When Is Rivalry Week? Dates, Where to Watch, TV Schedule for College Football Week 14

There are few better times to be a football fan than during Thanksgiving week. The national holiday features the traditional NFL's triple-header, while local bragging rights are settled in the final week of the college football regular season.

Even in the College Football Playoff era, Rivalry Week has retained a distinct flavor as rival programs cross paths, some looking to keep their playoff bid alive and some revelling in the role of party spoiler.

This year will be no different, with Rivalry Week set to deliver plenty of intriguing storylines and potential upsets sure to monopolise attention over Thanksgiving, Black Friday and the upcoming weekend.

Here's all you need to know.

When is Rivalry Week?

Rivalry Week officially began on Tuesday, with Ohio thrashing Akron 52-3 and Northern Illinois defeat Western Michigan 17-14.

Ole Miss takes on Mississippi State in the only game scheduled for Thanksgiving Day and Rivalry Week gets into its groove on Friday with no fewer than 14 FBS matchups on tap.

The pick of the crop is a huge AAC matchup between No.18 Memphis and No.19 Cincinnati, while No.24 Virginia takes on Virginia Tech and Texas locks horn with Texas Tech.

As usual, Saturday sees the lion's share of games, with No.1 Ohio State traveling to No.13 Michigan, while No.5 Alabama faces No.15 Auburn in the Iron Bowl and No.7 Oklahoma takes on No.21 Oklahoma State on the road and No.2 LSU hosts Texas A&M.

Chase Young, Ohio State
Chase Young #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up before a game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium on November 23 in Columbus, Ohio. Jamie Sabau/Getty

Games to watch

Football fans are traditionally spoilt for choice on Rivalry Week and this year is no different. Proceedings kick off with a bang on Black Friday, as No. 24 Virginia Tech plays Virginia in the Commonwealth Cup, with a spot in the ACC championship game against Clemson at stake.

The Cavaliers have lost the last 15 straight against the Hokies, who arrive into the game on the back of a three-game winning run.

Friday afternoon, meanwhile, features a huge AAC clash between No.18 Memphis and No.19 Cincinnati, with the winner set to have the inside lane to represent the Group of 5 in the one of the six New Year's Day bow games.

In the noon kickoff on Saturday, No. 1 Ohio State travels to Ann Arbor looking to remain undefeated and consolidate its College Football Playoff chances, while No. 13 Michigan will be looking to spoil the party.

The Wolverines have lost the last seven against the Buckeyes—they were humbled 62-39 a year ago—and Jim Harbaugh is 0-4 in The Game and will be desperate snap the losing streak.

The pick of the 3:30 p.m. ET games is undoubtedly the Iron Bowl, as No.5 Alabama travels to Auburn hoping to keep its CFP hopes alive.

As the below graphic provided by Statista shows, the Crimson Tide is not the highest-ranked one-loss team and with no SEC title game to speak of on the horizon, Alabama's only chance of securing a playoff spot is to convincingly beat the Tigers, who are the last opponent left on its schedule.

College Football Playoff Week 13, Statista
After two weeks at No. 2, Ohio State has overtaken LSU at the top of the College Football Playoff rankings. Statista

The Crimson Tide has won four of the last five meetings against the Tigers, but with Mac Jones replacing Tua Tagovailoa under center for Alabama Auburn will fancy its chances of ending its rival's season.

At 8 p.m. ET, No. 7 Oklahoma travels to No. 21 Oklahoma State in the latest Bedlam instalment. The Sooners need a win to keep their CFP bid rolling but have made a habit of living dangerously this season and only squeaked past Texas Christian University in Week 13.

Oklahoma State has lost four straight games against its state rivals, but were beaten by a single a point a year ago and will back itself to snap the losing streak against the Sooners.

Rivalry Week TV schedule (All times ET)

Friday, November 29

  • Virginia Tech @ Virginia—12 p.m., ABC
  • Iowa @ Nebraska—2:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
  • Cincinnati @ Memphis—3:30 p.m., ABC
  • Boise State @ Colorado State—3:30 p.m., CBSSN
  • Appalachian State @ Troy—8 p.m., ESPN+

Saturday, November 30

  • Ohio State @ Michigan—12 p.m., FOX
  • Clemson @ South Carolina—12 p.m., ESPN
  • Georgia @ Georgia Tech—12 p.m., ABC
  • Alabama @ Auburn—3:30 p.m., CBS
  • Wisconsin @ Minnesota—3:30 p.m., ABC
  • Baylor @ Kansas—3:30 p.m., ABC
  • Rutgers @ Penn State—3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
  • Notre Dame @ Stanford—4 p.m., FOX
  • Oregon State @ Oregon—4 p.m., Pac-12 Network
  • Texas A&M @ LSU—7 p.m., ESPN
  • Florida State @ Florida—7:30 p.m., SEC Network
  • Colorado @ Utah—7:30 p.m., ABC
  • Oklahoma @ Oklahoma State—8 p.m., FOX