Across the Country – Week 14

Alabama Football

**Note: This was a print-only story**

No. 3 Ohio State at Michigan (Michigan Stadium – Ann Arbor, Mich., 11 a.m. CT, ABC)

Ohio State has remained undefeated up to this point in the season, but still needs Alabama or Florida State to lose to have a shot at reaching the BCS title game, even if they win out. No team would love to end any possible Ohio State national championship hopes more than its archrival Michigan, who led at halftime in Columbus last year before eventually falling 26-21. The Wolverines must find a way to keep Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde, who has hit his stride in recent weeks after an early-season suspension.

No. 7 Clemson at No. 11 South Carolina (Williams-Brice Stadium – Columbia, S.C., 6 p.m. CT, ESPN2)

This game doesn’t necessarily help or hurt South Carolina’s chances at winning the SEC East as the Gamecocks need Missouri to lose at least one of its remaining two regular season games to have a shot. Clemson, on the other hand, must win to keep its BCS at-large chances intact. Tigers senior quarterback Tajh Boyd is one of the best in the country, but has struggled mightily in each of his previous three meetings against South Carolina’s stout defense. The Gamecocks have won the last four in this rivalry.

No. 12 Texas A&M at No. 8 Missouri (Faurot Field – Columbia, Mo., 6:45 p.m. CT, ESPN)

The second part of Texas A&M’s two must-win games in a row to earn a possible BCS bid pits the Aggies against SEC surprise Missouri. The Tigers, assuming they defeat Ole Miss the week before, must also win to win the SEC East over South Carolina. James Franklin will be back at quarterback for the second week in a row for Missouri after returning from a shoulder injury the week before against Ole Miss. Like the Aggies, Missouri should be able to score in bunches against the Texas A&M defense.

No. 14 UCLA at No. 23 USC (L.A. Memorial Coliseum – Los Angeles, Calif., 2:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. CT, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)

Assuming UCLA beats Arizona State and USC takes down Colorado the week before, the Bruins and Trojans will be playing in a game with Pac-12 South title implications. The Bruins would clinch the division with a victory over USC, while the Trojans need to win and hope Arizona State loses to Arizona to win the division. USC interim head coach Ed Orgeron has seemingly saved USC from a once disastrous season, leading the Trojans to five wins in six games since taking over. UCLA’s Myles Jack is one of the best freshmen in the country at any position, stepping up to play a big role not only on defense as a linebacker, but on offense as a running back, as well. UCLA broke a five-game losing streak against USC last season.

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