Friday, November 28, 2008

A Football Fan’s Four-Pack…

West Virginia @ Pittsburgh (November 28, 12:00, ABC): Following last year’s meeting, when the Panthers spoiled the Mountaineers' chance to play in the BCS title game, West Virginia will be looking for revenge against Pitt in the Backyard Brawl. One of the nation’s longest running rivalries, this series dates back to 1895, with the Panthers hold a 60-37-3 advantage. This season, however, West Virginia has the memory of last year and an outside chance at the Big East title to fuel its fire.

Super Senior: Scott McKillop, LB, Pittsburgh

Star of Tomorrow: Noel Devine, RB, WVU

Georgia Tech @ Georgia (November 29, 12:00, CBS):
No. 10 Georgia closes out its regular season against rival No. 20 Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs (9-2, 6-2 in SEC play) are 7-0 against the Yellow Jackets under head coach Mark Richt. Georgia Tech (8-3, 5-3 in ACC play), can still take the ACC Coastal if Virginia Tech loses, but has at least clinched a share of the division title coming off a 41-23 win over No. 23 Miami last week. Jonathan Dwyer, who leads the ACC in rushing, exploded for 128 yards and two touchdowns in the first half alone – but sat out the second half with a bruised knee. Georgia has won five of its last six games, and will have had two weeks to prepare for Tech after beating Auburn, 17-13, on Nov. 15th.

Super Senior: Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech

Star of Tomorrow: Rennie Curran, LB, Georgia

Auburn @ Alabama (November 29, 3:30, CBS):
With the stakes being high for both squads, the Tigers and Crimson Tide meet for the 73rd time in the Iron Bowl. Top-ranked Alabama (11-0, 7-0 in SEC play) has the SEC championship game on the horizon, but first must close out the regular season against rival Auburn. The Tigers (5-6, 2-5 in SEC play) travel to Bryant-Denny Stadium in need of a victory against the Tide to become bowl-eligible. Alabama holds a 38-33-1 lead in the series, but Auburn holds a current six-game winning streak. Look for special teams to play a factor, as both teams have three kick returns for touchdowns in 2008.

Super Senior: Rashad Johnson, DB, Alabama

Star of Tomorrow: Craig Stevens, LB, Auburn

Notre Dame @ USC (November 29, 8:00, ABC):
In a battle between schools with two of the more impressive football heritages, Saturday will mark the 80th meeting between Notre Dame and No. 5 USC. The Irish (6-5) are trying to rebound after dropping a heart-breaker to Syracuse, while the Trojans (9-1, 7-1 in Pac-10 play) are still holding out hopes that things break their way in the BCS picture. USC has won six straight in the series. The Trojans have also been nearly flawless at home in recent memory – winning 27 home night games in a row and the last 12 non-conference home games. If Notre dame is able to record the upset, it would be the first victory for the Irish over a top 10 opponent since they beat No. 3 Michigan (17-10) on Sept. 10, 2005.

Super Senior: Rey Maualuga, USC

Star of Tomorrow: Golden Tate, WR, ND

Photo Credit: SEC Sports Media