Wake up, Husky fans. It is game day. That is, it is ESPN College Gameday.
Kirk, Desmond, Rece, and Lee are already on campus perched in a well-lit set located squarely in front of an even more impressively well-lit (think Purple and Gold) Suzzallo Library on the bricks of Red Square.
Today is going to be special. There is still time. Drive, bike, run, or helicopter to campus. Now. There is still time. As Rece Davis said when he launched the program today:
“It is time to get up, and to bow down to Washington!”
And for heaven’s sake, know who the heck to root for once you get there.
The Rooting Guide
Now that the Huskies have appeared in the CFB Playoff rankings as the current #4 seed, one would think that a rooting guide is irrelevant. Win and you are in, am I right?
Not so fast, my friend.
The Huskies do indeed have the toughest remaining schedule of all of the FBS contenders. That is a good thing. It should give UW fans confidence that all they have to do is win.
True. However, it still also might be true that UW could make the playoffs with one loss. For that to happen, several things must play out in their favor, not the least of which is them still winning the Pac-12 in spite of wherever that single loss might come.
It is with that scenario in mind that I present to your our Week 11 rooting guide.
Cal at #23 WSU
This one goes without saying. Since a one-loss scenario cannot work if UW does not win the Pac-12, it is still best for UW to see WSU get two losses hung on them before the Apple Cup. However, that looks less and less likely with just this one versus Cal and a road trip to Colorado ahead. Thus, go ahead and root for WSU.
Mississippi State at #1 Alabama
TRAP GAME! If you are a ‘Bama fan, I’d be wary of Dan Mullen’s program. The good news is that the Bulldogs burned their ammo in their upset over TAMU last weekend. And that said, we don’t really want to open the door for a two-SEC team scenario with the playoffs. Roll Tide.
#10 Penn State at Indiana
Earlier this year, I was mocked for picking Penn State to upset Michigan. That pick didn’t work out so well, but was prescient given what happened a few weeks later with Ohio State. However, we now see Penn State as a threat not only as a Big Ten contender, but also as a “quality loss” for the Buckeyes. We need that loss to look less quality. It won’t happen, but root for the Hoosiers today.
#7 Wisconsin at Illinois
The Badgers still control their own fate in the Big Ten West and, unfortunately, could be very disruptive in helping to create a two-Big Ten team scenario. They’ve been “quality win” fodder for both Michigan and Ohio State so far. Thus, we need them to lose. I don’t see it happening, but we still want it.
Minnesota at #19 Nebraska
Minnesota is one of the more important teams popping up in my analysis. They have an odd scheduling quirk that has allowed them to miss both Michigan and Ohio State this season. Thus, if they win out, they will win the West and face one of those teams for the first time in the Big Ten championship. That is exactly the scenario we want to see as it would minimize any chance for a non-Big Ten champion getting into the playoffs.
#3 Michigan at Iowa
This is an ‘upset alert’ game if you are a Wolverine fan. The Hawkeyes have had a tough go of it this season. But keep in mind that this is a team that was ranked for the early part of the season and plays a style of football that involves getting their opponents into mud-wrestling matches. In other words, this is exactly the kind of team is best positioned to upset the Wolverines if anyone is to do so.
Our best scenario for Michigan really involves positioning. In our ideal world, Michigan loses one but goes on to beat Ohio State and then win the Big Ten championship. Thus, I’m rooting heartily for the Hawkeyes.
Pitt at #2 Clemson
Welcome to my upset pick of the week. Clemson is getting 21 points against a team that they are not 21 points better than. I get that Clemson doesn’t really lose at home, but they do have a long history of Cougin’ it at the most inopportune times. It wouldn’t suck for Husky fans if they derped one up today.
If you are worried that this might open the door for two ACC teams with Louisville, don’t. Clemson will still be in a position to the win their division and the loss to Pitt would look worse than a hypothetical loss to USC by UW.
Wake Forest at #6 Louisville
Obviously, we want Louisville to lose and we want Lamar Jackson to suck eggs in the process. This would eliminate Louisville as a threat and it would open the door for Jake’s Heisman campaign to pull a Trump.
#17 Colorado at Arizona
We want Colorado to win here. It strengthens strength of schedule for both WSU and USC - two teams still in front of UW - as well as boosting the quality of the win over Utah (no matter how that game plays out).
TV and Viewing Guide
Your full gameday schedule is below. Your open thread follows. Let’s see your favorite ESPN College Gameday signs.
|Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016|
|Matchup||Time (ET)||TV / Streaming|
|Mississippi State at (1) Alabama||12 p.m.||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|Baylor at (11) Oklahoma||12 p.m.||ABC/ESPN2 (RM) / WatchESPN|
|(10) Penn State at Indiana||12 p.m.||ABC/ESPN2 (RM) / WatchESPN|
|(16) West Virginia at Texas||12 p.m.||FS1 / FS Go|
|Kentucky at Tennessee||12 p.m.||SECN / WatchESPN|
|Northwestern at Purdue||12 p.m.||BTN / BTN2Go|
|Rutgers at Michigan State||12 p.m.||BTN / BTN2Go|
|South Carolina at Florida||12 p.m.||CBS / CBSSports.com|
|Tulsa at Navy||12 p.m.||CBSSN / CBSSports.com|
|Cincinnati at UCF||12 p.m.||ESPNU / WatchESPN|
|Iowa State at Kansas||12 p.m.||FSN / FS Go|
|SMU at East Carolina||12 p.m.||ESPNEWS / WatchESPN|
|NC State at Syracuse||12:30 p.m.||ACCN / WatchESPN|
|Miami (OH) at Buffalo||1:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Miami (FL) at Virginia||2:00 p.m.||RSN / ESPN3|
|Rice at Charlotte||2:00 p.m.||Campus Insiders|
|Louisiana-Monroe at Georgia State||2:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Southern Utah at BYU||3:00 p.m.||BYUtv / BYUtv Stream|
|New Mexico State at Arkansas State||3:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Pittsburgh at (2) Clemson||3:30 p.m.||ABC / ESPN3|
|(5) Ohio State at Maryland||3:30 p.m.||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|Illinois at (7) Wisconsin||3:30 p.m.||ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|(9) Auburn at Georgia||3:30 p.m.||CBS / CBSSports.com|
|Texas Tech at (13) Oklahoma State||3:30 p.m.||FS1 / FS Go|
|Georgia Tech at (14) Virginia Tech||3:30 p.m.||ESPNU / WatchESPN|
|Vanderbilt at Missouri||3:30 p.m.||SECN / WatchESPN|
|Army vs. Notre Dame (from San Antonio)||3:30 p.m.||NBC / NBC Sports Live Extra|
|Tulane at Houston||3:30 p.m.||CBSSN / CBSSports.com|
|UTSA at Louisiana Tech||3:30 p.m.||KMYS-CW 35|
|Wyoming at UNLV||3:30 p.m.||ROOT SPORTS / MWC|
|Appalachian State at Troy||3:30 p.m.||ESPN3|
|North Texas at Western Kentucky||3:30 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Southern Miss at Old Dominion||3:30 p.m.||ASN / CUSA.TV ($)|
|Stanford at Oregon||4:00 p.m.||Pac-12N / Pac-12.com|
|Idaho at Texas State||4:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
|UTEP at Florida Atlantic||6:00 p.m.||CUSA.TV ($)|
|(24) LSU at (25) Arkansas||7:00 p.m.||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|Wake Forest at (6) Louisville||7:00 p.m.||ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|(22) Boise State at Hawaii||7:00 p.m.||CBSSN / CBSSports.com|
|Middle Tennessee at Marshall||7:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
|USF at Memphis||7:00 p.m.||ESPNU / WatchESPN|
|(20) USC at (4) Washington||7:30 p.m.||FOX / FS Go|
|Ole Miss at (8) Texas A&M||7:30 p.m.||SECN / WatchESPN|
|Minnesota at (19) Nebraska||7:30 p.m.||BTN / BTN2Go|
|(3) Michigan at Iowa||8:00 p.m.||ABC / ESPN3|
|Oregon State at UCLA||9:00 p.m.||Pac-12N / Pac-12.com|
|(12) Colorado at Arizona||10:00 p.m.||FS1 / FS Go|
|Colorado State at Air Force||10:15 p.m.||ESPNU / WatchESPN|
|New Mexico at Utah State||10:15 p.m.||ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|California at (23) Washington State||10:30 p.m.||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|San Diego State at Nevada||10:30 p.m.||CBSSN / CBSSports.com|