Rivalry Week Has 12 Matchups with Several Ramifications

For the first time since 2007, it appears as if there may not be any undefeated teams left standing after the end of the season. Three more undefeated teams went down in flames this past Saturday, leaving only two more with a spotless record: Clemson and Iowa. Both teams have one regular season game remaining, a conference championship games, and possibly two playoff games to navigate before claiming an undefeated season.

Clemson plays in-state rival South Carolina this weekend but after the Gamecocks were defeated by FCS The Citadel, and lost head coach Steve Spurrier several weeks ago, they are not considered to be a threat to the Tigers’ undefeated season. Then, Clemson will play North Carolina for the ACC championship. The Tar Heels lost their first game of the season, to the aforementioned South Carolina Gamecocks, and have won ten straight since.

Meanwhile, Iowa’s Hawkeyes meet Nebraska in Lincoln this Friday and then will face the survivor of the Big Ten East: Michigan State, Ohio State, or Michigan. Any of those three teams have the ability to beat the Hawkeyes in the temperature-controlled stadium in Indianapolis.

So, it is possible that no undefeated teams could remain before the college football playoff games…wouldn’t that be a ratings buster!


The Thanksgiving weekend of the college football season is traditionally loaded with rivalry games. The 12 that will take place this weekend have different ramifications:

Washington State at Washington (Friday). This is called “The Apple Bowl”. The Cougars already have clinched a bowl spot. Washington’s Huskies must win in order to finish at 6-6 and qualify for a bowl bid.

Oregon State at Oregon (Friday). This one is called “The Civil War”.   The Ducks are looking to win their sixth straight game between these two in-state schools.

Baylor at TCU The Bears had their undefeated season snatched from them two weeks ago by Oklahoma; however, if Baylor wins this one and their final game against Texas, and if Oklahoma beats Oklahoma State, the Bears would win the Big 12 title and still have a shot at the college football playoff.

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State The winner of this game could wind up in a tie for the Big 12 title. Since there is no playoff, there could be co-champions, like last year, and one of them could be chosen for the college football playoff, unlike last year.

UCLA AT USC Since both teams have beaten Utah, the winner of this game wins the PAC 12 South and will play Stanford for the PAC 12 championship; however, nobody in the PAC 12 is expected to be named to the college football playoff.

Notre Dame at Stanford The Irish must win in order to have a shot at the Final Four. They have only one loss, a two-point defeat at Clemson. A rematch in the Final Four is a distinct possibility.

Ohio State at Michigan Both the Buckeye and Wolverines have a shot at the Big Ten championship but both teams would need to have Michigan State lost to Penn State in order for that to happen.


There was an item in the sports pages today that said there are 12 openings for a Head Coach in the college football FBS level…TWELVE! The question is pretty simple: Where are all of these head coaches going to come from? Let the carousel begin!


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