2007 Football Schedule Planner - Week 11

Conference champions will be determined in showdown games

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    Aug. 2, 2007

    By Adam Caparell




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    Over the summer, CSTV.com will be taking a look at the college football schedule, highlighting the top matchups, the can't-miss games and the storylines that make certain contests so intriguing. Check in every Thursday for the heads-up on what games are shaping up to be the best each week, the matchups that could foul up the BCS, Heisman showcases and a few others that have piqued our interest. 


    We've got a weekend on our hands where the picture in several conferences should really clear up. The Big East, MWC and Pac-10 all will feature their marquee matchups this weekend between the best teams in each league.





    Rivalry of the Week

    Thurs., Nov. 9 - Louisville at West Virginia

    The premier matchup in the Big East takes place in Morgantown on a Thursday night yet again. If the past two meetings between these two teams is any indication of what's in store for this year's version, we're in for another treat. You have three Heisman Trophy candidates going up against each other in this one with Brian Brohm squaring off against Pat White and Steve Slaton. The Cardinals got the best of the Mountaineers last year and two years ago they went to three overtimes before West Virginia emerged victorious. As has been the case with this matchup the past two years, the winner figures to be the leading candidate to take home the Big East Championship and head to the BCS.


    BCS Buster of the Week

    Thurs., Nov. 9 - TCU at BYU

    The two best teams in the MWC meet with the conference championship on the line. TCU will rely on its running game to set up the deep ball while BYU will look to throw dink and dunk passes all night long. There are lots of changes for the Cougars this year. They're bringing in a new starting tailback and quarterback while the Horned Frogs also feature a new signal caller in Marcus Jackson who only hopes to be able to equal the success Jeff Ballard had running TCU's offense. BYU actually lost more starters than any other Top 25 team from last season. Was their unblemished run through the conference last season strictly a product of senior leadership? We may find out in this one.


    Sat., Nov. 11 - USC at Cal

    Over the length of USC's reign as the Pac-10's clear cut best, no other team has played the Trojans as tough as the Bears. And there's no reason why that shouldn't be the case this November. Nate Longshore and DeSean Jackson go up against that stacked USC defense. There are no holes to be found with the Trojans. From the defensive line to the secondary, USC will parade out some of the best in the nation. But shutting down the Bears is no easy task.


    Sat., Nov. 11 - Florida State at Virginia Tech

    The ACC Championship Game is essentially played a month early as the two best teams in the conference meet in Blacksburg. Can Drew Weatherford or Xavier Lee - whoever is the Seminoles quarterback at the time - solve the Hokies' defense, which will be just as formidable as it's been the past two seasons? Probably not, especially with all the talent coming back for the Hokies and with Weatherford still yet to solidify himself as a dependable starter.


    Sat., Nov. 11 - Florida at South Carolina

    Steve Spurrier came this close to beating his former team in The Swamp last year. If it wasn't for Derrick Harvey blocking an extra point and what would have been the game-winning field goal as time expired, Florida doesn't win a national championship and Spurrier has his signature, and most significant, win since he's been in Columbia. Now the Gamecocks are a year older and will be much better and Florida has all but two starters returning on defense. It still won't be easy for the Gamecocks, but the Gators can be had.


    Heisman Showcase Game of the Week

    Sat., Nov. 11 - Michigan at Wisconsin

    The Wolverines have Mike Hart and Chad Henne while the Badgers feature P.J. Hill. Hart, who finished fifth in the Heisman voting last season, is healthy after missing all of the spring after shoulder surgery and he's added some muscle to his frame. He said he's never run faster than he did this summer and he'll need every step going up against the Badgers' defense. Hill, on the other hand, is considered a Heisman candidate - albeit a long one since he's a sophomore. The loser will in all likelihood be eliminated from the Big Ten Championship. Wisconsin historically has not had much success against Michigan - they were only 3-8 against the Wolverines in the Barry Alvarez era and were outplayed in Ann Arbor last season. Not that the Wolverines will be overlooking Wisconsin, but they get Ohio State after this one.

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