Well folks, we made it to the last week of the regular season, non Army-Navy category. That, of course, means we’re going onto RIVALRY WEEK Y’ALL.
The Egg Bowl: Mississippi State over Ole Miss
Ah yes, what better way to spend Thanksgiving Day than watching some good ole’ Mississippi footbaw. These teams hate each other so much, a fan from one team snitched on the other which resulted in Hugh Freeze getting fired, a literal brawl happened last year, and the SEC commissioner had to have a meeting in order for the teams to not beat on each other this year. And the funniest thing is that neither of these teams are all that good historically. Biggest benefit of this game is to see future BC coach (wink wink) Joe Moorhead in action.
Commonwealth Cup: Virginia over Va. Tech
Apple Cup: Washington over Wazzu
The Game: Ohio State over Michigan
Seriously, I know this is a written contract, but can the Big 10 figure out a way to get its most important games not at noon? Last week’s primetime games really sucked despite possibly the best matchup of the year being played that week.
Palmetto Bowl: Clemson over South Carolina
Maybe Georgia fans can stop bellyaching over Clemson’s cupcake schedule when Clemson transitively beats them this week.
Clean Old Fashioned Hate: Georgia over Georgia Tech
Lawrence Cager is clearly very seriously hurt in a way that will significantly compromise the Dawgs’ future and that should terrify everyone in Athens.
Governor’s Cup: Louisville over Kentucky
Iron Bowl: Alabama over Auburn
The fact that Alabama is ranked below Georgia shows that strength of schedule means nothing in the face of recency bias.
Paul Bunyan’s Axe: Minnesota over Wisconsin
Can we talk about how awesome it is that the trophy in this game is a literal axe. Think about the possibilities of spicing up otherwise boring rivalry trophies with a weapon. Seriously go do that now in the comments.
Civil War: Oregon over Oregon State
Not the Civil Conflict, so not interested.
Sunshine Showdown: Florida over Florida State
It’s called the Sunshine Showdown because the Bath Salts Brawl didn’t make it past the censor.
Bedlam Series: Oklahoma over Oklahoma State
Two teams enter, both teams presumably play defense but it’s the Big 12 so it’s unclear.
Territorial Cup: Arizona State over Arizona
The Games Not Cool Enough To Be Rivalries
Texas over Texas Tech
Buffalo over Bowling Green
Eastern Michigan over Kent State
Odd scheduling for MAC games is less cool when everyone else is doing it.
Miami over Ball State
Central Michigan over Toledo
Iowa over Nebraska
Missouri over Arkansas
Guys can you announce if Missouri is going to be participating in the post season you’re literally going to kill Grant.
Memphis over Cincinnati
Boise State over Colorado State
TCU over West Virginia
The Best Football Team in Arkansas over South Alabama
Appalachian State over Troy
UCF over USF
Go Florida Directional!
Texas State over Coastal Carolina
East Carolina over Tulsa
Marshall over Florida International
Northwestern over Illinois
Indiana over Purdue
Yeah, ok, this is a rivalry. But also I don’t care about these teams so we’re at an impasse.
Wake Forest over Syracuse
Western Kentucky over Middle Tennessee
Old Dominion over Charlotte
Air Force over Wyoming
New Mexico State over Liberty
Rice over UTEP
UNLV over Nevada
Baylor over Kansas
A potentially huge matchup for the College Football Playoff that could determine which three SEC teams are going to make the tournament.
Penn State over Rutgers
It was so satisfying to see Ohio State nail the coffin in Penn State’s CFP hopes last week and I don’t care how bad of a person it makes me to say it.
Temple over UConn
Southern Miss over FAU
La. Tech over UTSA
Boston College over Pittsburgh
Steve Addazio shaved his mustache! Clearly this is the turnaround that we’ve all been waiting for.
Duke over Miami
Michigan State over Maryland
Notre Dame over Stanford
Vanderbilt over Tennessee
Neither of teams are worth your time.
UAB over North Texas
Utah State over New Mexico
SMU over Tulane
SMU definitely didn’t have the season they looked like they could have, but there is a lot of reason to have their heads held high. The program is just some stability away from being someone to be a consistent threat. That’s good news for football.
Georgia State over Georgia Southern
Shocker in Statesboro is my personal pick for headline.
LSU over Texas A&M
Iowa State over K-State
Navy over Houston
North Carolina over North Carolina State
Because someone needs to win this game, right?
Utah over Colorado
Louisiana over UL Monroe
San Diego over BYU
Cal over UCLA
San Jose State over Fresno State
Army over Hawai’i