Oklahoma State safety Jason Taylor II
Oklahoma State safety Jason Taylor II (25) celebrates after stopping TCU during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in Stillwater, Okla. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)


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Last week saw one of the CFP’s Top Four fall – and fall far. Will we see it happen again during Rivalry Week? Oregon dropped itself out of the playoff picture last weekend with a listless performance at Utah, losing by a blowout 38-7 score. We’ve already seen the Egg Bowl played this week (well done, Ole Miss), but will another top-ranked school lay an egg this weekend on their way to bowl game glory?

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I don’t need to tell anyone who’s remotely interested in college football (or betting on college football) about Rivalry Week. It speaks for itself. It gets capital letters. In 14 U.S. states there is legislation tabled on election ballots to declare it a national holiday (not really, but you could probably name 14 states where they’d seriously consider it, right?). It allows Americans to re-gather after Thanksgiving, eat the remaining leftovers from Thursday’s pig-out, start a dangerous backyard fire with the uniform of their rival school and scream at the television at young men they irrationally dislike together – as a family. It’s memories like these that knit a family together.

Seriously, though – these are the games you wait all year for.  Michigan-Ohio State. Mississippi-Mississippi State. Auburn-Alabama. Vanderbilt-Tennessee.

Virginia Tech-Virginia. Notre Dame-Stanford. Clemson-South Carolina. Arizona-Arizona State. Oregon-Oregon State. Georgia-Georgia Tech. Oklahoma-Oklahoma State. And of course, that legendary age-old rivalry, Houston vs. Connecticut. Seriously – how does a school like Houston, located in the heart of America’s most football-crazed state, schedule a game against a team that isn’t even in their conference (much less their state) for Rivalry Week? The mind boggles. That egregious oversight aside, sometimes I wonder if college football’s schedule-makers should spread it out a little more over the last few weeks of the season. Rivalry Week is awesome, but there’s honestly too many good games to watch over just two days. Enjoy, folks.

All games listed below involve at least one team currently ranked in the AP Top 25 and are listed at EST.


Boise State#21 San Diego State12 noonCBS
#16 IowaNebraska12 noonBIG TEN
#4 CincinnatiEast Carolina3:30 pmABC
Missouri#25 Arkansas3:30 pmCBS
Colorado#19 Utah4 pmFOX
North Carolina#20 NC State7 pmESPN


#1 Georgia Georgia Tech 12 noon ABC
#2 Ohio State#5 Michigan12 noonFOX
Texas Tech#8 Baylor12 noonFS1
#18 Wake ForestBoston College12 noonESPN2
#24 HoustonConnecticut12 noonCBSSN
#22 UTSANorth Texas2 pmESPN+
#3 AlabamaAuburn3:30 pmCBS
Oregon State#11 Oregon3:30 pmESPN
Penn State#12 Michigan State3:30 pmABC
#14 WisconsinMinnesota4 pmFOX
#15 Texas A&MLSU7 pmESPN
#10 Oklahoma#7 Oklahoma State7:30 pmABC
#17 PittsburghSyracuse7:30 pmACC
#23 ClemsonSouth Carolina7:30 pmSEC
#6 Notre DameStanford8 pmFOX
#13 BYUUSC10:30 pmESPN

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