College football TV schedule

November 24, 2012
TODAY’S TV GAMES
NOON
Noon Virginia Tech vs. VirginiaESPNU
Noon Georgia vs. Georgia Tech ESPN
Noon Pittsburgh vs. Rutgers ESPN2
Noon Ohio State vs. Michigan WJLA-7, WMAR-2
Noon Louisville vs. Connecticut MASN
Noon Northwestern vs. Illinois Big Ten Network
Noon Purdue vs. Indiana Big Ten Network
Noon Southern Methodist vs. Tulsa FX
12:20 Tennessee vs. Kentucky WDCW-50
12:30 Duke vs. Miami WDCA-20, WJZ-13
1 Western Kentucky vs. North Texas pay-per-view

In the Trophy Games Dept., you have the Commonwealth Cup (Virginia Tech-Virginia), the Land of Lincoln Trophy (Northwestern-Illinois) and the Old Oaken Bucket (Purdue-Indiana).

In the Rivalries That Probably Should Have a Trophy but Don’t Dept., you have Georgia-Georgia Tech, two teams that will be playing in their conference title games — the Bulldogs because they’re good and the Yellow Jackets because the two better teams above them in the standings have banned themselves from the postseason.

And then there’s Ohio State-Michigan, a rivalry that trumps all of them. The Buckeyes, also ineligible for the postseason, are looking to finish undefeated and perhaps finish No. 1 in the AP poll, which isn’t a part of the BCS equation.

afterNOON
2:30 Baylor vs. Texas TechWTTG-5, WBFF-45
3 North Carolina vs. Maryland Comcast SportsNet
3 Utah State vs. Idaho pay-per-view
3:30 Alabama vs. Auburn WUSA-9, WJZ-13
3:30 Florida State vs. Florida WJLA-7, WMAR-2
3:30 Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State ESPN
3:30 Minnesota vs. Michigan State Big Ten Network
3:30 Wake Forest vs. Vanderbilt ESPNU
3:30 Penn State vs. Wisconsin ESPN2
3:30 Fresno State vs. Air Force NBC Sports Network
3:30 Houston vs. Tulane WDCA-20
5 Louisiana-Lafayette vs. South Alabama pay-per-view

Alabama-Auburn is usually fun, but the Tigers are dismal this year and the Tide should roll. Oklahoma-Oklahoma State gets the Bedlam moniker, and both teams are ranked in the top 11 nationally in yards per game, so the nickname fits.

The one to watch is Florida State-Florida. The sixth-ranked Gators are still in the BCS conversation even though they rank 104th nationally in total offense and 114th in passing offense. Having the nation’s fourth-ranked defense helps some. The No. 10 Seminoles, meanwhile, are 14th in total offense and first in total defense, and if it wasn’t for a baffling second-half collapse against North Carolina State on Oct. 6, they too would be thinking of a possible BCS title game appearance.

Night
6:30 UCLA vs. StanfordWTTG-5, WBFF-45
7 Clemson vs. South Carolina ESPN
7 Texas A&M vs. Missouri ESPN2
7 Mississippi vs. Mississippi State ESPNU
8 USC vs. Notre Dame WJLA-7, WMAR-2
10:30 San Jose State vs. Louisiana Tech ESPN2

No. 15 UCLA has already clinched a spot in the Pacific-12 title game, and 11th-ranked Stanford can join the Bruins with a win Saturday, setting up a rematch next Friday night. UCLA has given up 798 passing yards in its past two games, meaning Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan (Gonzaga) could have another big day. Plus, Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor had little trouble with the Bruins last season, rushing for 112 yards and two touchdowns on 17 attempts. . . .

Notre Dame was unranked in the preseason, but is now the nation’s No. 1 team. USC was No. 1 in the preaseason, but is now unranked after going 7-4. Now the Fighting Irish travel to face the Trojans with a berth in the BCS title game on the line. Notre Dame has allowed just 10.1 points per game, fewest in the nation, and will try to rattle USC freshman quarterback Max Wittek, who is making his first career start in the place of Matt Barkley, who, like his team, has plummeted this season, from Heisman front-runner to interception-prone passer (his 15 picks this season are one more than the 14 he threw as a freshman in 2009) to, finally, out with a shoulder injury suffered in last weekend’s loss to UCLA.

— Matt Bonesteel

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