Up To 11 Division or Conference Titles Will Be Determined This Week
by Mike Mitchell
November 19, 2007
The college football week begins Tuesday night when Middle Tennesee visits Troy in a Sun Belt conference game. There are no games Wednesday, and the only Thanksgiving Day contest has USC visiting Arizona State. Eight games will take place on Friday, including Boise State at Hawaii to determine the WAC champion. Also on Friday, Nebraska visits Colorado with both teams needing a win to become bowl eligible. The Buffaloes have missed the last two postseasons.
The football week wraps up on Saturday with 38 games.
In all, this week's schedule of 48 games involves 94 teams from the FBS. Two teams play FCS schools as Houston hosts Texas Southern and North Texas entertains Western Kentucky.
16 teams completed their regular season schedules last week, and 77 more are playing their final game this week. An addiitonal 9 teams are idle this week.
The holiday schedule includes these four division or conference championship games:
ACC Coastal - Virginia Tech at Virginia
Big East - UConn at West Virginia
Big 12 North - Missouri vs. Kansas at Kansas City
WAC - Boise State at Hawaii (Friday)
In addition, these six games will decide four more division or conference champions:
Big 12 South
Oklahoma State at Oklahoma - The Sooners clinch with a win.
Texas at Texas A&M - If Oklahoma loses to Oklahoma State, Texas clinches with a win over the Aggies.
UTEP at UCF - Central Florida clinches with a win.
Tulane at East Carolina - If Central Florida loses, the Pirates clinch with a win over the Miners.
Tulsa at Rice - Tulsa clinches with a win. Houston clinches if Tulsa loses. Houston's CUSA schedule is completed.
Tennessee at Kentucky - The Volunteers clinch with a win over a team they've defeated 22 straight times. Georgia clinches if Tennessee loses. Georgia's SEC schedule is completed.
These five games could decide three more conference champions:
Utah at BYU - The Cougars clinch with a win. If BYU loses, it can still clinch on Dec. 1 at San Diego State.
USC at Arizona State - The Sun Devils clinch with the combination of a win over the Trojans, and an Oregon loss at UCLA.
Oregon at UCLA - (see above)
Middle Tennessee at Troy - Troy clinches with a win, and an FAU loss at FIU on Saturday.
FAU at FIU - (see above)
If the above scenario does not materialize, the Sun Belt title will be determined on December 1 when FAU visits Troy.
Worth Watching(Alphabetical Order)
Alabama at Auburn - Alabama has dropped consecutive games to Mississippi State and Louisiana-Monroe, shocking the Crimson Tide faithful who thought Nick Saban would never allow such events to occur. Now, they are 8-point underdogs at Auburn.
Arkansas at LSU - The Tigers have to keep winning to land a spot in the BCS title game. Lots of people are rooting against them - especially fans of West Virginia, Ohio State, and Arizona State - hoping their team can get into the championship mix.
Miami at Boston College - Miami must win to become bowl eligible. BC has lost 15 straight times to Miami since the Doug Flutie Hail Mary in 1984.
Clemson at South Carolina - Both teams need a win. South Carolina is just 6-5 and becoming unattractive to bowls with its current 4-game losing streak. Clemson enters off of a heartbreaking loss to Boston College that cost it a shot at the ACC Championship. Gamecocks snapped a four-game losing streak last year, but the Tigers have won 8 of the last 10 meetings.
Florida State at Florida - These teams really don't like each other one bit. Florida has won three straight games in the series for the first time since taking six in-a-row from 1981-1986.
Georgia at Georgia Tech - This rivalry has produced more than a few upsets, but Georgia has owned the Yellow Jackets lately with six straight wins.
Nebraska at Colorado - The winner becomes bowl eligible.
Maryland at N.C. State - Winner becomes bowl eligible.
Wake Forest at Vanderbilt - Vanderbilt must win to have a shot at its first postseason appearance since 1982. Vanderbilt has won 7-of-10 all-time meetings and three in-a-row.
Hawaii and Kansas are all that remain undefeated. Hawaii hosts Boise State on Friday for the WAC title. Kansas plays Missouri on Saturday at Kansas City to determine the Big 12 North title.
FIU is the only remaining winless team. The Golden Panthers host FAU.
Idaho has yet to beat a team from the bowl subdivision.
FBS vs. FCS
1-A is now classified by the NCAA as the "Football Bowl Subdivision", or "FBS", for short.
1-AA has been re-classified as the "Football Championship Subdivision", or "FCS", for short.
2 FBS teams play FCS schools this week when Houston hosts Texas Southern, and North Texas entertains Western Kentucky to bring the total number of such games to 80 for the year. In those games, the FBS schools are 68-10 this season, and 288-35 (.892) since 2003.
Hawaii has won 11 straight games. The Warriors host Boise State on Friday for the WAC title.
Kansas has won 11 in-a-row, and 14 consecutive regular season games. The Jayhawks play Missouri at Kansas City to determine the Big 12 North title.
Boise State has won 10 straight games, 44 consecutive regular season home games, and 17 consecutive WAC games. The Broncos also have a perfect home record against their fellow WAC conference members (29-0). Boise State visits Hawaii on Friday for the WAC title.
FIU owns the nation's longest current losing streak at 22 games. The Golden Panthers host FAU.
Minnesota has lost 10 straight. The Golden Gophers have completed their season (1-11)
SMU has lost 9 straight. The Mustangs visits Memphis.
Idaho has lost 9 straight. The Vandals host Utah State.
The 2006 season featured 11 new head coaches. Five led their team to a bowl game.
This year, there are 24 coaching changes for the highest number since 2001 when there were 25. We'll track their progress throughout the season.
This week, there are two games where new coaches face each other - Tulsa visits Rice, and Miami visits Boston College.
FIU is the only team that has yet to snag a win with its new head coach. Idaho has yet to defeat an FBS team.
Here is how each of the new coaches are faring, in order, by won-loss record.
Arizona State, 9-1 under Dennis Erickson, hosts USC on Thursday.
Boston College, 9-2 under Jeff Jagodzinski, hosts Miami.
Cincinnati, 8-3 under Brian Kelly, visits Syracuse.
Air Force, 9-3 under Troy Calhoun, has completed its regular season.
Tulsa, 8-3 under Todd Graham, visits Rice.
Alabama, 6-5 under Nick Saban, visits Auburn.
Central Michigan, 6-5 under Butch Jones, visits Akron on Friday.
Indiana, 7-5 under Bill Lynch, has completed its regular season.
Michigan State, 7-5 under Mark Dantonio, has completed its regular season.
Louisville, 5-6 under Steve Kragthorpe, is idle.
Miami (Fla.), 5-6 under Randy Shannon, visits Boston College.
N.C. State, 5-6 under Tom O'Brien, hosts Maryland.
Louisiana Tech, 5-6 under Derek Dooley, is idle.
Army, 3-8 under Stan Brock, is idle.
North Carolina, 3-8 under Butch Davis, hosts Duke.
Rice, 3-8 under David Bailiff, hosts Tulsa.
Stanford, 3-7 under Jim Harbaugh, hosts Notre Dame.
Tulane, 4-7 under Bob Toledo, visits East Carolina.
Iowa State, 3-9 under Gene Chzik, has completed its regular season.
UAB, 2-9 under Neil Callaway, visits Marshall.
North Texas, 1-9 under Todd Dodge, hosts FCS member Western Kentucky.
Idaho, 1-10 under Robb Akey, hosts Utah State.
Minnesota, 1-11 under Tim Brewster, has completed its regular season.
FIU, 0-10 under Mario Cristobal, hosts FAU.