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Week 13 Football: What to watch

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A look at games that might pique your interest

Syracuse v North Carolina State Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Happy Thanksgiving, BTP family!

A kinda depressing day of Thanksgiving football, what with the Ravens @ Steelers game getting postponed. That was pretty much the only good football game on the docket for the day. 2020 strikes again!

Friday should be a great day of turkey hangover football. Iowa State @ Texas is a good start to the day, while a pair of PAC 12 rivalry games (there are a lot of rivalry games this week) will serve as the back-end to the day. In between, a Notre Dame team that sits at the top of the ACC standings and firmly in the College Football Playoff picture will be in the Triangle to take on the degree printing factory over in Chapel Hill. Let’s go, Irish!

In the noon Saturday slot, all eyes will be on the Wolfpack’s road trip north to Syracuse. Go State!

Not that you’ll necessarily be watching it, but who would have thought a Penn State - Michigan matchup would have a combined record of 2-8? Crazy. If Penn State wins, you have to wonder how much longer Jim Harbaugh can survive at Michigan. I’m assuming James Franklin gets a pass this year at Penn State, but they have to beat Rutgers and Michigan State to end the season... right?

The Iron Bowl (Auburn vs Alabama) is in the mid-day slot, as well the Egg Bowl (Ole Miss vs Mississippi State). Maybe we’ll see a player act like a dog peeing again this year! Who knows! Although if anyone in that contest is going to do it this year, my money would be on Mike Leach. No wait - it’s on Lane Kiffin. No wait... ah, crap. This is why the house always wins!

The Saturday evening slate is underwhelming, to say the least. They’ll probably be a lot of channel surfing until we find a decent one of the group.

Enjoy shoving your face with food, y’all! And be sure to take some time to be thankful for all the good things in life, like family, friends, and Wolfpack wins!

Rankings for SP+ Ratings and Sagarin Ratings listed, respectively, ahead of each team’s name. [Note: SP+ is now ranking the 127 teams that are scheduled to play this year. Sagarin is ranking all 257 FBS and FCS teams.]

Thursday

[NFL] Texans @ Lions - 12:30pm - CBS

[NFL] Washington @ Cowboys - 4:30pm - FOX

118/154 New Mexico @ 120/142 Utah State - 7:00pm - FS1

Friday

14/27 Iowa State @ 25/23 Texas - 12:00pm - ABC

127/205 UMass @ 49/76 Liberty - 12:00pm - ESPN3

56/33 Nebraska @ 15/3 Iowa - 1:00pm - FOX

5/13 Notre Dame @ 10/22 North Carolina - 3:30pm - ABC

62/50 Stanford @ 78/63 California - 4:00pm FOX

13/14 Oregon @ 73/73 Oregon State - 7:30pm

Saturday

57/49 NC State @ 109/104 Syracuse - 12:00pm - ACCN

30/64 SMU @ 105/108 East Carolina - 12:00pm - ESPN+

71/36 Maryland @ 27/9 Indiana - 12:00pm - ESPN2

29/19 Penn State @ 40/15 Michigan - 12:00pm - ABC

99/93 Kent State @ 63/72 Buffalo - 12:00pm - CBSSN

36/57 Coastal Carolina @ 113/129 Texas State - 3:00pm - ESPN+

22/11 Auburn @ 1/1 Alabama - 3:30pm - CBS

34/42 Pittsburgh @ 3/6 Clemson - 3:30pm - ESPN

28/8 Northwestern @ 79/38 Michigan State - 3:30pm - ESPN2

69/58 Colorado @ 19/28 USC - 3:30pm - ABC

72/85 San Jose State @ 35/54 Boise State - 4:00pm - FOX

75/40 Mississippi State @ 43/26 Ole Miss - 4:00pm - SECN

31/65 Louisville @ 65/62 Boston College - 4:00pm - ACCN

45/21 LSU @ 12/10 Texas A&M - 7:00pm - ESPN

88/77 Duke @ 76/98 Georgia Tech - 7:00pm - ESPN3

47/46 Virginia @ 92/97 Florida State - 8:00pm - ACCN

64/96 Troy @ 26/60 Appalachian State - 8:00pm - ESPNU

89/79 Arizona @ 44/41 UCLA - 8:00pm - FOX

53/91 Nevada @ 102/116 Hawaii - 11:00pm - SpiderWolfTV