THE SEASON AHEAD: WEEK 14 WILL MISS YOU, TOO
And so we come to Week 14, when there will be one last period of joy followed by great weeping and gnashing of teeth among college football fans. At least until bowl season begins.
Yes, Week 14 is the week you want to come and the week you want to avoid. It will provide some of the championship games and some of the last-minute rivalries and wrap-ups. But it will also leaves you empty -- without college football for
Nothing to do, nothing to do.
But there's a fairly good slate to send you off. Rutgers at Louisville kicks off the weekend with the ESPN Thursday game at 7:30 p.m. This could decide the Big East championship, which might or might not be a bid deal, depending on what you think of the Big East. Pitt at West Virginia could also play a role, with that game not yet scheduled but likely to air Saturday on ESPN or ESPN2.
Also in schedule limbo are the MAC and Conference USA championship games -- again, if you care -- on ESPN or ESPN2.
There is tradition in the form of Army vs. Navy, a noon telecast on CBS
And there are several Pac-10 games that could end up being important, particularly if the conference race is somehow undecided. Oregon State goes to Oregon on ESPN2 at 4:30 p.m., the same time UCLA goes across town to USC on ABC, and Cal plays Stanford on Versus at 7 p.m. Arizona at Arizona State, a rivalry game if nothing else, is on at 8 p.m., but ESPN hasn't decide which network to put it on. The only consequence? Who is the best team in Arizona.
But the marquee match-ups are still likely to be the championship games. They line up nicely for those wanting to watch only the big games. The ACC tilt kicks off at 1 p.m. on ABC, the SEC game at 4 p.m. on CBS and the Big XII showdown is on ABC at 8 p.m.