Heath's Remote - Week 12

Florida/Alabama for the SEC title and then Texas against the winner had better be great games. Otherwise the 2009 season is in danger of being one of the least memorable overall in college football's history. This Saturday's slate summarizes the problem perfectly - with two weeks left of the regular season, there are no games between two teams that are ranked in both polls.

Florida has a bye week, but is calling it a game with FIU as a cover. The demolition begins on pay per view at 12:30. Here's your best viewing choices on a disappointing weekend overall.  

Perhaps no game symbolizes how disappointing this season has been as well as Ohio State at Michigan. The Buckeyes have already clinched a Rose Bowl spot as Big Ten champs, but proved they're merely the best of a bad lot by losing to USC at home as well as Purdue. The Boilermakers beat Rich Rodriguez's Wolverines as well, meaning the coach won't take his team to a bowl for the second straight year if he loses this one. Three years ago this game was No. 1 versus No. 2. Now it's just number two. ABC's got it at noon, and it's worth tuning in for the highlight clips they'll doubtless run of Bo Schembechler's amazing 1969 win over Woody Hayes.  

Next week's Florida opponent FSU hosts a horrible Maryland team on the ACC Raycom package at noon in what might be Bobby Bowden's farewell game in Tallahassee. The ESPN SEC Network over the air package has Mississippi State trying to keep its bowl hopes alive on the road at Arkansas. The best early option for decent football may be Oklahoma at Texas Tech on FSN at 12:30 since Mike Leach's offense is always fun to watch, but you can tell there's not a lot of great options to work with.  

UConn at Notre Dame might be worth taping at 2:30 on NBC. There won't be many more chances to see the Charlie Weis "decided schematic advantage" at work in college football, so you should preserve his brilliance for posterity. LSU's at Ole Miss on CBS at 3:30 - the winner may get the SEC Capital One Bowl slot. Clemson hosts Virginia at 3:30 on ABC, trying to secure an ACC Championship Game slot with a win. C.J. Spiller's making a late Heisman push as well.  

This might be the weakest night time lineup of games we've had all season. The best of the bunch is Cal at Stanford at 7:30, but it's on Versus so you probably won't be able to see it. Lane Kiffin's still not bowl eligible, and you can root for him to stay that was as Vanderbilt visits Tennessee on ESPNU at 7. It's the end of a long season for Vandy. Kansas State's at Nebraska on ESPN at 7:45, with the right to get destroyed by Texas in the Big 12 Championship Game on the line.  

On ABC at 8, Oregon and Arizona each control their own fate for the Rose Bowl but everytime Mike Stoops has a critical game he loses it so don't expect much there. Your absolute last option of the night is Nevada at New Mexico State at 10:30 on ESPNU, which is recommended only if you're absolutely desperate for football.


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