It is a Saturday in November. The Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, to be exact. This year in college football, specifically, it is rivalry week, with some of the year’s most highly-anticipated matchups on tap.
The biggest game of the day, perhaps, is Ohio State-Michigan, which will be played at noon on FOX. The Buckeyes are the top team in the CFP rankings, while the Wolverines are number 13. If Ohio State wins this game, not only would it be their fourth win against a ranked team this season, it would likely cement them as the top team in the CFP race. If Michigan wins this game, they have a very outside chance of getting in.
The Iron Bowl. Auburn-Alabama. The fifth-ranked Crimson Tide against the 16th-ranked Tigers. Alabama needs to win this game in order to get into the playoff, while Auburn will be looking to play spoiler and re-live the “Kick Six” from six years ago. Alabama will also need some outside help to get in, specifically with the results of the LSU-Texas A&M, Clemson-South Carolina, Georgia-Georgia Tech, and Ohio-State-Michigan.
Minnesota-Wisconsin. The regular-season finale for both schools will see one end up with Paul Bunyan’s axe. While Wisconsin has a very outside chance of getting in, Minnesota needs to win this game to make up up ground in the CFP race. If the Golden Gophers win this game, they would play Ohio State in next week’s Big 10 Championship, a game that would likely determine if Minnesota gets in.
Utah-Colorado. The Utes are the sixth-ranked team in the country, and the host the Buffaloes, needing some help to get into the playoff. If Utah wins this game, they would set up a date with Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship game next Friday. If Utah loses, it would pretty much eliminate all CFP hopes.
Oklahoma-Oklahoma State. Bedlam. One of four matchups this week featuring two top-25 teams. Oklahoma needs to win this game in order to have any chance at making the playoff, while Oklahoma State will look to spoil their biggest rival’s season. If Oklahoma were to make the National Championship game, Jalen Hurts would be a part of a National Championship in each of his four years as a college football player.
Florida-Florida State. The Gators are the eighth-ranked team in the country, while the Seminoles are looking to play spoiler. Florida would need a lot of help to get into the playoff. Today, they are looking for both Georgia and Alabama to lose.
For the last day of November, what better slate of games could a college football fan ask for?