We're into the home stretch of the 2012 college football season, and with all sorts of craziness happening last week, this week will have a lot to do with how things look going into bowl season.
In the Big Ten, two teams still have a chance to get themselves bowl eligible in this last week of regular season play. At TCF Bank Stadium, the Minnesota Golden Gophers will host the Michigan State Spartans. A victory for Sparty gets them to the post-season. In West Lafayette, Indiana, the Purdue Boilermakers can get to the post-season if they can defeat the Indiana Hoosiers in the battle for the Old Oaken Bucket. Indiana would love nothing more than to spoil the post-season party for their arch rivals.
The rest of the Big Ten schedule has Illinois Fighting Illini taking on the Northwestern Wildcats, and the Wisconsin Badgers going to Happy Valley to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions. Oh, and some game in Columbus between the 19th-ranked Michigan Wolverines and the Ohio State Buckeyes. I've heard that one's a pretty big game.
Looking across the rest of the college football landscape today, here are the big rivalry games for this Saturday and where you can see them.
11 AM Central Time
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at #3 Georgia Bulldogs, ESPN
#19 Michigan Wolverines at Ohio State Buckeyes, ABC
Indiana Hoosiers at Purdue Boilermakers, Big Ten Network
Virginia Cavaliers at Virginia Tech Hokies, ESPNU
2 PM Central Time
#5 Oregon Ducks at #15 Oregon State Beavers, Pac-12 Network (Really? Does everyone get the Pac-12 Network?)
2:30 PM Central Time
6 PM Central Time
7 PM Central Time
You can see the entire schedule for today's college football action right here.
Enjoy all the action today, ladies and gentlemen!