other hand has won their last four games, and welcome the in-state rival to Stillwater. This game will likely have a lot of offensive fireworks.
Other Saturday primetime games of interest: Iowa State at Kansas State, Colorado at Utah, Florida State at Florida, Navy at Houston.
BYU (7-4) at San Diego State (8-3) —> 8 p.m. CST on CBSSN
While this game has very little bearing on the College Football Playoff, or conference titles, this is a good matchup. Both teams have had some great moments, and are vying for better bowl opportunities. This is probably the best of the late games.
Other Saturday after dark games of interest: Arizona at Arizona State, Cal at UCLA,