Rivalry Week is the Best Week in College Football

It’s Rivalry Week in college football, the last day of the regular season and the first day when there’s simply too much great college football to be watched on one TV, that time of year when your mom rolls her eyes as your father rolls all three TVs into one room. The biggest game of the day is Ohio State-MIchigan, which is not only one of the fiercest rivalries in all of sports, but finds the Wolverines ranked #10 and riding a four-game winning streak, while the Buckeyes are one of three undefeated teams and firmly in the national title hunt. Meanwhile, LSUs Joe Burrow takes on Texas A&M with an eye towards putting the finishing touches on his Heisman campaign. He heads into the final week having completed 291 of 369 (78.9 percent) for 4,014 yards 41 touchdowns and just six interceptions.

Friday, Nov. 29
#18 Cincinnati Bearcats (10-1) vs #17 Memphis Tigers (10-1)
3:30pm ET on ESPN3
Coby Bryant’s 98-yard return of a blocked extra-point attempt proved to be the margin of victory in Cincy’s defeat of Temple, as they barely hung on to win 15-13. Patrick Taylor Jr had 17 carries for 95 yards and three TDs, while Kenny Gladwell ran 14 times for 128 yards to lead the Tigers to a 49-10 trouncing of South Florida.

Saturday, Nov. 30
#2 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-0) vs #10 Michigan Wolverines (9-2)
Noon ET on FOX
The Buckeyes jumped out to a 21-0 lead before coasting to a 28-17 win over Penn State as JK Dobbins carried 36 times for 157 yards and two TDs. The Wolverines ripped off 32 unanswered points as Shea Patterson completed 20 of 32 for 366 yards and five TDs in Michigan’s 39-14 defeat of Indiana.

#3 Clemson Tigers (11-0) vs South Carolina Gamecocks (4-7)
Noon ET on ESPN
Clemson is coming off a bye week following their fourth straight game in which they scored 50+. The Gamecocks are also well rested, two weeks removed from their 30-6 loss to Texas A&M.

#4 Georgia Bulldogs (10-1) vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-8)
Noon ET on ABC
The Dawgs managed just one TD, but Rodrigo Blankenship kicked four field goals and the Georgia defense stifled Texas A&M for a 19-13 win. The Yellow Jackets very nearly blew a 21-3 lead last week, but NC State came up short on a potential game-tying two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter, as G-Tech won 28-26.

#13 Wisconsin Badgers (9-2) vs #9 Minnesota Gophers (10-1)
3:30pm ET on ESPN3
Jack Coan completed 15 of 19 for 203 yards and two TDs and Jonathan Taylor ran 28 times for 222 yards and a TD to lead the Badgers to a 45-24 win over Purdue. The Gophers went up 21-0 before winning 38-22 as Tanner Morgan completed 15 of 23 for 211 yards and four touchdowns.

#11 Baylor Bears (10-1) vs Kansas Jayhawks (3-8)
3:30pm ET on ESPN
Charlie Brewer passed for 221 yards and a TD and ran for 75 yards and another TD to lead the Bears to a 24-10 win over Texas. Pooka Williams ran 19 times for 154 yards and caught two passes for 52 yards and a TD, but it wasn’t enough as the Jayhawks blew a fourth-quarter and fell 41-31 to Iowa State.

Texas A&M Aggies (7-4) vs #1 LSU Tigers (11-0)
7pm ET on ESPN
The Aggies held the Bulldogs to just one TD, but managed just -1 yards on 20 carries as they fell to Georgia 19-13 and out of the national rankings. Joe Burrow connected on 23 of 28 for 327 yards and three touchdowns and Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran six times for 188 yards and three TDs en route to a 56-20 trouncing of Arkansas.

Florida State Seminoles (6-5) vs #8 Florida Gators (9-2)
7:30pm ET on SEC
The Seminoles are two weeks removed from a 49-12 win over Alabama State in which FSU ran 27 times for 208 yards and three TDs. Kyle Trask completed 23 of 35 for 282 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Gators’ 23-6 win over Mizzou two weeks ago.

Stats courtesy SRCFB