At the end of november there are a couple of things that I look forward to. One of course being Thanksgiving and Christmas is right around the corner. But this year I am looking forward to the best matchups around the College football circuit or as most people know it Rivalry week. This year the marquee matchups will be the Iron Bowl down in Alabama between Auburn and Bama and the Civil War up in the Northwest between the Ducks of Oregon and the Beavers of Oregon State. But besides the big boys there are many other games that you should keep an eye on. Like the annual Backyard Brawl between Pitt and West Virginia. This game is always a good close game but this year it will have BCS game implications with the winner potentially getting a ticket to Tempe, AZ for the Fiesta Bowl.
What I love about rivalry is that it’s all about the heart. Big Hits, Emotion and just pure mayhem can be seen in almost every game around the country. What also makes these games special is that they are played at the end of the season which gives them added significance. Like in this years edition of the Iron Bowl. If Auburn wins they are still in the hunt for a national title but if the Crimson Tide can protect their home turf the Tigers title hopes would be crushed. The stakes are similar in the Civil War with the Ducks looking to continue their historic season with a victory in Corvallis,OR. Another game that will have a big implication is Boise vs Nevada. This will be the final test or chance for Boise to prove themselves against a good opponent. Boise will probably win this game but don’t count out Nevada remember this is Rivalry week and anything can happen. But imagine if Boise were to lose…. They would be done and chaos would break loose. You would have another at large spot with TCU claiming the 1st position you would have a battle between the Big 10 teams. Both Michigan State and Ohio State look worthy I would give OSU the edge though.
I have decided to pick the rivalry games for both week 13 and week 14 (ONLY THE RELAVENT ONE’S)
WVU vs PITT : PITT
Auburn vs Bama: BAMA
Colorado vs Nebraska: Nebraska
Boise State vs Nevada: Nevada
UVA vs Va Tech: Hokies
Michigan vs Ohio State:OSU
Michigan State vs Penn State: Penn St
LSU vs Arkansas : ARKANSAS
South Carolina vs Clemson: Clemson
Oklahoma vs Oklahoma State: Okie State
Oregon vs Oregon State: Ducks
Auburn vs South Carolina: Auburn
Happy Turkey Day to Everyone and Enjoy the games !!!