For the last month of the season, in addition to the usual weekly column weâ€™ll also examine the Tuesday through Friday action as well.
As usual, all times Eastern and all predictions wrong.
8:00: Ohio @ Temple (ESPN2): Thereâ€™s a 3-way tie for the MAC East right now, so once again your Tuesday MACtion has championship implications. Ohio has already beaten the other team in the tie (Miami) so a win here would be huge for them with only beatable Kent State to go. Meanwhile, a Temple win here and a Miami win against Akron on Wednesday sets up a season ending showdown a week from Friday. As for this game? Honestly, I like the Owls here. Theyâ€™ve just been dominant against almost all of their MAC foes and itâ€™s at home.
6:00: Miami @ Akron (ESPNU): As I said above, Miami is the other team in the tie. Akronâ€¦ is not. Akron is probably the worst team in major college football this season due to be 0-10 on the year. I think the predicted winner here is obvious.
8:00: Bowling Green @ Toledo (ESPN2): Going with the decent team (Toledo) over the 2-8 team (Bowling Green).
7:30: Georgia State @ Alabama (ESPNU): Ordinarily, I donâ€™t list DI-AA vs. DI-A competition on here. This game wonâ€™t be any less lopsided than the ones I usually list. In fact, it will probably be even more lopsided because itâ€™s first-year Georgia State going into Tuscaloosa. (It may still be less painful for former Alabama (and Georgia Tech) coach Bill Curry than the time an Alabama fan threw a brick threw his window.) At any rate, this is the conclusion of ESPNâ€™s documentary of Georgia State football, a series Iâ€™ve been fascinated with as it talks about the trials and travails of a team thatâ€™s just getting its feet. But unlike a lot of other teams of this sort, at least theyâ€™re staying within their means and not trying to jump into I-A in two years. So watch the beginning out of respect, and then look away out of respect, because no one likes rubberneckers.
8:00: California-Los Angeles @ Washington (ESPN): Yeahâ€¦ they schedule these Thursday night games at the beginning of the year. Sometimes theyâ€™re right about which ones will be good. Sometimes, theyâ€™re, um, not and you end up with two Pac-10 teams with losing records. U-Dub just finished the murderâ€™s row portion of their schedule (Arizona, Stanford, Oregon) and now settles back into games they have a chance to win, needing to win their next two over UCLA and Cal to go into the Apple Cup with a shot at a bowl. All that said, I think UCLA will win.
10:00: Air Force @ Nevada-Las Vegas (CBSCS): No one in the Mountain West that isnâ€™t TCU, Utah, BYU, SDSU, or Air Force has more than 3 wins. Iâ€™ll take Air Force here.
9:30: Fresno State @ Boise State (ESPN2): This Fresno team is pretty okay. But Iâ€™ve seen nothing this year (including watching Fresno last week against Nevada) that thinks theyâ€™ll get anything other than blown out by Boise. I was going to write that itâ€™ll be an upset if Fresno covers but I just looked up the line and itâ€™s Boise by 30.5. Okay, so they might actually cover, but thatâ€™s the sort of respect Boise is getting from Vegas, at least.