Weekend Viewer's Guide - Part II

With two days of games to work with, this is a particularly good weekend for college football viewing. Make sure you enjoy it, as it's the last full schedule we get this season. These are the leftovers after we told you about the best stuff in part one of the guide. Speaking of leftovers, our categories this week are naturally named after traditional Thanksgiving meal staples.

All game times are Eastern.

SQUASH CASSEROLE

Mississippi State at Ole Miss (Friday 12:30, SEC Raycom) -
Choking the Egg Bowl away cost Ed Orgeron his job last season. Considering how Houston Nutt's done in year one, don't expect any Rebels fans to be feeling bad about that. Sylvester Croom has been unable to build off of last year's success and still has no reliable offense - there are some in Starkville looking for at minimum some changes to his coaching staff. This is also the final SEC football game for Raycom Sports - truly something to give thanks for this year.

Fresno State at Boise State (Friday, ESPN2) - Boise appears to be out of luck for a possible trip to the BCS thanks to Utah finishing unbeaten, but the Broncos still would like to accomplish the same thing themselves. Fresno always seems to run out of gas later in the year, but the Bulldogs are at least capable of putting up a fight in this one.

Miami at N.C. State (noon, ACC Raycom) - For the second year under Tom O'Brien, the Wolfpack reach their final game trying to get bowl eligible with a win. Freshman quarterback Russell Wilson might be playing his position better than anyone else in the ACC right now. The Hurricanes are bowl eligible, but likely looking at a trip west to the Emerald Bowl unless they can come up with a win in this one.

Notre Dame at USC (Saturday 8, ESPN) - This is the first time the Fighting Irish and the Trojans haven't been shown on a network broadcast since 1966. There's a reason for that - this is going to be ugly. Could this be the swan song for Charlie Weis as Notre Dame's head coach? That may depend on just how ugly Pete Carroll and company choose to make it.

CANNED CRANBERRY SAUCE

Ohio at Miami Ohio (Friday 12:30, ESPNU) -
The school that isn't really the main university of Ohio takes on the school that's the "other" Miami. If you're a MAC addict, by all means tune in. Otherwise, there's always flossing.

UTEP at East Carolina (Friday 1, CBS CSTV) - Remember when Skip Holtz was looking like he'd be the hottest coaching candidate in the country this season? Unfortunately for him, with ECU's record now at 7-4 no one else does either.

Colorado at Nebraska (Friday 3:30, ABC) - Colorado scored 65 points in a win over the Huskers last season. This year's Buffaloes squad couldn't score that much against a Nebraska middle school. Nebraska claims second place in the Big 12 north with their inevitable easy win.

Bowling Green at Toledo (3:30, ESPN Classic) - The hefty Tom Amstutz coaches his final game as Toledo head man. Between him and Fulmer leaving, there may not be fewer college coaches next season but there will be less of them.

UCLA at Arizona State (Friday 9:30, ESPN2) - UCLA quarterback Kevin Craft has thrown seven touchdowns and sixteen INTs this season. Fortunately, his father went public this week with word on who's to blame for that: UCLA's coaches. What do Rick Neuheisel and Norm Chow know about quarterback play anyway? The winner of this clash of 4-6 teams stays alive for a bowl, which is proof there are now too many of them.

Virginia at Virginia Tech (Saturday noon, ESPN) - The ACC might have 11 bowl eligible teams without a single one losing fewer than three games in conference or winning more than eight overall. That's ridiculous, but if Virginia wins it could easily happen. This will be an awful game - do not watch it unless you hate seeing skilled offensive play in which case it's your game of the decade.

Maryland at Boston College (Saturday 3:30, ABC) - Maryland is the least enjoyable team to watch in football this year because you have no idea which version of the Terrapins will show up. If it's the one that has gone 4-0 against ranked teams, BC should fear the turtles. If it's the version that lost decisively to Middle Tennessee State, Virginia and FSU, never mind.

North Carolina at Duke (Saturday 3:30, ESPNU) - Always a tough ticket for basketball, always a "buy one get one free" special for football. Butch Davis and David Cutcliffe might change that eventually, but it hasn't happened yet.

Vanderbilt at Wake Forest (Saturday 7, ESPNU) - Vandy has finally secured that elusive bowl spot, but a loss here would make it still possible for them to have a losing season. The Commodores already lost to Duke, so a Wake win would be a big rallying point for ACC defenders over the next few weeks.


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