College Football Preview – Week 12

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For the foreseeable future my Saturdays in the fall are consumed by college football. I often include a second, and sometimes third screen in my day, and this year will be no exception. Be that as it may, I figured a good way to preview the college football weekends would be to go through the day and say what I plan to watch on each screen.

Thursday, November 14th

Evening

Main Screen
Georgia Tech at Clemson (7:30 pm/ESPN) – Tough slate compared to last Thursday, but at least this one features a top 10 team. Despite a recent 3-game losing streak, Georgia Tech still sits atop the ACC Coastal except that they would lose a two team tiebreaker with Virginia Tech if they both finish with two wins. Their triple option offense can be tough to prepare for, but Clemson is so good it shouldn’t be close.

Friday, November 16th

Evening

Main Screen
Washington at UCLA (8 pm/ESPN2) – This game looked a lot better 6 weeks ago. After Washington lost three in a row to Stanford, Oregon and Arizona St., and UCLA lost two in a row to Stanford and Oregon, it lost a bit of luster. UCLA remains in the hunt for the SEC south but can’t look ahead to Arizona St. next week.

Saturday, November 16th

Morning

Main Screen
Ohio St. at Illinois (11 am/ESPN) – Illinois has no chance, but the pickings are slim in the morning. Ohio St. has to continue to make statements to keep the voters going, so they might try to run this one up.

Second Screen
Indiana at Wisconsin (11 am/ESPN2) – Things fall apart really fast. But Wisconsin has a really good defense and Indiana has a really good offense, so something has to give here. Melvin Gordon continues to put up ridiculous stats and there is no reason he won’t do that again here.

Third Screen
Iowa St. at Oklahoma (11 am/Fox Sports 1) – This one won’t be close, but there really isn’t anything else worth mentioning.

Afternoon

Main Screen
Georgia at Auburn (2:30 pm/CBS) – On the short list for game of the day. Auburn is still alive in the SEC race and has a bye before the big Iron Bowl against Alabama. Georgia has been ravaged by injuries but has still had a decent season and is coming off two wins. They might be able to give Auburn a challenge depending on who all plays.

Second Screen
Oklahoma St. at Texas (2:30 pm/Fox) – Texas is still undefeated in the Big 12 and has a chance to make it to a BCS bowl. They close with a tough schedule starting with this one. Oklahoma St. is back up to #12 after 5 straight wins. They close with Texas, Baylor and Oklahoma, which means they could get way up into the top 10 if things break right. In other words, this is must win for both teams.

Third Screen
Michigan St. at Nebraska (2:30 pm/ABC or ESPN2) – My friend Jeremy will be happy to finally see Nebraska on here. The Cornhuskers have a chance to detail Michigan St.’s perfect Big Ten season. The Spartans are probably the most under the radar 1-loss team in the country and losing here would put Nebraska in the driver’s seat for the Legends division. Both teams division chances ride on this one.

Evening

Main Screen
Texas Tech at Baylor (6 pm/Fox) – I properly predicted Texas Tech’s drop from #10, and after three straight losses they are out of the top 25 and have pretty much no shot at winning the Big 12. But they bring the top passing attack against Baylor in which could be a barnburner. The thing is Baylor’s defense is very underrated. It’s actually one of the best in the country, and they should handily win this one.

Second Screen
Stanford at USC (7 pm/ABC) – USC has won three straight and Ed Orgeron has them playing well. Stanford played spoiler at USC a few times in the past, and this is finally USC’s chance. Stanford lost on the road to Utah, so it’s possible they could struggle here. If they get past it though, they finish with home games at home against Cal and Notre Dame, so this might be their last challenge.

Third Screen
Alabama at Mississippi St. (6:45 pm/ESPN) – As well coached as Alabama is, they aren’t the kind of team to suffer from a “letdown” game. They have Chattanooga next week, so there is no look ahead. Meanwhile Dan Mullen’s team has lost three straight, and with just 4 wins, assuming they lose, they have to beat both Arkansas and Ole Miss to get to a bowl. If they don’t make a bowl, Dan Mullen might be done in Starkville.

Did I miss any games you will be watching?