TEXAS, Sporting Alert – The college football season is set to lively up this week as a number of teams go in search of victories for many different reasons.
Some teams are on the hunt for bragging rights, others are looking to pad up their resumes, while for the few still in contention for a College Football Playoff top four spot, they know that this “rivalry week” is also a make-or-break period.
Today we will look at the teams on the schedule for “Black Friday” as a number of AP Top 25 teams are on the fixture.
Action begins at 12:00 p.m. on Friday with the improving and travelling No. 15 ranked Navy taking on Houston in an American Athletic West Division battle.
The Midshipmen (9-1, 7-0 American, No. 16 AP) have won five in a row since losing its only game of the season to Notre Dame and they will be hoping to secure another victory when they travel to TDECU Stadium in Texas.
Running quarterback Keenan Reynolds and Navy start as 3.5-point favourites to beat Houston and lift the division’s title.
The Cougars (10-1, 6-1 American, No. 21 AP), in the meantime, will be hoping to rebound from the shocking upset against Connecticut the last time out, with a place in the AAC championship up for grab.
Houston may not be the favourites entering this game, but a team that is scoring 41.0 points per game and allowing 20.2 on defense — in addition to averaging 242.1 rushing yards per contest — cannot be overlooked on Black Friday.
The winner of this game advance to the American Athletic Conference Championship game against either Temple or USF next Saturday.
No. 4 Iowa will look to close out its college football regular season undefeated against Nebraska at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, NE.
The Hawkeyes (11-0, 7-0 Big Ten, No. 3 AP) have already booked a place in the Big Ten Championship game, but will need to keep winning if they want to persuade the college football playoff selection committee to stick with them in the top four.
Iowa starts as a 2-point favourite to be Nebraska, but the ESPN GameDay Kickoff preview has placed this matchup on upset alert, with the experts believing that the Cornhuskers (5-6, 3-4 Big Ten) have what it takes to end the Hawkeyes’ unbeaten run.
Nebraska is on a two-game winning streak, which started with an upset over Michigan State.
By the way, don’t forget that they played Northwestern and Wisconsin closely earlier this season.
No. 7 Baylor goes to No. 19 TCU and is still in the race for a college football playoff spot.
The Bears (9-1, 6-1 Big 12, No. 7 AP) are smarting off a big win over Oklahoma State last weekend and will enter Amon G. Carter Stadium, in Fort Worth, TX, confident about bringing over that form in the clash against the Horned Frogs.
Baylor is still in the hunt for the Big 12 title, but they will need to beat TCU, who are already out of the conversation — and hope Oklahoma loses to Oklahoma State on Saturday in the Bedlam.
The Horned Frog have opened as 2-point favourites over the Bears.
In other college football games involving AP top 25 teams, No. 20 Washington State travels to take on Washington, Oregon State goes to No. 17 Oregon, with No. 24 Toledo hosting Western Michigan.
College Football Black Friday Fixtures
Friday, November 27
No. 15 Navy at Houston 12:00 PM ABC, WatchESPN, ESPN3
Western Michigan at No. 24 Toledo 12:00 PM
No. 20 Washington State at Washington 3:30 PM FOX
No. 4 Iowa at Nebraska 3:30 PM ABC, WatchESPN, ESPN3
Oregon State at No. 17 Oregon 4:00 PM FS1
No. 7 Baylor at No. 19 TCU 7:30 PM ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN3
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