College Football Viewing Guide, Week 13: It’s Rivalry Week

11.25.16 1 week ago 3 Comments

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Man, the college football regular season is basically over. This is lame. College football should be a year-round sport. We need football in the spring and in the summer and in the winter – in addition to the fall. The current system is great, but it can be better. That’s neither here nor there.

So the watch guide is going to be a little different this week. Instead of doing The Early Slate, Dog Day Afternoon, Under the Lights, and The Late Show, we’re going to look at all five major conferences (plus the best Group of Five teams) and talk about the big games heading into next weekend. Additionally, we’ll talk about how the games this week could impact the Playoff race. Cool? Cool.

Group of Five

Don’t look now, but we have four Group of Five teams with a shot at making it to the Cotton Bowl. The top Group of Five squad goes to Arlington, and the committee currently has Boise State at 19, Houston at 20, Western Michigan at 21, and Navy at 25.

It’s possible that another Group of Five team (say, San Diego State or South Florida) crashes the party, but it looks like one of these four squads will make the Playoff. We’ll dive into this in depth next week once the Group of 5 picture becomes a little more clear, but man, I’m gonna feel bad for Western Michigan if it wins out, goes undefeated, and doesn’t make the Cotton Bowl.

GAMES TO WATCH:

Noon: Houston vs. Memphis, ABC (FRIDAY)
3:30 p.m.: Boise State vs. Air Force, CBS Sports Network (FRIDAY)
5:00 p.m.: Toledo vs. Western Michigan, ESPN2 (FRIDAY)
3:30 p.m.: Navy vs. SMU, ESPNU

Big XII

This one’s easy: everything comes down to Oklahoma hosting Oklahoma State. The team that wins this game wins the conference. But that’s not until next weekend, so, uh … watch TCU vs. Texas on Friday because the Longhorns are going to play with their heads on fire for Charlie Strong.

GAMES TO WATCH:

3:30 p.m.: TCU vs. Texas, FS1 (FRIDAY)

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