College Football Week 12 Schedule: Must-See Matchups You Can't Miss This Weekend

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 12, 2013

November 7, 2013; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal linebacker Jarek Lancaster (35) celebrates after recovering a fumble by Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (8, not pictured) during the third quarter at Stanford Stadium. Stanford defeated Oregon 26-20. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

How does college football possibly try to match last week's action? With more college football, of course.

Just look at some of the matchups from last week.

Oregon-Stanford was one of the most highly anticipated games of the season, and that happened on a Thursday—as did Baylor-Oklahoma. Then you had LSU-Alabama on Saturday. I hate to break it to you, but you're not going to get that high volume of great games every weekend.

Fear not, though, as Week 12 features plenty of entertaining action to keep your Saturday booked solid from morning to night.

These five games highlight what should be a fun weekend of college football.


No. 5 Baylor Bears vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders, 7 p.m. ET, Fox

Nov 7, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears mascot Bruiser celebrates with the team after a victory against the Oklahoma Sooners at Floyd Casey Stadium. Baylor beat Oklahoma 41-12. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

It's been a precipitous fall for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. They were up as high as 10th in the country before their loss to the Oklahoma Sooners. Then came the defeats at the hands of the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Kansas State Wildcats.

Now Kliff Kingsbury's team is unranked.

This game is a chance to save some face for Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are going to get stuck in some marginal bowl, so they might as well have some fun getting there.

For the Baylor Bears, they can strengthen their BCS resume with another big win. Needing to overtake Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State and Stanford in the standings, they must win on Saturday and do so easily. Any sign of weakness will immediately be scrutinized by the voters.


No. 24 Texas Longhorns vs. No. 12 Oklahoma State Cowboys, 3:30 p.m. ET, Fox

Nov. 9, 2013; Stillwater, OK, USA;  Oklahoma State Cowboys run out to the field before the game against the Kansas Jayhawks at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-USA TODAY Sports

This is the beginning of a tough three-game stretch to end the season for the Texas Longhorns. They get Oklahoma State and Texas Tech at home and then finish with a road game at Baylor. Piece of cake.

As long as Texas can win out, it will win the conference. Even if the Longhorns lose, they could still hold on to the Big 12 title with a win over Baylor and other things falling into place.

On the other sideline, a loss would almost certainly eliminate the Cowboys from title contention. They'd have to overtake both the Longhorns and Bears and then beat the Sooners in order to come out on top.

They've also yet to get that signature win, as beating Texas Tech is beginning to lose most of its significance. Knocking off Oklahoma would look very good to the voters.


No. 10 South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Florida Gators, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Nov 2, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp reacts during the first half of the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Will Muschamp is dangling off the cliff's edge when it comes to his job security. Funny how Steve Spurrier could provide that final push.

2013 has been a disaster for the Florida Gators. Injuries have had a big impact on the team, but that doesn't answer why Muschamp's play-calling has at times been comically conservative.

A win over South Carolina might mean that he keeps his job at least through the start of next season. A loss, however, would only hasten his departure.

Spurrier has the luxury of job security. He'd still have his job after a loss to Florida.

What he likely wouldn't have is any shot at the SEC East crown. Having three losses this late into the season would push the Gamecocks out of the conference title picture.


No. 7 Auburn Tigers vs. No. 25 Georgia Bulldogs, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS

Nov 9, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn leaves the field with Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates (18) followed by Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall (14) after defeating the Tennessee Volunteers 55-23 at Neyland Stadium. Mandat

Beating Texas A&M helped to put Auburn back on the map this season after a disastrous 2012.

Since then, though, the Tigers haven't been tested too much. Victories over Arkansas and Tennessee don't carry as much weight as they would have in years past.

Knocking off the Georgia Bulldogs would bolster that BCS resume and build much-needed momentum heading into the Iron Bowl on Nov. 30.

The Bulldogs' season has already been derailed after those back-to-back losses to Missouri and Vanderbilt in October. Getting a win over Auburn, though, would be a nice feather in the team's cap and help Mark Richt stay off the hot seat.

In addition, Georgia needs to keep pace with South Carolina and Missouri in the SEC East.


 USC Trojans vs. No. 4 Stanford Cardinal, 8 p.m. ET, ABC

CORVALLIS, OR - NOVEMBER 01: Head coach Ed Orgeron of the USC Trojans celebrates with wide receiver Nelson Agholor #15 of the USC Trojans after the Trojans scored during the first quarter of the game against the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium on No

It would be almost poetic to see the roles reversed from that historic 2007 game, when the Cardinal upset the heavily favored Trojans on the road.

While USC isn't anywhere near as much of an underdog as Stanford was then, the Trojans winning on Saturday would still be a shock and provide a contrast to how this game has played out on almost every other occasion.

The Cardinal are coming off that huge win over Oregon, while the Trojans are mired in the mediocrity left to them by Lane Kiffin. They at least look to be making some positive strides under Ed Orgeron.

In what will be their biggest game of the season, this is a great opportunity for the Trojans to demonstrate that they remain a college football power and Orgeron to prove he is the guy going forward.


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