Two of college football's most surprising undefeated teams fell last weekend, making the race for the College Football Playoff even more interesting going into the final weeks of the season.
After a program-defining win against Penn State last week, Minnesota fell from the graces of the College Football Playoff committee with a road loss to Iowa. Baylor suffered a similar fate, blowing a 25-point lead as Oklahoma handed the Bears their first loss of the year.
As we get closer to conference championship games, everything is still to play for.
Here are your games to watch for Week 13 of the 2019 college football season.
NO.9 Penn State at NO.2 Ohio State
SATURDAY, 11/23 — 12:00 P.M. ET
One of college football's greatest rivalries gets another chapter on Saturday afternoon.
Penn State (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten) got back on track after a season-defining loss to Minnesota two weekends ago, toppling Indiana, 34-27, to stay one game behind the Buckeyes in the Big Ten East. This defeat to the Golden Gophers didn't squash the Nittany Lions' College Football Playoff chances, but they'll need to pull out a win in The Horseshoe to keep any hope alive.
With that said, Ohio State (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten) welcomes Penn State to town with a chance to clinch the Big Ten East. The Buckeyes have run through their entire schedule with an average margin of victory of 41.7 points, the best in the nation by over seven points.
The X Factor in this matchup is the return of highlight-reel defensive end Chase Young, who finished up his two-game suspension last week in Ohio State's win over Rutgers.
Texas A&M at No.4 Georgia
SATURDAY, 11/23 — 3:30 P.M. ET
Georgia (9-1, 6-1 SEC) is headed to the SEC Championship Game, but their College Football Playoff hopes still hang in the balance.
The Bulldogs clinched the SEC East on Saturday night with their thrilling 21-14 victory over Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium. While Georgia was on the heels of blowing a three-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter, they held on strong to add another top win to their schedule. If they win their final two games of the season against the Aggies and Georgia Tech, the Bulldogs' one-loss resume may be the best of the bunch with wins over Florida, Notre Dame and Auburn.
The meeting with Texas A&M (7-3, 4-2 SEC) isn't a cakewalk, though. Jimbo Fisher's side is riding a 4-game winning streak and will be coming into Athens looking to play spoiler.
NO.6 Oregon at Arizona State
SATURDAY, 11/23 — 7:30 P.M. ET
Oregon (9-1, 7-0 Pac-12) has already wrapped up the Pac-12 North, now all they must do is win out to cement their College Football Playoff resume. Their nine consecutive wins is one of the best in the country and the Ducks looks like a much stronger team than they were in their opening weekend loss to Auburn.
A trip to Phoenix should result in win No.10 for Heisman candidate Justin Herbert and company. The Sun Devils (5-5, 2-5 Pac-12) have lost four straight games after starting the season 5-1 and have failed to find the winning formula against conference opponents. But with a 5.3 margin of defeat in their last three games, expect Herm Edwards' Sun Devils to compete and try to upend the Ducks season.
TCU At NO.10 Oklahoma
SATURDAY, 11/23 — 8:00 P.M. ET
Jalen Hurts had to bring Oklahoma (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) back from a 28-3 deficit against undefeated Baylor to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive. He did just that.
The Heisman Trophy contender threw for four touchdowns and 297 yards while also rushing for 114 yards to bring the Sooners back in Waco. The performance was one of the best of his storied collegiate career and adds another Top 25 win to the Sooners resume.
Oklahoma needs to win out, including a Big 12 Championship victory, to potentially earn a spot into the playoff, but the hardest part of their regular season schedule is in the rear-view mirror. Look for them to try and make a big statement win against TCU (5-5, 3-4 Big 12) this week to stay in the good graces of the CFP committee.
No.7 Utah at Arizona
SATURDAY, 11/23 — 10:00 P.M. ET
A date with Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game is on the cards for Utah (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12) if they can win their final two regular season games.
The Utes have an outside chance at the College Football Playoff, especially if they win out and claim their conference title, but it's likely we'll see them in a New Year's Six bowl unless the dominoes fall perfectly for them.
But regardless, the Utes have a chance to continue one of the best seasons in program history with a trip to Tucson on Saturday night. The Wildcats (4-6, 2-5 Pac-12) are the losers of five straight and Utah has a chance to make another statement for the selection committee if they can pull off a big road win.
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