Top college football games
Nov. 23: LSU at Arkansas
LSU-Arkansas has become one of the most entertaining games of Thanksgiving weekend. Expect the fireworks to continue as Razorbacks QB Tyler Wilson tries to solve the rock-solid LSU defense. Arkansas is seeking its third consecutive home victory against LSU and success there would probably transform first-year Razorbacks coach John L. Smith into royalty.
Nov. 24: Michigan at Ohio State
This timeless matchup hits a new era with Michigan's Brady Hoke opposing Ohio State's Urban Meyer. It's not exactly Bo vs. Woody, but look for tremendous intensity because these two coaches understand the rivalry's importance. Ohio State's seven-game winning streak was halted with Michigan's 40-34 victory last season, so Meyer's first year could finish with a bang.
Nov. 24: Auburn at Alabama
The 365-days-a-year obsession of the "Iron Bowl'' might be hard to understand, even for rabid fans of other college football programs. There are rivalries, then there are rivalries. And this one has reached its apex. These programs have combined for the last three national championships. Meanwhile, the home team in this rivalry has lost the last three games.
Nov. 24: Florida at Florida State
Florida State is going for its first three-game winning streak against Florida since 1998-2000. Will Muschamp's Gators are assembling more of an offensive arsenal, but Jimbo Fisher's Seminoles have turned the corner to take control of this rivalry. It reached ridiculous proportions last season when the Seminoles won 21-7, despite gaining only 95 yards and making seven first downs. That was more of an indictment against Florida's woeful offense, something Muschamp has vowed to fix.
Nov. 24: Clemson at South Carolina
Clemson might be the defending ACC champion, but the Tigers are second-fiddle in their home state. Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks have won three straight in the series - South Carolina's last four-game winning streak was from 1951-54. The Gamecocks prevailed last season 34-13 even without injured running back Marcus Lattimore, but Clemson isn't as fortunate this time.
Nov. 24: Notre Dame at USC
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly and USC coach Lane Kiffin are wrapping up the third season at their schools and a victory in the intersectional rivalry would be a big momentum-booster. The Fighting Irish have dropped eight of the last nine meetings in Los Angeles. Overall, Notre Dame is 4-12 in the last 16 games against USC.
Nov. 30: Pac-12 title game at TBD
Will QB Matt Barkley lead South Division USC to the conference crown while securing the Heisman Trophy? Or will North Division favorite Oregon capture its third straight title? The other 10 teams in the conference, of course, have other ideas.
Dec. 1: SEC title game at Atlanta
Will it be a LSU-Georgia rematch at the Georgia Dome? Last year, Aaron Murray and the Bulldogs were looking good with an early 10-point lead ... until RB Kenny Hilliard and LSU erupted for 42 unanswered points and a runaway victory. Will the SEC champ reach the BCS title game for the seventh straight season?
Dec. 1: Big Ten title game at Indianapolis
Michigan hasn't captured sole possession of the Big Ten title since 1997, when it captured a share of the national championship. Well, here's a major opportunity for Brady Hoke's Wolverines. Michigan and QB Denard Robinson are favored to win the Legends Division, while Wisconsin is a near-lock to win the Leaders Division with Ohio State and Penn State ineligible to win the title. A Michigan-Wisconsin showdown would be a particularly nice matchup because the teams don't meet during the regular season.
Dec. 1: ACC title game at Charlotte, N.C.
Florida State (Atlantic) and Virignia Tech (Coastal) are favored to win their divisions and meet in the championship game for the second time in three years. Whichever team wins the ACC is bound to be reminded about the conference's woeful 2-13 record in BCS bowl games.
Jan. 7: BCS title game at Miami
The Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the Bowl Championship Series will square off for the national championship (sorry folks, but a playoff doesn't start until the 2014 season). Will an SEC team end up holding up the crystal trophy for the seventh straight season?