Friday, November 23, 2012

Boomer's Urban Renewal: Rivalry showdowns in Week 13

No matter how well you play the rest of your career, you are always remembered
for what you did in rivalry games like the ones on tap for this weekend.
Rivalry: the state of being a rival or rivals.

I hope everyone had an enjoyable and family filled Turkey Day and you have all recovered from your food como. From the Apple Cup (WASH/WASH ST.) to the Jeweled Shillelagh trophy game (ND-USC), this weekend is jam packed with rivalry games all across the country. College Game Day is Live from Los Angeles, CA starting on ESPN at 10.

Starting today and into tomorrow, there's a number of 16 marque rivalry games, that depending on the outcomes, will have one fan base bragging for a year, while the other waits for a whole year to get a another shot at their hated rivals. It's looking like one of the best weekends of college football all season, and I can't wait to sit back, dive into some Turkey Day leftovers and catch all the great rivalry match-ups that are on tap for the weekend.

Rivalry Games to watch in Week 13: (Complete Week 13 Schedule)

#19 Michigan at Ohio State (NOON, ABC) *The Game*
  • The Buckeyes with perfection on the line in this bowl banned season, look to start a new winning streak (lost last seasons meeting, first time since 2003) against the team from up north. The Wolvernies haven't won in Columbus since 2000.
#5 Oregon at #15 Oregon State (3:00, PAC-12) *The Civil War*
  • The Ducks following their loss a week ago to Stanford, need a win over the Beavers (it would be their 5th straight in the series), and a little help from UCLA (beating Stanford), to reach the PAC-12 Championship Game (Nov. 30th) and keep their slim chances alive of a National Championship Game berth. The Beavers looking to keep their chances alive for their first 10-win season since 2006.
Auburn at #2 Alabama (3:30, CBS) *The Iron Bowl*
  • With a win, 'Bama would clinch the SEC West and a date with the Georgia Bulldogs in Atlana (Dec. 1st) in the SEC Championship Game, that will likely be a play-in game for a National Championship Game berth. The Tigers try to pull off the impossible upset on the road, look to avoid their first winless season in the SEC since 1980.
#4 Florida at #10 Florida State (3:30, ABC) Winner awarded the *Florida Cup*
  • The last two games in this series have went to FSU, with the 'Noles winning by a combined score of 52-14. The Gators look to snap their two-game skid against FSU, and throw their hat into the National Championship Game conversation with a win and a 11-1 season.
#12 South Carolina at #11 Clemson (7:00, ESPN) *The Battle of the Palmetto State*
  • The Game Cocks winners of the last three in this series, look to pull off the road upset, go up against a high-powered Tigers attack, led by QB Tajh Boyd, who have scored 38 pts. or more in their current 7-game winning streak.
#1 Notre Dame at USC (8:00, ABC) Winner awarded the *Jeweled Shillelagh trophy*
  • Irish fans, the Good News: you are playing as the #1 team in the land for the first time in two decades, have a chance to play in the National Championship Game for the 1st time in the BCS era, and you have one of the best D's in the land going up against a back-up QB. The Bad News: you are 9-1 vs. USC in the last decade, have to travel out to LA and play at night, and have all the pressure in the world going against you, good luck. The Trojans look to avoid a 5-loss regular season, after being ranked #1 in the preseason polls and pull off the upset vs. the #1 ranked Irish.
The Game: Ohio State Game Preview vs. Michigan


Rivalry Game Picks: Last Week: 3-3 Overall: 51-21 Bonus Pick: 8-4

Ohio State archieves perfection beats Michigan

Oregon battles past Oregon State

Alabama hammers Auburn

Florida State over Florida

Clemson outguns South Carolina

Notre Dame sneaks past USC

*Bonus Pick*

Sunday Night Football (8:20, NBC): Green Bay makes it 6-in-a-row with a win over the NY Giants on SNF.
  • Packers with QB Aaron Rodgers, keeps things rolling vs. Eli & the NY Giants., sending the Giants to their third-straight L.