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10 College Football Games You Must Watch in Week 14

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Games You Must Watch in Week 14

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It’s rivalry week across college football! This weekend, there will be plenty of great matchups ready and waiting for your eyes to gaze upon them. It’s one of the best weekends of the college football season as a number of teams will go to war with their arch enemies.

We’ve got games like the Iron Bowl, The Game and The Civil War, just to name a few. This is the weekend that many teams prepare for all season long. Everything they’ve done up until this point was done in preparation for this very game. For some seniors, this is the moment they’ve been preparing for all their careers. It could be their last game and they want to leave their respective school on a high note with a victory against their hated rivals.

They're not all rivalry games, but there are some very important battles taking place this weekend with some major bowl game implications on the line. There are a number of games being played between top 25 schools and some needing a win to get back into the bowl game picture.

For some, this weekend's game lays a trip to the conference championship on the line. It’s win and in, or lose and go home with nothing to show for all your hard work.

On the following 10 slides, you’ll find the 10 games you’ve got to watch this weekend, in no particular order. Creating a slideshow like this was extremely difficult as there are so many good games on this weekend, so if there’s one left off the list that people need to know about, share it with the world in the comment box below!

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East Carolina (9-2, 6-1 C-USA) vs Marshall (8-3, 6-1 C-USA)

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The Pirates of East Carolina and Marshall Thundering Herd will go toe-to-toe to determine who will go on to play in the C-USA title game. If you love offense, you better turn your TV to this game. Expect ECU’s Shane Garden and Marshall’s Rakeem Cato to have a quarterback duel for the ages and for lots of points to be put up on the board.

Series Record: ECU leads 10-4

TV Coverage: Noon EST on CBS Sports on Friday

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Bowling Green (8-3, 6-1 MAC) vs Buffalo (8-3, 6-1 MAC)

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Don’t let the fact that these two teams are unranked deter you from at least dropping in on this one. For Bowling Green and Buffalo, this game means a spot in the MAC championship game against Northern Illinois. The winner of this game continues on, the loser heads home and then sweats it out until the bowl games are announced.

Series Record: Bowling Green leads 7-3

TV Coverage: 1:30 p.m. EST on ESPNU on Friday

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Arizona (7-4, 4-4 PAC-12) vs #12 Arizona State (9-2, 7-1 PAC-12)

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Arizona State has already locked up a spot in the PAC-12 championship game, so this year's rivalry game with Arizona is all about pride for both teams. The Wildcats are coming off of a victory against Oregon, so they are not a team to be taken lightly. The Duel in the Desert for the Territorial Cup should be a dandy this year.

Series Record: Arizona leads 47-38-1

TV Coverage: 9:30 p.m. EST on PAC-12 Network

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#24 Duke (9-2, 5-2 ACC) vs North Carolina (6-5, 4-3 ACC)

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Don’t adjust your computer screen, the battle for Tobacco Road heads to the gridiron. The Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels will go head-to-head with a spot in the ACC championship game on the line for the Blue Devils. Don’t let the Tar Heels’ record fool you, this team is on a six-game winning streak and records don’t matter when rivals come together. For Duke, they’ll be looking to secure their first 10-win season in school history.

Series Record: Depends on who you ask, really. If you ask a Carolina fan, it’s 58-36-4. If you ask a Duke fan, it’s 57-37-4. Either way, the Tar Heels hold the advantage. Both schools claim they won the meeting in 1889 as neither side really knows who was the home team that day.

TV Coverage: Noon EST on ESPN2

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#22 UCLA (8-3, 5-3 PAC-12) vs #23 USC (9-3, 6-2 PAC-12)

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Both the USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins have had some rough seasons this year, but it all culminates in an end of the year battle for the Victory Bell. Ed Orgeron has gone 6-1 since taking over at USC and Jim Mora has his Brett Hundley-led squad hunting for their first victory in the Coliseum since 1997. It’s battle of pride for the Victory Bell and it shouldn’t be one that you miss.

For more on this game, check out Connor Muldowney’s preview and prediction.

Series Record: USC leads 46-29-7

TV Coverage: 8:00 p.m. EST on ABC

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#25 Notre Dame (8-3) vs #8 Stanford (9-2, 7-2 PAC 12)

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With Stanford already locking up a birth in the PAC 12 title game against Arizona State, this game is all about pride for the Cardinal. The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame have had their fair share of struggles this season and defeat of Stanford on the road would greatly help their bowl season implications. The battle for the “Legends Trophy” should be a good one.

For more on this game, check out Connor Muldowney’s preview and prediction.

Series Record: Notre Dame leads 18-9

TV Coverage: 7:00 PM EST on FOX

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#6 Clemson (10-1, 7-1 ACC) vs #10 South Carolina (9-2, 6-2 SEC)

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For the first time in 111 meetings, both Clemson and South Carolina are ranked in the top 25 entering their annual rivalry game. Both teams average a lot of points and neither defense is considered stellar, so expect one heck of a duel between Connor Shaw and Tahj Boyd at Williams-Brice Stadium.

For more on this game, check out Connor Muldowney’s preview and prediction.

Series Record: Clemson leads 65-41-4

TV Coverage: 7:00 p.m. EST on ESPN2

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#21 Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3 SEC) vs #5 Missouri (10-1, 6-1 SEC)

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The Texas A&M Aggies and Missouri Tigers are set to duel in Columbia, Mo. with the SEC East championship on the line for the Tigers and trip to the SEC Championship game. Last year, the Aggies demolished Missouri behind another Heisman-like performance from quarterback Johnny Manziel. For Texas A&M, they are 0-3 against ranked opponents this season and have a tough task ahead of them on the road.

For more on this game, check out Connor Muldowney’s preview and prediction.

Series Record: Texas A&M leads 8-5

TV Coverage: 7:45 p.m. ET on ESPN

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“The Game” - #3 Ohio State (11-0, 7-0 Big Ten) vs Michigan (7-4, 3-4 Big Ten)

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Many experts are picking this one to be a blow out in favor of the Ohio State Buckeyes, but don’t sleep on the Michigan Wolverines. It doesn’t matter where either team is ranked or how they’ve been playing in the weeks leading up to this annual grudge match; both teams come to play and you can expect a great contest, especially at the Big House.

For more on this game, check out Connor Muldowney’s preview and prediction.

Series Record: Michigan leads 58-44-6

TV Coverage: Noon EST on ABC

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“Iron Bowl” - #1 Alabama (11-0, 7-0 SEC) vs #4 Auburn (10-1, 6-1 SEC)

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It’s the game of the week across the college football landscape and has provided for some memorable moments in years past. This year, the winner of the annual Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn will head to the SEC championship game and certainly a chance to play in the BCS Nationals Championship game. Get your popcorn ready, this one is going to be awesome.

For more on this game, check out Connor Muldowney’s preview and prediction.

Series Record: Alabama leads 42-34-1

TV Coverage: 3:30 p.m. EST on CBS