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Bowl eliminators create tough situational spots

By Adam Burke  ( 

November 23, 2021 07:18 PM

The end of the college football regular season has arrived for 126 teams. Cal and USC play next week, and the Army-Navy game will be Dec. 14. Otherwise, this is it for the regular season. Some teams will play in conference championship games and then move on to a bowl game.

For a lot of players, this will be their last meaningful football game. With that in mind, along with all the bowl, conference and College Football Playoff considerations, you could argue that every game is a situational spot in Week 13.

Coaches are on the hot seat or already gone. Players are trying to get noticed by scouts and improve their draft stock. Some teams have even quit as a whole, though individuals on those teams will still play hard. You really have to do a lot of thinking and analyzing every week in this sport, but Week 13 takes it up a few notches.

I’ll focus on some of the bigger ones this week, and then we’ll cover some different college football topics through the bowl season. Hopefully it has helped you narrow down the card and look at some games in a different light. Hopefully it has also helped you cash some tickets.

One final time, here are some situational spots to consider for Week 13.


This is obviously the biggest one, and this is the week in which you are likely to pay a little bit of a premium on teams with five wins. It can fall through the cracks in other weeks, but not this one.

Here are the teams with five wins going into this week, excluding Tuesday MACtion: Memphis, Tulsa, Florida State, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, TCU, West Virginia, Maryland, Rutgers, Charlotte, FAU, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Old Dominion, Hawaii, San Jose State, Florida, LSU, South Alabama and Troy.

Of those teams, Virginia Tech, TCU, Florida, LSU and Troy have already let their head coaches go or, in LSU’s case, will let him go at the end of the season.

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