Many people felt CBS color analyst Gary Danielson made an effective "closing argument" for Florida to get the second spot in the BCS title game during last year's SEC Championship Game. Perhaps Tebow will benefit from a similar presentation should things go well Saturday.
This being Thanksgiving weekend, the categories are named for various staples of the feasts going on around the country. Games are on Saturday unless otherwise indicated and all times are Eastern.
HOMEMADE PECAN PIE
Tennessee @ Kentucky (1:30, CBS) - The SEC East title is on the line for Tennessee - a win sends them to Atlanta, a loss means Georgia takes on LSU instead. Kentucky's looking for their first win against the Vols since the Reagan years. It's senior day for Andre Woodson and a bunch of Kentucky's other top players, so emotions should be high.
Missouri vs. Kansas (in Kansas City) (8, ABC) - Have there ever been two top five teams this late in the season who were bigger frauds than this? Kansas has managed to play 11 games without seeing a single team currently ranked in the top 25. Only one opponent was even ranked when they played - K State at No. 24. Missouri's played one team ranked higher than 24th and lost by ten. Two of the top five in the Big 12, probably. The country? Please. Expect lots of scoring and for the winning quarterback to get a big Heisman push until they get splattered like a bug in the Big 12 title game next week.
HONEY BAKED HAM
Arkansas @ LSU (Friday 2:30, CBS) - Off field issues could play a big role in this one. Multiple reports this week have said Houston Nutt will not be back as Razorbacks coach, while Lloyd Carr's retirement turned the Michigan spotlight on Les Miles as a possible successor. Darren McFadden gets one more chance to showcase his skills for award voters while LSU has to avoid looking ahead to next week's SEC Championship game. This is the battle for the "Golden Boot" - a metal rendering of the states of Arkansas and Louisiana that looks like someone bought it for five bucks at the airport gift shop. For some reason, the south doesn't do well at the "trophy game" thing.
Boise State @ Hawaii (Friday 9, ESPN2) - Another pair of fraudulent BCS contenders who put up a bunch of points get together. Hawaii has beaten a pair of 1AA teams and has been in one score games with Louisiana Tech, Nevada, Fresno State, and San Jose State. They have as much business being a BCS possibility as I would being in a hula dancing competition. Boise State has been much more dominant in their games this year with the expectation of the one game they played against a BCS conference team. That one, they lost to a crappy Washington team 24-10. The winner of this game will likely be in the Sugar Bowl. Wonderful system we've got in college football right now, isn't it?
Virginia Tech @ Virginia (Noon, ESPN) - The winner of this game goes to Jacksonville to face Boston College for an Orange Bowl berth. UVA's lived on the edge all year, winning five of their games by a combined seven points. The Cavaliers had two weeks to get ready and are unbeaten at home this year but VT has owned this series, winning seven of the last eight.
UConn @ West Virginia (3:30, ABC) - With a win, West Virginia secures a BCS berth and would have a great opportunity at a spot in the championship game since the Big East doesn't have a conference title showdown. The Huskies have survived on luck more than any other team this season, including two blown calls which won them games. They have to hope Mountaineer Pat White's fumbling issues continue and take advantage or this could get ugly.
Alabama @ Auburn (8, ESPN) - This one's always worth your time, even though neither team has been great this season. Nick Saban is being paid $4 million this year to win the Iron Bowl. Considering Bama's lost to Mississippi State and Louisiana-Monroe back to back, that might be a tall order. Saban this week compared the impact of the UL-M loss to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor. Since Auburn's favored, this week's Bama defeat will fall somewhere around the Dust Bowl or Chicago Fire on the Saban impact scale.
Texas @ Texas A&M (Friday 3:30, ABC) - Would Texas A&M really fire a coach who wins back to back games against Texas? Dennis Franchione hopes the answer is no, but everyone expects this to be his final game in College Station. Ever since Texas QB Colt McCoy was knocked out of last year's game with an injury, Aggie fans have mockingly called him Cart McCoy. McCoy has made it clear he's looking to prove a point in this one. Should Oklahoma stumble, Texas may still have a shot at the Big 12 title and an at large BCS spot is also possible.
Georgia @ Georgia Tech (3:30, ABC) - The word in Atlanta is that Chan Gailey needs to win this one or his time as Georgia Tech's head coach is likely over. He's a Florida alum, could help the Gator BCS chances, and would do it by beating Georgia - hard to imagine anything else Gailey could do to make UF fans more enthusiastic about supporting him this week. Mark Richt has no comment on reports he's given his players permission to beat Yellow Jackets mascot Buzz to death if they're trailing at the half to "motivate them a little".
Oklahoma State @ Oklahoma (3:30, FSN) - The Sooners will have Sam Bradford back at quarterback for this game but are missing their top tailback. With a win, they're in the Big 12 Championship and perfectly positioned to wreck the chances of the Kansas-Missouri winner.
Clemson @ South Carolina (7, ESPN2) - The Gamecocks finally got a bye last week to heal some injuries and regroup mentally. Tommy Bowden and Clemson lost yet another critical game, blowing a trip to the ACC Championship game as a nine point favorite at home. This one will be all about what Clemson's mindset is. If they're still in the tank from the BC loss, South Carolina's got a shot. If they aren't, the Tigers should be able to carve up South Carolina's porous run defense with James Davis and C.J. Spiller.
GREEN BEANS WITH ONION STRAWS ON TOP
Nebraska @ Colorado (Friday Noon, ABC) - Once upon a time, this was an exciting annual rivalry game. Both teams are 5-6 and play in the amazing Big 12 North. Boulder is the final stop on the Bill Callahan Farewell Tour - the only real drama in this one is whether they'll let him travel back to Lincoln with the team or make him hitchhike.
Ole Miss @ Mississippi State (Friday 12:30, Lincoln Financial) - Ole Miss fired David Cutcliffe three years ago because they were tired of mediocrity. Ed Orgeron has ended that problem by taking them down to just plain bad. Sylvester Croom is looking for win number seven to enhance MSU's standing in the SEC bowl pecking order.
Miami, Fla. @ Boston College (Noon, ESPN2) - Can the Canes possibly fall lower than they have the last two weeks? The good news for Tim Tebow's Hesiman chances is that there's no way BC will be trailing late in this one to give Matt Ryan a chance to pull off a last second comeback again. And since Miami's become unwatchable, all the second half award talk to fill time will be seen by about 50 people.
Utah @ BYU (2, CSTV/Versus) - Not a well known in-state rivalry on the national level, but an extremely bitter one. Both teams have played well down the stretch. BYU wins the Mountain West Conference with a victory.
Oregon @ UCLA (3:30, ABC) - Despite losing Dennis Dixon for the season in last week's Arizona loss, Oregon still controls their own fate for the Rose Bowl thanks to USC's victory over Arizona State. Karl Dorrell is trying to save his job at UCLA again, but it looks like the clock may have run out on him this year.
Notre Dame @ Stanford (3:30, ESPN) - After losing every bowl game they've played in since the 1993 season, Notre Dame may actually win their final game this year. Not only that, but they guaruntee they won't lose a bowl game!
CANNED CRANBERRY SAUCE
Central Michigan @ Akron (Friday 11, ESPNU) - Akron's stadium is named the Rubber Bowl. That's more interesting than anything that will happen during this game.
Toledo @ Bowling Green (Friday 2:30, ESPNU) - Toledo's stadium is named the Glass Bowl. That's also more interesting than anything that will happen during this game.
Maryland @ N.C. State (Noon, Lincoln Financial) - One of these teams will get to 6-6 and bowl eligibility by winning this game. That's just a statement of facts and not a threat, although I understand if you took it that way.
Kansas State @ Fresno State (3:30, ESPN2) - Remember how K state at number 24 was fraudulent Kansas's "big" win so far this year? Well, they're 5-6 now and still trying to get bowl eligible. Love that Big 12 North.
Duke @ North Carolina (3:30, ESPNU) - Despite being 3-8, UNC's Butch Davis just got a contract extension through 2014. Duke's Ted Roof couldn't get his contract extended to Tuesday. When you're coach of a team that loses to Notre Dame this year by 21, it's time to find a new line of work.
Washington State @ Washington (7, FSN) - Two teams who won't be bowling square off for the Apple Cup in a game you won't be watching.
Cincinnati @ Syracuse (7:15, ESPNU) - The NFL's St. Louis Cardinals once fired their head coach by changing the locks on his office during a game. Syracuse might not do that to Greg Robinson during this impending 30-point loss, but I bet they've at least thought about it.
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