NCAA Football: Week 15 Game Rankings
Let's not waste any time and get right to the monumentally important games on Saturday's slate:
5. #17 Oklahoma (9-2) at #6 Oklahoma State (10-1) - 12 PM ET, ABC
Here's the only game on this week's rankings that isn't a conference championship game. You can expect the atmosphere to have a similar feel though as Oklahoma State looks to lock up the Big 12 title. The Sooners have dominated this rivalry over the years, but given how excellent this Cowboys team is playing right now, expect a different outcome this season. No one can slow down Mike Gundy's team, and they will punch their ticket to the Fiesta Bowl with a convincing victory.
4. #7 Stanford (10-2) vs. #11 Arizona State (10-2) - 7:45 PM ET, ESPN (Pac-12 Champ.)
The Pac-12 title is on the line in a rematch from mid-September as Stanford takes on Arizona State. The Cardinal won the regular season meeting in Palo Alto, but this game will be a different animal. It's in Tempe so the Sun Devils have the home-field advantage. Arizona State has won seven in a row and has obliterated the majority of their opponents at home. It's simply not a good set-up for the Cardinal.
3. #1 Florida State (12-0) vs. #20 Duke (10-2) - 8 PM ET, ABC (ACC Champ.)
Duke couldn't possibly beat undefeated Florida State, right? Well, did anyone believe that the Blue Devils could win 10 games in one season...in football? My point exactly. Still though, there are few scenarios I can picture that involve Duke winning this game. There's a reason why the Seminoles come in as the top-ranked team in the land, and anything less than a dominating victory would probably come as a surprise to most.
2. #3 Auburn (11-1) vs. #5 Missouri (11-1) - 4 PM ET, CBS (SEC Champ.)
For Auburn and Missouri, the objective is pretty clear -- win and give yourself a legitimate shot at playing for the BCS crown. Of course, they'll still both need help if Ohio State wins the Big Ten title, but the chance is there. As for the game itself, Missouri's defense has been incredible this season and that's the main reason why they could be one win away from playing for the national championship. However, how could anyone pick against Auburn these days? They're coming off of two of the most miraculous plays in college football history, so perhaps fate is on the side of the Tigers. We'll find out Saturday afternoon in Atlanta.
1. #2 Ohio State (12-0) vs. #10 Michigan State (11-1) - 8:17 PM ET, FOX (Big Ten Champ.)
This tops the rankings this week because it's the most important to the national title picture. Ohio State's performance is beyond significant here. The Buckeyes not only have win -- they have to win and look good doing so. Despite having won its last 24 games, Ohio State can leave nothing to chance. They have to beat Michigan State and impress voters in the process. But while all of those wishful thoughts are nice and good, it's not going to matter. For weeks and weeks now, I've been saying the same thing over and over: the Spartans are the best team in the Big Ten. On Saturday, they will prove that.
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