With another edition of the College Football Playoff rankings coming out on Tuesday, and conference championship matchups becoming clearer, many of the top teams across the country are on look-ahead upset alert. Overall this weekend does not pack the same punch as weeks past in terms of marquee games, but there is always chaos down the stretch of the football season.
Without further ado, here are the games to watch this weekend across all time slots.
Thursday, Nov. 21
NC State (4-6) at Georgia Tech (2-8) —> 7 p.m. CST on ESPN
This Thursday night matchup consists of two ACC programs that have struggled this season. Neither team has been overly impressive, but NC State still has a chance to become bowl eligible while Geoff Collins is trying to steer Georgia Tech into relevance once again. Tech is surprisingly a 2.5 point favorite in the only content of the night.
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Friday, Nov. 22
Colorado State (4-6) at Wyoming (6-4) —> 8:30 p.m. CST on ESPN2
Wyoming is the overwhelming favorite, but Colorado State has shown the ability to throw the ball well this season. Colorado State has a big-time offense that averages 460 yards per game, and it has won four of its last six games. Wyoming, on the other hand, has dropped three of their last five. This Mountain West Conference rivalry clash is once again the only game on TV Friday.
Saturday, Nov. 23
No. 8 Penn State (9-1) at No. 2 Ohio State (10-0) —> 11 a.m. CST on FOX
This is the biggest game of the day. Undefeated Ohio State welcomes in a Penn State team that is coming off a loss to Minnesota that dropped them considerably down the playoff ladder. The Buckeyes have appeared to be one of, if not the, best team in the country. Chase Young will be returning from a suspension, and he is as impactful as any player in the nation. Not many people are giving Penn State a chance in this one, but the Nittany Lions still control their own destiny for the conference championship.
No. 10 Minnesota (9-1) at Northwestern (2-8) —> 11 a.m. CST on ABC
This game does not have nearly as much on the line anymore after Iowa took down the Gophers last weekend, but it will definitely be a second morning game to keep an eye on. Minnesota should win this one, especially given Northwestern’s offensive struggles, but Northwestern can be pesky.
Other morning games of interest: Illinois at Iowa, Oklahoma State at West Virginia, Kansas at Iowa State
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Purdue (4-6) at No. 12 Wisconsin —> 3 p.m. CST on FOX
Saturday marks senior day for 13 players on Wisconsin’s football team. The game will be their last time playing inside Camp Randall stadium. How will the Badgers deal with those emotions against an injury riddled Purdue squad?
No. 13 Michigan (8-2) at Indiana (7-3) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on ESPN
Both of these teams have lost to Penn State now, but Michigan is playing its best football ever since. Indiana will be a tougher opponent though than Michigan’s last four games, and Indiana has a great offense. Both teams average 33 points per game offensively, so whichever defense can make more plays will likely win this one.
Texas A&M (7-3) at No. 4 Georgia (9-1) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on CBS
Georgia has rebounded nicely from a crazy loss to South Carolina. The Bulldogs have already clinched the SEC east division, but the Aggies have won their last four games. Jimbo Fisher is a great head coach, and he will have Texas A&M up for this game, will Kirby Smart have Georgia fired up to play?
Other afternoon games of interest: Texas at Baylor, UCLA at USC, SMU at Navy, Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech.
No. 6 Oregon (9-1) at Arizona State (5-5) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on ABC
Oregon is in striking distance for the playoff. With a strong defense and Justin Herbert at quarterback, the Ducks have earned their high ranking since an opening loss to Auburn. Arizona State has been very up and down, but freshman quarterback Jayden Daniels has been solid. In case you need reminding, weird things can happen in Tempe. Is Oregon the next victim?
Other primetime games of interest: Temple at Cincinnati, Kansas State at Texas Tech, Tennessee at Missouri, TCU at Oklahoma.
No. 7 Utah (9-1) at Arizona (4-6) —> 9 p.m. CST on FS1
The Utah Utes, like Oregon, control their own path. They have rattled off six consecutive wins since a heartbreaking loss at USC. Arizona, on the other hand, has lost its last five games, and it hasn’t been pretty. Arizona head coach Kevin Sumlin recently dismissed defensive coordinator Marcel Yates and fired linebackers coach John Rushing. Arizona’s offense can do some damage, but it will be interesting to see if the defensive changes can swing momentum. Utah is one of the more complete teams in college football.
Washington (6-4) at Colorado (4-6) —> 9 p.m. CST on ESPN
Washington has been one of the bigger disappointments across college football, losing three of its last five games. Colorado got off to a great start with a win over Nebraska, but it has also struggled for the majority of the year. New head coach Mel Tucker will look to obtain a signature win for his Colorado program.
Other after dark games of interest: Boise State at Utah State, San Diego State at Hawaii.