|November 22, 2017|
We made it. It doesn't seem all that long ago that the college football season was just starting, but here we are, 13 quick weeks later.
We've had a lot of great games this season, a couple of upsets, and plenty to talk about at the water cooler. This year, more than ever, it seems that there isn't a distinguished group of teams playing better than everyone else, which has led to a lot of discussion about who should be in the top-four.
With the conference championship games only a week away, week 13 shouldn't be overlooked as it holds a lot of meaning for a lot of teams around the country. It's colloquially known as "Rivalry Week," as many teams meet with their archrival in the battle for bragging rights. Here are the ones to watch:
The Game: Ohio State at Michigan.
The Iron Bowl: Alabama at Auburn
The Apple Cup: Washington State at Washington
The Civil War: Oregon State at Oregon
The Egg Bowl: Ole Miss at Mississippi State
The Heroes Game: Iowa at Nebraska
The Commonwealth Cup: Virginia Tech at Virginia
The Sunshine Showdown: Florida State at Florida
Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate: Georgia at Georgia Tech
The Governor's Cup: Louisville at Kentucky
The War on I-4: South Florida at UCF
The Old Oaken Bucket: Indiana at Purdue
The Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe: Wisconsin at Minnesota
Land of Lincoln: Northwestern at Illinois
The Territorial Cup: Arizona at Arizona State
Palmetto Bowl: Clemson at South Carolina
The Legends Trophy: Notre Dame at Stanford
Rumble in the Rockies: Colorado at Utah
Some of these matchups have a large influence on conference championship games, like Alabama/Auburn, which will decide the SEC West, and Washington State/Washington which decides the Pac-12 North. Others affect bowl eligibility, like Indiana/Purdue, where both teams are currently 5-6 and need a win to become bowl eligible. Some games have no significant impact on the season other than bragging rights and the right to keep a trophy for a year. Either way, they are always exciting games to watch because when it comes to rivalries, teams always play their best.
Here is what to watch ahead of the final Saturday of the regular season:
Thursday, November 23
Ole Miss at Mississippi State, 4:30 pm, ESPN
Friday, November 24
Western Michigan at Toledo, 8:30 am, ESPNU
Baylor at TCU, 9 am, FS1
Miami at Pittsburgh, 9 am, ABC
Navy at Houston, 9 am, ESPN
Northern Illinois at Central Michigan, 9 am, CBSSN
Missouri at Arkansas, 11:30 am, CBS
New Mexico at San Diego State, 12:30 pm, CBSSN
South Florida at UCF, 12:30 pm, ABC
Iowa at Nebraska, 1 pm, FS1
Virginia Tech at Virginia, 5 pm, ESPN
Texas Tech at Texas, 5 pm, FOX
California at UCLA, 7:30 pm, FS1
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