The week 14 college football schedule has quite a few games that will impact the final 2010 BCS standings as well as the five BCS bowl games. The 2010 SEC Championship, Big 12 Championship, and ACC Championship all take place this weekend, as does the Civil War game between Oregon and Oregon State. By the end of the weekend, we will have a much clearer picture on how the bowl games will look, and by Sunday night we will know which two schools will be playing in the BCS National Championship Game this January.
Other big games from the final week of the regular season include the Big East, where there are a number of teams still tied for first place in the conference. It’s possible that a four-loss team like Connecticut could walk away with a conference championship, and thus an automatic spot in a BCS bowl game. The debate about whether that is fair or not is sure to continue, especially from a conference with just one school in the top 25 rankings (West Virginia). Look for all the Big East games on Saturday to be extremely competitive, as everyone knows what is on the line.
Many teams have already finished their schedules and now must sit back and watch as everything else plays out this weekend. Teams like Michigan State are really hoping for some major upsets so they can get back into the BCS bowl game discussion, and TCU is hoping that either Oregon or Auburn loses so they have a better chance at an invite to the national championship game.
The best game of the weekend should come from the Big 12 Championship Game, though, as Oklahoma and Nebraska both know how important this game will be to their postseason aspirations. Losing the game could mean a bowl game with much less flash.
On Sunday, Dec. 5, we will find out how the final 2010 BCS standings are going to look, and with it we should also be able to tell which schools will get BCS bowl game invites, and which ones will be wishing that there were a playoff system in place already.
Week 14 College Football Schedule
No. 23 Arizona vs. Arizona State (Thursday Night Game / 5 p.m. PT)
No. 25 Northern Illinois vs. Miami (OH) (Friday Night Game / 4 p.m. PT)
No. 1 Auburn vs. No. 19 South Carolina (SEC Championship Game – Saturday – 1 p.m. PT)
No. 2 Oregon vs. Oregon State (12:30 pm PT)
No. 9 Oklahoma vs. No. 13 Nebraska (Big 12 Championship Game / 5 p.m. PT)
No. 11 Boise State vs. Utah State (noon PT)
No. 15 Virginia Tech vs. No. 21 Florida State (ACC Championship Game / 4:45 p.m. PT)
No. 17 Nevada vs. Louisiana Tech (noon PT)
No. 24 West Virginia vs. Rutgers (9 a.m. PT)
Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati (9 a.m. PT)
Connecticut vs. South Florida (5 p.m. PT)