College Football: Week 11 In-State Rivalries Previews and Predictions

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Duke Blue Devils face off against North Carolina Tar Heels during the first half at Wallace Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jaylynn Nash-USA TODAY Sports /

UCLA is hosting Arizona State this upcoming weekend and the Bruins play in-state rival USC the following week but week 11 has some break in-state matchups this week.

UCLA fans are disappointed in the Bruins’ road loss to Arizona this past weekend and many fans want to fast-forward to their game against USC. However, UCLA hosts Arizona State for their next game of the season which is very winnable. In the meantime, let’s look at some very interesting in-state rivalry games for week 11 play.

Fresno State still has an opportunity to win the Mountain West Conference title as Air Force is still undefeated in conference play but lost to Army this past weekend and the Bulldogs have the tiebreaker with UNLV who is tied with them in second play as Fresno State defeated the Rebels recently.

The Bulldogs will be favored in the game as they have had an impressive season having defeated two Power Five conference teams on the road this season Purdue and Arizona State. However, San Jose State has won three straight games and will be ready to play in this in-state rivalry game.

The last 10 Years of this series between these two schools: It is even with both schools winning five games each during the past 10 years that these two schools have played one another.

Distance between these two schools: 155 miles

Rivalry Trophy/Nickname: The Battle for the Valley

The Current Win Streak in this series: Fresno State is on a two-game winning streak in their series with San Jose State.

The last meeting between both of these schools: The Bulldogs defeated the Spartans at home by a final score of 17-10.

Final Score Prediction: Fresno State 21 San Jose State 20

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Both teams technically are still in contention to play in the ACC championship game if they were to win their remaining games on their schedule and Louisville and even Georgia Tech were to lose one or even two of their last conference games this season. However, both teams are ready to face off in an intense in-state rivalry between two schools who need this win to bolster their chances of playing in a New Year’s Six bowl game. Let’s take a look at this rivalry which is only a 15-minute drive between these two schools.

The previous ten years of the series: North Carolina has won six games during the past 10 years that these two schools have played one another.

Distance between these two schools: 10 miles

Rivalry Trophy/Nickname: Victory Bell Trophy

Current Win Streak: North Carolina has won the last four games between the two schools.

Last meeting between both schools: The Tar Heels defeated the Blue Devils on the road by a final score of 38-35.

The Final Score Prediction: North Carolina 31 Duke 28 2OT

The ACC match-up between the Tar Heels and the Blue Devils should be an amazing game and possibly the most anticipated game between the two rival schools in a while as both teams have had success on the field thus far this year.