College Football’s Most Intense Saturday Of The Year

Why November 24 is judgement day for the entire landscape of the sport. When and where to catch the day's biggest games.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

I really hope you're ready for what's set up to be the most exciting Saturday of college football this season; possibly in years.

Here's why:

Auburn at No. 2 Alabama
CBS – 3:30 PM EST

The Iron Bowl comes down to a matchup that involves a team in the national championship hunt for the fifth straight year. Simply remarkable. With a Crimson Tide win, Alabama cruises into the SEC championship game for a showdown with Georgia or Florida and the right to play for their third championship in four years. Auburn is playing for nothing but guts and glory, and possibly Gene Chizik's job — if they even still want him there.

No. 1 Notre Dame at USC
ABC – 8:00 PM EST

The Trojans have won nine of the last 10 matchups against Notre Dame. USC started the pre-season ranked No. 1 in America while the Irish were unranked. How the tides have turned.

The boys from South Bend are 11-0 for the first time in 23 years while USC has lost three of their last four and are going into the final game without star quarterback Matt Barkley due to a sprained right shoulder suffered in the loss to UCLA last Saturday. Notre Dame are 5.5 point favorites but don't expect Lane Kiffin's squad to role over. The Trojans might have the best receiving corps in the country.

With a win, Notre Dame solidifies themselves into the BCS national championship for the first time, likely going up against Alabama or Georgia. The Irish's last championship came in 1988.

Georgia Tech at No. 3 Georgia
ESPN – 12:00 PM EST

Georgia is the only other school aside from Bama and Notre Dame in charge of their own destiny. A win against Georgia Tech puts them in the SEC championship against Alabama. Expect Tech to put an initial fight, but the Dawgs are 14 point favorites; it's hard to see Mark Richt's team losing this one.

No. 4 Florida at No. 10 Florida State
ABC – 3:30 PM EST

Florida may not be in control of their own destiny, but they're not exactly out of the national title hunt. A win over a very tough Florida State squad will propel them in the computer rankings; match that with a Georgia loss and their in the SEC championship with as many losses as No. 2 Alabama: one.

No. 5 Oregon at No. 15 Oregon State
Pac 12 Network – 3:00 PM EST

Oregon is living on a prayer too. In fact, why don't we just copy and paste what I just wrote above about Florida?

The Beavers are a tough team and it's even tougher to win in Corvalis. The Ducks need two of the three SEC schools and Notre Dame to lose or all three SEC schools to lose, period, to make their way back into the BCS national championship game. And oh ya, they also need a Stanford loss just to win the Pac-12 North. That being said, they have to beat the Beavers, too.

And did I mention the Beavers are 8-2 and could get a BCS bowl birth with this win? They'll be ready.

No. 8 Stanford at No. 17 UCLA
FOX – 6:30 PM EST

This is a fun one. If Stanford wins, they're in the Pac-12 championship game to play…the UCLA Bruins. That's right, these teams could play two weeks in a row. UCLA already has the South wrapped up and the Cardinal defeated Oregon just last week. The Ducks are only in over Stanford with a win over Oregon State and a UCLA win over the Cardinal. And as we all know, whomever wins the Pac-12 gets a BCS bowl.

No. 19 Michigan at (undefeated but ineligible No. 4 in AP) Ohio State
ABC – 12:00 PM EST

One of the most heated rivalries in all of sports is downplayed this season due to Ohio State's ineligibility. But the Buckeyes are still somehow undefeated at 11-0. With a win over the Wolverines, I'm not sure whether I would laugh or cry if I were an OSU fan. You go undefeated only to….well, go nowhere. No championship, no bowl game at all, not even a bowl….but what you do get is possibly an AP national championship — while not like winning Miss America, that would be like winning the local beauty pageant at the county fair.

Michigan is still playing for hopes of playing in a BCS game. The spread is only four points. This will be a fun one to watch.

Josh Helmuth is the editor for CraveOnline Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JHelmuth or subscribe at

Photo Credit:
Notre Dame: By: Jonathan Daniel, Collection: Getty Images Sport
Alabama: By: Mike Zarrilli, Collection: Getty Images Sport
Oregon: By: Thearon W. Henderson, Collection: Getty Images Sport