As much as this college football season has been different and ever-changing, the drama of the final weeks of the season remains the same. Teams are positioning for College Football Playoff or trying to push for conference titles as Thanksgiving weekend draws closer
The headline games of the Week 12 start in the Big Ten with division supremacy on the line in both the East and West. No. 3 Ohio State gets a visit from 10th-ranked Indiana in a game seen as a throwaway at the start of the season that is now the game that will likely decide one of the two teams in the conference championship game.
Wisconsin wide receiver Danny Davis III tries to avoid the tackle of Northwestern defensive back Cameron Ruiz during their 2019 game at Camp Randall Stadium. (Photo: Jeff Hanisch, USA TODAY Sports)
No. 12 Wisconsin has been impressive in each of its two wins, but its schedule has been limited by COVID-19. No. 20 Northwestern has the advantage of four wins under its belt when it hosts the Badgers in what likely will be a winner-take-all matchup in the West.
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The third matchup of ranked opponents takes us to Oklahoma. The annual Bedlam showdown between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State again will have an influence on the Big 12 race. The Sooners have won five consecutive conference titles, but cannot afford a loss after early stumbles this year against Kansas State and Iowa State. The Cowboys would be in position to reach their first conference title game with a win.
Elsewhere, No. 7 Cincinnati will look to bolster its playoff case with a road win against Central Florida. The Bearcats have been dominant all season, and this is the kind of year a Group of Five team could get into the mix if things fall its way.
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