It’s the last week of November which means Thanksgiving has arrived and this is by far my favorite holiday. What’s not to love about overeating, watching football, spending time with family and friends, and most importantly, a nap after the Thanksgiving feast? There’s only one game on during Thanksgiving this year (Texas @ Texas A&M, 8pm on ESPN), but it kicks off one of the biggest weekends of the College Football season: rivalry week! There’s a full slate of games on Friday and Saturday, so try to keep up. You can also follow the action across the country by tuning into ESPN Goal Line.
As always, for channel numbers for a game in your area, please visit our TV Listings.
And on to the games….
Friday’s Top Games:
Louisville @ South Florida (11:00 am ET)
Iowa @ Nebraska (Noon ET)
Houston @ Tulsa (Noon ET)
Pittsburgh @ West Virginia (7:00pm ET)
Friday’s featured game: #3 Arkansas @ #1 LSU (2:30 pm ET)
It seems like every week LSU is playing a team ranked in the top 5. To say their schedule has been difficult would be an understatement. They are heavy favorites to represent the SEC in the BCS championship game, but they still have a lot of work ahead of them. It starts this week with a game against #3 Arkansas and if they win, they’ll get Georgia in the SEC championship game in Atlanta. Arkansas has a chance to spoil LSU’s dream season and they also have a shot to play for the SEC title and a National Championship. The winner of this game puts themselves in the driver’s seat.
Saturday’s Top Games:
Georgia @ Georgia Tech (Noon ET)
Ohio State @ Michigan (Noon ET)
Alabama @ Auburn (3:30pm ET)
Virginia Tech @ Virginia (3:30pm ET)
Penn State @ Wisconsin (3:30pm ET)
Clemson @ South Carolina (7:45pm ET)
Notre Dame @ Stanford (8:00pm ET)
Saturday’s featured game: Florida State @ Florida (7:00pm ET)
Who would’ve guessed at the beginning of the year that neither team would be ranked in the top 25? Definitely not me! But that’s what’s happened. This game still means a ton to people in Florida, and that’s why it gets top billing over the rest of the rivalry games this week.
After a brutal loss to Virginia last week, where FSU managed only 13 points, they’ll need to figure out a way to score on a tough Florida defense. EJ Manual has struggled making pre-snap reads so look for Florida to try to confuse him at the line of scrimmage to force errant throws. The Gators haven’t forced many turnovers this year, but did generate a few big ones last week against Furman to put the game away late. They need to do the same this week to help give their offense a short field.
When Florida has the ball, they’ll need to find a way to get their wide receivers into the action. They’ve struggled throwing the ball downfield all season. The FSU front seven is as good as any in the country, so the Gators won’t be ale to run the ball to move the chains. They’ll need John Brantley to play big and make completions down the field to put points on the board.
What are you watching this week?
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