Thursday, November 11, 2010

What to Watch, Week 11

Missed on two important MAC games or they'd be listed here. If you are curious, 70 bowl slots are available. So far 48 teams are eligible. No teams yet from the Big East or Sun Belt. Going to concentrate on Saturday since the remainder of the weeknight games aren't quite memorable, though Pitt could get bowl eligible. More of a quick hitters article too.

Iowa at Northwestern (12pm, ESPN) - What's at stake: Iowa keeps itself alive for the Big Ten title. They'll need help along the way. Northwestern blowing a 21 point lead doesn't help its cause. Both teams can get the job done offensively, but Iowa's defense will be the difference.

UCF at Southern Miss (12pm, CBS College) - What's at stake: UCF could clinch its spot in the C-USA title game (if ECU loses Thursday night), possibly clinch home field too. C-USA West could also be clearer by the end of the evening after Tulsa at Houston.

Kansas St. at Missouri (12:30pm, FSN) - What's at stake: For Missouri, its a last gasp to stay in the Big 12 North race. Nebraska would have to lose out and either of these teams would need to win out to have a chance at the Big 12 North. A Mizzou win allows them to stay close to the Huskers, even if they need a couple Nebraska losses.

Wofford at Appalachian St. (3pm, SportSouth) - What's at stake: SoCon championship. A BCS-like matchup at the FCS level as #3 Appalachian St. hosts #4 Wofford. Wofford is a 1/2 game ahead and can clinch the SoCon outright with a win. Might even vault them towards the top of the FCS polls. A win, for either team, here likely means home field through most of the FCS playoffs.

Virginia Tech at North Carolina (3:30pm, ABC/ESPN) - What's at stake: Virginia Tech can clinch a share of the ACC Coastal with a win, and if things fall right in the Georgia Tech-Miami game, VT can clinch outright. UNC needs a lot of help to get win the division and a win here is a must.

San Diego St at TCU (4pm, Versus) - What's at stake: TCU's BCS championship game hopes. TCU is going to be going for statement victories from here on out. Luckily for them, San Diego St. comes in bowl eligible at 7-2 and has played Air Force and BYU tough. A win here gives TCU a share of the MWC title, and they have New Mexico as their final game.

Baylor at Texas A&M (7pm, FSN) - What's at stake: Baylor slim hopes to remain in the Big 12 South race. A statement game for both teams of sorts. Baylor has been bowl eliglble and A&M got eligible last week with a win over Oklahoma. Seems there's a clear pecking order in the Big 12 South and these two teams might be fighting for 3rd place, but it means a lot when it could be a berth in the Texas Bowl vs. being shipped to New York City for the Pinstripe Bowl.

South Carolina at Florida (7:15pm, ESPN) - What's at stake: Winner takes all in the SEC East, gets a shot to tussle with a top ten team on December 4th. No bigger prize than that. Old Ball Coach would love to establish himself as the 1st coach to win a conference championship at South Carolina since Paul Dietzel led the Gamecocks to a 7-4 record (7-3 regular season, 6-0 ACC) as ACC champs in 1969. The team then lost the Peach Bowl to independent West Virginia.

Clemson at Florida St. (8pm, ABC) - What's at stake: Pecking order in the ACC Atlantic. Nothing is clear here and 5-3 could win the division. Maryland, NC State, Clemson and Florida St. all have their shots.

Tulsa at Houston (8pm, CBS College) - What's at stake: Maybe a clearer picture of who is on top in C-USA West. Maybe. Houston needs these next two weeks vs. Tulsa and Southern Miss. Otherwise SMU could get themselves into the picture. Very possible that the winner of C-USA West wil have a total W-L record of 7-5 entering the conference championship game.

Nevada at Fresno St. (10:30pm, ESPN) - What's at stake: For Nevada, the chance to unseat Boise St. in a few weeks. Can't look ahead of the Bulldogs as Pat Hill's teams tend to thrive on games where they should be counted out.

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