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