It’s kind of crazy to think about but this week is the last week in the college football regular season. It seems like the season just started and now it’s almost over. The best thing about the final week of the regular season is that some of the best rivalry games are this week. All games will be listed chronologically and all times listed are Central Time. All rankings will be updated to reflect the College Football Playoff rankings when they are released.
Tuesday November 22
Akron @ Ohio
Peden Stadium – Athens, OH
Why you should watch: It’s MACtion and it’s the only game on. Ohio can clinch a berth in the MAC Championship Game with a win while Akron needs to win to become bowl eligible.
Thursday November 24
LSU @ Texas A&M
Kyle Field – College Station, TX
Why you should watch: It’s Thanksgiving and there’s an unwritten rule that you have to watch football. This is the only college football game on. Rumors are flying that Kevin Sumlin may be coaching for his job with the Aggies while LSU is probably not going to hire Coach O full time.
Friday November 25
Houston @ Memphis
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium – Memphis, TN
Why you should watch: While neither team will be playing for the AAC title (that honor goes to Navy) these are still two very good football teams. The last two meetings between the two have been great games as well, especially last year’s matchup which came down to the final seconds.
Arkansas @ Missouri
Faurot Field – Columbia, MO
Why you should watch: The SEC is trying to make this a big rivalry game, but every Arkansas fan will tell you that they should still play LSU on the day after Thanksgiving every year (thought the trophy for it is pretty cool)
Washington @ Washington State
Martin Stadium – Pullman, WA
Why you should watch: One of a number of big rivalry games this week. It’s the Apple Cup. The winner of this game wins the Pac-12 North and goes on to Santa Clara for the Pac-12 Championship Game.
Toledo @ Western Michigan
Waldo Stadium – Kalamazoo, MI
Why you should watch: The winner of this game goes to the MAC Championship Game. But there are bigger things at stake here. Western Michigan is still undefeated and wants to keep rowing the boat to a New Year’s Six bowl game.
Saturday November 26
Georgia Tech @ Georgia
Sanford Stadium – Athens, GA
TV: SEC Network
Why you should watch: It’s Clean, Old Fashioned Hate. It’s one of four ACC/SEC rivalry games on the day. The home team has not won this game since 2012 and Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson has only beaten Georgia twice in his tenure.
Kentucky @ Louisville
Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium – Louisville, KY
Why you should watch: It’s the battle for the Governor’s Cup and another ACC/SEC rivalry game. Kentucky finally got bowl eligible last week (the first time under Mark Stoops) while Louisville got mauled by Houston.
Michigan @ Ohio State
Ohio Stadium – Columbus, OH
Why you should watch: One of the top rivalries in college football – The Game. Throw in the fact that the winner of this game goes to the B1G Championship Game and possibly the College Football Playoff and there is no shortage of drama here. Plus, it’s Urban Meyer vs. Jim Harbaugh.
Mississippi State @ Ole Miss
Vaught-Hemingway Stadium – Oxford, MS
TV: SEC Network
Why you should watch: It’s the Egg Bowl. Mississippi State isn’t going to a bowl game this year, but they have a chance to spoil Ole Miss’ chances of going to one.
Auburn @ #1 Alabama
Bryant-Denny Stadium – Tuscaloosa, AL
Why you should watch: It’s the Iron Bowl, one of the top rivalries in college football. Alabama has already locked up it’s spot in the SEC Championship Game but Auburn has a chance to ruin the Tide’s perfect season (and there is also the remote possibility that it could hurt Bama’s College Football Playoff hopes depending on how the SEC Championship Game ends up). The Verne Lundquist Farewell Tour enters its final two weeks.
Notre Dame @ USC
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – Los Angeles, CA
Why you should watch: It’s the oldest inter-sectional rivalry in college football, having been played every year since 1926. For those that hate Notre Dame, this will be a great one to watch. Unfortunately, even a 50 point loss to the arch-rival Trojans will probably not be enough for Brian Kelly to lose his job.
Utah @ Colorado
Folsom Field – Boulder, CO
Why you should watch: It’s another rivalry game, this one called the Rumble in the Rockies. Both teams are ranked but Colorado has already locked up their spot in the Pac-12 Championship Game.
South Carolina @ Clemson
Memorial Stadium – Clemson, SC
Why you watch: It’s the Palmetto Bowl, another ACC/SEC rivalry game. South Carolina is bowl eligible in the first year under Will Muschamp and has a chance to spoil Clemson’s College Football Playoff chances.
Florida @ Florida State
Doak Campbell Stadium – Tallahassee, FL
Why you should watch: It’s the biggest of the ACC/SEC rivalry games. Florida has beaten the Seminoles just once since Jimbo Fisher took over in Tallahassee. Both teams are ranked and have had good but not great seasons, by their own standards.