College Football Week 12 Games to Watch: Baylor and Oklahoma Take the Stage

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Last weekend’s games delivered… and then some.

In the main event of a stacked Saturday, LSU defeated Alabama, 46-41, in Tuscaloosa to earn Ed Orgeron the biggest win since taking over the Tigers in 2016.

With three weeks left in the regular season, conference title game berths and College Football Playoff spots are still at stake. From here on out, any mistake could cost a team their season.

Here are your games to watch for Week 12 of the 2019 college football season.

Michigan State at No.14 Michigan

SATURDAY, 11/16 — 12:00 P.M. ET

While a trip to the College Football Playoff and a berth in the Big Ten Championship Game are unlikely for the Wolverines, Michigan (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) has three games left to make its case for a New Year's Six bowl game. 

Jim Harbaugh's side has their end of season date with Ohio State circled on the calendar for 11/30, but a meeting with Michigan State is just as important for the Maize and Blue fan base. 

The Spartans (4-5, 2-4 Big Ten) have had a tumultuous run in conference this year, but a matchup with their in-state rival could be exactly what Mark Dantonio and company need to get back on track before season's end. 

No.24 Navy at No.15 Notre Dame

SATURDAY, 11/16 — 2:30 P.M. ET

The battle of blue and gold goes down in South Bend on Saturday afternoon. 

Notre Dame (7-2) has rebounded well from their thrashing at the hands of Michigan weeks ago, taking out ACC opponents Virginia Tech and Duke in back-to-back weeks. Quarterback Ian Book has his mojo back after a sloppy run of play in midseason, throwing for four touchdowns and rushing for 139 yards in the Fighting Irish's 38-7 blowout of the Blue Devils on Saturday. 

The Midshipmen (7-1) come to South Bend with the best rushing attack in the nation. Navy leads all the FBS with 357.9 total rushing yards per game, led by quarterback Malcolm Perry. The 5-foot-9 senior and orchestrator of the triple-option has rushed for 1,042 yards on the season with 16 scores. 

This will be the first ranked meeting between these two sides since 1978.

No.19 Wake Forest at No.5 Clemson

SATURDAY, 11/16 — 3:30 P.M. ET

Clemson (10-0, 7-0 ACC) had something to prove after being left out of the top four in the first CFP rankings of the year, and it showed Saturday in Raleigh. 

The Tigers destroyed N.C. State, 55-10, in prime time, jumping out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter. The win made the inevitable a reality as Clemson clinched the ACC Coastal Division, securing their spot at Bank of America Stadium on December 7. The Tigers have been docked for their less than impressive strength of schedule, but they haven't been keeping games close over the last month. 

Since they escaped Chapel Hill with a one-point win over UNC on September 28, Clemson has defeated their last five opponents by an average of 41.6 points per game. 

Wake Forest (7-2, 3-2 ACC) enter this game following a 36-17 loss to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. The Demon Deacons' impressive offense fell flat against the Hokies in what could be a case of looking too far ahead to the Clemson matchup. Nevertheless, this meeting in Death Valley promises fireworks with two of the best offenses in the conference. 

No.6 Georgia at No.11 Auburn

SATURDAY, 11/16 — 3:30 P.M. ET

Georgia's (8-1, 5-1 SEC) loss to South Carolina could be the loss than upends one of the most impressive seasons’ in program history. 

The Bulldog's defense recorded another shutout on Saturday, blanking Missouri en route to a 27-0 victory. It was the third time this season that Georgia has held an opponent scoreless, helping them rank second in the nation in scoring defense (10.10 points per game). Kirby Smart's team has yet to allow a rushing touchdown this season, making them the first team in over two decades to not give up a rushing score over their first nine games. 

Auburn (7-2, 4-2 SEC) has an outsider chance of making it to the SEC title game, but a monumental amount of dominos would have to fall their way. If the Tigers win out, their likely on their way to a New Year's Six bowl, which would still be an accomplishment given the performances of division rivals LSU and Alabama this season. Auburn's biggest win of the season is still their first as they've not been able to secure victories over top ten opponents like Florida and LSU. They get another chance at a top rival this week, but another loss could create more questions than answers for the program's future. 

No.9 Oklahoma at No.12 Baylor

SATURDAY, 11/16 — 7:30 P.M. ET

Two teams with legitimate routes to the College Football Playoff meet on Saturday night. 

Baylor (9-0, 6-0 Big 12) barely escaped a 3-overtime scare against TCU last weekend but were able to do enough to keep their perfect record and stay atop the conference. 

Oklahoma (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) has a similar emotional experience on the weekend, squashing a late upset big from Iowa State to defeat the Cyclones 42-41. 

Expect fireworks in this one, with Baylor's offense playing against a Oklahoma defense that has allowed 89 points over its last two games and the Sooners trusting quarterback Jalen Hurts with the ball all game. 

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