Saturday, August 25, 2007

THE SEASON AHEAD: WEEK 12 NOT LIKE LAST YEAR


Week 12 will be the last for some who embarked on a bruising schedule with no bye weeks. For South Carolina, it will be a bye week. And there's a bit of a let-down after Week 11 and its powerful tilts, but there are nonetheless a few good games on the schedule.

If you're willing and able to stay up late Friday, you might be doing yourself a favor to look in on Hawaii at Nevada, an 11 p.m. broadcast set for ESPN2. Because C&F placed Hawaii in first in the WAC and Nevada second, he'll say this is an important game and a potential conference championship clincher.

This will undoubtedly lead to a scenario where two disastrously bad teams play each other in a rain-soaked, 27-24 (a low score for a WAC game) eyesore.

The headline game, though, is once again Ohio State at Michigan. Now, this year's meeting will not be THE ENORMOUSLY IMPORTANT, ALL-CONSUMING GAME OF THE CENTURY, as was (supposedly) last year's tilt. If the Wolerines come into this game undefeated again, the Buckeyes would like nothing better than to once again deny the Maize and Blue a shot at the crystal football.


This year, not the apocalypse.

Another rivalry with potential conference and BCS implications will be Miami's trip to Virginia Tech, which is a big favorite to take the league this year. These two teams have disliked each other since their days in the Big East; the rivalry hasn't diminished since they moved to the ACC.

The Big East, meanwhile, still has a couple of mildly interesting games, with Louisville going to trend conference pick South Florida and Pitt traveling to Rutgers.

In the SEC, revenge will be on the spelling-challenged Dawgs mind when Georgia hosts Kentucky. And Vanderbilt will visit Tennessee in a rivalry that has been decidely lopsided.

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