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Posted by Michael Humes on November 20, 2012

Showdown Saturday: Top Rivalries, Last Two Unbeatens, Three Games between Ranked Squads, No. 1 Notre Dame Playing for BCS Title Slot

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“Showdown Saturday” will include 16 of the teams in the BCS Standings across ESPN networks, top rivalries, the last two undefeated programs, matchups between ranked teams, Notre Dame competing for a spot in the Discover BCS National Championship and more. Highlights for Saturday, Nov. 24:

  • An ABC tripleheader of three of the nation’s top rivalries includes two unbeaten teams and a showdown between two top 10 teams, each with one loss:
    • Undefeated Ohio State will host rival No. 19 Michigan at noon ET. It marks the 109th meeting between the programs, and 95th straight, with Ohio State winning 8 of the past 10. Michigan won last year 40-34.
    • In a matchup of one-loss teams, No. 4 Florida will travel to No. 10 Florida State at 3:30 p.m. It will mark the 57th meeting between the in-state rivals. The week’s game is the first time in 12 years both teams will be ranked in the top 10 when they meet.
    • Undefeated No. 1 Notre Dame will take on USC for a shot at the Discover BCS National Championship at 8 p.m. It marks the 84th meeting between the squads with USC winning nine of the last 10 games against Notre Dame. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN Radio.
  • ESPN’s tripleheader features three intrastate showdowns highlighted by two telecasts between ranked teams: No. 21 Oklahoma State at No. 13 Oklahoma at 3:30 p.m. (also on ESPN Radio) followed by two-loss No. 12 South Carolina at one-loss No. 11 Clemson at 7 p.m. The action kicks off with Georgia Tech at one-loss No. 3 Georgia at noon.

ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPN 3D and ESPN Radio Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game / Commentators Network
Tue, Nov 20 7 p.m. Akron at Toledo
Mark Neely & Ray Bentley
Thu, Nov 22 4 p.m. Turkey Day Classic: Tuskegee vs. Alabama State
Joe Davis & Jay Walker
  7:30 p.m. TCU at No. 16 Texas
Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Samantha Steele
Fri, Nov 23 11 a.m. Syracuse at Temple
Tom Hart & John Congemi
  11 a.m. Ohio at No. 23 Kent State
Adam Amin & Tom Luginbill
  Noon No. 14 Nebraska at Iowa
Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards
  1 p.m. Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan
Frank Giardina & Bob Chmeil
  2 p.m. Buffalo at Bowling Green
Greg Franke & Tom Cole
  2:30 p.m. No. 7 LSU at Arkansas ESPN Radio
  3:30 p.m. West Virginia at Iowa State
Dave Lamont & Kelly Stouffer
  7 p.m. South Florida at Cincinnati
Mark Neely & Ray Bentley
  10 p.m. Arizona State at No. 24 Arizona
Carter Blackburn, Rod Gilmore & Jemele Hill
Sat, Nov 24 Noon No. 19 Michigan at Ohio State
Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Quint Kessenich
  Noon Georgia Tech at No. 3 Georgia
Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Jenn Brown
  Noon No. 18 Rutgers at Pittsburgh
Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway & Paul Carcaterra
  Noon Virginia at Virginia Tech
Tom Hart & John Congemi
  Noon Kentucky at Tennessee
Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Cara Capuano
ESPN3 & SEC Network
  Noon Connecticut at No. 20 Louisville
Eamon McAnaney, David Diaz-Infante & Adam Amin
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  Noon FCS First Round: Colgate at Wagner
Bob Picozzi & Rene Ingoglia
  12:30 p.m. Miami (Fla.) at Duke ESPN3 * & ACC Network
  1 p.m. North Texas at Western Kentucky ESPN3
  2 p.m. FCS First Round: Coastal Carolina at Bethune-Cookman
Jim Barbar & Cory Chavous
  3 p.m. Boston College at NC State
Frank Giardina & Forrest Conolly
  3 p.m. Maryland at North Carolina ESPN3
  3 p.m. Idaho at Utah State
Trey Bender & Jay Taylor
  3 p.m. FCS First Round: Eastern Illinois at South Dakota State
Shawn Kenney & John Bunting
  3 p.m. FCS First Round: Villanova at Stony Brook
Dan Gutowsky & John Gregory
  3:30 p.m. No. 4 Florida at No. 10 Florida State
Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
  3:30 p.m. No. 21 Oklahoma State at No. 13 Oklahoma
ESPN: Bob Wischusen, Danny Kanell & Maria Taylor
  3:30 p.m. Wisconsin at Penn State
Mark Jones, Brock Huard & Jessica Mendoza
  3:30 p.m. Vanderbilt at Wake Forest
Anish Shroff & Dan Hawkins
  3:30 p.m. BYU at New Mexico State
Peter Young & John Fina
  3:30 p.m. Troy at Middle Tennessee ESPN3
  5 p.m. South Alabama at Louisiana-Lafayette ESPN3
  7 p.m. No. 12 South Carolina at No. 11 Clemson
Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen & Shannon Spake
  7 p.m. Missouri at No. 9 Texas A&M
Steve Levy, Ed Cunningham & Kaylee Hartung
  7 p.m. Mississippi State at Ole Miss
Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb & Allison Williams
  8 p.m. No. 1 Notre Dame at USC
ABC: Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit & Heather Cox
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, and Joe Schad
Deportes: Eduardo Varela and Pablo Viruega
ABC, ESPN Radio & ESPN Deportes
  10:30 p.m. Louisiana Tech at San Jose State
Joe Davis & Tom Luginbill

* Local blackout may apply

ESPN will use BCS Standings through the remainder of the season