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College Football Schedule Week 13: Gobble Down

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What better way to waste away a long weekend after having gorged on turkey and walking around like zombies in a tryptophan-induced haze than to vegetate on the couch while watching some college football? Having no life, that’s exactly what I’ll be doing until I will be forced to brave the elements Saturday evening to cover the Kings game at STAPLES Center.

This is the weekend where we start seeing the good rivalries being played. The Iron Bowl between Auburn and Alabama (more on that later), Michigan-Ohio State, Florida-Florida State, Clemson-South Carolina, BYU-Utah, Oklahoma-Oklahoma State (only aired here in Los Angeles on ESPN3), Notre Dame-USC and the always fun Grambling State-Southern. That should be enough entertainment to whittle away the leftovers - turkey sandwiches, turkey casseroles, turkey shakes and whatnot.

And what’s a better way to close the college football week than with a Notre Dame-USC rivalry game played at the Coliseum? Granted Notre Dame is bad (yet somehow beat Utah - can someone explain that one to me?) and USC has nothing to play for except for pride. With quarterback Matt Barkley looking on in practice Tuesday on crutches from a high ankle sprain suffered in Saturday’s game against the Oregon State Beavers, it looks like this will be the first game started by Mitch Mustain since he and Houston Nutt fooled people in Arkansas all those years ago.

USC has really surpassed my expectations despite matching last season’s four losses. I expect them to unleash all of their frustrations out on Notre Dame on Saturday. It won’t be a close game.