It would be hilarious to see this guy back in Tennessee - Stephen Dunn
Ahh, Thanksgiving is upon us. Which means, we get to enjoy the annual tradition of witnessing the perennially putrid Detroit Lions begin their ignominious trend of planning January vacations while stuffing ourselves full of turkey. Throw in the Cowboys usually sucking in Jerry's World of immense splendor, you should sleep off the tryptophan quite easy.
But fear not, football fans, there are many great college football games to feature itself over the weekend to keep you interested in quality football while the wives and significant others are out trying to outspend the federal government. It's the best weekend in college football! Rivalry week for the majority of the powers that be.
TCU vs (16) Texas Thanksgiving 7:30 pm ESPN
The Big 12 newbie TCU takes on the old guard of Texas. The Horns get their annual Thanksgiving battle but with a new opponent since Texas A&M ventured onto the SEC and both parties couldn't agree to continue the classic series. Unfortunately, Texas is missing some of its top defensive stars for the year, DE Jackson Jeffcoat #44 JR and LB Jordan Hicks #3 JR
Texas prospects to watch: DE Alex Okafor #80 SR, S Kenny Vaccaro #4 SR, WR Mike Davis #1 JR, CB Carrington Bnydom #28 JR
(7) LSU at Arkansas Friday 2:30 pm CBS "The Battle for the Golden Boot"
LSU prospects to watch: DE Sam Montgomery, DE Barkevious Mingo, S Eric Reid, CB Tharold Simon, RB Spencer Ware, RB Michael Ford, OT Alex Hurst
Arkansas prospects: QB Tyler Wilson, WR Cobi Hamilton
(25) Washington at Washington State Friday 3:30 pm Fox "The Apple Cup"
Washington CB Desmond Trufant #6 SR sits there slightly bemused that ex Cougar WR Marquess Wilson quit the team on such short notice and won't play.
Arizona State at (24) Arizona Friday 10 pm ESPN "The battle of who has the hotter coeds?"
ASU wins in a close match in that category but all jokes aside, the high powered Rich Rod Wildcats offense looks to get back on track after fizzling in recent weeks against an underrated Sun Devil D.
Georgia Tech at (3) Georgia Saturday Noon ESPN "Clean Old Fashioned Hate"
Will the Dogs' monstrous defense hold up against the powerful option rushing attack after getting a free tuneup against option heavy Georgia Southern last week? Will Tech be hungover from celebrating the ACC Coastal title and a date vs FSU in Charlotte the following week (Miami chose to impose a bowl ban in an effort to ward off severe NCAA sanctions, therefore GT gets the nod). UGA could be looking ahead to the date with Bama in the SEC title game.
UGA prospects: OLB Jarvis Jones #29, NT John Jenkins #6, CB Sanders Commings #19, QB Aaron Murray #11, S Bacarri Rambo #18. S Shawne Williams
(19) Michigan at Ohio State Saturday Noon ABC "The Game"
The granddaddy of all the rivalry games and Ohio State's national title game this year as they are banned from the postseason due to NCAA sanctions.
(5) Oregon at (15) Oregon State Saturday 3 pm Pac 12 Network "The Civil War"
Oregon visits Corvallis take on the feisty Beavers after a devastating loss to Stanford last week. The Ducks need a win and a Stanford loss to UCLA to back into the Pac-12 title game.
Auburn at (2) Alabama Saturday 3:30 pm CBS "The Iron Bowl"
Yeah this one will get ugly pretty fast. Last I checked, Bama was a 34.5 point favorite over Auburn if you want to believe/invest in that sort of thing. Alabama might get to scrimmage and work on the gameplan against UGA in Atlanta.
Bama: S Robert Lester. LB Nico Johnson, CB Dee Milliner, OL Barrett Jones, OG Chance Warmack, OT DJ Fluker
(4) Florida at (10) Florida State Saturday 3:30 pm ABC
It's been a very long time since this game was relevant nationally. Always a huge game in the state of Florida and the Miami fans are rallying behind the Noles to beat the mutually hated Gators.
FSU prospects: DE Bjoern Werner #95 JR, DE Tank Carradine #91 SR, CB Xavier Rhodes #27 JR, LB Christian Jones #7 JR, QB EJ Manuel #3 SR, WR Rodney Smith #84 SR, LB Vince Williams #11 SR, RB Lonnie Pryor #24 SR, K Dustin Hopkins #18 SR
UF prospects: S Matt Elam, LB Jon Bostic, OL Xavier Nelson
(21) Oklahoma State at (13) Oklahoma Saturday 3:30 pm ESPN "Bedlam"
Okie State RB Joseph Randle and the Cowboys take on S Tony Jefferson, QB Landry Jones and the Sooners in what has been an entertaining rivalry series of late. OSU HC Mike Gundy might be coaching his last Bedlam game as he is a hot candidate to make the SEC jump like predecessor Les Miles.
Missouri at (9) Texas A&M Saturday 7 pm ESPN2
Mizzou DE Shelden Richardson takes on the hype machine and legitimate Heisman contender Johnny Manziel. A&M fans, just stop with the whining that you should be higher ranked than Bama, just stop it, it isn't true. They got lucky in the one time out of the ten that Bama would lose that game. Also, that douche Ryan Swope should've been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct multiple times for screaming/taunting after every catch. The other 9 times, the Tide would wax the Aggies and then some.
Texas A&M: OT Luke Joeckel, OL Jake Matthews, DL Damontre Moore
(12) South Carolina at (11) Clemson Saturday 7 pm ESPN "Battle for the Palmetto State"
This is probably one of the better games of the already loaded day in terms of pure talent on each side.
USCe: DE Jadaveon Clowney (projected top 3 pick in 2014), S DJ Swearinger,
Clemson: QB Tajh Boyd, WR Nuke Hopkins, RB Andre Ellington, WR Sammy Watkins
(1) Notre Dame at USC Saturday 8 pm ABC
USC gets a preview of life without Matt Barkley in this one as young QB Max Wittek leads the array of toys for USC against the vaunted Irish defense.