College Football Buffet, Week 12: Ohio State Vs. Iowa, Wisconsin Vs. Michigan Are Must-Eats

Terrelle Pryor and Ohio State pulled away late against Penn State last week. Will they have to do the same against Iowa this week? (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Without Oregon, Auburn, or TCU on the slate, the Week 12 college football schedule feels a little bare. But that doesn't mean the weekend before Thanksgiving is bereft of gustatory delights.

The college football weekend has arrived, and we're here with your menu. So let's find out what games look tasty and which might be worth pushing to the side of your plate in this weekend's college football buffet. (All times for the television broadcasts and games are EDT.)

GIVE ME A HEAPING HELPING

No. 7 Wisconsin at Michigan, ESPN (12:00 PM ET) - With the suddenly explosive Badgers trying to win a Big Ten Championship and Denard Robinson still making plays for the Wolverines, expect plenty of points in Ann Arbor. (Well, unless you believe in Michigan's newfound defensive swagger.)

No. 9 Ohio State at No. 20 Iowa, ABC (3:30 PM ET) - The up-and-down Hawkeyes can ruin the Buckeyes' run to a BCS bowl berth, but they'll have to stop the multi-faceted Ohio State offense. And the Iowa faithful aren't feeling great about those chances.

No. 8 Nebraska at No. 19 Texas A&M, ABC (8:00 PM ET) - Nebraska's defense has been strong of late, but Taylor Martinez may have to outplay Ryan Tannehill, the leader of the surprising Aggies' late-season surge, for Nebraska to escape the 12th Man and Kyle Field with a win .

 

I'LL HAVE A SCOOP OF THAT, PLEASE

No. 16 Virginia Tech at No. 24 Miami, ABC (3:30 PM ET) - The Hokies are undefeated in ACC play, but Miami will look to ruin their BCS dreams. And Gobbler Country thinks that's possible, even with the 'Canes starting a freshman at quarterback.

No. 13 Arkansas at No. 21 Mississippi State, ESPN (7:00 PM ET) - Ryan Mallett brings the potent Arkansas passing attack to Starkville, where Manny Diaz' swarming defense might have some tricks up its sleeve.

 

I'LL TASTE IT FIRST...

Mississippi at No. 5 LSU, CBS (3:30 PM ET) - LSU still has faint national championship aspirations (and, uh, "Jefferswag"), but the Rebels are unlikely to upset them, given their current tailspin.

No. 6 Stanford at California, FSN-National (3:30 PM ET) - The Game pits what might be Stanford's best offense ever against a Cal team that is strong at home and shut down Oregon last week.

No. 14 Oklahoma at Baylor, ESPN2 (8:00 PM ET) - Robert Griffin III and the Baylor offense will have to outscore Landry Jones and the fast-paced Oklahoma attack to have any chance in this one.

Army vs. Notre Dame, NBC (7:00 PM ET) - The rebounding Irish, buoyed by a big upset of Utah, could still have trouble with the newly bowl-eligible Black Knights. But the real reason to tune in is the novelty of the first football game in the new Yankee Stadium.

Illinois at Northwestern, ESPNU (3:30 PM ET) - The Wildcats lost Dan Persa for the season after a dramatic upset of Iowa, and the Illini have been strong of late. Maybe the purple makeover for Wrigley Field will help Northwestern feel at home?

USC at Oregon State, ABC (8:00 PM ET) - The Trojans appear to have righted the ship under Lane Kiffin. Oregon State's injury-plagued season could still end in a bowl with a win, but the Beavers will have to beat USC or Oregon.

 

I'LL KEEP THAT IN MIND FOR THE NEXT TRIP

Fresno State at No. 3 Boise State, ESPN2 (9:30 PM ET) - Pat Hill's Bulldogs could salvage an unremarkable season with a massive upset of Boise State. Meanwhile, the Broncos have their eyes on style points on the Smurf Turf.

Purdue at No. 12 Michigan State, Big Ten Network (12:00 PM ET) - Purdue is getting excited about future players, while the Spartans may need to impress to have any chance at a BCS bowl.

No. 15 Missouri at Iowa State, FSN-National (7:00 PM ET) - The Tigers owe their solid season to the steadying hand of Blaine Gabbert. The Cyclones are just looking for bowl eligibility after a bad loss at Colorado.

Yale at Harvard, Versus (12:00 PM ET) - The Game pits smart kids against smart kids, and the 7-2 Bulldogs against the 6-3 Crimson.

Bethune-Cookman at Florida A&M, ESPN Classic (2:30 PM ET) - The Florida Classic gives the Rattlers a chance to spoil the Wildcats' unbeaten season.

Pittsburgh at South Florida, ESPN (12:00 PM ET) - It's a de facto Big East Championship Game in Tampa. The Panthers' two-headed rushing attack could give the Bulls fits, but B.J. Daniels' improvement as a passer may lift USF.

No. 10 Oklahoma State at Kansas, FSN-National (12:00 PM ET) - Darkhorse Heisman candidate Justin Blackmon and the powerful Cowboys will try to stay on pace to appear in the Big 12 Championship Game. Kansas probably won't offer much resistance.

No. 23 Utah at San Diego State, The Mtn. (10:00 PM ET) - Fresh off a near-upset of TCU, the Aztecs might do more than scare the reeling Utes.

No. 25 Florida State at Maryland, ABC/ESPN (8:00 PM ET) - The Terrapins could still win the ACC, somehow, but they'll have to topple Florida State to do it. The real reason to watch? Dustin Hopkins' rocket leg.

 

I DON'T KNOW, SMELLS KINDA FUNNY...

Penn State vs. Indiana, Big Ten Network (12:00 PM ET) - The Nittany Lions and Hoosiers link up at FedEx Field, and might well put on a better show than the Redskins did on Monday night: they seem evenly matched.

North Carolina State at North Carolina, ACC Network/ESPN GamePlan (12:00 PM ET) - Forget the Tar Heels' once-NFL caliber defense: the Wolfpack's Nate Irving might be the nation's best defender, and is certainly one of its best-loved.

Troy at No. 17 South Carolina, SEC Network/ESPN3.com (12:21 PM ET) - The newly-minted SEC East Champions host the potent Trojans, and would like to avoid a letdown like their loss to Kentucky earlier this year.

Connecticut at Syracuse, ESPNU (7:00 PM ET) - The Huskies and Orange meet for the right to go to some mid-tier December bowl, probably, but UConn could still win the Big East.

West Virginia at Louisville, ESPN3.com/ESPN GamePlan (12:00 PM ET) - Louisville gets to bowl eligibility with a win, but the Mountaineers have faint Big East and BCS hopes that may rely on their offense getting untracked.


NO THANKS, PLATE'S FULL

Duke at Georgia Tech, ESPN3.com (1:00 PM ET) - Duke can't go to a bowl. Georgia Tech's got a better chance to win its sixth game and get to bowl eligibility against the Blue Devils this week than Georgia next week.

Appalachian State at Florida, ESPN3.com (12:30 PM ET) - One of these teams is 9-1 and has scored 30 or more points in all but one game this season. (Hint: it's not the Gators.)

Clemson at Wake Forest, ESPN3.com (2:00 PM ET) - The Demon Deacons haven't won since September. Clemson won't lay the egg necessary to let that fact change.

Tennessee at Vanderbilt, ESPN3.com (8:00 PM ET) - Coincidentally, Vanderbilt might give Wake that win: the Commodores and Demon Deacons link up next week. And the Vols might beat the 'Dores by 40.

Rutgers at Cincinnati, ESPN3.com (8:00 PM ET) - Hey, look, a showdown between the Big East's two worst teams!

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