The week 12 college football schedule definitely has some great games in the forecast. The Big Ten Conference leads the week 12 college football schedule with some very interesting games that could end up deciding who wins the regular season conference title. Most analysts think that the Big Ten has played itself out of a spot in the BCS National Championship Game, but the winner of the conference still gets an automatic invite to one of the big BCS bowl games. It puts a lot on the line Saturday, as most of the title contenders have tough opponents.
The schedule isn’t just limited to exciting Big Ten Conference games, though, as the Big 12 also has a few that are definitely worth noting. The Oklahoma vs. Baylor game should be very interesting, Missouri has to play on the road against Iowa State, and Oklahoma State has to get past Kansas. The headliner is the Nebraska vs. Texas A&M game, though, which could help decide which teams might advance to the Big 12 Championship Game, and also whether the Big 12 could possibly get two teams into BCS bowl games.
The 2010 SEC Championship game is already set up between Auburn and South Carolina, meaning that the rest of the SEC games are about placement in bowl games. Auburn needs to beat Alabama in the Iron Bowl to keep their stock high for the national championship game, but Alabama first has a Thursday night game for national audiences. ESPNU will air the Georgia State vs. Alabama game on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 4:30 p.m. PST to start out the week. After that, nearly every other highly ranked team will take on divisional opponents, with Oregon, Auburn, and TCU taking bye weeks to prepare for the tough road ahead.
Just looking at the week 12 college football schedule, it would be hard to predict that anyone in the top six will shift in the week 13 BCS standings. If any of those top teams lose a game this weekend, they also deserve to be punished harshly by the voters because LSU, Stanford, and Boise State all have opponents they should easily beat. Any other result would be pretty unacceptable to voters at this point in the season. It is more important to pay attention to the one-loss teams trailing them right now, and whether they can come up with nice wins to add to their resume on Saturday.
Week 12 College Football Schedule
No. 11 Alabama vs. Georgia State (4:30 p.m. PT / Thursday Night Game on ESPNU)
No. 4 Boise State vs. Fresno State (6:30 p.m. PT / Friday Night Game on ESPN2)
No. 5 LSU vs. Mississippi (12:30 p.m. PT / Saturday Game on CBS)
No. 6 Stanford vs. California (12:30 p.m. PT)
No. 7 Wisconsin vs. Michigan (9 a.m. PT)
No. 8 Nebraska vs. No. 19 Texas A&M (5 p.m. PT)
No. 9 Ohio State vs. No. 20 Iowa (12:30 p.m. PT)
No. 10 Oklahoma State vs. Kansas (9 a.m. PT)
No. 12 Michigan State vs. Purdue (9 a.m. PT)
No. 13 Arkansas vs. No. 21 Mississippi State (4 p.m. PT)
No. 14 Oklahoma vs. Baylor (5 p.m. PT)
No. 15 Missouri vs. Iowa State (4 p.m. PT)
No. 16 Virginia Tech vs. No. 24 Miami (FL) (12:30 p.m. PT)
No. 17 South Carolina vs. Troy (9:21 a.m. PT)
No. 18 Nevada vs. New Mexico State (1:05 p.m. PT)
No. 23 Utah vs. San Diego State (7 p.m. PT)
No. 25 Florida State vs. Maryland (5 p.m. PT)
Pittsburgh vs. South Florida (9 a.m. PT)
North Carolina State vs. North Carolina (9 a.m. PT)
USC vs. Oregon State (5 p.m. PT)