Week 12 of the college football season has already begun with plenty of incredible finishes including Thursday night’s miracle win for Tulsa, which should keep the Golden Hurricane inside the Top 25.
What kind of action will we see on Saturday? There are several matchups that will shape what conference titles will look like a few weeks from now. Let’s take a look at a few games to watch, and one to avoid.
The Big Ten should be fun on Saturday with two games that are essentially going to be looked at as division championship battles. It starts with Big Ten East undefeateds Indiana and Ohio State getting together at noon ET, followed by a Big Ten West showdown between Wisconsin and Northwestern, both of which haven’t lost this year. Ohio State is about a three-touchdown favorite, so let’s go with the game in Evanston as the top game in Week 12.
Despite all the success Wisconsin has had as a program over the last two decades, the Badgers really struggle on the road against Northwestern. Since 1999, Wisconsin is 1-5 straight up at Ryan Field. Both teams head into this game with very good defenses, but the Badgers should have a big advantage on the offensive side of the ball. The winner of this game has the inside track at earning a spot in the conference title game assuming the winner gets six Big Ten regular season games in.
If there was ever a time for a Group of 5 team to be a part of the College Football Playoff, 2020 might be the year. Two teams are deserving of consideration including Cincinnati and BYU, and the Bearcats have arguably their toughest remaining test of the regular season when they play the UCF Knights on the road Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Cincinnati has been blowing out every team it plays and has outscored opponents 291-87 in its 7-0 season so far. The Bearcats are coming off a 55-17 home win over East Carolina and are tied with Tulsa at 5-0 atop the AAC standings. Cincinnati and Tulsa will meet in the regular season finale on Dec. 4. After consecutive losses to Tulsa and Memphis, UCF appears to have turned a corner, winning three games in a row by 17 points or more.
Cincinnati could put itself in good position leading into Tuesday’s first College Football Playoff rankings reveal.
Oh how Florida State has fallen. Less than a decade ago, the Seminoles won a national title. They will enter Saturday’s game as five-touchdown underdogs at home. At least their game against the Clemson Tigers should get done early with a noon ET kickoff on ABC, but this is one fans across the country can skip. Yes, Trevor Lawrence will play for the first time in a while after testing positive for the coronavirus, but after watching him for nearly three years, I’m not sure we’ll learn too much about him and this Clemson team as a Seminoles destruction will take place Saturday afternoon.