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Games to Watch in Week 12 of College Football

Each Thursday, we get you prepared for your college football weekend.

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Here we go again.  No good college football games before the evening.  Here are the best games in college football, followed by some other games of interest to tide you over until the evening.

Michigan State at Ohio State

Here’s your exception to the "only the best games are happening at night" rule.  Number 13 Michigan State travels to Columbus to take on the #3 Buckeyes.   Ohio State is a 13 point favorite at home, and one would suspect that they need a big win against a 9-1 Spartan team to continue to be looked upon favorably by the committee.  Kickoff is set for 2:30 PM CT on ABC.

Baylor at Oklahoma State

At the beginning of the year, did anyone really see this one coming?  Well, maybe, but it was probably as the Bears as the undefeated team with the most on the line.  Baylor played in an epic game last weekend against Oklahoma, but how much more do they have in the tank?  The Cowboys survived against Iowa State to keep their magical season alive.  This one could get really interesting and it seems that the playoffs could be on the line each and every week in the Big XII.  Game time is 6:30 CT on Fox.

TCU at Oklahoma

The Horned Frogs have fallen, and fallen hard.  Oklahoma is on the rise, and if it wasn’t for their weird loss to Texas, they’d probably be the number one team in the country right now.  Anyway, I fully expect Bob Stoops to come out prepared and set OU up for a chance at the playoffs.  Prepare to have your remote controls ready, this game starts at 7:00 on ABC.

Now, while the college football slate is nothing to write home about, why not get your weekend started with some other sports? These are the most intriguing match-ups I could find.

Friday night college basketball- Duke against VCU

Coach K and the Blue Devils make their annual trek to their home away from home, Madison Square Garden, as they take on the always interesting VCU Rams.  This is a rare quality Friday night college basketball game. Tipoff is 6:30 PM on ESPN2.

Late Friday night NBA- Bulls at Warriors

Steph Curry.  Watch this game at 9:30 PM on ESPN.

Saturday morning soccer- Real Madrid hosts Barcelona

The biggest game of the Spanish season is here, and it comes at an opportune time for both sides.  Barcelona have a three point lead atop the La Liga table ahead of their bitter rivals, and Real Madrid will look to draw even in the standings with a win at home.  Barcelona is likely without their star, Lionel Messi, and that gives Los Blancos another reason to believe they can win.  Game time is 11:15 AM CT on BeinSports.