FBS Calendar: Week 14 & 15
July 23, 2009
By Adam Caparell
Over the summer, NCAA.com takes a look at the FBS schedule, highlighting the top matchups, the can't-miss games and the best storylines for each of the 15 weeks of the regular season.
The regular season wraps up in the Pac-10 and Big East while conference championship games take center stage on the first weekend of December.
Week 14's Can't Miss Games
Thursday, Dec. 3 - Oregon State at Oregon
The 112th installment of the Civil War will be a nationally televised slugfest that just maybe could be for a BCS berth or even the Pac-10 title if things play out right for both schools. This rivalry has been pretty balanced this decade, aside from a two-game winning streak by OSU from 2006-07, the schools have traded wins. Oregon holds the series lead, 56-46-10.
Saturday, Dec. 5 - ACC Championship Game
Raymond James Stadium will play host to the ACC Championship Game for the second straight season. This game is only four years old since the ACC officially expanded to 12 teams in 2005, but Virginia Tech has played in three of the four. In last year's matchup, Coastal Division champ Virginia Tech knocked off Atlantic Division champ Boston College to win the Hokies' second straight conference title.
Saturday, Dec. 5 - Big 12 Championship Game
The North clashes with the South once again but this time they'll do so in a brand new venue. The Big 12 will move its marquee event to the Dallas Cowboys' glistening new stadium in Arlington, Tex. Who will make it? Many are penciling in Kansas to win the division but forecasting the South will be a much tougher task considering three top-15 teams will be battling it out, in the forms of Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The home team for this game will be the North champion and home teams own a 9-4 record in the game.
Saturday, Dec. 5 - SEC Championship Game
The first conference championship game to grace the college football landscape will once again be played in Atlanta's Georgia Dome. The West will serve as the home team, hosting the East champ in the game's 18th edition. Florida is widely considered the team to beat in the East meaning the Gators could be making their 10th appearance in the game come the first weekend in December. As for the West race, it's wide open. Just like the Big 12 South, three teams are expected to battle for the division: Alabama, LSU and Ole Miss. The Crimson Tide have appeared in the championship game six times and the Tigers four times while the Rebels are searching for their first.
Other Games To Keep An Eye On
Saturday, Dec. 5 - Arizona at USC
Will USC be looking to lock up its eighth straight Pac-10 title and another trip to the Rose Bowl? Or will they be gunning for another BCS Championship berth? Or will Arizona play the ultimate spoiler and ruin the Trojans grand plans?
Saturday, Dec. 5 - Cincinnati at Pittsburgh & West Virginia at Rutgers
The Big East wraps up with a pair of matchups that figures to decide who will secure the conference crown and automatic BCS berth.
Week 15's Can't Miss Games
Saturday, Dec. 12 - Army vs. Navy (Philadelphia)
How can you miss the only game on the schedule for Week 15? One of the game's great rivalries - and grand spectacles - kicks off in the afternoon from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. This rivalry dates back to 1890 and in 109 meetings Navy holds a four-game advantage over Army to go along with seven ties. The Midshipmen have won seven straight in the series and have secured the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy six straight years. It's been 13 seasons since Army won its last trophy.