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College football viewing guide: Week 14

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The Badgers are back in action and they highlight one of many key matchups across the world of college football this weekend.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 28 Coastal Carolina at Texas State Photo by John Rivera/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Wisconsin is back in business this week with a huge matchup against Indiana. While that game is by far the most important of the weekend for Badger fans, there are plenty of other great games to keep an eye on over the next handful of days.

With that in mind, here is the weekly rundown of the top games to choose from to grace your television set this weekend.

Thursday, Dec. 3

There aren’t a lot of great games to choose from on Thursday night. CBS Sports has a couple games to choose from if you need some football since there isn’t an NFL game to watch.

Thursday games of interest:

  • Louisiana Tech (4-3) at North Texas (3-4) —> 5 p.m. CST on CBSSN
  • Air Force (2-2) at Utah State (1-4) —> 8:30 p.m. CST on CBSSN

Friday, Dec. 4

No. 25 Louisiana-Lafayette (8-1) at Appalachian State (7-2) —> 7:30 p.m. CST on ESPN

Potentially one of the best games of the weekend at the Group of Five level pits two Sun Belt teams against one another. Louisiana has been a really fun team this year under Billy Napier, and have a top-10 win over Iowa State on their resume. Both teams have lost to Coastal Carolina in conference, making this game extremely more important for bowl representation.

Saturday, Dec. 5

Morning games

No. 5 Texas A&M (6-1) at Auburn (5-3) —> 11 a.m. CST on ESPN

Auburn didn’t have a chance against Alabama a week ago, but then again no one else has, Texas A&M included. Auburn will look to spoil a strong start for Kellen Mond and a solid A&M team that is still in the thick of things for a potential playoff spot.

No. 4 Ohio State (4-0) at Michigan State (2-3) —> 11 a.m. CST on ABC

As things currently stand, this game is tentatively still on. Ohio State has been dealing with teamwide COVID-19 issues, but for now the team is expected to play without head coach Ryan Day in attendance. Michigan State has been all over the place this season, and therefore this game is fairly unpredictable in terms of what fans should see. Ohio State is a heavy favorite nonetheless.

Other morning games of interest:

  • No. 15 Oklahoma State (6-2) at TCU (4-4) —> 11 a.m. CST on ESPN2
  • Texas (5-3) at Kansas State (4-5) —> 11 a.m. CST on FOX
  • Nebraska (1-4) at Purdue (2-3) —> 11 a.m. CST on BTN
  • Penn State (1-5) at Rutgers (2-4) —> 11 a.m. CST on FS1

Afternoon games

No. 12 Indiana (5-1) at No. 16 Wisconsin (2-1) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on ABC

The Badgers are finally back on the field after another game was canceled a week ago. Indiana will be without starting quarterback Michael Penix, Jr., but the Hoosier defense has been masterful at getting to the quarterback and forcing turnovers. Wisconsin will need to play much better than they did two weeks ago in a sloppy loss to Northwestern.

No. 13 BYU (9-0) at No. 18 Coastal Carolina (9-0) —> 4:30 p.m. CST on ESPNU

Hoo boy, COVID-19 finally did something positive for folks. Coastal Carolina was supposed to be playing Liberty this weekend, but due to Coronavirus concerns, Liberty had to pull out of the game. In quick fashion Coastal Carolina got on the horn with BYU and set up a huge contest that has bowl and potentially playoff implications. College Gameday will be on site for this crucial matchup, and it should be a fun one.

Other afternoon games of interest:

  • No. 6 Florida (7-1) at Tennessee (2-5) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on CBS
  • West Virginia (5-3) at No. 9 Iowa State (7-2) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on ESPN
  • No. 19 Iowa (4-2) at Illinois (2-3) —> 2:30 p.m. CST on FS1
  • Stanford (1-2) at No. 22 Washington (3-0) —> 3 p.m. CST on FOX

Primetime games

No. 3 Clemson (8-1) at Virginia Tech (4-5) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on ABC

Virginia Tech has fallen off a bit this season after three straight losses, but at night and at home, maybe the Hokies can keep it close with the No. 3 team in the land. Clemson is on a warpath after a narrow loss to Notre Dame, and enters the game as three score favorites.

No. 1 Alabama (8-0) at LSU (3-4) —> 7 p.m. CST on CBS

This contest was so much fun last year, as LSU was on their way to a historic championship run. Alabama seems poised to potentially go on their own run towards a title berth, but they will need to get past a very different LSU team first. The Tigers have been a shell of themselves this season after losing the majority of their starters and a large chunk of the coaching staff from a year ago.

Other primetime games of interest:

  • No. 23 Oregon (3-1) at Cal (0-3) —> 6 p.m. CST on ESPN
  • Colorado (3-0) at Arizona (0-3) —> 6 p.m. CST on FS1
  • Baylor (2-5) at No. 11 Oklahoma (6-2) —> 7 p.m. CST on FOX

After dark

Oregon State (2-2) at Utah (0-2) —> 9:30 p.m. CST on ESPN

Oregon State had a huge win last week over rival Oregon. Can the Beavers keep momentum going, or are they in a letdown spot here against a Utah team that has struggled so far this season?

Other late night games:

Sunday, Dec. 6

Washington State (1-1) at No. 20 USC (3-0) —> 6:30 p.m. CST on FS1

In a college football rarity, we have football on Sunday. This game was pushed back due to COVID-19 complications, but the game is expected to still happen as of this time. USC is now the highest ranked Pac-12 team in the rankings, and will look to stay perfect against Washington State and new coach Nick Rolovich.