Big game, eh? (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)

It’s the last big week of the regular season. Here’s hoping it’s nutty.

All times Eastern. Home teams listed first unless otherwise noted.


Time Game TV
7:30 Texas A&M vs. LSU ESPN

Ed Orgeron still hopes to be named LSU’s full-time coach at the end of the season, but his candidacy took a rather big hit when the Tigers lost to injury-ravaged Florida on Saturday in a game that was moved from Gainesville to Baton Rouge — at LSU’s urging — after being postponed by Hurricane Matthew earlier this year. LSU is 4-2 under Orgeron, who replaced the fired Les Miles, but the Tigers failed to score on three trips inside the Gators 10 and lost when they were twice stopped at the 1 before time ran out. Not a good look for a guy who wants the job. Kevin Sumlin’s Texas A&M teams, meanwhile, have gone just 7-8 in the month of November over the past four seasons, including 1-2 this year with losses at Mississippi State and at home to Ole Miss. That’s another bad look.

Friday, Nov. 25

Time Game TV
Noon Memphis vs. No. 20 Houston ABC
Noon North Carolina vs. North Carolina State ESPN
Noon Kent State vs. Northern Illinois CBS Sports Network
2:30 Missouri vs. Arkansas CBS
3:30 No. 23 Washington State vs. No. 5 Washington Fox
3:30 Iowa vs. No. 16 Nebraska ABC
3:30 Texas vs. TCU Fox Sports 1
3:30 Air Force vs. No. 19 Boise State CBS Sports Network
4 Southern Mississippi vs. Louisiana Tech ESPNews
5 No. 21 Western Michigan vs. Toledo ESPN2
6 Texas Tech vs. Baylor in Arlington, Tex. ESPN
8:30 Tulsa vs. Cincinnati ESPN2
9:30 Arizona vs. Arizona State ESPN

There isn’t much to recommend from the Friday schedule apart from Washington State-Washington in the Apple Cup. As noted by the Associated Press, this will be just the sixth time in the rivalry’s long history that both teams will be ranked. Both teams are 7-1 in Pac-12 play, and the winner gets a spot in the conference title game. This carries extra importance for Washington, which needs to win to keep its College Football Playoff hopes alive. The Cougars’ defense fell flat in last weekend’s loss to Colorado: They had held their previous six opponents to just five rushing touchdowns and less than 200 rushing yards per game, but the Buffaloes rushed for 258 yards and five scores. Now Washington State will have to stop Huskies running back Myles Gaskin, who is averaging more than 100 yards per game on the ground and rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns in last year’s Apple Cup. …

Keep tabs on Air Force-Boise State and Western Michigan-Toledo, because one of the two teams nicknamed the Broncos likely will be playing in the Cotton Bowl as the highest-rated non-Power Five team. Here’s why Saturday’s game is far more important for Boise State: The Broncos need to beat Air Force — a team to which it’s lost two straight — and have Wyoming lose to New Mexico in order to advance to the Mountain West title game (the Cowboys beat Boise State earlier this year). And if the Broncos don’t play for the conference title, CFP rules state that they can’t earn a spot in a big-money bowl.

Saturday, Nov. 26

Time Game TV
Noon Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Arkansas State Comcast SportsNet Plus (in D.C. area)
Noon No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Michigan ABC
Noon No. 11 Louisville vs. Kentucky ESPN
Noon Virginia Tech vs. Virginia ESPN2
Noon Indiana vs. Purdue ESPNU
Noon Maryland vs. Rutgers ESPNews
Noon Georgia vs. Georgia Tech SEC Network
Noon Kansas State vs. Kansas Fox Sports 1
Noon Northwestern vs. Illinois Big Ten Network
Noon South Florida vs. Central Florida CBS Sports Network
12:30 Pittsburgh vs. Syracuse WDCA-20 (in D.C. area)
3 Wake Forest vs. Boston College Comcast SportsNet (in D.C. area)
3:30 No. 12 Southern Cal vs. Notre Dame ABC
3:30 No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 13 Auburn CBS
3:30 No. 7 Penn State vs. Michigan State ESPN
3:30 Miami vs. Duke ESPN2
3:30 SMU vs. No. 25 Navy ESPNU
3:30 Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State SEC Network
3:30 Fresno State vs. San Jose State CBS Sports Network
3:30 Iowa State vs. No. 18 West Virginia Fox Sports 1
3:30 No. 6 Wisconsin vs. Minnesota Big Ten Network
4 Connecticut vs. Tulane ESPNews
4 Oregon vs. Oregon State Pac-12 Network
7 California vs. UCLA ESPN2
7 Marshall vs. Western Kentucky ESPNU
7:30 No. 9 Colorado vs. No. 22 Utah Fox
7:30 No. 4 Clemson vs. South Carolina ESPN
7:30 Temple vs. East Carolina ESPNews
7:30 Vanderbilt vs. No. 17 Tennessee SEC Network
8 No. 14 Florida State vs. No. 15 Florida ABC
8 No. 24 Stanford vs. Rice Pac-12 Network
9 San Diego State vs. Colorado State CBS Sports Network
10:15 New Mexico vs. Wyoming ESPN2
10:15 BYU vs. Utah State ESPNU

With Ohio State and Michigan remaining in the College Football Playoff’s top four in the latest rankings, Saturday afternoon’s game takes on added meaning in a rivalry dripping with it. As detailed by USA Today, the matchup will be the latest that any two teams in the top four of the CFP rankings have met. But it gets even crazier when you consider that Ohio State could win, not play for the Big Ten title (by virtue of its loss to Penn State) and still make the playoff. Or that Michigan could beat the Buckeyes, lose in the Big Ten title game and watch Ohio State sneak back in (this depends greatly on other games). Or that Ohio State has won 13 of the past 15 games in the series. …

Thinking of its Iron Bowl matchup with Alabama, Auburn rested nine players in last weekend’s officially sanctioned scrimmage against Alabama A&M. Among them were quarterback Sean White (shoulder) and running back Kamryn Pettway (leg), and the Tigers could certainly use both of them back against the Crimson Tide. White has completed 65.2 percent of his passes for 1,644 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions in a run-heavy Auburn offense (the Tigers have run the ball on 70.2 percent of their plays), while Pettway led the SEC in rushing before suffering his injury against Vanderbilt earlier this month. Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn was non-committal about the status of both players early this week, which hardly is surprising considering the rivalry, but no one should be surprised if both suit up. Alabama allows a national-best 68.9 rushing yards per game, nearly 25 yards fewer than second-place Houston. …

You’ve made it through Ohio State-Michigan and the Iron Bowl, why not keep going with Colorado-Utah? The Buffaloes will clinch the Pac-12 South title with a victory; a loss would put resurgent USC in the title game by virtue of its head-to-head win earlier this season. The Utes now are playing spoiler after their 30-28 home loss to a bad Oregon team last weekend. … Florida-Florida State is also worth a look because, while the game doesn’t have any tangible stakes other than state bragging rights, the Seminoles’ seniors could become the first class in program history to go 4-0 against both the Gators and Miami in their careers. One has to wonder just how vested Florida will be in this game, however. The Gators already have clinched a spot in the SEC title game against Alabama and probably don’t want to get even more banged up (see above), but they also aren’t completely out of the CFP picture, either, considering what an upset of the Tide would do for their resume.