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Weekend Game Guide: The final stretch

All eyes on late-season Big Ten showdown 

NCAA Football: Ohio State at Penn State James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

B1G Games to Watch

No. 8 Penn State at No. 2 Ohio State

Ohio State seems destined to finish its season in the Big Ten Championship with a legitimate shot to not only make the College Football Playoff but to run the table as the No. 2 or possibly No. 1 seed. Standing in the Buckeyes’ way is No. 8 Penn State, coming off a close victory over unranked Indiana. Meanwhile, Ohio State has thrashed the competition all season, outscoring opponents 515 to 98. The game kicks off at noon on Fox.

No. 13 Michigan at Indiana

Even without the hoopla the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry typically provides, Michigan came to play last week and dominated the Spartans in all three phases of the game. Now, Michigan goes on the road to take on the Indiana Hoosiers -- a feisty team that is coming off a close loss to the aforementioned Nittany Lions. The contest is a typical trap game for Michigan, with the potential for the Wolverines to be looking past the Hoosiers and toward their Nov. 30 matchup against the Buckeyes. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.

National Games to Watch

Texas at No. 14 Baylor

Heading into last week, Baylor was undefeated and held an outside chance of slipping into the College Football Playoff. However, a blown 28-3 lead to Oklahoma later, Baylor is a one-loss team hoping the crushing defeat doesn’t carry over to this week. Meanwhile, Texas last week lost on the road to Iowa State, clinching its tenth consecutive season with at least four losses. The game is an interesting look at two Texas programs seemingly going in opposite directions, with the once renown Texas Longhorns program coming into the contest unranked and Baylor riding high at No. 14 in the nation. Kickoff will be at 3:30 p.m. on FS1.

UCLA at No. 23 USC

A lack of competitive matchups in the SEC means all eyes will be on matchups featuring Top-25 teams in other conferences. This one is a classic showdown between two west coast powers, both having down seasons. UCLA has struggled in year two of the Chip Kelly era, posting just four wins thus far and with losses to Cincinnati, San Diego State and a blowout loss to Oklahoma included. USC has been marred with drama, starting with a new Athletic Director and rumors about whether they’d soon have a new head coach. Despite this, however, they’ve posted seven wins, good enough for second place in the Pac-12 South. The game will begin at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.

The Grid

The aforementioned games aren’t all that’s in store this weekend. Below are lists of Big Ten and Top-25 matchups. All games take place on Saturday unless otherwise noted.

Big Ten

No. 2 Ohio State vs No. 8 Penn State, 12:00 p.m., Fox, FoxSportsGo.com

Northwestern vs No. 10 Minnesota, 12:00 p.m., ABC, WatchESPN.com

No. 17 Iowa vs Illinois, 12:00 p.m., BTN, FoxSportsGo.com

Rutgers vs Michigan State, 12:00 p.m., FS1, FoxSportsGo.com

Indiana vs No. 13 Michigan, 3:30 p.m., ESPN, WatchESPN.com

Maryland vs Nebraska, 3:30 p.m., BTN, FoxSportsGo.com

No. 12 Wisconsin vs Purdue, 4 p.m., Fox, FoxSportsGo.com

Top-25

No. 5 Alabama vs Western Carolina, 12:00 p.m., ESPN, WatchESPN.com

No. 15 Auburn vs Samford, 12:00 p.m., SECN, WatchESPN.com

West Virginia vs No. 21 Oklahoma State, 12:00 p.m., ESPN2 , WatchESPN.com

No. 22 Iowa State vs Kansas, 12:00 p.m.

No. 16 Notre Dame vs Boston College, 2:30 p.m., NBC, NBCSports.com

No. 24 Appalachian State vs Texas State, 2:30 p.m., ESPN+

No. 4 Georgia vs Texas A&M, 3:30 p.m., CBS, CBSSports.com

No. 14 Baylor vs Texas, 3:30 p.m., FS1, FoxSportsGo.com

No. 23 USC vs UCLA, 3:30 p.m., ABC, WatchESPN.com

Navy vs No. 25 SMU, 3:30 p.m., CBSSN, CBSSports.com

South Florida vs No. 18 Memphis, 4 p.m., ESPNU, WatchESPN.com

No. 1 LSU vs Arkansas, 7 p.m., ESPN, WatchESPN.com

No. 19 Cincinnati vs Temple, 7 p.m., ESPN2, WatchESPN.com

No. 9 Oklahoma vs TCU, 8 p.m., Fox, FoxSportsGo.com

Arizona vs No. 7 Utah, 10 p.m., FS1, FoxSportsGo.com

Utah State vs No. 20 Boise State, 10:30 p.m., CBSSN, CBSSports.com

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