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It's Saturday Morning, Bears! Week 13 Early Games Thread (And Why We Want LSU To Win)

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Use this thread to discuss all the college football action this morning and afternoon.  We still got some great games left today. Tons of rivalry games.  Michigan-OSU.  Virginia - VT.  Florida - FSU.  The Holy War - BYU and Utah!

A full schedule after the jump, and also some horrid notes on Furd's BCS chances.  GO BEARS!

Avinash: So I did some research and realized Boise's loss to Nevada puts the Cardinal in a great place. Here's what I wrote for SBN Bay Area.

In 2004, the California Golden Bears were screwed by the BCS despite finishing with the fourth best record in the BCS and didn’t get to go to the Rose Bowl (that honor went to Mack Brown and his Texas Longhorns instead). Jeff Tedford’s 2004 squad is the highest ever ranked team to be snubbed from a BCS bowl.

To ensure such a scenario would never happen again, the BCS instituted these rules.

5. If any of the 10 slots remain open after application of provisions 1 through 4, and an at-large team from a conference with an annual automatic berth for its champion is ranked No. 3 in the final BCS Standings, that team will become an automatic qualifier, provided that no at-large team from the same conference qualifies for the national championship game.

6. If any of the 10 slots remain open after application of provisions 1 through 5, and if no team qualifies under paragraph No. 5 and an at-large team from a conference with an annual automatic berth for its champion is ranked No. 4 in the final BCS Standings, that team will become an automatic qualifier provided that no at-large team from the same conference qualifies for the national championship game.

Well, lo and behold, guess who might be the first team to benefit from that rule?

That's right, the rule that was created to help us is now starting to look like it'll assist our rivals to get to one of the big bowls. The football gods have a cruel sense of humor, which is why I'm agnostic.

So now, you must root for *gulp* Les Miles to lead LSU to victory in Arkansas to ensure Stanford stays out of the top four--at least for this week. I know, I'm sick about it too. Thanks BCS.

CBS Sports projects a BCS bowl (the Fiesta) will actually select the Cardinal because (ugh) there's no one else that satisfies the automatic-qualifier requirements. This doesn't make me happy, one bit.

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All times are Eastern and you can read more here:

Game Network Coverage Notes PPV Info Time
Michigan at Ohio St.     12pm
Boston College at Syracuse   12pm
Michigan St. at Penn St.   12pm
USF at Miami (FL)     12pm
Tulane at Marshall     12pm
Indiana at Purdue     12pm
UCF at Memphis   12pm
Kentucky at Tennesee
12pm
Cincinnati at Connecticut
12pm
Virginia at Virginia Tech
ACC Streaming
Affiliates
12pm
Kansas vs. Missouri
(at Kansas City, MO)
 FSN List   12:30pm
Grambling St. vs Southern
(at New Orleans, LA)
    2pm
Hawai'i at New Mexico St.
Oceanic Streaming
3pm
LSU at Arkansas CBSSports.com   3:30pm
Northwestern at Wisconsin   3:30pm
Florida at Florida St.   3:30pm
NC State at Maryland   3:30pm
North Carolina at Duke     3:30pm
Iowa at Minnesota     3:30pm
Washington at California
FSN NW = Check local listings
  3:30pm
BYU at Utah     3:30pm
Arkansas St. at Florida International
3:30pm
TCU at New Mexico     4pm