Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/22/12
Game of the Week:  (1) Notre Dame  at  USC8:00 PM ET – ABCUSC has won this game nine times in the last decade and will look to tack on one more ruby to the Jeweled Shillelagh as the Trojans try and play the spoiler to the Irish.  With Matt Barkley out of the picture I don’t expect USC’s offense to put up many points against the best defense in the nation.  This is the game of the week for one reason: Notre Dame is one win away from a BCS championship birth. Turkey Day Treat:  TCU  at  (16) TexasThursday – 7:30 PM ET – ESPNFor the first time in over half a century, Texas and Texas A&M will not be playing each other on Thanksgiving Day, Texas won their last meeting 27-25.  TCU and Texas haven’t met since 1995 and both teams enter with a big question mark at the quarterback position.  There isn’t a whole lot to gain or lose for either team, but it’s the only college football game on Thanksgiving and will be the rekindling of an old Southwest Conference rivalry. (4) Florida  at  (10) Florida State3:30 PM ET – ABCWhile Florida State has nothing to lose or gain from this game, it’s a huge resume booster for Florida.  Not only are the Gators an at-large favorite, they could find themselves playing in the National Championship with some help from USC.  If Florida expects to take down the Seminoles, they’ll need to find a way out of their offensive drought. (8) Stanford  at  (17) UCLA6:30 PM ET – FOXKevin Hogan makes his third start after big wins over Oregon State and Oregon.  UCLA, led by freshman Brett Hundley, claimed the Pac-12 south after a win over USC.  This freshman quarterback duel will set the tone for the Pac-12 championship. (5) Oregon  at  (15) Oregon State3:00 PM ET – Pac-12 NetworkIt’s the Civil War and they’ll be playing for the Platypus trophy.  Oregon was knocked out of the national title game after an overtime loss to Stanford but they’re not out of the picture yet.  A win this week will most likely land them in the Fiesta bowl.  At No. 15 Oregon State is just one slot away from becoming eligible for an at-large bid.  With the SEC occupying most of the top 10 Oregon State could find themselves in a BCS game with a win over Oregon. (12) South Carolina  at  (11) Clemson7:00 PM ET – ESPNThe Battle of the Palmetto State kicks off Saturday night and South Carolina looks to take home the Hardee’s Trophy for the fourth straight year.  This rivalry dates back to our Civil War days, before the game was even played, when the state government opened the school to blacks and women during the reconstruction of South Carolina.  Before I get into a history lesson, Clemson may be out of the ACC picture but they’re a top prospect for an at-large bid.  If you like smash mouth games be sure to tune in for this one. (21)  Oklahoma State  at  (13) Oklahoma3:30 PM ET – ESPNAfter last week’s debacle in Waco, both teams are in the mix for a Big 12 title.  Oklahoma State snapped an eight game losing streak to the Sooners with a 44-10 win in Stillwater and will look to play spoiler to Oklahoma’s BCS dreams again this year.  Despite losing Brandon Weeden last year, the Cowboys rank third in scoring (45.4 PPG) and have produced a top 10 passing attack (337.0 YPG).  It will be interesting to see how Stoops plans to stop the duel quarterback system of Oklahoma State. Honorable Mention: (19) Michigan  at  Ohio State12:00 PM ET - ABCOhio State has the opportunity to finish the season undefeated with a new head coach, Urban Meyer, and a sophomore quarterback.  This game has virtually no meaning in regards to the BCS with the sanctions on Ohio State, but if you appreciate a good football game this one is worth watching.
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