Saturday Viewer's Guide: Week 13

Saturday Viewer's Guide: Week 13

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

The Saturday Viewer's Guide fills you in on what to watch, when to watch and where to watch every Saturday during the college football season.

If you're smart, you've already spent plenty of time watching college football this weekend. That's what Thanksgiving is all about. Those pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock and shared all that turkey and disease with the Native Americans so that one day you could sit on your couch in your sweatpants eating leftovers and watching college football all day.

Don't let their efforts go for nought. (All times ET.)


Georgia Tech at #3 Georgia -- ESPN, noon

Georgia is already going to the SEC Championship Game. But if it wants to stay alive in the BCS title race, it needs to beat rival Georgia Tech first.

#21 Rutgers at Pittsburgh -- ESPN2, noon

Rutgers is still undefeated in the Big East heading into its huge matchup against Louisville next week, but the Knights can't get caught looking ahead to that game when they travel to Pittsburgh. After all, a Big Ten invite followed by an Orange Bowl berth would make for the greatest two weeks in Rutgers history.

#20 Michigan at #4 Ohio State -- ABC, noon

Did you know that these two teams didn't like each other? Well, if the hate isn't enough to get your interest, there's also the fact that Ohio State is looking to finish its season at 12-0 with hopes of a split national title should the dominoes fall into place. And there's nothing that Michigan would love to do more than destroy all of that.

Virginia at Virginia Tech -- ESPNU, Noon

Two teams who have had disappointing seasons based on expectations coming in. So there will be plenty of motivation for both in this rivalry game, but it's slightly more important for Virginia Tech since the Hokies are one win shy of bowl eligibility.

Illinois at Northwestern -- Big Ten Network, Noon

Have you gone to see the movie Lincoln yet? Well, these two teams are going to be playing for the Land of Lincoln Trophy, which is just a Monopoly top hat super-glued to a wooden board -- a wooden board it uses to hunt vampires!


Baylor vs. Texas Tech -- Fox, 2:30 p.m.

This game will be played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Baylor has played very well the last two weeks, losing by eight to Oklahoma before pulling off the upset of Kansas State last week. The Bears will look to carry that momentum into Arlington as they look for that important sixth win of the season. But they'll have to do it against a Texas Tech team that has lost three of four and is looking to end the regular season on a high note.

#5 Oregon at #16 Oregon State -- Pac-12 Network, 3 p.m.

The Civil War is big enough in the state of Oregon, but this year it takes on even greater importance as the Ducks look to stay alive in both the Pac-12 title race and the BCS. Then there are the Beavers, who would love nothing more than to clip Oregon's wings.

Auburn at #2 Alabama -- CBS, 3:30 p.m.

Is there a chance that Auburn could pull off what would no doubt qualify as the biggest upset of the season? Yes. And there's also a chance you could be struck by lightning while cashing in that winning lottery ticket.

#6 Florida at #10 Florida State -- ABC, 3:30 p.m.

Each of these teams has an outside shot at getting to the BCS Championship Game, but neither can do it without a win against the other. Expect a lot of defense in this one.

#22 Oklahoma State at #14 Oklahoma -- ESPN, 3:30 p.m.

Last year, Oklahoma State embarrassed Oklahoma in a 44-10 rout that wasn't even that close. This year, Oklahoma looks to not only return the favor but keep its Big 12 title hopes alive as well.

Vanderbilt at Wake Forest -- ESPNU, 3:30 p.m.

This is a rivalry. No, I don't know why, either.


#11 Stanford at #15 UCLA -- Fox, 6:30 p.m.

This is an important game but one that's hard to predict. UCLA has already clinched the Pac-12 South Division, and Stanford will clinch the North with a win here. The question, though, is whether UCLA even wants to win this game. If the Bruins knock off Stanford, they might have to head north to face the Ducks in Eugene. If they lose, they get a rematch with Stanford in Palo Alto next week.

Missouri at #9 Texas A&M -- ESPN2, 7 p.m.

The oldest, most cherished rivalry in the SEC! Watch Missouri and Texas A&M meet on the gridirion and talk about how much they don't miss the Big 12. Also, tune in to see if Johnny Manziel can put the finishing touches on what is looking like a Heisman season.

#13 South Carolina at #12 Clemson -- ESPN, 7 p.m.

These teams do not like each other, and they don't try to hide it, either. Both Steve Spurrier and Dabo Swinney spend the entire season taking shots at one another, but all that talk doesn't mean anything. If Clemson wants to get taken seriously, this is a game it's going to have to win.

#25 Mississippi State at Ole Miss -- ESPNU, 7 p.m.

Of all the rivalry games this week, this one is probably flying under the radar. But it also might prove to be one of the most entertaining games of the day. Ole Miss needs another win to go bowling. And while the Rebels have played well against tough competition all season long, they haven't gotten over the hump. What better time to do so than against your biggest rival?

#1 Notre Dame at USC -- ABC, 8 p.m.

This game is rather important for a lot of teams. If Notre Dame wins, then the Irish will be going to Miami to play for a national championship. If USC can knock Notre Dame off, then a whole bunch of teams will be scrambling for Notre Dame's spot. In other words, you'll probably want to watch this one.


Louisiana Tech at San Jose State -- ESPN2, 10:30 p.m.

You probably know about Louisiana Tech since the Bulldogs spent so many weeks ranked this season, but San Jose State has played well this season, too. So well, in fact, that a win over Tech here might just get the Spartans into the Top 25.

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