Nov 20, 2014

ACC & Big 12 Week 13 Preview

Throughout the college football season, members of the Florida Citrus Sports Team Selection Committee are out on the road to meet with fans of our partner schools (including new Big 12 partners) to spread the word about the Russell Athletic Bowl’s new matchup and our brand-new home field opening for the 2014 bowl season.

Here are four of the notable games across our partner conferences where we will be in attendance this weekend:

After earning its third conference win over Virginia Tech in week 12, North Carolina travels to Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday to take on Duke. The Blue Devils fell to Virginia Tech by just one point last Saturday – they maintained the lead until the Hokies scored the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter for what would be the final scoring play in the game. Saturday’s matchup will be played for the Victory Bell trophy – Duke has prevailed in the last two meetings between these rival teams.

Oklahoma earned a conference win on the road against Texas Tech in week 12 and return home to Memorial Stadium to host Kansas. The Jayhawks, who earned their first conference win this season in week 11, fell to TCU last Saturday. Kansas led the Horned Frogs late into the third quarter but could not hold on to earn the upset.  When the Jayhawks and Sooners met in 2013, Oklahoma came away with the 34-19 victory.

Louisville had a decisive road-win against Boston College in week 12 and remains on the road in week 13 to face Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. The Fighting Irish suffered an overtime loss to Northwestern last Saturday after the Wildcats kicked the game-tying field goal with 19 seconds remaining in regulation, followed by the game-winning field goal in OT. This weekend’s game will be the first meeting between the two teams.

Florida State had another close call last Saturday when Miami threatened its 26-game win streak, but the Seminoles were able to score the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter. FSU returns home this Saturday to face Boston College. The Eagles were defeated by Louisville in week 11 but, with a major upset over USC earlier in the season, have the potential to blemish Florida State’s perfect record. When the Seminoles and Eagles played in 2013, Florida State won the matchup, outscoring Boston College 48-34. 

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