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College football viewing guide: Week 13

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Friday and Saturday are completely full of great games to keep you glued to the couch.

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The Wisconsin Badgers (2-1 overall, 2-1 B1G) are once again off this weekend due to COVID-19 concerns with Minnesota, but there are plenty of other big games on the slate this extended weekend.

Per custom, we at B5Q give you the rundown of the top games on TV across all the major time slots to help you plan accordingly for the weekend.

Thursday, Nov. 26

Stick to family and/or the NFL on Thursday, unless you are really into seeing either New Mexico or Utah State get their first win of the year.

Friday, Nov. 27

No. 15 Iowa State (6-2) at No. 20 Texas (5-2) —> 11 a.m. CST on ABC

Iowa State has the inside track on a trip to the Big-12 Championship, but a win over Texas would all but cement it. The Cyclones have played extremely well since losing in shocking fashion to Louisiana-Lafayette to start the year. On the other side of the ball, Texas still has a shot to make things interesting down the stretch as well with a win. This should be a really entertaining game Friday morning.

No. 2 Notre Dame (8-0) at No. 25 North Carolina (6-2) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on ABC

Keep the channel on ABC following the big game in the Big-12 for a key contest in the ACC. Notre Dame is in line to potentially make the ACC Championship game in their one-year experiment with the conference, but North Carolina should give them a good fight. Under Mack Brown the Tar Heels have been much improved, and their offense can put up points in droves. The Irish are only a five-point favorite right now, so expect a good game.

No. 9 Oregon (3-0) at Oregon State (1-2) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on ESPN

Oregon State is finally somewhat relevant under Jonathan Smith, but the Civil War rivalry has been dominated by Oregon for some time now. The Ducks are a heavy favorite, but this is the best game in the latter stages of the day to tune into.

Other Friday games of interest:

  • Nebraska (1-3) at Iowa (3-2) —> 12 p.m. CST on FOX
  • Stanford (0-2) at Cal (0-2) —> 3 p.m. CST on FOX

Saturday, Nov. 28

Morning games

Kentucky (3-5) at No. 6 Florida (6-1) —> 11 a.m. CST on ESPN

Florida has been cruising along since a heartbreaking loss to Texas A&M in their third game of the season. Kyle Trask is on an absolute tear, and has the offense playing extremely well. The last time that Kentucky went to Gainesville though they left with a W. The chances of that outcome being repeated are low, but the morning window is not that strong.

Maryland (2-1) at No. 12 Indiana (4-1) —> 11 a.m. CST on ESPN2

Normally folks would be all over the Penn State and Michigan showdown on ABC, but Maryland and Indiana has a better chance of good football. Both the Terrapins and Hoosiers have played well this season, and Indiana has a chance at their best season in some time. If you are really looking for some Blue Blood tears the game on ABC might be more interesting for you though.

Other morning games of interest:

  • No. 3 Ohio State (4-0) at Illinois (2-3) —> 11 a.m. CST on FS1
  • Penn State (0-5) at Michigan (2-3) —> 11 a.m. CST on ABC
  • Texas Tech (3-5) at No. 21 Oklahoma State (5-2) —> 11 a.m. CST on FOX

Afternoon games

No. 22 Auburn (5-2) at No. 1 Alabama (7-0) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on CBS

The Iron Bowl is generally a fun one. Alabama has proven to be one of the best teams per usual this season, while Auburn has been solidly up and down. The Crimson Tide will likely be without head coach Nick Saban after he recently tested positive for COVID-19, adding a little wrinkle to this matchup. Wild things can tend to happen in this rivalry, making it the best game of the afternoon now that the Badgers game is off the table.

Other afternoon games of interest:

  • Colorado (2-0) at No. 19 USC (3-0) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on ABC
  • Pittsburgh (5-4) at No. 4 Clemson (7-1) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on ESPN
  • No. 11 Northwestern (5-0) at Michigan State (1-3) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on ESPN2
  • San Jose State (4-0) at Boise State (4-1) —> 3 p.m. CST on FOX

Primetime games

LSU (3-3) at No. 5 Texas A&M (5-1) —> 6 p.m. CST on ESPN

A year removed from winning a national title, LSU has been a pretty big disappointment in 2020. The Tigers don’t have nearly the talent that they had a year ago, but best believe they would love to crash Texas A&M’s playoff hopes. If this contest is anything like the seven overtime thriller from 2018, it will be must see TV.

Utah (0-1) at Washington (2-0) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on ABC

Washington is off to a great start in year one of Jimmy Lake’s tenure. The Huskies might not be the real UW around the midwest, but they will be attempting to avenge last years close loss to the Utes.

Other primetime games of interest:

  • No. 9 Georgia (5-2) at South Carolina (2-6) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on SECN
  • Arizona (0-2) at UCLA (1-2) —> 7 p.m. CST on FOX