College Football 2016 Week 13 Preview

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It’s Thanksgiving weekend, which means two things in the world of college football. The first is a good thing and means “Rivalry Week” is upon us. Hated foes engage in heated rivalries which span decades, and centuries in some cases. Many of the games are for more than bragging rights. Trophies get awarded in some of these games with colorful names, and to the victors go the spoils. Second, it means the college football season is near death. The conference championship games are coming up over the horizon. Like A Tale of Two Cities, it’s the best of times and the worst of times. The previous week offered little in the way of excitement. The weather is worth noting as a few northern stadiums played host to snow. Ohio State avoided a second upset in as many years to Michigan State, holding on 17-16. Oklahoma made a strong case as a potential playoff team destroying West Virginia in Morgantown 56-28. Thursday night Lamar Jackson couldn’t be Superman, and Louisville got upset on the road to a fired up Houston team, 36-10. There’s big games ahead. Again, the playoff committee is failing in their selections.

*All times United States Eastern Standard.

Friday, November 25

#5 Washington Huskies (10-1) @ #23 Washington State Cougars (8-3) “The Apple Cup”

3:30 PM on Fox from Martin Stadium in Pullman, WA

The Apple Cup, and it’s for more than the state of Washington. The PAC-12 North division is on the line. If Washington wins, they win the North and go to the championship game. Their playoff hopes remain alive. If Washington State wins, the teams tie, but they’ll own the tie breaker, and get the right to go. This is the best game to watch on Friday. Both teams have a lot at stake. There’s a few storylines at work. Think of this as the PAC-12 North championship game.

Saturday, November 26

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-4) @ Georgia Bulldogs (7-4) “Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate”

12:00 PM on SEC from Sanford Stadium in Athens, GA

Both teams wanted to have a better season. The Yellow Jackets are about where most people expected them to be. The Bulldogs expected to compete for the SEC championship and rise to the top in the East division. Neither team will make their conference’s championship game. However, a win here makes a strong statement, and goes a long way in moving forward and a good bowl berth.

 

#3 Michigan Wolverines (10-1) @ #2 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-1) “The Game”

12:00 PM on ABC from Ohio Stadium/ “The Horseshoe” in Columbus, OH

The third time ever in the history of “The Game” with both teams ranked in the top five. One team has to win, and one team will lose everything. This is another division championship game. The winner goes onto the B1G championship game and stays in the playoff picture. The loser falls from grace, and might make it to a decent bowl game. If you can only watch one game this weekend, watch “The Game.”

 

#13 Auburn Tigers (8-3) @ #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (11-0) “Iron Bowl”

3:30 PM on CBS from Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, AL

If Auburn can pull off the upset, the college football universe will explode into chaos. No, some people will say it’ll never happen. Don’t forget, this game gave us “Kick 6” a few years back. Stranger things have happened, and that was one of them. Rivalry games have a tendency to bring out the unexpected.

 

Minnesota Gophers (8-3) @ #6 Wisconsin Badgers (9-2) “Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe”

3:30 PM on B1G from Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, WI

The prize to the winner is a huge axe with the scores on it. It’s been the trophy since 1948, and one of the more memorable sights of the weekend. Minnesota had a breakout season, but don’t have much to play for other than bowl positioning. Wisconsin needs to keep winning to make a championship game. The could find themselves in a playoff spot before long, depending on things work out.

 

#22 Utah Utes (8-3) @ #9 Colorado Buffaloes (9-2)

7:30 PM on Fox from Folsom Field in Boulder, CO

Colorado needs to keep winning if they want to win the PAC-12 South and go to the championship game. If they lose, it looks like USC will go instead. Utah needs a win to keep a ranking and hold out hope for a decent bowl bid. While not a rivalry game, there’s something on the line.

 

#15 Florida Gators (8-2) @ #14 Florida State Seminoles (8-3)

8:00 PM on ABC from Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, FL

The state of Florida’s on the line. The Gators have won the SEC East, and the Seminoles are out of the ACC running. Not much more about this, but it looks like it could be a battle.

My Heisman Hopefuls
Lamar Jackson QB Louisville Cardinals
Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma Sooners
Donnel Pumphrey RB San Diego State Aztecs

My Top Four Playoff Teams

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide
  2. Michigan Wolverines
  3. Ohio State Buckeyes
  4. Wisconsin Badgers

College Football Playoff Rankings

  1. Navy Midshipmen
  2. Stanford Cardinal
  3. Washington State Cougars
  4. Utah Utes
  5. Western Michigan Broncos
  6. Houston Cougars
  7. Boise State Broncos
  8. West Virginia Mountaineers
  9. Tennessee Volunteers
  10. Nebraska Cornhuskers
  11. Florida Gators
  12. Florida State Seminoles
  13. Auburn Tigers
  14. USC Trojans
  15. Louisville Cardinals
  16. Oklahoma State Cowboys
  17. Colorado Buffaloes
  18. Oklahoma Sooners
  19. Penn State Nittany Lions
  20. Wisconsin Badgers
  21. Washington Huskies
  22. Clemson Tigers
  23. Michigan Wolverines
  24. Ohio State Buckeyes
  25. Alabama Crimson Tide

Copyright © Drew Martin 2016

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