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Previewing the Must-Watch College Football Games of Week 12

The top two teams hit the road in another critical week
Previewing the Must-Watch College Football Games of Week 12

Change in college football is all around us, especially in this first season leading to the playoff.

 

One truism remains the case in the changing landscape, though: It’s darn tough to win a conference road game.

 

The top two teams in the country may learn that this week when Mississippi State visits Alabama and Florida State visits rival Miami. 

 

Deshaun Watson's Return From Injury Should Spark Clemson's Offense

Watson is back under center this week.
Deshaun Watson's Return Should Spark Clemson's Offense

Clemson is having an uncharacteristic season on offense. The Tigers average just 5.4 yards per play (ninth in the ACC) and rank sixth in the conference by averaging 32.4 points per game. The slow start hasn’t drastically affected Clemson’s record, and coach Dabo Swinney’s team is poised to push for another season of at least 10 wins.

 

Carolina Panthers vs. Philadelphia Eagles Preview and Prediction

Chip Kelly’s Eagles look to keep pace in the NFC East by staying undefeated at home
Carolina Panthers vs. Philadelphia Eagles Preview and Prediction

A matchup of defending divisional champions will put a bow on Week 10 in the NFL when the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles face off on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.” The Eagles (6-2) once again are positioned near the top of the NFC East, while the Panthers (3-5-1) are still within striking distance in a crowded, mediocre NFC South.

 

The 10 Most Important Things to Watch in College Basketball for 2014-15

Keep an eye on Duke's freshmen, Kentucky's bigs, Louisville's superstar and more
The 10 Most Important Things to Watch in College Basketball for 2014-15

If the 2014-15 season is anything like the 2013-14 edition, we’re in luck.

 

Just think of all that transpired a year ago: Wichita State’s run for history, a fantastic freshman class led by Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker, Syracuse’s hot start as an ACC member.

 

And then think of how all of that was flipped in the NCAA Tournament as Kentucky finally delivered on its title-contending promise only to be stopped by a seventh-seeded UConn team in the championship game.

 

Treon Harris is the Answer for Florida's Offense

Freshman quarter shines in second start
Treon Harris is the Answer for Florida's Offense

Florida has found its quarterback of the future.

 

One week after “managing” his team to an improbable win over Georgia when he only attempted six passes, Treon Harris showed his playmaking ability in the Gators’ 34–10 win at Vanderbilt. The diminutive true freshman — Harris is listed at 5-11 — completed 13-of-21 passes for 215 yards while adding 49 yards and two scores on the ground.

 

Arizona State Continues to Build Playoff Resume With Win Over Notre Dame

The Sun Devils are squarely in the mix for a playoff bid.
Arizona State Continues to Build Playoff Resume With Win Over Notre Dame

For the first time since Jake Plummer was leading Arizona State to the Rose Bowl, it seems Arizona State is going to be a viable contender in the chase for national supremacy. And it’s not a fluke either.

 

Ohio State Regains Control of Big Ten After Win Over Michigan State

The Buckeyes are back on top.
Ohio State Regains Control of Big Ten After Win Over Michigan State

Ohio State’s stay in second place in the Big Ten pecking order did not last very long. After being dethroned as the class of the Big Ten in last season’s conference championship game by Michigan State, the Buckeyes had to wait until Nov. 8 to get back on top.  Naturally, and perhaps fittingly, that opportunity to jump back on top of the Big Ten came at the expense of Michigan State.

 

Nebraska's November Bye Week Could Pay Dividends in Big Ten Title Race

Bo Pelini's team will benefit from a key off week.
Nebraska's Early November Bye Week Could Pay Dividends in Big Ten Title Race

This was a great weekend to have off if you are Nebraska. With Ohio State and Michigan State doing battle in the big Ten East, Minnesota and Iowa colliding in the west and Wisconsin on the road, this was a good weekend to sit back, relax and check out the rest of the conference. A bye week in November is always nice to have, especially when in the midst of a division race that has certainly heated up. For the Huskers, giving Heisman Trophy candidate running back Ameer Abdullah some extra time to heal up could not have come at a better time either.
 

Bryce Petty finds groove, puts Baylor back in Playoff mix

Bears add Oklahoma rout to resume
Bryce Petty finds groove, puts Baylor back in Playoff mix

For stretches of this season, Baylor didn’t look much like Baylor teams of recent vintage, and Bryce Petty didn’t resemble Bryce Petty.

 

This version of Art Briles’ squad was 7-1 but easy to dismiss in the College Football Playoff race.

 

On Saturday, Baylor achieved the most un-Baylor-like feat it could muster to put the Bears back into the playoff mix.

 

The Bears not only won a road game against a ranked team for the first time since 1991, they won in Norman for the first time in school history.

 

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