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Michigan vs. Illinois, TCU vs. Baylor and more

Michigan vs. Illinois, TCU vs. Baylor and more

Before we bask in the glory of rivalry week, the Pac-12 will be in the spotlight for Week 12.

USC is the conference’s only team left in the College Football Playoff race, and its challenging final stretch begins with a trip to UCLA on Saturday night.

Also in Eugene will be another great matchup as Oregon hosts Utah, with significant Pac-12 title implications at stake. And before the Pac-12 takes center stage Saturday night, there are some tough spots for some highly ranked teams. That includes No. 3 Michigan hosting Illinois and No. 4 TCU traveling to Waco to face Baylor, the defending Big 12 champion.

(Note: All times ET, odds from BetMGM)

Time: noon | TV: ABC | Line: UM -17.5 | Total: 41.5

The Wolverines are 10-0 with their highly anticipated matchup against Ohio State looming next week. But before traveling to Columbus, Michigan State will host an Illinois State team that would like to play the role of spoiler. Illinois was 7-1 and ranked No. 16 a few weeks ago, but has since lost two games to Michigan State and Purdue. The big question will be the health of Illini running back Chase Brown, the nation’s leading rusher. He could go one-on-one with Michigan star RB Blake Korum.

Time: noon | TV: Fox | Line: TCU -2.5 | Total: 58

TCU just finds ways to win and needs to continue to do so to guarantee itself a spot in the four-team playoff. Seemingly every week, TCU finds itself in tight games against Big 12 foes and comes out the other side with a win. Can the Horned Frogs do it again Saturday in Waco? Baylor won the Big 12 last year, but now has very little chance of getting back to the conference title game. This could be more about Baylor trying to crash TCU’s party.

Time: 19:30 | TV: SECN | Line: Ole Miss -2.5 | Total: 64

Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin came close to getting a win over his former boss, Alabama’s Nick Saban, but the Rebels fell 30-24 in horrific fashion. The 8-2 Rebels are now out of SEC West contention and must travel to face Arkansas. A night game in Fayetteville is never easy, and Ole Miss will likely try to lean heavily on its running game as it has all year. Meanwhile, Arkansas is just 5-5 on the year and will need to qualify for the tournament.

Time: 20.00 | TV: Fox | Line: USC -2.5 | Total: 75.5

It’s a huge weekend in the Pac-12 as USC is the final contender for the conference playoffs. USC’s offense, led by quarterback Caleb Williams, is playing at a high level. There is no protection for her. Things went the same way at UCLA. The Bruins, who are still in contention for the Pac-12 title, have an excellent running game led by QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson and RB Zach Charbonnet. Those two need to have big nights for UCLA to pull off the upset, especially with how the defense has struggled in recent weeks.

Time: 22:30 | TV: ESPN | Line: Utah -1.5 | Total: 61.5

Like the USC-UCLA game, this matchup is huge for the Pac-12 title race. Both Utah and Oregon are 6-1 in the conference, a half-game behind 7-1 USC and a game ahead of UCLA and Washington, both 5-2.

QB injuries will be a big factor in that. While Utah QB Cam Rising appears to be back after missing a game a few weeks ago, Oregon’s Beau Nix is ​​much more of a question. He appeared to injure his foot or ankle late last week in a heartbreaking loss to Washington. The coaching staff has remained tight-lipped about the Knicks’ status, but the fact that Oregon went from a 3-point favorite to a 1.5-point underdog Wednesday night speaks volumes. If the Knicks can’t go, Ty Thompson will get the boon in this crucial matchup.



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