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Rivalry Month Begins

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November is Rivalry Month in college football and this Saturday features a trio of rivalry games that will help clarify the BCS picture as we get closer to the end of the season.


It begins with Wisconsin at Minnesota.  Paul Bunyan's Axe is at stake as per usual but for the Badgers a divisional title is possible with a win and some help.  Wisconsin needs to win out and get an Ohio State loss and an additional Penn State loss (Wisconsin and Penn State meet in the regular season finale.)  As of this writing Nebraska is beating Penn State.  Minnesota is eliminated from bowl eligibility and obviously will not factor into the Legends Division.  However, the Legends is shaping up for a wild finish.  Michigan State leads with a 4-1 conference record with Michigan, Nebraska and Iowa all one game back.


Next up is Auburn at Georgia.  The Bulldogs lead the SEC East thanks to a South Carolina loss last week to Arkansas.  Earlier in the year South Carolina defeated Georgia 45-42 but the Bulldogs stand a half-game ahead of the Gamecocks in the standings.  South Carolina is beating Florida as I type this and a win here may be necessary as USC ends the season with two non-conference opponents.


Finally, we have Miami at Florida State.  For a long time this was the can't-miss game of the year but now the rivalry has been reduced to a fraction of what it used to be.  The Seminoles are one game back of Clemson in the ACC Atlantic Division but the Tigers hold the tiebreaker.  Meanwhile, Miami needs a win to become bowl eligible.   

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