NCAA Football: Five Under the Radar Games to Watch in Week 14
Let's take a look at five under the radar games for this week:
Bowling Green (8-3) at Buffalo (8-3) - 1:30 PM ET, ESPNU (Fri.)
The winner of this game will officially lock up the Eastern division in the MAC and will earn the right to play Northern Illinois in the conference championship game in Detroit. These teams are pretty even overall, but I'd give the slight edge to Bowling Green. The Falcons have only allowed 10 points total in the past three games, so they have plenty of momentum heading into this "win and your in" game.
Texas Tech (7-4) at Texas (7-3) - 7:30 PM ET, FOX Sports 1 (Thurs.)
Um, does anyone remember that Texas Tech team that was 7-0 in late October? Since that point, the Red Raiders have lost every game they've played, but considering the strength of their opponents, it shouldn't come as too big of a shock. The Longhorns have had much better luck as of late, as they were winners of six in a row before running into the buzzsaw that is Oklahoma State. Going with Texas at home in this spot makes a whole lot more sense than picking a spiraling Tech team.
Iowa (7-4) at Nebraska (8-3) - 12 PM ET, ABC (Fri.)
Bo Pelini's future as the head coach of Nebraska has been a hot topic as of late, but if he leads the Huskers to a win over the Hawkeyes and scores a victory in a bowl game, it'll be a 10-win season. Can you really fire a guy after that? I know that fans may not enjoy certain things about Pelini. However, it's going to be hard to find reasons to get rid of him if his team wins out. That may be the most important element of this discussion, as a loss to a solid Iowa team wouldn't help Pelini gain any support with his detractors.
East Carolina (9-2) at Marshall (8-3) - 12 PM ET, CBS Sports Network (Fri.)
The average college football fan probably hasn't watched too much Conference USA action this season. But Friday's meeting between East Carolina and Marshall has the potential to be a game worth watching. Both teams feature outstanding quarterbacks, with Shane Carden leading the way for ECU and Rakeem Cato throwing touchdowns at will for Marshall. And thanks to those two studs, these teams are averaging over 40 points per game. The winner of this one goes to the C-USA championship game, so seriously folks, this should be a ridiculously fun game.
#24 Duke (9-2) at North Carolina (6-5) - 12 PM ET, ESPN2
The Duke Blue Devils are a win away from setting an all-time school record for wins in a season. So yeah, that's how good David Cutcliffe's team has been this season. A win for Duke will also lock up a trip to the ACC title game to take on Jameis Winston and Florida State. Could you imagine Duke being the team that ends the Seminoles' quest for a national title? We might be getting a little ahead of ourselves here since the Blue Devils must first down a North Carolina team that put up 80 a week ago...in three quarters.
Which under the radar game are you most looking forward to this week? Let us know by commenting below! For more college football talk, follow @FanIQ or myself on Twitter!