2007 Football Schedule Planner - Week 12

Conference title positioning and national championship hopes come into play

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    Aug. 9, 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 top offensive matchups, Heisman showcases and a few others that have piqued our interest.


    At first glance of the schedule, you'd think Week 12 is the season's final breather, a weekend when the really big matchups take a break and wait until after Thanksgiving to kickoff. Then you realize you didn't look closely enough and you see just how many great games there are that will either propel a team toward a conference championship or potentially derail someone's national title hopes.




    Yep, Week 12 is a pretty good one after all, especially when the premier rivalry in college football takes center stage.


    Games of the Week

    Sat., Nov. 17 - Louisville at South Florida

    How big this game is really depends on whether Louisville can get past West Virginia unscathed nine days earlier, in their annual showdown with the Mountaineers. If so, then this will be the second of a brutal three-game stretch for the Cardinals as Rutgers looms on the horizon in the season finale Nov. 29. This one is against the Bulls, who could very easily be playing for the conference crown as well. Historically, USF has played the Cardinals tough, winning a few. National title implications could very well be a factor in this one.


    Sat., Nov. 17 - Kentucky at Georgia

    SEC East foes meet in Athens where chances are the Wildcats won't be gunning for the division title, but there hasn't been a year in recent memory where Kentucky's had a better chance to compete for it. The Wildcats pulled off a neat little four-point upset in last year's meeting of the two teams that snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Bulldogs.


    Sat., Nov. 17 - Miami at Virginia Tech

    If you like defense, this one is for you. Points will be at a premium in Blacksburg where the `Canes and the Hokies battle for Coastal Division supremacy in the ACC. Miami could very well be in the mix in for the division title heading into this one if Randy Shannon can find a reliable quarterback and a few dependable wide receivers. But it's going to be awfully tough to move the ball against a Tech team that's been the No. 1 defense in the nation the past two years, and seems bent on doing it a third year. And it certainly doesn't help Miami's chances that this one comes in Lane Stadium. Another one where national title implications come into play.


    Sat., Nov. 17 - Boston College at Clemson

    Boston College has its sights set on contending for the Atlantic Division title in the ACC, as does Clemson. But will the Tigers still be players in the division by the time this game rolls around? It remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure: the Eagles have a very tough stretch to close out the season and this is their toughest test on the road in the month of November.


    Heisman Showcase of the Week

    Sat., Nov. 17 - Pittsburgh at Rutgers

    Anyone remember what Ray Rice did against the Panthers last year? On 39 carries he single handedly defeated Pitt on the road as he rushed for 225 yards, almost out-gaining the Panthers by himself. This year's Pitt team will feature a less experienced group than what was run out there last year.


    Rivalry of the Week

    Sat., Nov. 17 - Ohio State at Michigan

    It doesn't get much bigger than this in all of college athletics. The winningest program in college football history welcomes its arch rival to The Big House where the Wolverine senior trio of Chad Henne, Mike Hart and Jake Long try to beat the Buckeyes for the first time in four tries. Just like his players, Lloyd Carr hasn't faired very well in this game - Jim Tressel is 5-1 in the last six meetings. Do the Wolverines' national title hopes die a second straight year at the hands of the Buckeyes? And, with all the speculation about his job status and health, is this Carr's final game as coach in Michigan Stadium?

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