The Championship Week TV schedule is out, and all of the games on the conference championship schedule are out! Here at Bankroll Sports, we’re going to be analyzing all of the best games on the docket and where you can find them on the tube this week with our Week 14 college football TV schedule.
NCAA Football games on National Television shown in bold
NCAA Football On TV for Thursday, November 29th (11/29/12)
7:30 ET Louisville @ Rutgers (ESPN, Watch ESPN)
The Big East just couldn’t have asked for this to turn out much better than this one has. Sure, the Scarlet Knights and the Cardinals could be significantly better teams, but when push comes to shove, this has been the showcase game of the season, and the winner is still going to the BCS, while the loser is going to a significantly lesser bowl game. For Louisville, this isn’t just a chance to be in the BCS, but a chance to prove to the ACC that it should be the newest member of the conference. For Rutgers, it would be the first time that the team would be in the BCS. This is the biggest game in school history, and if you want proof for just how much Pisacataway wants this one, just go YouTube Louisville vs. Rutgers 2006 and watch the sea of red that swarmed upon the field when that game was over. That was the biggest win in the school’s history, as it was the team’s first win over a ranked opponent in almost two decades and was the first win over a Top 5 team ever. Imagine the party if Rutgers pulls this one off and goes to the BCS for the first time!
CFB TV Schedule for Friday, November 30th (11/30/12)
7:00 ET Northern Illinois vs. Kent State (ESPN2, Watch ESPN)
8:00 ET UCLA @ Stanford (FOX)
It’s possible that not just one, but two bids to the BCS could be handed out on Friday night. We’ll start with the late game and the obvious huge ramifications of the clash between UCLA and Stanford. These two teams met just last week in a game that went to the Cardinal. Now though, Stanford has to win for the second straight weekend just to get to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl. The Bruins are trying to get back home, as they will be essentially hosting the Rose Bowl if they can win this one. The loser though, will be out of the BCS and falling down the Pac-12 bowl ladder, most likely to the Alamo Bowl.
If you thought that drop was big, the drop in the MAC Championship Game might be even bigger. Kent State and Northern Illinois are two of the best ATS teams in America, and one will improve to 12-1 and have a shot at going to the BCS. The Golden Flashes are the more likely team to be able to go to the BCS, and a win in this game will almost surely get the job done. If this one is lost though, NIU is going to have a chance to slip into the BCS in the Top 16 as well. To make matters even more interesting, a man that is being tossed around as the potential fifth Heisman Trophy finalist this year is Huskies QB Jordan Lynch, who has just dominated foes this year with both his arm and his legs. This is the biggest game in the history of the MAC, and it isn’t even close, and it is a spectacle that you’re going to want to make sure you see.
NCAA Football TV Schedule for Saturday, December 1st (12/1/12)
12:00 ET Oklahoma @ TCU (ESPN, Watch ESPN)
12:00 ET Oklahoma State @ Baylor (FX)
12:00 ET UCF @ Tulsa (ESPN2, ESPN 3D, Watch ESPN)
2:30 ET Nicholls State @ Oregon State (Pac-12 Network)
2:30 ET Kansas @ West Virginia (FSN)
3:00 ET Middle Tennessee State @ Arkansas State (ESPN3.com)
3:30 ET Boise State @ Nevada (ABC)
3:30 ET Cincinnati @ Connecticut (ABC)
4:00 ET Alabama vs. Georgia (CBS)
7:00 ET Pittsburgh @ South Florida (ESPN2, Watch ESPN)
8:00 ET Texas @ Kansas State (ABC)
8:00 ET Florida State vs. Georgia Tech (ESPN, Watch ESPN)
8:17 ET Nebraska vs. Wisconsin (FOX)
It’s Conference Championship Saturday, and BCS bowl bids are going to handed out left and right. However, before a single bowl game is locked down, there are some other matters to tend to.
In the Big XII, there are two great games on tap in the 12:00 ET hour. Oklahoma will visit TCU with a potential BCS bid on the line. The Sooners will know whether they’re playing for the BCS for sure depending upon the results of the MAC Championship Game the night before, but either way, they’re still in the Big XII title picture if they can win this one. If this is lost though, it’s almost certainly off to the Cotton Bowl or the Alamo Bowl. Oklahoma State and Baylor will also play in a game that should be a shootout and could help determine if either of these teams really has the ability to move up the Big XII bowl ladder.
Also at high noon, the Conference USA Championship Game will take place at Skelley Field, as UCF and Tulsa meet for the second time in just three weeks. These two teams genuinely hate each other, and they have historically played some awfully close games, so this is one that you’re going to want to keep your eyes on when push comes to shove.
Later in the afternoon in the 3:00 and 3:30 ET hour, more conference titles will be decided. The Sun Belt championship will be handed out to the winner of the Arkansas State/Middle Tennessee State game, while Boise State will look to stake a claim to the Mountain West title if it can take down a Nevada team that has already punched its bowl bid to the New Mexico Bowl. Connecticut and Cincinnati will also be involved in their final Big East games of the season, as the Huskies try their best to get to a bowl game, something that will only happen if they win this game.
And then there’s the big one at 4:00 ET. Last year, after winning the National Championship, Head Coach Nick Saban knew that his team’s goals weren’t quite completely. The Crimson Tide might have beaten LSU in the National Championship Game, but they didn’t win the SEC. This year, they won’t finish with a perfect record, but they will ultimately go on to win the SEC and the whole enchilada if they win both of these last two games. This one against Georgia isn’t just the SEC Championship Game though, it is the de facto national semifinal, as the winner of this one will go on to play the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in five and a half weeks in Miami. Needless to say, the stakes that are already incredibly high just by the nature of the fact that this is a game for a BCS bid, and they are made increasingly higher by the fact that the loser of this one will be out of the BCS completely. This is literally a game worth millions and millions of dollars as well as conference and national title rights as well.
Later in the evening, everything else seems relatively elementary. Pittsburgh will try to get to a bowl game at the expense of a struggling South Florida side that will be happy just to see this season come to a close.
In the 8:00 ET hour, three conference titles will be handed out. Kansas State will already know whether it has anything to play for or not in this one against Texas, and that’s dependent upon what happens with Oklahoma earlier in the day. Should the Sooners lose, Senior Day will also be a celebration of the Cats’ bid to the BCS. If the Sooners win though, this one will probably separate Kansas State from a spot in the Fiesta Bowl and a spot in the Alamo Bowl or the Cotton Bowl. The Longhorns could be playing for a BCS bowl bid as well if enough goes right over the course of the week, but they’re more realistically playing for a spot in the Cotton Bowl.
Florida State and Georgia Tech will fight it out for the right to go to the Orange Bowl in the ACC Championship Game as well at 8:00 ET, while in a kickoff just before 8:20 ET, the Badgers and Cornhuskers will do battle for the second time this year in the Big Ten Championship Game. Should Wisconsin win this one, it will be headed to the Rose Bowl for the third straight year. Nebraska is searching for its first Rose Bowl bid as a member of the Big Ten.
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