College Football Week 13 What to Watch: Crunch time

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College Football Week 13 What to Watch: Crunch time

It's the big one! Penn State finally gets its shot at Ohio State looking to win the Big Ten East. Virginia Tech, meanwhile, will look to continue its impressive turnaround and set up a winner-take-all matchup with Virginia in the season finale and Navy hosts a huge conference game against SMU.

Here is a breakdown of all the local action.

Virginia vs. Liberty

When: 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Va.
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington Plus

The Cavaliers will need to stay focused and not get caught looking ahead to next week's game against Virginia Tech. Liberty is a plucky 6-4, but a team that lost to Rutgers should be no match for UVA.

Navy vs. No. 25 SMU

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Md.
How to watch: CBSSN

Both Navy and SMU sit tied for first in the AAC West with a 5-1 conference record. Both teams lost to Memphis, but Memphis still has to play Cincinnati. A loss for Navy ends any hope to win the division, but a win keeps the Midshipmen's hopes for the conference crown and a possible Cotton Bowl bid alive. This is without a doubt Navy's biggest game of the season to this point.

Virginia Tech vs. Pitt

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Va.
How to watch: ESPN2

The turnaround is not complete just yet. Both Virginia Tech and Pitt sit second in the ACC Coastal with a 4-2 conference record. A win will pull the Hokies even with rival Virginia at 5-2 and set up a winner-take-all rivalry matchup in Charlottesville. A loss would not necessarily knock them from contention, but would potentially set up some really crazy tie-breaking scenarios for the final week.

Maryland vs. Nebraska

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Maryland Stadium, College Park, Md.
How to watch: BTN

The Terps will look to end Nebraska's bowl hopes in the last home game at Maryland Stadium for the season.

You can read the full preview here.

Game of the week: No. 8 Penn State vs. No. 2 Ohio State

When: 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
How to watch: FOX

After a dominant start to the season, Penn State suddenly looks mortal after a loss to Minnesota and a shaky win against Indiana last week. They have to brush that aside this week as they head to Columbus to take on Ohio State. Despite the loss to the Golden Gophers, the division will will be on the line Saturday. A win and Penn State will take first place with only Rutgers left to play.

Penn State may be shorthanded for Saturday's game, however, as receiver K.J. Hamler's status remains in doubt. The Nittany Lions' leading receiver left last week's game against Indiana with an injury. Head coach James Franklin told the media only that he was "hopeful" Hamler could play.

On NBC Sports Washington

North Carolina vs. Mercer

When: 3:30 p.m., Saturday
Where: Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, N.C.
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington

Other local teams

Georgetown at Holy Cross, 12 p.m. Saturday
Hampton at Monmouth, 12 p.m. Saturday on ESPN3
James Madison at Rhode Island, 12 p.m. Saturday
Richmond vs. William & Mary, 12 p.m. Saturday
VMI vs. Chattanooga, 1 p.m. Saturday
Howard vs. Morgan State, 1 p.m. Saturday on ESPN3
Norfolk State vs. South Carolina State, 1 p.m. Saturday on ESPN3
Towson vs. Elon, 2 p.m. Saturday
Old Dominion at Middle Tennessee, 4:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN3


Virginia is Orange Bowl bound for the first time ever

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Virginia is Orange Bowl bound for the first time ever

The Virginia Cavaliers are headed to the Orange Bowl where they will play the Florida Gators on Dec. 30 it was announced Sunday. The Cavaliers were smoked by Clemson to the tune of 62-17 in Saturday's ACC Championship Game thus cementing the Tigers' spot in the College Football Playoff. With the conference champs in the playoff, the ACC's Orange Bowl bid then fell to the Cavaliers as the next highest-ranked ACC team.

This will be Virginia's first-ever trip to the Orange Bowl.

The Hoos' opponent will be 10-2 Florida. The Gators finished the season ranked No. 9 in the final College Football Playoff rankings after a season in which their only two losses came go No. 1 LSU in Death Valley and No. 5 Georgia in a neutral site game in Jacksonville.

This is the third-straight bowl season for Bronco Mendenhall in his four seasons at UVA. Last season the Cavaliers won a decisive 28-0 victory over South Carolina in the Belk Bowl. A nine-win regular season was Virginia's first since 2007 and clinched the team's first-ever Coastal Division championship. The reward has thus far been a game against undefeated Clemson and another top-ten team in Florida. Virginia, however, will have much more time to prepare for the Gators than they did against the Tigers. They also will not be coming off an emotional rivalry win like they were in ACC Championship Game, playing just one week after their first win over rival Virginia Tech since 2003. It also gives time for star quarterback Bryce Perkins to heal who appeared to be ailing and grabbing his chest towards the end of the loss to Clemson.


Blair scores 21 to lift Georgetown over SMU

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Blair scores 21 to lift Georgetown over SMU

DALLAS — Jahvon Blair matched his career-high with 21 points as Georgetown defeated SMU 91-74 on Saturday night.

Mac McClung had 19 points and seven assists for Georgetown (6-3). Omer Yurtseven added 19 points and Jamorko Pickett had 11 for the visitors.

Kendric Davis had 17 points for the Mustangs (8-1), whose eight-game season-opening winning streak ended. Feron Hunt added 17 points. Tyson Jolly had 16 points and six rebounds.

Georgetown plays Syracuse at home next Saturday. SMU takes on Georgia on the road next Friday.