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Games to Watch in Week 13 of College Football

Each Thursday, we bring you some key matchups from around the country, so you can plan your weekend accordingly.

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Honestly, it seems like one week all the games are huge, with the playoff rankings hanging on the results of multiple games, while other weekends are like this one. I get it, you’re one week away from the Thanksgiving weekend rivalry extravaganza, but come on college football schedule makers, give us something to work with here. Anyway, here are a few games worthy of your attention this weekend.

#12 Kansas State at West Virginia

Tonight, Kansas City area sports bars will be stuck in a conundrum. Of course, the Kansas City Chiefs are playing on Thursday night football against their bitter (and winless!!!) rivals, the Oakland Raiders. But the K-State Wildcats also take to the gridiron tonight, and their large legion of loyal supporters also will need a place to watch the game, leaving some bar owners with choices to be made as far as which TVs are showing the Chiefs and which are showing the Cats. For some reason, I think these bar owners would rather have one (or both) of these games this weekend, considering the lack of other interesting contests.

Either way, K-State comes in with only one loss in Big 12 play and would like to keep it that way against a pesky albeit recently out of form West Virginia team. Regardless of current form, the Mountaineers will be ready and Morgantown will be hopping. Game time is 6:00 CT tonight.

#8 Mississippi at Arkansas

Arkansas could be set to finally win some meaningful football games this year, and a win against the eighth ranked Rebels would be as good as any. Despite the fact that the Razorbacks are only 1-5 in the SEC, this game has the feel of a close contest. The bet makers think so as well as at the time of this writing, the Rebels were only a field goal favorite to take the win. This game is on at 2:30 CT on CBS

#19 USC at #9 UCLA

The Pac-12 South is on the line in this one. The loser gets handed its third conference loss virtually eliminating it from contention while the other is sitting pretty at the top of the division. As an added bonus, these teams usually go color versus color in the uniform department when they meet, making this a fine looking football game regardless of the actual play on the field. Kickoff is 7:00 CT on ABC.

#25 Minnesota at #24 Nebraska

Minnesota has a ranked football team! And here I thought that they’d already cast the football team aside in favor of their famous hockey team. Man, was I wrong. Minnesota could actually claim the division title with a win over Nebraska and a win next week against Wisconsin. What a world we live in! This is the 11:00 AM CT game on ESPN.