Welcome to Rivalry Week.
Saturday features a mouth-watering slate of games and narrowing this list down to just five was a daunting task.
With that said, each five of these games is a must-watch for Week 14.
No.2 Ohio State at No.13 Michigan
SATURDAY, 11/30 — 12:00 P.M. ET
Ohio State (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten) has two more stops on the road to the College Football Playoff.
This week, that means a trip to The Big House to face their most hated rival in The Game.
The Buckeyes are coming off another impressive ranked win, defeating Penn State, 28-17, at home. The win featured the return of star defensive end Chase Young and resulted in Ohio State clinching the Big Ten East and securing a spot in the conference title game. While Justin Fields has been the highlight of the Buckeye offense for most of the season, it was a 157 yard and two touchdown rushing performance from J.K. Dobbins that helped Ohio State surmount the Nittany Lions.
While Michigan (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) is out of both the Big Ten and CFP discussions, this game is of utmost importance to the legacy of Jim Harbaugh. The Wolverines head coach is looking for his first win over the Buckeyes since he took over the program five years ago and the first win for Michigan over Ohio State in eight seasons. The hill will be a high one to climb, but a late season resurgence by the Wolverines has many believing that this matchup will be closer than it has been in recent years.
No.5 Alabama at No.15 Auburn
SATURDAY, 11/30 — 3:30 P.M. ET
Heading into The Iron Bowl, Alabama (10-1, 6-1 SEC) is at risk of missing out on the College Football Playoff for the first time in the half-decade history of the four-team playoff.
Nick Saban's squad is on the outside looking in after its home loss to LSU and the season-ending injury to Tua Tagovailoa, but movement at the top is guaranteed over the next couple of weeks. While Alabama can't advance to the SEC Championship Game, a victory at Auburn (8-3, 4-3 SEC) could be enough to push them into the playoff once LSU and Georgia meet in Atlanta in a couple of weeks.
As for the Tigers, a victory over the Crimson Tide would be a proper finish to a regular season where they've been on the verge of monumental wins multiple times. Auburn lost to Georgia and LSU by a combined 10 points and have given both teams two of their toughest fights of the entire season.
No.12 Wisconsin at No.10 Minnesota
SATURDAY, 11/30 — 3:30 P.M. ET
A spot in the Big Ten Championship Game is on the line.
Minnesota (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten) looked well on its way to a date with Ohio State for the conference championship, but the Golden Gophers loss at Iowa gave the Badgers (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) and outside chance of stealing the Big Ten West.
The Golden Gophers still have an outsider’s chance at the College Football Playoff, but it would include wins over the Badgers and the Buckeyes, plus some movement in front of them. It's not impossible, but the odds are stacked against them.
As for Wisconsin, the road to a New Year’s Six bowl includes a victory in this matchup and an upset win over the Buckeyes, who they lost 38-7 to in October.
Texas A&M at No.1 LSU
SATURDAY, 11/30 — 7:00 P.M. ET
Ed Orgeron and LSU (11-0, 7-0 SEC) are extremely close to the finish line. A date with Georgia is already set for the SEC Championship Game and all they need to do is take down the Aggies (7-4, 4-3 SEC) in Baton Rouge to complete a perfect regular season.
This game gives Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M one final chance this regular season to take down a Top 10 opponent. The Aggies brutal schedule has included matchups with Clemson, Auburn, Alabama and Georgia, all resulting in losses. As Fisher continues to develop his program and culture in College Station, a win in Baton Rouge could be exactly what's needed to finish the groundwork.
No.10 Oklahoma at No.21 Oklahoma State
SATURDAY, 11/30 — 8:00 P.M. ET
Oklahoma State (8-3, 5-3 Big 12) is playing its best football in years and is looking for its first win over the Sooners (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) since 2014.
The Cowboys will be without quarterback Spencer Sanders who sustained a season-ending thumb injury last week, but head coach Mike Gundy has praised backup Dru Brown's ability to deal with the circumstances.
As for Oklahoma, another win over a Top 25 opponent would be a big addition to their resume before a rematch with Baylor in the Big 12 Championship. The Sooners seven-point loss to Kansas State in October remains the only imperfection on their schedule, but two Top 25 wins and a conference championship in their pocket could be exactly what the CFP Committee needs to slot Lincoln Riley's team into the final slot.
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