Welcome to rivalry week, everyone!
We’ve reached the last weekend of the regular season and there’s so much at stake. Teams compete for bowl eligibility, conference championship matchups must be decided, and the best teams in the country fight to reach the College Football Playoff. In addition, this weekend features some of the most heated rivalries in the sport.
It will be very nice.
(Note: all times ET, odds from BetMGM)
Time: noon | TV: Fox | Line: OSU -7.5 | Total: 57
One of the most anticipated games of the season is finally here. Last year, Michigan defeated Ohio State in Ann Arbor to snap an eight-game losing streak against its closest rival. A year later, Ohio State is out for revenge. Both the Buckeyes and Wolverines are 11-0 and the Big Ten East is on the line again. In addition, the loser could end up outside the College Football Playoff field.
Time: 3:30 pm | TV: ABC | Line: Oregon -3 | Total: 58
While playoff hopes were crushed a few weeks ago, Oregon can return to the Pac-12 title game on Saturday with a win. Oregon State, the Ducks’ in-state rival, would like to play the role of spoiler.
Ducks quarterback Bo Nix returned from injury last week to lead Oregon past Utah. Nix was hampered and couldn’t run much, but he still turned in a valiant performance with 287 passing yards. Now Nix will lead the Ducks to Corvallis to face an underrated Oregon State squad that has won five of the last six. The Beavers’ last four wins have averaged 24.8 points, so this is a team that continues to improve as the season progresses.
Time: 7:30 pm | TV: ABC | Line: USC -5.5 | Total: 64.5
USC is the Pac-12’s last hope of reaching the College Football Playoff. The Trojans can get there by beating Notre Dame and then winning the Pac-12 title game. USC QB and Heisman hopeful that Caleb Williams may have to be his usual excellent self for Trojans to get past a strong Notre Dame team. Notre Dame has won five straight games to go 8-3 and move up to No. 15 in the CFP rankings. Stylistically, Notre Dame is a great contrast in terms of offense when compared to USC. The Irish want to control the line of scrimmage and rely on the run game. It will be a fascinating duel.
Time: 10:30 pm | TV: ESPN| Line: UW -2 | Total: 60.5
Washington will already know if it can play for the Pac-12 title by the time this game gets underway. But even with the conference crown off the table, the Huskies will be highly motivated to play their biggest rivalry game. Last year, WSU broke a seven-game losing skid in the rivalry in emphatic fashion with a 40-13 victory in Seattle, where the Cougar faithful stormed onto the field at Husky Stadium. Washington State enters on a three-game win streak, but Washington, with its powerful offense led by QB Michael Penix, represents a step up in the competition.