It’s quite a weekend of good matchups in college football. In the Big 12 K-State vs. Texas Tech, the SEC has Georgia vs. Florida and Alabama vs. Mississippi State, the Big Ten features Ohio State vs. Penn State and in the ACC, the surprising Duke Blue Devils and Florida State face off with first place at stake.
What sticks out though is the odd October non-conference matchup between Notre Dame and Oklahoma. The teams agreed to a home and home matchup for 2012 and 2013, and the Fighting Irish travel to Norman, OK for their toughest test of the season. It’ll be a battle of two historic programs who both field top 10 teams. If Notre Dame wins, their national championship hopes stay alive in 2012, and they bring a tough as nails defense to face QB Landry Jones and an experienced Oklahoma team that is determined not to lose twice at home this season. Here’s what to look for between these two teams in Norman on Saturday: Read Full Story »
The time of the season has approached in which we get the updated BCS rankings each week, and the numbers tell us that the SEC is, yet again, at the top of the heap. The conference features the top two, five of the top 11 and seven of the top 25 teams in the BCS standings. Four of those teams face off against each other this week, as #1 Alabama plays #11 Mississippi State, while #2 Florida draws #10 Georgia.
If you honestly needed a reason to watch SEC football, those are two of the most compelling. Let’s take a spin around the conference for Week 9 and see what other compelling matchups await us. Read Full Story »
The Old Dominion Monarchs will open the 2013 football season at East Carolina, The Virginian-Pilot has reported.
Old Dominion will travel to face East Carolina at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, NC on August 31, 2013. The game will be the eighth meeting between the two schools but first since 1940. The overall series is tied 3-3-1.
In order to schedule this game, ODU negotiated a three-way deal with The Citadel and ECU. Read Full Story »
Week nine of the 2012 college football season kicked off on Tuesday with Arkansas State at UL Lafayette. It continues tonight with Clemson at Wake Forest at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Featured Top 25 match-ups this week include (11) Mississippi State at (1) Alabama, (10) Georgia at (2) Florida, (14) Texas Tech at (3) Kansas State, and (5) Notre Dame at (8) Oklahoma. Read Full Story »
What a week in the ACC. The leadership of both divisions changed hands, two teams lost stars to injury and the Victory Bell got a new coat of paint. This week’s action features a Thursday night national broadcast, an out-of-conference battle, and the two division leaders facing off against each other. As we prepare for another wild week of Atlantic Coast Conference football, let’s take a run around the conference and see what to expect from Week 9’s slate of games.
Duke (6-2, 3-1) at #11 Florida State (7-1, 4-1), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Program guide: Jamison Crowder’s touchdown grab with 19 seconds remaining last week did so much more than just padding his and quarterback Sean Renfree’s stats (Renfree, by the way, became just the 20th quarterback in ACC history to throw for over 8,000 yards in his career in last week’s game). Read Full Story »
The Temple Owls are trying to schedule a football game at Hawaii this December, the Star-Advertiser has reported.
Temple’s 2012 schedule currently consists of only 11 games. When it was released in March, the Owls were still actively seeking a 12th game.
“It’s very far from a done deal. We’re going through the due diligence,” Rockne Freitas, Hawaii’s acting athletic director said. Read Full Story »
Ohio State could host the San Diego State Aztecs in 2013, according to a report by The Columbus Dispatch.
The Buckeyes have been searching for a non-conference game in 2013 to replace their Aug. 31 season-opener against Vanderbilt, which was recently canceled by the Commodores. San Diego State has apparently emerged as the most likely candidate.
Ohio State has been in talks with Buffalo to move their game, previously announced as Sept. 21, to the season-opener on Aug. 31. San Diego State would then be placed into the Sept. 21 slot or they could switch with Florida A&M (Sept. 7). Read Full Story »
The Miami Hurricanes have canceled a 2014-15 home-and-home football series against the Memphis Tigers, The Miami Herald has reported.
The two schools were scheduled to meet at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on Sept. 13, 2014 and then at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis on Sept. 26, 2015.
Miami and Memphis first agreed to the series back in May 2010. Read Full Story »
The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Oregon Ducks have scheduled a 2020-21 home-and-home football series, both schools announced this afternoon.
Oregon will host the first game of the series at Autzen Stadium in Eugene on Sept. 12, 2020. The second and final game will be played at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Sept. 11, 2021.
“Oregon has developed into one of the premier football programs in the FBS,” Gene Smith, Ohio State Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics, said. “We are excited to add them to our future slate of games.” Read Full Story »
The Louisville Cardinals have completed their 2013 non-conference football schedule, the Courier-Journal has reported.
Louisville will open the 2013 season with two consecutive games at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The Ohio Bobcats will visit on Aug. 31 followed by the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, an FCS team, on Sept. 7. The Cardinals are 2-2 all-time against Ohio and 17-8-1 against Eastern Kentucky. Read Full Story »
NCAA football can be the most frustrating sport to watch in the world. What can look like an even, intriguing match-up going into the game can quickly progress into a blowout. Last Friday, most people would have given West Virginia and South Carolina a fighting chance in their games with Kansas State and Florida. Instead both teams were blown out of the water despite the considerable amount of talent each has on their rosters.
The common denominator that both the Gamecocks and the Mountaineers had were losing the previous week. It’s tough for a team of 18-23 year-olds to rebound and get mentally together in a week. The best coaches can coax and inspire the players to set a different goal when the national championship is out of the picture. What’s unfortunate for the SC and WVU fans is their coaches failed to get their message across. The hangover lasted two weeks, and might just last the rest of the season. Read Full Story »
The six BCS AQ Conferences have each announced their football TV schedule for the weekend of November 3, 2012.
The Big 12 and the SEC have each elected to use their 6-day options on a number of games. Kickoff time and television coverage will be announced on Sunday for the following games: Oklahoma at Iowa State, Oklahoma State at Kansas State, TCU at West Virginia, Texas at Texas Tech, Missouri at Florida, Texas A&M at Mississippi State, and Ole Miss at Georgia.
Top match-ups on Nov. 3 include Alabama at LSU, Oregon at USC, Arizona State at Oregon State, Oklahoma State at Kansas State, and Pittsburgh at Notre Dame. Read Full Story »
The UAB Blazers have finalized their 2013 non-conference football schedule, the school announced on Friday.
UAB will open the 2013 season at in-state foe Troy on Aug. 31. The Blazers lost to the Trojans last month 39-29 and trail 6-4 in the overall series.
The following week (Sept. 7), UAB heads to Baton Rouge to take on the LSU Tigers. Read Full Story »
The Idaho Vandals have announced their 2013 football schedule, which includes games against Fresno State, NIU, Ole Miss, Temple, and Washington State.
Idaho will be playing the 2013 season as an FBS Independent as a result of the WAC discontinuing football after 2012. All other Vandal sports will join the Big Sky Conference beginning with the 2014-15 school year.
The Vandals previously had games arranged at Wyoming (Sept. 7), vs. Northern Illinois (Sept. 14), at Washington State (Sept. 21), and at Ole Miss (Oct. 26). Read Full Story »
Those of you who are regular readers of the site know that we usually use this space to break down the games taking place around the SEC. With the release of the 2013 SEC football schedule, now is a great time to take a spin around the league and see who has the toughest road ahead next season. Yes, we should probably let the 2012 season end first, but I’m impatient. Join me, won’t you?
Note: Ratings subject to change as non-conference schedules are finalized. The SEC Championship takes place 12/7/13. Read Full Story »