The Saturday Meal Plan fills you in on what to watch, when to watch and where to watch every Saturday during the season.
It’s the last weekend of the regular season — not including the Army-Navy game next week — and what it lacks in number of games to watch it more than makes up for in stakes. I’m including Friday night games in this week’s Meal Plan because there are two conference title games being played Friday, and those are just two of the six conference championship games being played.
And there is also that whole Big 12 situation that needs to be resolved.
There are conference titles and playoff berths that will be settled over the next 48 hours, so rather than waste any more of your time here, let’s just get to the games.
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It’s a rematch of last season’s MAC Championship Game in which Bowling Green beat Northern Illinois 47-27. Not only will Northern Illinois be looking for revenge and it’s third MAC title in four seasons but there’s an (extremely) outside chance that the Huskies could qualify for one of the New Year’s bowl games. Sure, they would need both Boise State and Marshall to lose again, as well as the committee to look past Memphis and Central Florida out of the American, but there’s a chance!
Arizona has been the biggest thorn in Oregon’s side the past couple of years. Since the start of last season, the Ducks have lost three games — two of them to Arizona. Last year, Arizona knocked Oregon out of the title hunt, and the Wildcats can do the same thing Friday night. There’s simply no reason for you to not watch this game, as there’s so much on the line: the Pac-12 title, Oregon’s playoff bid, Marcus Mariota’s Heisman candidacy, and Arizona has a legitimate shot of creeping into the top four if it knocks off Oregon again. This game is huge.
On the surface, it looks rather simple. TCU is ranked No. 3, and if it beats Iowa State logic would dictate that it remains in the top four and goes to the playoff. But what we don’t know is how the College Football Playoff Selection Committee will react if Baylor beats Kansas State later on. Of course, all TCU can control is its own game and its own result, so it just has to win this game first. And while it seems like a foregone conclusion (the Horned Frogs are 34.5-point favorites), this wouldn’t be the first time Paul Rhoads and Iowa State crushed somebody’s dreams. Just ask 2011 Oklahoma State.
Marshall may have seen its New Year’s Six bowl bid die last weekend when it lost to Western Kentucky in overtime, as much of the country was just looking for a chance to write this team off, and it got one. But we don’t know how the CFP committee thinks since it only ranks 25 teams, and should Marshall put forth an impressive performance in this game there’s a chance it can sneak back in with a Boise State loss. It won’t be easy, though, as Louisiana Tech has one of the more prolific scoring offenses in the country, averaging 38.8 points per game.
Memphis and UCF have already clinched a share of the American Athletic Conference title. Cincinnati can grab a third of it with a win over Houston. It’s really that simple. This isn’t exactly the most important game going on in this time slot, but it could prove to be one of the most entertaining.
This is a game featuring the . In your mind, that may be enough to tell you there’s absolutely no reason to watch this one, and I get it. But I’m going to be paying attention. SMU has basically clinched the Bottom 25 title — unless it wins by like 100 points or something — so at this point I’m just rooting for SMU to get a win because it’s the only winless team remaining, and no team should have to go through an entire season without something to celebrate.
Bedlam this season could prove to be cathartic for both teams. Neither has had the season it hoped for, as Oklahoma began the season as a favorite for a playoff bid. Instead, it will finish fourth in the Big 12 with a win. As for Oklahoma State, the Cowboys need to win this game just to go to a bowl game. So while this game won’t be as important on a national level as it has been in recent years, it’s still huge for both teams and could provide some thrills. Or it’ll reflect the seasons both teams have had and leave everybody wanting a bit more.
I don’t think anybody is giving Missouri much of a chance in this game, but nobody has been giving Missouri much credit the past two yearsut at a Madrid journalist asking him about the coronavirus ahead of their clash with Champions League opponents Atletico Madrid.Atletico face Liverpool defending a 1-0 aggregate lead for the round 16 second-leg encounter.Klopp, speaking on Tuesday in, and here it is in Atlanta playing for an SEC title again. This game could have a huge impact on not just the SEC but the nation. If Alabama wins, it heads to the CFP to represent the conference. If Missouri wins, it would probably (and I say “probably” because there’s no way to know for sure when it comes to the SEC) knock Alabama out of the top four, and there’s no guarantee any other SEC team would replace the Tide. Just imagine how SEC fans would react to that. I’m sure they would take it in stride.
Poor Temple and Tulane. Seriously, look at the rest of the games that are being played in this time slot. Who is tuning into this game? The players’ parents will be watching other games.
It may not be a conference championship game, but it’s just as important. Baylor remains on the outside of the playoff looking in, behind a TCU team it beat, with one last chance to add an impressive victory to its résumé. Then there’s Kansas State, which has sat there and listened to the entire country debate the merits of TCU and Baylor and their Big 12 title credentials while Kansas State could still win the Big 12 outright! Sure, it needs Iowa State to beat TCU, and it would have to beat Baylor here, but we’ve all seen crazier things happen in this sport. How hilarious would it be if, after all the back-and-forth about TCU and Baylor, it was Kansas State that was chosen for the CFP?
It feels like the entire country has spent the entire season just waiting for Florida State to lose. Every week people wonder if it will be the week that the Seminoles finally pay for their mistakes, or just run into a team that is better, and every week the Seminoles emerge victorious. This is the last chance for anybody to beat the Noles before they head into the CFP undefeated (well, I assume they would, anyway). And Georgia TechPavel Nedved is happy Gonzalo Higuain is staying.And he has intimated Paulo Dybala will do the same.He said, “Dybala can never be a problem for us. He’s a great player and we’re happy to have him. The Coach is using him as a false nine he’s and doi is entirely capaAston Villa have signed 16-year-old striker Louie Barry from Barcelona – just six months after he joined the Spanish club, reports Sky Sports.Barry left West Brom to join Barca in July, turning down lucrative offers from a host of top European clubs – including a £2m deal with Paris Saint-Germain.The deal is subject to international clearance.ble of doing so. Its option offense is a pain in the butt to prepare for and defend, and this team did just take care of Georgia on the road last week. This could be the week! Or it won’t be. You’ll have to watch to find out.
The Big Ten Championship Game has only existed for three seasons before this one, but one of these teams has played in each game. This is the first time they’ll face each other, however, and there’s plenty on the line. Wisconsin doesn’t have much in the way of playoff hopes, but a Big Ten title is still nice, and it would head to a New Year’s Six bowl game with a win. And then there’s Ohio State. Should the Buckeyes win they could creep into the top four. A lot of people assumed that’s what would happen before J.T. Barrett broke his ankle last week, but now nobody’s sure about anything. Will the selection committee penalize Ohio State for losing its second starting quarterback this season? Nobody knows yet. All we know is that Ohio State has to win in order for us to find out.
You know, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Boise State was the original BCS party-crasher, and now it’s the favorite to earn the New Year’s Six bid from the Group of Five conferences yet again. All it has to do to earn that spot is beat a Fresno State team that finished the year 6-6, but its 5-3 mark in conference play was enough to win a weak MWC West Division. We probably shouldn’t assume anything, though, as these two teams met in Boise once already this season. Boise State won 37-27, but the game was tied at 27 after three quarters. So Fresno has shown it can hang with the Broncos on the blue turf, but it’ll have to do more Saturday night to be crowned the Mountain West champion. At 7-6.