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Rivalry Week

Divisional races, conference titles, bowl bids and Final 4 spots on the line

by Dave Congrove
November 25, 2014

Nothing beats rivalry week in college football when it seems like just about every team in the land has something of importance on the line. Whether it's the continuation of a 21-year bowl streak for Virginia Tech, or a bid to the Final 4 of the first-ever FBS playoff for Alabama, Florida State, Mississippi State, Oregon and others.

Here is the schedule for every team in the computer's top 25, and the projected results:

1 - Florida State: by 14.06 at home over Florida
2 - Ohio State: by 21.82 at home over Indiana
3 - Oregon: by 18.52 at Oregon State
4 - Marshall: by 17.43 at home over Western Kentucky (Friday)
5 - Baylor: by 24.96 vs. Texas Tech (at Arlington)
6 - Alabama: by 4.64 at home over No. 21 Auburn
7 - Mississippi State: Underdog by 1.79 at No. 20 Mississippi
8 - TCU: by 2.69 at Texas (Thursday)
9 - Michigan State: by 13.44 at Penn State
10 - Georgia: by 12.04 at home over No. 17 Georgia Tech
11 - UCLA: by 4.80 at home over Stanford (Friday)
12 - Wisconsin: by 7.98 at home over Minnesota
13 - Kansas State: by 24.81 at home over Kansas
14 - Arizona: by 4.11 at home over No. 15 Arizona State (Friday)
15 - Arizona State: Underdog by 4.11 at No. 14 Arizona (Friday)
16 - Colorado State: by 5.20 at Air Force (Friday)
17 - Georgia Tech: Underdog by 12.04 at No. 10 Georgia
18 - Missouri: by 2.01 at home over Arkansas
19 - Boise State: by 7.97 at home over Utah State
20 - Mississippi: by 1.74 at home over No. 7 Mississippi State
21 - Auburn: Underdog by 4.64 at No. 6 Alabama
22 - Oklahoma: Idle
23 - Louisville: by 19.39 at Kentucky
24 - Clemson: by 1.09 at home over South Carolina
25 - Nebraska: by 1.70 at Iowa

COACHING CAROUSEL:
Will Muschamp is out as Florida's head coach, effective at the end of the regular season. The announcement came on November 16 after Florida lost 23-20 in overtime the previous day to former head coach Steve Spurrier and South Carolina.

Charlie Weis, June Jones and Jeff Quinn were the early departures in the head coaching ranks. Jones announced on September 8 that he was resigning as the head coach of SMU; Weis was fired from Kansas on September 28; Quinn was fired from Buffalo on October 13.

On October 5, Larry Blakeney announced he will retire from Troy at the end of the season.

Complete news on Coaching Changes here.

FBS vs. FCS:
FBS schools were 100-8 (.926) in matchups vs. FCS teams this year, and they now have a cumulative record of 931-89 (.913) since 2003.

Here are the results from all of this season's FBS losses to FCS schools:
8/30: Bethune-Cookman 14, FIU 12
8/30: North Dakota State 31, Iowa State 14
9/6: Eastern Kentucky 17, Miami (Ohio) 10
9/13: Indiana State 27, Ball State 20
9/13: Abilene Christian 38, Troy 35
9/20: NW State (La.) 30, Louisiana Tech 27
9/27: Yale 49, Army 43 (OT)
10/11: Liberty 55, Appalachian State 48 (OT)

North Dakota State's win over Iowa State on opening weekend was the 5th straight over a FBS team for the three-time defending FCS champions. Since 2010, NDSU has won road games at Kansas, Minnesota, Colorado State, Kansas State, and now Iowa State. Conversely, Iowa State has lost 2 straight to FCS schools after opening last season with a loss to Northern Iowa.

Bethune-Cookman's win over FIU on opening weekend was its second straight over the Golden Panthers.

This year, 103 FBS schools scheduled a total of 108 games against FCS foes. Appalachian State, Army, Ball State, Buffalo and FIU each played 2 such games.

STREAKS:
Florida State - 27-game winning streak (FBS longest), 21-game conference winning streak (FBS longest). Hosts Florida on Saturday.

Alabama - Won 15 straight home games (tied for FBS longest). Hosts Auburn on Saturday.

Baylor - Won 15 straight home games (tied for FBS longest). Plays Texas Tech at Arlington on Saturday.

Ohio State - Won 13 straight road games (FBS longest). Hosts Michigan on Saturday.

LSU - Won 49 straight regular season nonconference games (FBS longest). At Texas A&M on Thursday.

SMU - Lost 12 straight overall (FBS longest). Hosts Houston on Friday.

Kansas - Lost 29 straight road games (FBS longest). At Kansas State on Saturday.

Georgia State - Lost 13 straight conference games (FBS longest). Hosts Texas State on Saturday.


2014 PRE-GAME ARCHIVES
11/25: Rivalry Week
11/18: Updated Projections Of Final 4, Conference Champions and Season-ending Rankings
11/10: Computer Updates Final 4 Projection; Week Features 5 More Matchups Of Top 25 Teams
11/03: Computer Updates Final 4 Projection; Week Features 5 Matchups Of Top 25 Teams
10/27: Playoff Committee's First Rankings Coming Tuesday Night; Computer Projects Final 4
10/20: Ole Miss Visits LSU In Week's Only Top 25 Matchup
10/13: Notre Dame at FSU Heads 5 Matchups Among Top 24 Teams
10/08: Upcoming Week Could Create "Chaos, The Sequel"
10/01: Conference Play Heats Up As 16 Teams In Top 25 Square Off
09/22: PAC-12 Takes Center Stage With A Pair Of Top 25 Showdowns
09/15: Conference Clashes, Intersectional Battles Spice Up Week
09/08: Georgia-South Carolina Highlights Slim Week 3 Schedule
09/02: Five Big Games Highlight Week 2 Schedule
08/26: 2014 Season Preview - FSU over UCLA For National Title


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