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November 11, 2017

College Football Week 11

by Larry Leek

Last weekend had the BEST college football lineup thus far this season and what a great weekend it was, BUT this weekends lineup dwarfs last weeks schedule by leaps and bounds. There are 5-games pitting ranked teams against each other and depending on each’s outcome it could effect playoff implications.

Perhaps the BIGGEST game this week, the #8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the #3 Miami Hurricanes. This game was nicknamed Catholics Vs Cons back in the 1988 by a couple of Notre Dame students, just before the two teams met that year. The Irish won that game 31-30. Fast forward 29 years later only this game will be played at Miami. The Hurricanes are hoping the end result will be the opposite of that game, most experts have the Irish favored in the but this Sports Mind has to go with the undefeated Canes. Notre Dame lost their only game of the season to #2 Georgia, since then they have won every game and have looked great in doing so. The winner stays in contention for a playoff spot while the loser could be out. Either way what ever the outcome, this will be a GREAT game to watch and you will kick yourself if you miss it.

Like the Pac. 10 it’s beginning to look like the Big 10 has all but played its self completely OUT of the playoffs. They continue to beat up on each other each week, except that is for the undefeated #4 Wisconsin Badgers, whom the playoff committee does not have in their top 4 due to their light schedule. One thing that doesn’t help is the fact that the Badgers do not play the #10 Ohio St. Buckeyes or the #20 Michigan St. Spartans this season. Speaking of those two, they square off this Saturday. The Buckeyes had won 7 of their last 8 and was slowly sliding back into the playoff picture before they were shellacked in an upset last Saturday by the Iowa Hawkeyes 55-24. While the Spartans have won 5 of their last 6, upsetting the #11 Penn St. Nittany Lions 27-24 last weekend. They lost to the Northwestern Wildcats the week before. You never know what will happen when these to rivals play, but the Buckeyes should be able to find a way to win. Just make sure you add this game to your weekend football schedule.

Many expected the #2 Georgia Bulldogs to have their way with MY #23 South Carolina Gamecocks last weekend. Even though the Bulldogs did manage to win 24-10, they didn’t have it as easy as everyone expected, but they are still undefeated. Now they have to travel to Jordan Hare Stadium to take on the #12 Auburn Tigers who have won 6 of their last 7 games, including last week against the Texas A&M Aggies 42-27. Their last loss was on the road at the #24 LSU TigersThe Gamecocks were hoping they could catch the Bulldogs looking ahead to this game while the Tigers are hoping to catch them dwelling on last weeks win and they definitely have a shot at an upset. This Sports Mind also believes the Tigers have a shot, now if they can make it pay off remains to be seen. Regardless this is a MUST SEE game and one you don’t want to miss.

Even though the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide are on the road this weekend AND even though it’s against the #19 Mississippi St. Bulldogs they should have no problems getting the win Right? Well not SO fast, The Bulldogs will be looking to knock off the Tide Saturday and they have looked good over their 4-game win streak. Last Saturday they beat the UMass Minutemen 34-23, but the fact that they surrendered 23 to the Minutemen tells this Sports Mind that Alabama shouldn’t have any issues beating the Dogs. If you want to try to compare the two teams, Alabama’s closest game came at the hands of the Texas A&M Aggies, 4-weeks ago, the Tide won that game 27-19 while Mississippi St. beat Texas A&M 35-14. Both teams played the Aggies on the road, so if that game can be used as a measuring stick it indicates that it SHOULD be a close game. We SHALL see!! One note: Alabama’s linebacking corp. is so banged up that 4 of the 7 on their roster are OUT. Also a question, Would the Tide still be in the top 4 if they lose this one? Don’t forget to watch, it could have a surprise ending.

This could wind up being the biggest game in the Big 8 this season. The #8 TCU Horned Frogs were getting close to the top 4, before they were blown over by the Iowa St. Cyclones 2-weeks ago. You can probably use the Cyclones as a measuring stick between the Horned Frogs and the #7 Oklahoma Sooners to see who the Cyclones upset the worst, since they somehow managed to beat them both this season. TCU had won 7-straight games before that loss, they beat the Texas Longhorns 24-7 last weekend. The Sooners have won their last 4-games since losing to the Cyclones, including last weeks BIG win over their rival, the #18 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 62-52 in a shootout. This game is a complete toss up, but the winner will remain in the hunt for a playoff spot while the loser will likely drop out. Make sure you tune into this one as well.

Other very intriguing games in this weeks lineup that you might want to put on your schedule include:                                                                                                                          #18 Oklahoma St. Cowboys at Iowa St. CyclonesFlorida Gators at #23 South Carolina Gamecocks and the Iowa Hawkeyes at #4 Wisconsin BadgersAll of these games have upset possibilities and all should be worthy of adding to your list of games to watch.

Check out all of this weekend’s games below and enjoy YOUR college football weekend.

So Whats On YOUR Sports Mind about this subject?

Tuesday, November 7

MATCHUP RESULT PASSING LEADER RUSHING LEADER RECEIVING LEADER

Akron

M-OH 24, AKR 14 G. Ragland 244 K. Young 100 K. Young 98

Bowling Green

BUFF 38, BGSU 28 T. Jackson 406 T. Anderson 133 A. Johnson 160

Wednesday, November 8

Thursday, November 9

Friday, November 10

MATCHUP TIME  (ET) NAT TV LOCATION TICKETS

Temple

7:00 PM ESPN2
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Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, OH 232 tickets from $4

#6Washington

10:30 PM FS1 Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA 22 tickets from $50

BYU

10:30 PM ESPN2
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Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV 177 tickets from $17

Saturday, November 11

MATCHUP TIME  (ET) NAT TV LOCATION TICKETS

#20Michigan State

12:00 PM FOX Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH 1,533 tickets from $51

Rutgers

12:00 PM BTN Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA 172 tickets from $60

#18Oklahoma State

12:00 PM ABC
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Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, IA 432 tickets from $19

Connecticut

#14UCF

12:00 PM ESPNU
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Spectrum Stadium, Orlando, FL 406 tickets from $22

NC State

12:00 PM ABC
ESPN2
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Alumni Stadium , Chestnut Hill, MA 350 tickets from $10

Arkansas

#24LSU

12:00 PM ESPN
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Tiger Stadium , Baton Rouge, LA 919 tickets from $16

Duke

12:00 PM CBSSN Michie Stadium, West Point, NY 33 tickets from $173

Texas Tech

12:00 PM AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX 756 tickets from $27

Louisiana

12:00 PM SECN
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Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS 3,514 tickets from $2

Florida

12:00 PM CBS Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC 872 tickets from $46

Indiana

12:00 PM BTN Memorial Stadium , Champaign, IL 216 tickets from $5

Nebraska

12:00 PM FS1 TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN 357 tickets from $53

#15Virginia Tech

12:20 PM ACCNE Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA 739 tickets from $13

Middle Tennessee

2:00 PM ESPN3 McColl-Richardson Field, Charlotte, NC 16 tickets from $20

Wake Forest

3:00 PM ACCNE Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY 151 tickets from $20

#2Georgia

#12Auburn

3:30 PM CBS Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL 272 tickets from $193

Florida State

3:30 PM ESPN
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Memorial Stadium , Clemson, SC 229 tickets from $61

Iowa

3:30 PM ABC
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Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI 116 tickets from $65

Virginia

3:30 PM ESPNU
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Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, KY 522 tickets from $3

Michigan

3:30 PM BTN Maryland Stadium, College Park, MD 1,220 tickets from $37

West Virginia

3:30 PM ESPN2
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Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, KS 581 tickets from $9

SMU

3:30 PM CBSSN Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD 31 tickets from $39

Florida Atlantic

3:30 PM Joe Aillet Stadium, Ruston, LA 135 tickets from $5

Southern Mississippi

3:30 PM Rice Stadium, Houston, TX 256 tickets from $16

#17 USC

4:00 PM FOX Folsom Field, Boulder, CO 497 tickets from $45

Maine

4:00 PM Fenway Park, Boston, MA 47 tickets from $5

Georgia State

4:00 PM ESPN3 Bobcat Stadium , San Marcos, TX 38 tickets from $7

San Jose State

4:00 PM ESPN3 Mackay Stadium, Reno, NV 348 tickets from $12

Kentucky

4:00 PM SECN
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Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN 483 tickets from $31

Troy

4:30 PM ESPN3 Brooks Stadium, Conway, SC 2 tickets from $25

Arkansas State

5:00 PM ESPN3 Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL 51 tickets from $3

UTEP

5:00 PM ESPN3 Apogee Stadium, Denton, TX 50 tickets from $36

#21Washington State

5:30 PM PAC12 Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT 57 tickets from $31

Kansas

6:00 PM LHN
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Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX 974 tickets from $2

Western Kentucky

6:30 PM Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV 59 tickets from $17

#1Alabama

7:00 PM ESPN
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Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS 633 tickets from $61

Purdue

7:00 PM ESPN2
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Ryan Field, Evanston, IL 987 tickets from $5

UAB

7:00 PM Alamodome, San Antonio, TX 489 tickets from $11

Tulane

7:00 PM CBSSN Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, NC 307 tickets from $4

New Mexico

7:00 PM ESPNU
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Kyle Field, College Station, TX 114 tickets from $71

Old Dominion

7:00 PM FIU Stadium, Miami, FL 35 tickets from $5

Tennessee

7:30 PM SECN
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Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field, Columbia, MO 934 tickets from $12

#8 Notre Dame

#3 Miami

8:00 PM ABC
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Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, FL 1,123 tickets from $154

#9TCU

8:00 PM FOX Memorial Stadium , Norman, OK 277 tickets from $10

Arizona State

9:30 PM PAC12 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA 741 tickets from $32

Oregon State

10:00 PM ESPN2
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Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ 814 tickets from $18

Wyoming

10:15 PM ESPNU
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Falcon Stadium, Usaf Academy, CO 820 tickets from $13

Boise State

10:30 PM CBSSN CSU Stadium, Fort Collins, CO 463 tickets from $16

Fresno State

11:00 PM Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI 54 tickets from $1

Rankings provided by WOYSM College Top 25.

 

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