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College Football Buffet, Week 12: Nebraska-Michigan, Oregon-USC Highlight Weekend

The Big Ten and Pac-12 Championship Games could take shape this weekend. Find out where you should sticking your fork this weekend in college football action.

Welcome back to the College Football Weekly Buffet here at SB Nation.

Every week, I break down the weekend schedule, separating the tasty morsels from the leftovers with the help of SB Nation's college bloggers. By the time you wake up Saturday morning, grab your plate and head for the food line, you'll already know exactly what you're going to chow down on.

So let's find out what looks tasty and what might be worth pushing to the side of your plate in this weekend's college football buffet (All times are Eastern).


No. 16 Nebraska at No. 18 Michigan, ESPN/ESPN3 (12pm) - It's Taylor Martinez vs. Denard Robinson in this Big Ten showdown. Michigan has 8 wins, which doesn't sound impressive until you remember what they've been through.

USC at No. 4 Oregon, ABC or GamePlan/ESPN3 (8pm) - There's more to the Ducks' offense than just LaMichael James. The stats favor Oregon but the Trojans know how to put points on the board too.


No. 21 Penn State at Ohio State, ABC or ESPN/ESPN3 (3pm) - I'm not quite sure how Nittany Lions players will focus with so much going on but they better. The Big Ten Championship Game hangs in the balance.

Virginia at No. 25 Florida State, ESPN2/ESPN3 (7:30pm) - Eight wins, bowl eligibility and a shot at an ACC championship game berth are on the line for the Cavs, believe it or not. Not many folks expected these two teams to have the same record heading into this matchup.

No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 22 Baylor, ABC or GamePlan/ESPN3 (8pm) - The Bears have their paws full with the Sooners in this one. Casey Walker will get the honor of wearing #12 for Oklahoma this week.

No. 13 Kansas State at No. 23 Texas, FX (8pm) - For the first time in conference play, K-State will play a team very much like itself when it travels to Austin on Saturday. Here's an unomfortable truth for you, Longhorn fans...K-State owns you.


Mississippi State at No. 6 Arkansas, CBS (3pm) - The Hogs play some especially good football at home. And that's before Knile Davis even makes it back on the field.

No. 17 Wisconsin at Illinois, ESPN2/ESPN3 (12pm) - It's been a tale of two seasons for Ron Zook. After a 6-0 start, the Illini are reeling with four-straight losses and impending doom in this one.

Toledo at Central Michigan, ESPNU (Friday, 8pm) -It's a MAC game during the week. That means only one thing...MACtion!

No. 2 Oklahoma State at Iowa State, ESPN/ESPN3 (Friday, 8pm) - The Iowa State football team sitting on a 5-4 season record with three games left to play. Unfortunately for them, their remaining schedule, starting with the Cowboys, is absolutely brutal.

SMU at No. 11 Houston, FSN-National (3pm) - You want to be able to say you watched Case Keenum have a 7-touchdown game at least once, right?

Miami (FL) at South Florida, ESPNU (3pm) - There's a lot of animosity behind this burgeoning rivalry. The Bulls can stoke the flames by winning again and demoralizing the Canes.

No. 1 LSU at Mississippi, ESPN/ESPN3 (7pm) -  It's the Tigers' last chance to get after Houston Nutt. Speaking of, if you're interested in coaching Ole Miss, fill out an application.

Texas Tech at Missouri, ABC or GamePlan/ESPN3 (3pm) - During its current three game losing streak, Tech has lost by an average score of 53-11. Missouri's recent wins have the Raiders concerned.


Kentucky at No. 14 Georgia, SEC Network (National)/ESPN3/GamePlan (12pm) -  Is this a rivalry game? Don't tell Georgia that. The Bulldogs want to win to secure their spot in the SEC title game.

Cincinnati at Rutgers, ESPNU (12pm) - The biggest question mark for this game is going to be the play of Munchie Legaux and how the Bearcats approach the game without Zach Collaros. The Bearcats aren't exactly West Virginia, but Rutgers has to be ticked off about losing four straight to this week's opponent, including a memorable trap game in 2006 that cost the Scarlet Knights a sure shot at the Orange Bowl.

Iowa at Purdue, BTN (12pm) - The Boilers host their most hated rivals on Senior Day. Iowa cares not for their Senior Day festivities and wishes to bring them pain.

Utah at Washington State, KJZZ (UT)/FCS-Atlantic (5pm) - The Utes' first Pac-12 season started slow but can end fairly well. This one is something of an elimination game for bowl contention.

California at No. 9 Stanford, ESPN/ESPN3 (10:15pm) - The Big Game has a chance to be a big blowout. Cal fans are trying to find a way to appreciate their program through tough times.


Kansas at Texas A&M, FSN-National (12pm) - By the numbers, the Aggies should have this. However, their swoon has put head coach Mike Sherman on the defensive.

Indiana at No. 15 Michigan State, BTN (12pm) - The Spartans have a good shot at playing for the elusive Big Ten title. They shouldn't get too much fight out of the Hoosiers, who are just happy basketball season is here.

Louisville at Connecticut, Big East Network/ESPN3/GamePlan (12pm) - A bowl berth is on the line for Louisville but one look at the Huskies and Cardinals blogs tells you that everyone has moved on from football to basketball here.

Minnesota at Northwestern, BTN (12pm) - The is one of those games where both fan bases look at the other and say "We should beat you. No really, we should."

Georgia Tech at Duke, ACC Network (National)/ESPN3/GamePlan (12:30pm) - Duke is dead last in the ACC in a lot of things. That's not good.

Maryland at Wake Forest, ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3/GamePlan (2:30pm) - Wake still has bowl dreams dancing in their heads but they'll have to beat fellow slumping squad Maryland to get there.

No. 7 Clemson at NC State, ABC or ESPN or GamePlan/ESPN3 (3pm) - It's the Textile Bowl! N.C. State's motivation this week is to make sure that Dabo Sweeney doesn't get his bonus.

Washington at Oregon State, FCS-Pacific/Root-Northwest (3pm) - The Huskies are looking for a strong finish to a decent season. The Beavers are just looking for a win. Any win will do.

Boston College at Notre Dame, NBC (4pm) - Unless you're a fan of either team, you're gonna need the BC vs. ND Drinking Game to get through this one. The Irish are a 24.5 favorite in this one...the Eagles would love to play the spoiler.

Vanderbilt at Tennessee, ESPNU (7pm) - The Vols and the 'Dores are on much-more even ground than Tennessee fans would care to admit. The Vols hope to buck history this year with a victory.

Colorado at UCLA, Versus (7:30pm) - There's something sublime about the fact that a Rick Neuheisel-coached UCLA team still has the chance to play in the Pac-12 Championship and Rose Bowl. Colorado's QB came pretty close to guaranteeing victory this weekend.

Arizona at Arizona State, FSN-Arizona/PrimeTicket/FCS-Central (9:30pm) - This game is already a huge rivarly but did you know it is ripping apart the kicking Zendejas family? ASU wants to set some records to go with a victory.


The Citadel at No. 12 South Carolina, PPV(SC)/ESPN3/GamePlan (12pm) - In this late-season breather, what's most important in this game is for the Gamecocks to come out injury free.

Samford at No. 24 Auburn, CSS PPV/ESPN3/GamePlan (1pm) - After the worst Auburn loss to Georgia since 1946, the Tigers need a breather before the Iron Bowl.

Furman at Florida, Sun PPV/ESPN3/GamePlan (1pm) - No player on Florida's roster did more against Alabama and LSU than Andre Debose and no one can do more damage Saturday than him.

Georgia Southern at No. 3 Alabama, PPV (AL)/ESPN3/GamePlan (2pm) - Last year, Georgia Southern played Alabama in their first season of FCS (not FBS) existence. They're gluttons for punishment, apparently.

Colorado State at No. 19 TCU, Versus (3pm) - TCU isn't having the same kind of year they had last year but they're doing aight, to be honest.

No. 10 Boise State at San Diego State, CBS Sports Network (8pm) - The Broncos are coming off the rarest of sights...a home loss. They're not going to be too happy.