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College football TV/streaming schedule guide, Week 12: MSU-Bama tops loaded Saturday

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Could we have a new No. 1 in all the land? No. 2 FSU isn't looking all that safe either in late action. Here's your guide to watching another fine Saturday of college football.

Weeknight games have been removed from this guide, for your convenience. As this was written on Tuesday, rankings used are the AP poll's, not the College Football Playoff committee's. However, they are similar.

Time Road Home TV Streaming
Noon ET No. 18 Clemson No. 24 Georgia Tech ESPN WatchESPN
Noon ET No. 8 Ohio State Minnesota ABC
Noon ET Virginia Tech No. 19 Duke ESPNU WatchESPN
Noon ET South Carolina Florida SEC Network WatchESPN
Noon ET Iowa Illinois Big Ten Network
Noon ET Temple Penn State ESPN2 WatchESPN
Noon ET Army Western Kentucky CBSSN
Noon ET Brown Dartmouth SNY, CSN
Noon ET Wofford Furman WatchESPN
Noon ET Presbyterian Gardner-Webb American Sports Network
Noon ET Bryant Sacred Heart WatchESPN
12:30 p.m. ET Pittsburgh North Carolina ACC Network
12:30 p.m. ET Cornell Columbia FCS-Atlantic
12:30 p.m. ET Bucknell Holy Cross Charter TV3
12:30 p.m. ET James Madison Richmond NBCSN
1 p.m. ET Miami (Ohio) Central Michigan WatchESPN
2 p.m. ET Nevada Air Force ROOT-RM
2 p.m. ET Eastern Michigan Western Michigan WatchESPN
2:30 p.m. ET Rice No. 21 Marshall FSN
3 p.m. ET No. 5 TCU Kansas FS1
3 p.m. ET Appalachian State Arkansas State WatchESPN
3 p.m. ET Wake Forest NC State RSN
3 p.m. ET Monmouth Coastal Carolina WatchESPN
3 p.m. ET Northern Iowa Southern Illinois MVTV WatchESPN
3 p.m. ET William & Mary Towson CSN
3:05 p.m. ET Montana Southern Utah Cowles Montana Media
3:30 p.m. ET No. 1 Mississippi State No. 4 Alabama CBS
3:30 p.m. ET Northwestern No. 15 Notre Dame NBC
3:30 p.m. ET Washington No. 17 Arizona FOX
3:30 p.m. ET No. 11 Nebraska No. 22 Wisconsin ABC
3:30 p.m. ET Middle Tennessee FIU American Sports Network
3:30 p.m. ET Georgia Southern Navy CBSSN
3:30 p.m. ET Indiana Rutgers Big Ten Network
3:30 p.m. ET Oklahoma Texas Tech ESPN WatchESPN
3:30 p.m. ET Memphis Tulane ESPNU WatchESPN
3:30 p.m. ET Charleston Southern Liberty MyTV, LFSN WatchESPN
3:40 p.m. ET Idaho State Montana State ROOT Sports
4 p.m. ET Kentucky Tennessee SEC Network WatchESPN
4 p.m. ET New Mexico Utah State ESPNews WatchESPN
4 p.m. ET Eastern Illinois Jacksonville State WatchESPN
4 p.m. ET Warner Mercer WatchESPN
4 p.m. ET McNeese State SE Louisiana Southland TV WatchESPN
4:30 p.m. ET Hawaii San Jose State Oceanic
5 p.m. ET Troy Idaho WatchESPN
6 p.m. ET No. 25 Utah Stanford Pac-12 Network
7 p.m. ET Louisiana ULM SBC Network WatchESPN
7 p.m. ET Mississippi Valley State Southern COX Sports
7 p.m. ET Albany Villanova American Sports Network
7:15 p.m. ET No. 9 Auburn No. 16 Georgia ESPN WatchESPN
7:30 p.m. ET Texas Oklahoma State FOX
7:30 p.m. ET Texas State South Alabama WatchESPN
7:30 p.m. ET Missouri Texas A&M SEC Network WatchESPN
8 p.m. ET No. 20 LSU Arkansas ESPN2 WatchESPN
8 p.m. ET No. 12 Michigan State Maryland Big Ten Network
8 p.m. ET No. 2 Florida State Miami ABC
8 p.m. ET South Florida SMU CBSSN
10 p.m. ET North Texas UTEP FS1
10:15 p.m. ET San Diego State Boise State ESPNU WatchESPN
10:45 p.m. ET No. 7 Arizona State Oregon State ESPN WatchESPN

Early shift

Best option: No. 18 Clemson at No. 24 Georgia Tech

Spread: Clemson -3
Read: Shakin' the SouthlandFrom the Rumble Seat

This just might have major bowl ramifications; if FSU wins out, it's a virtual lock for the Playoff, which means the Orange Bowl will have to pick a replacement for its ACC representative. Both of these two have just two losses on the season, and while neither's a likely pick to win its division, the luxury of avoiding an ACC Championship loss might keep the victor high enough in the rankings to merit a look from the committee.

Plan B: Virginia Tech at No. 19 Duke

Speaking of winning a division in the ACC, Duke's in stellar position in the Coastal at 8-1 (4-1). Tech has been maddeningly inconsistent all year and has to win two of its last three games to even qualify for a bowl. One of the hallmarks of David Cutcliffe's rebuilding job at Duke is that his Blue Devils generally don't lose games like these; the last time they dropped a game to a team that finished with a losing record was in 2011, to 6-7 Wake Forest.

Keep it in mind: South Carolina at Florida

Believe it or not, Florida's still technically alive in the SEC East race, though it needs everything to break its way. Elimination from the SEC race will probably seal Will Muschamp's fate, and if that's the case, who better than the ol' ball coach himself, Steve Spurrier, to deliver the killshot? Also, we're setting the over/under on fans that beg Spurrier to come back to Gainesville at "all of them."

In case of emergency: No. 8 Ohio State at Minnesota

Minnesota did just dumptruck Iowa, and the Gophers are still tied with Nebraska and Wisconsin atop the Big Ten West at 4-1. Is the big upset coming? No, lord no. Don't believe that. If you dream, you only give Urban Meyer and company something precious to crush.

Middle shift

Best option: No. 1 Mississippi State at No. 5 Alabama

Spread: Alabama -7.5
Read: For Whom The Cowbell Tolls and Roll Bama Roll

Well, if Mississippi State's the real best team in the nation, all it has to do to prove it is win in Tuscaloosa. Simple, huh? Dak Prescott against the Alabama defense will be a matchup for the ages, and if he can lead the Bulldogs to a win he'll punch his ticket to New York for the Heisman ceremony. If Bama wins, it's got a serious case to make to not only be in the top four, but be the No. 1 seed. Yes, even over unbeaten FSU.

Plan B: No. 11 Nebraska at No. 22 Wisconsin

This one's effectively a Big Ten West title game (well, unless Minnesota pulls the upset on OSU), and doubtless Wisconsin's happy to have it take place in Madison. Melvin Gordon III is a fringe Heisman contender who won't have many better opportunities than this to boost his national profile with a monster game. Meanwhile, the Huskers are hoping their own star tailback, Ameer Abdullah, is back to 100 percent after a bye week. Bo Pelini has said he expects Abdullah to play, so get ready for the fireworks.

Keep it in mind: Georgia Southern at Navy

Yes, there are other ranked games going on. But we urge you to consider this game. It's only the No. 1 rushing team in the nation at the No. 2 rushing team in the nation. GSU and Navy combine to rush for over 700 yards per game, and if there's any reason why they can't do that this week, it's that each team's defense sees this stuff in practice so often. But goodness, if you enjoy triple option football, this should be borderline pornographic.

In case of emergency: No. 5 TCU at Kansas

You're a monster.

Late shift

Best option: No. 2 Florida State at Miami

Spread: FSU -1.5
Read: Tomahawk Nation and State of the U

For a nearly certain Playoff team, FSU isn't favored by a whole lot. Still, the 'Canes are improving rapidly over the year and have a defense that could give Jameis Winston and crew nightmares. Obviously a Miami win would throw the Playoff race into chaos, but even if FSU wins another close one, it might be time to start wondering if the 'Noles just aren't one of the four best teams in the nation, record be damned.

Plan B: No. 9 Auburn at No. 16 Georgia

Hey, it's a former conference title contender that just took a rough loss last week and is now staring down a major potential letdown game! Auburn's got to regroup after a disastrous showing at home against Texas A&M, and if Georgia takes the Tigers down, that'll just about do it for any major bowl considerations.

Keep it in mind: No. 12 Michigan State at Maryland

Hey, it's a former conference title contender that just took a rough loss last week and is now staring down a major potential letdown game! Michigan State's got to regroup after a disastrous showing at home against Ohio State, and if Maryland takes the Spartans down, that'll just about do it for any major bowl considerations.

In case of emergency: No. 20 LSU at Arkansas

Hey, it's a former conference title contender that just took a rough loss last week and is now staring down a major potential letdown game! LSU's got to regroup after a late collapse at home against Alabama, and if Arkansas takes the Tigers down, that'll just about do it for any major bowl considerations.