College Football Rivalry Week: Here’s What You Need To Know
There are Tuesday college football games this week. This can only mean one thing. In Thanksgiving football tradition, it’s officially rivalry week, and one of the most critical stretches of the college football season.
Let’s start in order. On November 21, both Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan play. However, they will not play each other (Bowling Green at WM, EM at Buffalo).
On Thanksgiving Day we have the always exciting Egg Bowl. #13 Ole Miss will play at Mississippi State. This is a prime time 7:30pm kickoff on ESPN. Regardless of standings and record, this is one of the best rivalries in the NCAA.
Then, the day after Thanksgiving features 13 key matchups. This includes a few other inter-state heavy-weight battles. Namely, Texas Tech will travel to Austin to take on the Longhorns. Then, for the nightcap, we have #11 Oregon State playing at #6 Oregon at 8:30 pm. The Ducks need to win this game to stay in the playoff race.
You might as well nurse your turkey hangover for a few days this year because on Saturday, there are big-time college football games for 12 hours straight. What’s unique here is the main event kicks off the day. While this is not an instate rivalry, Ohio State vs. Michigan is the most heated rivalry in the Big Ten and perhaps all of college football. This year, the stakes are higher than ever, with #2 Ohio State playing at #3 Michigan (without head coach Jim Harbaugh) at 12 pm. This, too, has major playoff seeding implications. Still, after the conclusion of this game, there is no reason to get off the couch. Here are some other notable Saturday matchups.
- UConn at UMass
- Colorado at Utah
- Alabama at Auburn
- Arizona at Arizona State
- Vanderbilt at Tennessee
- Virginia Tech at Virginia
- Georgia at Georgia Tech
- Clemson at South Carolina
- Florida State at Florida
- Notre Dame at Stanford
- Washington State at Washington
- North Carolina at North Carolina State
- California at UCLA
All of the major players in this college football season have significant games this Thanksgiving week. Many of the results will impact what happens next. In fact, certain teams have the opportunity to play “spoiler” while others will have the chance to knock off the team standing in their way. Regardless, college football rivalry week is upon us, and we have a lot to be thankful for.