CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Lukewarm leftovers, you ask? Not here, not this college pigskin weekend.
However, there could be carcasses, however, if West Virginia and Marshall lose in games that loom bigger in these parts than that inflatable turkey that flew in the annual Macy's parade on Thursday.
We don't have Arkansas-LSU or Ohio State-Michigan or an Iron Bowl, but the Mountaineers and Herd, on their Senior Days, too, face crucial home games that will go a long way and all the way - counting both cases - in determining where and whether the state's two major programs play a bowl game.
The "Backyard Brawl," as has been the custom in recent years, is more than the 104th WVU-Pitt clash, and not just because new coaches Dana Holgorsen and Todd Graham don't seem to go to the same barber.
The winner of tonight's game stays in the tortoise-like Big East title race and BCS bid chase.
The loser is likely bowled over to a Belk (for WVU) or Beef O'Brady's (for Pitt) bid.
On Saturday afternoon at Edwards Stadium, Marshall and East Carolina square off in a matchup of 5-6 teams (both 4-3 Conference USA). If the Herd has a football rivalry with anyone in far-flung C-USA, it's the Pirates.
The winner knows it is going to a bowl, likely the Beef O'Brady's. The loser knows it's 5-7 and headed for the weight room. And if the latter is Marshall, there will be winter-long grousing in Herdland about Coach Doc Holliday's prescription for returning the Herd to some semblance of success.
As for the Mountaineers (7-3, 3-2) and Panthers (5-5, 3-2), they'll know a few hours before kickoff a bit more about just what's needed to hang in the race for the Big East's BCS berth with yet another weekend to play. Right now, it's five teams with two league losses.
At 11 a.m. today, Louisville (6-5, 4-2) goes to South Florida (5-5, 1-4) with a chance to clinch at least a tie for the Big East title. It's the Cardinals' regular-season finale.
A Bulls victory puts the WVU-Pitt victor in better stead, especially the Mountaineers, who have lost the head-to-head tiebreaker with U of L.
Rutgers (8-3, 4-2) also can clinch that same title tie, finishing its regular season at noon Saturday at Connecticut (4-6, 2-3), which needs to win out to become bowl-eligible. The other Saturday Big East game sends another contender, Cincinnati (7-3, 3-2) to sagging Syracuse (5-5, 1-4), also playing for its bowl-bidness.
Next week, WVU goes to South Florida on Thursday night, with UConn at Cincinnati and Syracuse at Pitt at noon Saturday, the Panthers' eighth - count 'em - home date this season, the most in the Big East.
If Pitt wins the Backyard Brawl for the 62nd time, it all figures to come down to that finale with the Orange (winless outdoors this season) at Heinz Field. If WVU wins tonight, those two Dec. 3 games could be meaningless for the title.