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November 25, 2010
Primer: Rivalries takes on added importance
It's Rivalry Week, and the "big daddy" of all rivalries takes on added importance this week.
All eyes will be on the Alabama-Auburn matchup as the Tigers try to remain at least No. 2 in the BCS standings. Auburn QB Cameron Newton's Heisman hopes also can be enhanced with a big game against the Tide.
That is one of three games Friday that involve the top four teams in the BCS. Just about the time the Alabama-Auburn game is ending, No. 1 Oregon's game against Arizona kicks off. And just about the time that one ends, No. 4 Boise State takes the field at Nevada. Thus, Boise State will walk onto the field with a good idea of where it will be in the BCS standings on Sunday should it win over the Wolf Pack.
As for other big rivalry games, the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State contest will decide the Big 12 South title; Michigan-Ohio State will determine whether the Buckeyes again with at least a share of the Big Ten title; the Pittsburgh-West Virginia "Backyard Brawl" will go a long way toward determining the Big East title; BYU-Utah will be the last "Holy War" with the participants in the same conference; and Georgia-Georgia Tech will determine whether the Bulldogs become bowl-eligible.
There are full days of football Friday and Saturday, so feel free to overindulge on turkey on Thursday because there will be no need to leave the couch the next two days.
Here's a look at every game involving a FBS team this weekend.
Michigan (7-4) at Ohio State (10-1), noon, ABC
Michigan State (10-1) at Penn State (7-4), noon, ESPN
Cincinnati (4-6) at Connecticut (6-4), noon, Big East syndication/SportsNet New York/Mid-Atlantic Sports Network/ESPN GamePlan
Boston College (6-5) at Syracuse (7-4), noon, ESPN2
Virginia (4-7) at Virginia Tech (9-2), noon, ACC syndication/ESPN GamePlan
USF (6-4) at Miami (7-4), noon, ESPNU
Tulane (4-7) at Marshall (4-7), noon, CBS College Sports
UCF (8-3) at Memphis (1-10), noon, Comcast-Charter Sports Southeast
Indiana (4-7) at Purdue (4-7), noon, Big Ten Network
Kentucky (6-5) at Tennessee (5-6), 12:20 p.m., SEC syndication/Comcast Sports Net California/Comcast Sports Net Philadelphia/ESPN Game Plan
Kansas (3-8) vs. Missouri (9-2) in St. Louis, 12:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net
Hawaii (8-3) at New Mexico State (2-9), 3 p.m., Altitude/ESPN GamePlan
LSU (10-1) at Arkansas (9-2), 3:30 p.m., CBS
Florida (7-4) at Florida State (8-3), 3:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN
BYU (6-5) at Utah (9-2), 3:30 p.m., The mtn./CBS College Sports
N.C. State (8-3) at Maryland (7-4), 3:30 p.m., ESPN2
Washington (4-6) at California (5-6), 3:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net Northwest/Comcast Sports Net California/Fox College Sports Central
Northwestern (7-4) at Wisconsin (10-1), 3:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN
North Carolina (6-5) at Duke (3-8), 3:30 p.m., ESPNU
Iowa (7-4) at Minnesota (2-9), 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
Arkansas State (4-7) at Florida International (5-5), 3:30 p.m., Sun Belt syndication/Comcast-Charter Sports Southeast/ESPN GamePlan
Louisiana-Lafayette (2-9) at Louisiana-Monroe (5-6), 3:30 p.m.
Florida Atlantic (4-6) at Middle Tennessee (4-6), 3:30 p.m.
Western Kentucky (2-9) at Troy (5-5), 3:30 p.m.
TCU (11-0) at New Mexico (1-10), 4 p.m., Versus
Kansas State (6-5) at North Texas (3-8), 4 p.m.
South Carolina (8-3) at Clemson (6-5), 7 p.m., ESPN2
Mississippi State (7-4) at Ole Miss (4-7), 7 p.m., ESPNU
Oregon State (5-5) at Stanford (10-1), 7:30 p.m., Versus
Wake Forest (2-9) at Vanderbilt (2-9), 7:30 p.m., Comcast-Charter Sports Southeast/Comcast Sports Net Philadelphia/ESPN GamePlan
Georgia Tech (6-5) at Georgia (5-6), 7:45 p.m., ESPN
Oklahoma (9-2) at Oklahoma State (10-1), 8 p.m., ABC regional/ESPN GamePlan
Notre Dame (6-5) at USC (7-4), 8 p.m., ABC regional/ESPN GamePlan
Houston (5-6) at Texas Tech (6-5), 8 p.m., Fox Sports Net
UNLV (2-9) at San Diego State (7-4), 8 p.m., The mtn.
Louisiana Tech (4-6) at San Jose State (1-10), 8 p.m.
Idaho (5-6) at Fresno State (6-4), 10 p.m., WAC syndication/ESPN GamePlan
42-12 straight up, 28-22-1 against the spread.
YEAR TO DATE
529-170 straight up, 295-300-12 ATS (games involving FCS schools don't have a spread)
Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.