Thanksgiving college football 2012 has big games, rivalries

Thanksgiving college football 2012 has big games and rivalries including TCU at Texas, Michigan at Ohio State and Notre Dame at USC.

Thanksgiving College Football 2012

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The NFL isn’t the only football action happening Thanksgiving weekend. ESPN is calling Nov. 24 Showdown Saturday, with a full slate of games featuring ranked teams, top rivalries and BCS berths on the line. Weekend highlights include:

Thursday, Nov. 22
TCU at Texas
ESPN, 7:30pm ET
The Dallas Cowboys aren’t the only ones hosting a big Thanksgiving game in Texas. The state’s big enough for a Big 12 matchup between the TCU Horned Frogs and the Texas Longhorns in Austin. The Longhorns can put up a lot of points with quarterback David Ash and running back Joe Bergeron. TCU started the season 4-0, and then its best player, quarterback Casey Pachall, withdrew from the school in October to seek treatment for substance abuse.

Saturday, Nov. 24
Michigan at Ohio State
ABC, 12pm ET
The undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes aren’t eligible for a bowl game due to NCAA sanctions, so “The Game” against their old-school rivals, the Michigan Wolverines, will have to serve. The Buckeyes made a quick return to national prominence under new head coach Urban Meyer. Michigan beat OSU in a 40-34 shootout last year in Ann Arbor.

Saturday, Nov. 24
Florida at Florida State
ABC, 3:30pm ET
The No. 4 Florida Gators and No. 10 Florida State Seminoles meet in Tallahassee in a battle of one-loss teams. It’s the first time in 12 years that both teams meet while ranked in the top 10.

Saturday, Nov. 24
Notre Dame at USC
ABC, 8pm ET
No. 1 Notre Dame is undefeated and looking to clinch a berth in the BCS National Championship Game. It was a tough week for the top-ranked unbeaten teams last week, and will the same fate befall the Irish this week against USC? Trojans QB Max Wittek boldly thinks so.

Other games to watch this weekend:
Friday, Nov. 23

Nebraska at Iowa, 12pm ET, ABC
LSU at Arkansas, 2:30pm ET, CBS
Washington at Washington State, 3:30pm ET, FOX
Arizona State at Arizona, 10pm ET, ESPN
Saturday, Nov. 24
Georgia Tech at Georgia, 1pm ET, ESPN
Auburn at Alabama, 3:30pm ET, CBS
Oklahoma State at Oklahoma, 3:30pm ET, ESPN
Wisconsin at Penn State, 3:30pm ET, ESPN2
Stanford at UCLA, FOX, 6:30pm ET
South Carolina at Clemson, 7pm ET, ESPN

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