NCAAF Week 12 Live Thread

Five contenders left, will any of them falter today? [NCAAF Week 12 Live Thread]

11/16/13 in NCAAF   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - NCAAF Week 12 Live ThreadGameDay is at USC today, as the Trojans have gotten off the mat since firing Lane Kiffin. They play Stanford, fresh off defeating Oregon. Stanford is the sole one-loss team in the BCS title hunt, joining the big four unbeatens: Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, and Baylor. Of those five, Stanford has the toughest test today. Since on paper, the status quo looks likely, let's take a look at the races in each of the BCS conferences. There are many games today that affect those races.

American

UCF beat Houston last week to stay undefeated and put themselves in the driver's seat. The Knights still have four games to play, but the toughest game in there is Rutgers at home. If they falter though, Louisville, Houston, and Cincinnati all have one loss, but the former two have lost to UCF, so they would need to gain two games.

ACC

Florida State has clinched the Atlantic Division. The Coastal Division is currently be led by 4-2 Virginia Tech, but Duke and Miami are 3-2. The Blue Devils and Hurricanes play today. Yes, Duke has a chance of playing for a conference championship in football.

Big 12

Baylor is the presumed favorite, but there's another team still unbeaten in the conference...Texas. Also in the mix is one-loss Oklahoma State. The great thing is all three teams still have to play each other, with Oklahoma State and Texas taking the field today.

Big Ten

Ohio State leads the Leaders Division (apparently) by a game over Wisconsin, while holding the tiebreaker since they beat the Badgers. They are thus two wins away from clinching. The Legends Division (apparently) is led by Michigan State, with Nebraska a game back and 4-2 Minnesota still with a chance. The Spartans and Cornhuskers take the field in Lincoln today.

MAC

This isn't a BCS conference, but Northern Illinois is still in the hunt for a second straight BCS berth. They led the West Division by a game over Ball State, who they just beat earlier this week. 5-1 Toledo is also in the race, and they welcome Northern Illinois on Wednesday Night #MACtion. Bowling Green and Buffalo are tied in the East, and play each other on November 29th.

Mountain West

Again, not a BCS conference, but Fresno State right now would be in the BCS. The Bulldogs have two games left before officially winning the West Division. Utah State leads the Mountain Division right now, but Boise State is a half game behind and beat Utah State earlier this year.

Pac-12

Stanford took over the North Division lead by beating Oregon, but the Ducks are right there if Stanford fumbles. 5-1 Arizona State currently lead the South, followed by 5-2 UCLA and 4-2 USC. Arizona State plays at UCLA next week.

SEC

Alabama of course leads the West, but if Auburn beats Georgia today (no easy task), then the Iron Bowl will be for the division title. In the East, the leader is 5-1 Missouri followed by 5-2 South Carolina and 4-2 Georgia. The Tigers are off this week, but play at Ole Miss next week then end their season home vs. Texas A&M. With South Carolina having the tiebreaker, Missouri will likely need to win both to make it to Atlanta.

With that, here's a look at the Top 25 schedule and all other games on TV. Games in bold are the big games. Games that might interest the college football junkie are in italics.

Top 25:
 
(1) Alabama at Mississippi State – 7:45 (ESPN)
Syracuse at (2) Florida State – 3:30 (ABC/ESPN2)
(3) Ohio State at Illinois – 12:00 (ESPN)
(4) Stanford at USC – 8:00 (ABC)
Texas Tech at (5) Baylor – 7:00 (FOX)
Utah at (6) Oregon – 4:00 (Fox Sports 1)
(25) Georgia at (7) Auburn – 3:30 (CBS)
Florida at (10) South Carolina – 7:00 (ESPN2)
(12) Oklahoma State at (24) Texas – 3:30 (FOX)
(16) Michigan State at Nebraska – 3:30 (ABC/ESPN2)

(17) UCF at Temple – 12:00
Iowa State at (18) Oklahoma – 12:00 (Fox Sports 1)
Oregon State at (19) Arizona State – 9:30 (Pac-12 Network)
Houston at (20) Louisville – 7:00 (ESPNU)
Indiana at (22) Wisconsin – 12:00 (ESPN2)
(23) Miami (FL) at Duke – 3:30 (ESPNU)
 
Other Televised Games:
 
Troy at Ole Miss – 12:00 (ESPNU)
Cincinnati at Rutgers – 12:00 (ESPNews)
Purdue at Penn State – 12:00 (BTN)
Washington State at Arizona – 2:00 (Pac-12 Network)
Michigan at Northwestern – 3:30 (BTN)
South Alabama at Navy – 3:30 (CBS Sports Network)
California at Colorado – 5:30 (Pac-12 Network)
Louisiana Tech at Rice – 7:00 (CBS Sports Network)
Wyoming at Boise State – 10:15 (ESPN2)
San Diego State at Hawaii – 10:30 (CBS Sports Network)
San Jose State at Nevada – 10:30 (ESPNU)

 
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11/16/13   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7414 respect

Just got home from a hard-earned Louisville win.  I sure wish UCF had taken it in the chin.

11/16/13   |   Scott   |   53902 respect

Just when you thought you have seen it all in college football... Georgia vs. Auburn comes along

11/16/13   |   Scott   |   53902 respect

Duke takes down Miami and moves to 8-2.  Who predicted that before the season began?

11/16/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

UCF survives thanks to some crazy big plays at the end.

11/16/13   |   Scott   |   53902 respect

Illinois now lays claim to the team with the most consecutive conference losses

11/16/13   |   Scott   |   53902 respect

Rock Chalk Jayhawk as Kansas snaps it's 27 game conference losing streak

11/16/13   |   Scott   |   53902 respect

Got to give Illinois props for at least fighting to the end.  They don't have the athletes to compete with Ohio State but they aren't quitting.  They are going to make Urban Meyer's bunch earn it

11/16/13   |   Scott   |   53902 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Temple leads UCF. That sound you hear is Louisville, Houston, and Cinci cheering like mad.

Don't forget Northern Illinois and Fresno State

11/16/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Temple leads UCF. That sound you hear is Louisville, Houston, and Cinci cheering like mad.

11/16/13   |   Scott   |   53902 respect

Ohio State's defense can be scored on.  Too bad there aren't many teams in the Big Ten capable of exposing that weakness

11/16/13   |   Scott   |   53902 respect

The_Real_Stoney wrote:
I'm curious to see how Ohio State would fare against a good team, let alone a top 20 team

Good team but I think they get exposed big time against teams like Alabama, Oregon and Florida State.  The teams in the Big Ten don't have the speed that those teams have

11/16/13   |   Scott   |   53902 respect

You know your football program is struggling when the punter is your best player

11/16/13   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25349 respect

I'm curious to see how Ohio State would fare against a good team, let alone a top 20 team

11/16/13   |   Scott   |   53902 respect

Ohio State is going to have to have a massive brain cramp for them to not beat Illinois today.  Tim Beckman's bunch is overmatched in every sense of the game