December 2, 2023

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Washington at Oregon, Texas at Iowa and more

Washington at Oregon, Texas at Iowa and more

The penultimate week of the college football season has arrived and there is still a lot to be decided.

With five teams undefeated and four more with one loss, the College Football Playoff race could go in many directions. There are also conference title races coming down to the wire and more than 20 teams on pace to qualify for the tournament.

Week 12 didn’t provide many surprises, but there were some historic wins. No. 3 Michigan got things started early in the day, beating Maryland in a nerve-wracking affair for the 1,000th win in program history. This, of course, happened without Jim Harbaugh on the sidelines. Later, Louisville made its own history with a win over Miami, earning a spot in the ACC title game for the first time in program history.

Appalachian State then beat previously undefeated James Madison and New Mexico State pulled off a upset upset over Auburn to add some flavor to the day.

Competition week is looming and the pace of training has already picked up, so we are about to wrap up the season with events.

Here’s what we’re watching Saturday night (scroll for live updates):

Time: 7:30 PM | TV: ABC | Font: OSU -2.5 | Total: 63.5

Washington continues to find ways to win and can clinch a spot in the Pac-12 title game with a road win over Oregon State. The Huskies improved to 10-0 by defeating Utah 35-28 last Saturday and star QB Michael Penix Jr. was outstanding. With the Pac-12’s final season sadly over, Oregon still has a chance to walk away with its first outright conference title since 1956 by beating Washington and then Oregon next week. The Beavers are 16-1 in their last 17 home games and are actually favored over the undefeated Huskies.

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Time: 8 pm | TV: Fox | Font: UT -7.5 | Total: 47.5

Texas is still in the CFP chase and can clinch a spot in the Big 12 title game with a win over Iowa State. The Longhorns got QB Quinn Ewers back from injury for the game, but lost star running back Jonathon Brooks to a knee injury. Iowa State is also alive in the Big 12 title hunt. The Cyclones are 6-4 overall but 5-2 in conference play entering the final two weeks and need to upset Texas to keep their conference championship hopes alive.