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College Football Week 12 Schedule: After Louisville loss, who’s next?

The Big XII gets the top game of the weekend, and it is a virtual elimination game for one of the conference’s top teams.

West Virginia v Oklahoma

It’s entirely possible that the biggest result of the week in college football has already happened. On Thursday night, #5 Louisville - who features the prohibitive Heisman Trophy favorite in quarterback Lamar Jackson - got drubbed at the hands of the Houston Cougars, once thought to be contenders for the College Football Playoff in their own right.

This result is a welcome sight for teams around the bubble, as this all but knocks Louisville out of contention for the Playoff. A couple of UWs in particular - Washington and Wisconsin - have to be thrilled by this result. With either the #2 or #3 team in the country sure to suffer a loss next week (when Ohio State hosts Michigan), that opens the door for either one to find a spot into the top four.

Wisconsin’s route to its first Playoff appearance is clear: win out against a bad Purdue team and a Minnesota squad that has played little real competition, then beat whoever ends up in Indianapolis from the Big Ten East. Badger fans should hope that Penn State wins out, because the Wisconsin defense should match up well with James Franklin’s squad.

Today, however, the Big XII is on the outside looking in at the Playoff, but could get some help with some more upsets. However, it has two of its top two contenders playing each other today - one-loss West Virginia, and 8-2 Oklahoma, who is unbeaten in the conference. Tune in for that game tonight, and enjoy the penultimate Saturday of the regular season!

Early Games

#2 Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan State Spartans

12:00 PM ET (11 AM CT)
Spartan Stadium
East Lansing, MI

#7 Wisconsin Badgers at Purdue Boilermakers

12:00 PM ET (11 AM CT)
Ross-Ade Stadium
West Lafayette, IN

#11 Oklahoma State Cowboys at TCU Horned Frogs

11:00 AM CT
Amon G. Carter Stadium
Fort Worth, TX
FOX Sports 1

Maryland Terrapins at #18 Nebraska Cornhuskers

11:00 AM CT
Memorial Stadium
Lincoln, NE

#23 Florida Gators at #16 LSU Tigers

1:00 PM ET (12 Noon CT)
Tiger Stadium
Baton Rouge, LA
SEC Network

Oregon Ducks at #12 Utah Utes

12 Noon MT (1:00 CT)
Rice-Eccles Stadium
Salt Lake City, UT

Afternoon Kickoffs

Missouri Tigers at #19 Tennessee Volunteers

3:30 PM ET (2:30 CT)
Neyland Stadium
Knoxville, TN

#22 Washington State Cougars at #10 Colorado Buffaloes

1:30 PM MT (2:30 CT)
Folsom Field
Boulder, CO

Indiana Hoosiers at #3 Michigan Wolverines

3:30 PM ET (2:30 CT)
Michigan Stadium
Ann Arbor, MI

Buffalo Bulls at #21 Western Michigan Broncos

3:30 PM ET (2:30 CT)
Waldo Stadium
Kalamazoo, MI

#17 Florida State Seminoles at Syracuse Orange

3:30 PM ET (2:30 CT)
Carrier Dome
Syracuse, NY

Night Games

Chattanooga at #1 Alabama Crimson Tide

6:00 PM CT
Bryant-Denny Stadium
Tuscaloosa, AL

#4 Clemson Tigers at Wake Forest Demon Deacons

7:00 PM ET (6:00 CT)
BB&T Field
Winston-Salem, NC

Arizona State Sun Devils at #6 Washington Huskies

4:30 PM PT (6:30 CT)
Husky Stadium
Seattle, WA

#9 Oklahoma Sooners at #14 West Virginia Mountaineers

8:00 PM ET (7:00 CT)
Milan Puskar Stadium
Morgantown, WV

#8 Penn State Nittany Lions at Rutgers Scarlet Knights

8:00 PM ET (7:00 CT)
High Point Solutions Stadium
Piscataway, NJ
Big Ten Network

#13 USC Trojans at UCLA Bruins

7:30 PM PT (9:30 CT)
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, CA