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College football viewing guide: Week 12

The Badgers have a huge game on Saturday, but that isn’t the only contest to keep an eye on this weekend.

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Wisconsin is back on the football field again this weekend, squaring off with Northwestern. While that game is of the utmost importance to fans of the Badgers, there are still plenty of solid games that round out the weekend.

Per usual, we at B5Q have you covered on which games to watch across all of the weeks action in college football. Without further ado, here are the best games in each time window.

Thursday, Nov. 19

Tulane (5-4) at No. 25 Tulsa (4-1) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on ESPN

Tulsa scored a huge win last weekend over SMU, catapulting them into the rankings ahead of a home matchup with Tulane. The Golden Hurricane’s lone loss this season came in the opener against Oklahoma State, in a close one. If Tulsa wants to keep pace with Cincinnati in the American, they will need to take care of Tulane first.

Friday, Nov. 20

Purdue (2-1) at Minnesota (1-3) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on BTN

Purdue was served their first L of the season at the hands of Northwestern a week ago, while Minnesota has seemingly stacked up losses outside of a blowout of Illinois a couple weeks back. The Boilermakers are a slight favorite heading into TCF Bank Stadium, where Minnesota will play their second Friday night game of the year. The first time Minnesota played on a Friday, they lost to Maryland. Will Fridays continue to be a struggle for the Gophers?

Rebecca Black “Friday” Billboard Unveiling Ceremony Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage

Other Friday games of interest:

  • Syracuse (1-7) at Louisville (2-6) —> 6 p.m. CST on ESPN
  • New Mexico State (0-3) at Air Force (1-2) —> 8:30 p.m. CST on FS1

Saturday, Nov. 21

Morning games

No. 9 Indiana (4-0) at No. 3 Ohio State (0-1) —> 11 a.m. CST on FOX

The top two teams in the B1G East showdown in Columbus for Big Noon Saturday. Ohio State is a 20-point favorite in this one, and is widely considered the better team. Undefeated Indiana is a big underdog, but they have been very good at taking advantage of opportunities and creating turnovers this year. Can Indiana keep this one interesting and shake up the B1G? Or will OSU continue to roll towards a playoff berth?

Other morning games of interest:

  • Appalachian State (6-1) at No. 15 Coastal Carolina (7-0) —> 11 a.m. CST on ESPN2
  • No. 4 Clemson (7-1) at Florida State (2-6) —> 11 a.m. CST on ABC
  • Illinois (1-3) at Nebraska (1-2) —> 11 a.m. CST on BTN
  • LSU (2-3) at Arkansas (3-4) —> 11 a.m. CST on SECN

Afternoon games

No. 10 Wisconsin (2-0) at No. 19 Northwestern (4-0) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on ABC

This weekends matchup with Northwestern is potentially the biggest game remaining for the Badgers during the regular season. The undefeated Wildcats are not spectacular on offense, but they do have a stout defense that has helped them win some tough conference games. Wisconsin has yet to encounter a close game, but should anticipate a fight on Saturday in Evanston.

Other afternoon games of interest:

  • No. 7 Cincinnati (7-0) at UCF (5-2) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on ESPN
  • Iowa (2-2) at Penn State (0-4) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on BTN
  • Kansas State (4-3) at No. 17 Iowa State (5-2) —> 3 p.m. CST on FOX
  • Kentucky (3-4) at No. 1 Alabama (6-0) —> 3 p.m. CST SECN

Primetime games

No. 14 Oklahoma State (5-1) at No. 18 Oklahoma (5-2) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on ABC

The annual Battle of Bedlam features both teams in the top-25 this season. Oklahoma had a rocky start but has since rebounded nicely winning their last four games. Their counterpart, Oklahoma State lost to Texas two weeks ago, but have otherwise looked good, especially on defense. With both teams still very much in the hunt for a Big-12 title, this is a must win for bragging rights in the state.

Other primetime games of interest:

  • Tennessee (2-4) at No. 23 Auburn (4-2) —> 6 p.m. CST on ESPN
  • Mississippi State (2-4) at No. 13 Georgia (4-2) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on SECN
  • Michigan (1-3) at Rutgers (1-3) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on BTN
  • Arizona (0-1) at Washington (1-0) —> 7 p.m. CST on FOX

After dark

No. 20 USC (2-0) at Utah (0-0) —> 9:30 p.m. CST on ESPN

USC has narrowly won the past two weeks. Utah on the other hand has yet to hit the field at all. The Utes lost a lot of production from last year's team, but in a wacky year there is no telling what this late game could have in store. The Trojans are only a three-point favorite, this is a great after dark special to keep an eye on for the nightcap.

Other late night games:

  • Washington State (1-1) at Stanford (0-2) —> 9:30 p.m. CST on FS1
  • Boise State (3-1) at Hawaii (2-2) —> 10 p.m. CST on CBSSN