2007 Schedule Planner - Week 14

Championship Saturday marks end of regular season

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    Aug. 23, 2007

    By Adam Caparell

    CSTV.com

     



    ADAM CAPARELL

    Adam is CSTV.com's football editor and national football writer.
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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.

     

    Nearly everyone who has already wrapped up their season is awaiting the final BCS projections released Sunday, Dec. 2 to get an idea of how they fit into the bowl picture.

     

    Of course, this is Championship Saturday. Five different conferences will crown champions as the ACC, Big 12, C-USA, MAC and SEC all hold their annual title games. The BCS conference championship games are must-watches since the winners of each respective game gains automatic entry into one of the five bowls. Plus, there figures to be a potential national title participant or two competing in one of the conference championship games.


     

     

     

    So a lot's riding on this weekend, including a Commander-In-Chief Trophy.

     

    Games of the Week

    Thurs., Nov. 29 - Rutgers at Louisville

    The Big East could be on the line in this revenge game for the Cardinals as Louisville hosts the Scarlet Knights. Last November it was Rutgers who pulled off the upset over the Cardinals in Piscataway and sent Louisville's national title dreams down the toilet. That night Rutgers did a phenomenal job against Brian Brohm, making the Louisville quarterback run for his life in the second half as he was under constant pressure. If Rutgers and Louisville can survive the regular season and enter this one with just a single blemish, or even undefeated, this game will be huge. The Big East championship could be on the line and a berth in the BCS, to boot.

     

    Sat., Dec. 1 - Oregon State at Oregon

    The Civil War should be heated as usual as the Beavers make the trek to Eugene. This game dates back all the way to 1894 and it's been a pretty even matchup over the past decade, with both teams trading wins. Oregon holds the all-time edge by 10 games. The home team historically has fared better in this one, winning each contest since 1997.

     

    Sat., Dec. 1 - UCLA at USC

    UCLA pulled off the upset over the Trojans in Pasadena last season to derail USC's hopes of reaching yet another national title game. The Pac-10 could very well be on the line in this one with the Bruins expected to compete with the Trojans for conference supremacy. But will the Trojans, with that stacked defense, let the hated Bruins walk into the L.A. Coliseum and beat them for just the second time since 1999? Not very likely.

     

    BCS Buster of the Week

    Sat., Dec. 1 - Washington at Hawai'i

    All that could stand between the Warriors and a potential BCS berth is the Huskies, who hope to feature a better defense than the one that ran onto the field last year: Washington finished 95th in total defense in 2006, but fortunately for Ty Willingham, his front four returns intact. They'll need all the pressure they can muster against Colt Brennan, who figures to torch Washington after the Huskies allowed 240 yards per game in the air last year. Brennan puts up that kind of yardage in a half.

     

    Rivalry of the Week

    Sat., Dec. 1 - Army vs. Navy, Balitmore, Md.

    Of course it's not what it used to be, but when the Black Knights and Midshipmen get together, it's still big news. Army hasn't beaten Navy in since 2001 and that doesn't figure to change any time soon. Army was making some strides under Bobby Ross, but can they continue the momentum after Ross unexpectedly resigned last winter? It remains to be seen now that Stan Brock takes over. Plus, Paul Johnson has won a Navy record four-straight Commander-In-Chief Trophies, having posted a perfect 8-0 record against Army and Air Force the past four seasons. He's a vastly underrated coach and Navy simply has a lot more talent than Army.

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