There are 7 key match-ups critical to conference championships and the national championship game during major college football’s 13th week. They are:
#1 Notre Dame (11-0) travels to Southern California (7-4). Poor SoCal. The Trojans were ranked #1 in the AP Pre-Season Top 25 Poll. They would have stayed there had they not lost to Stanford, Arizona, Oregon and UCLA. The real question now is: Can Notre Dame, only 1of 2 unbeaten teams left, win its 12th consecutive game and play for the national title?
#5 Oregon (10-1) travels to #16 Oregon State (8-2). This game is billed as the Civil War and, in Oregon, that means no-holds-barred, katy-bar-the-door, smack down time for one of these two teams. The Oregon Ducks need a BCS bowl game to salvage their almost perfect season.
#12 Clemson (10-1) hosts #13 South Carolina (9-2). This game is all about who will be able to snag a prime BCS bowl game.
#11 Stanford (9-2) travels to #15 UCLA (9-2). This game has Pac 12 title implications. UCLA has been nothing special for the last several years; now they are something special under first-year coach Jim Mora.
#6 Florida (10-1) travels to #10 Florida State (10-1). Who will end up in a BCS bowl game?
#14 Oklahoma (8-2) hosts #22 Oklahoma State (7-3). Not long ago, this game would have been huge, now it is not so huge, but still important in the Big 12.
#4 Ohio State (11-0) hosts #20 Michigan (8-3). The Buckeyes are on probation and will not sniff a bowl game this year, but they want to log in a perfect season for new first-year coach Urban Meyer.