Week Fourteen: Thursday
Which games should you watch this weekend? What games should you be keeping your eyes on during each time period? We've got it all worked out for you.The day is divided into three parts. Some are more unequal than others due to the start time of the games. All times are Eastern.
The time periods are early games (start time before 2:30), afternoon (start time from 2:45-7:00), and evening (start time from 7:15-9:45). The games are ranked by time period and give you a couple of reasons to watch each game, whether it is questions that need to be answered or something else altogether. The games are the games listed on CollegeFootballNews.com as the television games for this weekend. Only Saturday games are included.
Let's get it started!
1. Big Twelve Championship Game-Colorado vs. Texas (1:00 ABC)- 1) Vince Young gets one final shot to make a run at the Heisman Trophy. Another close win (regardless of how Young looks) would probably knock him out of it. 2) Colorado has been beaten in their last two games and were punished by Texas earlier this season. Still, the Buffaloes have a good quarterback in Joel Klatt and a team capable of getting very up for this game. 3) Texas has struggled in the big moments under Mack Brown. Brown has never won a conference title. A loss here would be an all-time choke job, as the Longhorns are clearly the superior team. A win, and the Longhorns can make reservations for the Rose Bowl.
2. Conference USA Championship Game- Tulsa at UCF (12:00 ESPN)- 1) Neither program had a winning season last year or was expected to contend for the Conference USA title. Yet here they both are. 2) Steven Moffett of UCF has turned into one of the better quarterbacks that the average fan knows very little about. Watch him play within himself and play very well. 3) Garrett Mills and Ashlan Davis provide an very good one-two punch at receiver for Tulsa.
3. Army vs. Navy (Philadelphia, PA) (2:30 CBS)- 1) The Commander-In-Chief Trophy is on the line in this one...and for the first time in a while, it really is on the line. Either team could win this game. Army has won four in a row. 2) Carlton Jones is a very good running back for Army. He can run on almost anyone. 3) Adam Ballard and Lamar Owens both can run the ball well for the Midshipmen, and hope to be able to get the engines rolling this week for the biggest game of their season.
1. UCLA at USC (4:30 ABC)- 1) If USC wins, they win the Pac Ten outright and clinch a spot across town in the Rose Bowl. If UCLA wins, they will split the Pac Ten title with Oregon and USC. USC will still be the automatic pick to the BCS, but UCLA will get into the running for an at-large bid, and will at least make some fans think they deserve a shot at the Rose Bowl. 2) Seriously, there may not be two better quarterback-all purpoe player tandems in the country than there are in this game. Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart from USC and Drew Olson and Maurice Drew from UCLA are all lighting it up and all capable of making the big game changing play. In other words, in a game with two struggling defenses and these players, a lot of points could be put on the board. 3) It's where Gameday will be. It's in LA. You know that those things will be some stars out to watch. Will it be a Lakers game? No. Will it be an electric atmosphere? Yes.
2. SEC Championship Game- LSU vs. Georgia (6:00 CBS)- 1) LSU is holding out hope for at least one upset from UCLA or Colorado and a dominating performance against Georgia. That could get them into the Rose Bowl. Of course, even that might not be enough. 2) The Dawgs have a solid defense, an OK ground game, and a solid quarterback in D.J. Shockley. They provide a very stiff challenge to the Tigers. 3) This is the second time in three years that these two teams have met in the SEC Championship Game. That's not exactly like Florida and Alabama in the 1990's, but it is becoming a little SEC Championship rivalry.
1. ACC Championship Game- Virginia Tech vs. Florida State (8:00 ABC)- 1) By the time this game starts, Virginia Tech will know where they stand. A UCLA or Colorado upset would mean that Virginia Tech could be playing for a possible shot at the Rose Bowl. 2) Marcus Vick, other than one hiccup against Miami, has played stellar all season. This would be a great way for him to cap his season. 3) The Seminoles did beat Miami earlier this year. They may not be playing well at this point in the season, but they still are a threat to win any game that they are playing. Drew Weatherford or Xavier Lee could have a solid game. The defense could come up huge. They certainly do not want Virginia Tech to walk into the ACC and win the title their first two years in the league. Florida State should play with a lot of pride this week.
2. Louisville at Connecticut (7:45 ESPN)- 1) How will Louisville look without Brian Brohm at quarterback? Will Michael Bush look good? Are they just counting down the days until the Gator Bowl? 2) The Huskies need this win to become bowl eligible. After last week's upset of South Florida, hope has to be renewed that the Huskies can still salvage their season. 3) Louisville has struggled on the road this year. A win here would put some of those demons to rest.