College football schedule, Week 12: What games to watch, TV times, channels

When you looked at last week’s schedule of games, there wasn’t much that stood out. In fact, the slate looked pretty boring on paper. There were only two games between ranked teams and one of those games featured the Nos. 24 and 25 teams.

Again, it was not promising.

As we all know by now, appearances can be decieving, as an ordinary slate of games somehow ended up with three of the top four teams in the country losing. Well, this week’s slate is a bit more interesting, and it features games that will have a major impact on the College Football Playoff picture, upsets or no upsets.

There are quite a few key games this weekend that will help decide division titles, and division titles help settle conference titles, and conference champions tend to go to the playoff.

So let’s settle in and go over which games matter the most this weekend.

Marquee matchups

No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan State Spartans — Noon, ESPN: Here’s the thing about Ohio State. I think too many people are putting too much stock in the fact the Buckeyes are currently ranked No. 2. I’ve heard so many opine that by simply winning out, even if they don’t win the Big Ten, being at No. 2 right now means Ohio State is destined for the playoff. I don’t buy that for a second. I’m of the opinion that Ohio State needs to win the Big Ten, and that if it doesn’t, it will need a lot of help elsewhere.

Well, first things first, Ohio State needs to win its remaining games, starting with a Michigan State team that’s down but would absolutely love to spoil the Buckeyes’ season. Let’s not forget last year’s game, in which Michigan State was missing Connor Cook and had to rely on backup quarterbacks. Nobody gave it a shot then, and it ended up winning the game. Nobody’s giving it a shot now. Could we see a repeat performance?

No. 23 Florida Gators at No. 16 LSU Tigers — 1 p.m., SEC Network: Ah yes, the game Tennessee Volunteers and LSU fans told you that Florida was scared to play, because canceling a game that would have involved over 90,000 people descending upon Gainesville, Florida, and sitting in a stadium during a hurricane is a sign of cowardice and nothing more. Well, Florida was so terrified that it not only rescheduled the game, but moved it from Gainesville to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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