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Week 12 Football: What to Watch

A look at games that might pique your interest

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

Most of the commentary this week isn’t really necessary for NC State fans. It all really boils down to this: root for State to beat Syracuse and root for Clemson to beat Wake Forest. The rest of the landscape doesn’t really mean much.

That being said, there’s still plenty of good football to watch this week, so let’s take a look.

There was some Tuesday night MACtion again this week, but aside from Eastern Michigan kicking Western Michigan to death (literally... with five field goals), you didn’t miss much. Also, there’s a good chance you missed the NC State men’s basketball win over Central Connecticut State because it was on some obscure overly-priced internet-only streaming service.

Again, you didn’t miss much.

Wednesday night has some more MACtion on tap, as well as an NC State basketball game you should be able to watch. Yay! Progress!

On Thursday night, Louisville takes on another MAC-level team, while there’s also an NFL game.

There’s a whole slew of Friday games this week, for some reason, but the two to focus in on are Memphis vs Houston and Air Force vs Nevada. Memphis has been a hit-or-miss team this year, while Houston has been a bit of a surprise.

The Saturday noon slot is probably the best of the day. Michigan State vs Ohio State actually has meaning for the first time in a long time. Go Clemson! Iowa State, as you can see from the advanced metrics, is way better than their record indicates (not that many Cyclones fans will be appeased by that fact), and Oklahoma is not as good as Sooners teams of late. Oklahoma very well could drop their second straight.

Florida State vs Boston College is also very interesting, even if the only thing riding on it is for FSU to stay alive in the quest for bowl eligibility.

NC State needs to beat Syracuse to stay alive in the Atlantic Division race, although we’ll know by kickoff just how meaningful that game is. In other midday ACC action, Virginia and Pittsburgh square off for control of the Coastal Division race.

Not that you’ll be watching any other games in the midday slot, but there are some interesting ones. SMU might actually be the team to hand Cincinnati their first loss of the season. The Bearcats really haven’t played that well since the early part of the year, which has continued to dent their argument for inclusion in the College Football Playoff.

UAB-UTSA is basically a CUSA West Division title game. Still hard to believe that UTSA is 10-0. Somewhere, Larry Coker is shedding a tear.

Louisiana-Liberty is another interesting one. Hugh Freeze is almost surely on the move, and while some might be worried about him and his team being distracted in this one, I’m sure Freeze sees this game as an interview, of sorts, and will come out throwing the whole kitchen sink at the Ragin’ Cajuns.

Not a lot of great Saturday night matchups. Oregon-Utah is good, but the next best game is VT-Miami? Yeesh.

It’s still football, and I’ll be there watching it.

Go State!

Rankings for SP+ Ratings and Sagarin Ratings listed, respectively, ahead of each team’s name.


106/94 Northern Illinois @ 105/117 Buffalo - 7:00pm - ESPN2

92/87 Central Michigan @ 98/86 Ball State - 7:00pm - ESPNU

[MBB] NC State vs Oklahoma State - 8:00pm - CBSSN


37/41 Louisville @ 99/122 Duke - 7:30pm - ESPN

[NFL] Patriots @ Falcons - 8:20pm - FOX/NFLN


119/173 Southern Miss @ 107/112 Louisiana Tech - 8:00pm - CBSSN

71/82 Memphis @ 38/39 Houston - 9:00pm - ESPN2

109/111 Arizona @ 70/51 Washington State - 9:00pm - PAC12N

64/47 Air Force @ 66/50 Nevada - 9:00pm - FS1

47/52 San Diego State @ 114/115 UNLV - 11:30pm - CBSSN


18/25 Michigan State @ 2/3 Ohio State - 12:00pm - ABC

35/18 Wake Forest @ 7/17 Clemson - 12:00pm - ESPN

12/14 Iowa State @ 11/7 Oklahoma - 12:00pm - FOX

FCS/214 Tennessee State @ 31/24 Mississippi State - 12:00pm - ESPN+

53/64 Florida State @ 60/63 Boston College - 12:00pm - ACCN

FCS/211 Wofford @ 26/42 North Carolina - 12:00pm - ESPN3

110/123 South Florida @ 93/116 Tulane - 12:00pm - ESPN+

76/84 Georgia Tech @ 10/5 Notre Dame - 2:30pm - NBC

34/29 Arkansas @ 3/2 Alabama - 3:30pm - CBS

33/38 SMU @ 6/9 Cincinnati - 3:30pm - ESPN

43/48 Virginia @ 9/21 Pittsburgh - 3:30pm - ESPN2

52/76 UAB @ 49/43 UTSA - 3:30pm - ESPN+

80/80 East Carolina @ 112/104 Navy - 3:30pm - CBSSN

65/74 Syracuse @ 20/19 NC State - 4:00pm - ACCN

54/57 Louisiana @ 36/49 Liberty - 4:00pm - ESPNU

13/15 Baylor @ 30/26 Kansas State - 5:30pm - FS1

14/12 Oregon @ 21/16 Utah - 7:30pm - ABC

44/62 Virginia Tech @ 32/44 Miami - 7:30pm - ACCN

16/4 Oklahoma State @ 59/67 Texas Tech - 8:00pm - FOX

19/27 Arizona State @ 57/46 Oregon State - 10:30pm - ESPN


[MBB] Texas Southern @ NC State - 6:00pm - ACCNX