Week 12 of the college football season brings with it a full slate of Top 25 games and plenty of drama. We'll have all the news, analysis and best moments of the day covered right here.
Injury updates and latest news
Notre Dame's streak of 273 straight home sellouts, second nationally only to Nebraska's 373 straight, ended with Saturday's game against Navy.
South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner gave his coach a vote of confidence, saying "I want to make it clear that Will Muschamp is our football coach and will be our coach going forward."
He took a flying leap!
ESPN's Pat McAfee once took an infamous swim in an Indianapolis canal. Saturday, he made a splash in the beautiful murky green waters of Waco.
McAfee takes flight and belly flops into the river
During College GameDay, Pat McAfee belly flops into the Brazos River while wearing a full suit.
Picks and gambling tips
SVP gives his Week 12 college football winners
Scott Van Pelt picks nine games against the spread for Week 11 including Minnesota looking to remain unbeaten vs. Iowa.
Our betting insiders offer their picks for the biggest games.
Here are the picks, best bets and nuggets from "Stanford Steve" and "The Bear."
In our betting tips, recent history shows Cal might turn the tables on USC.
Best of the week
Like looking in a mirror
Bella Martina, a 16-year-old Georgia high school student who went viral with her re-creations of Trevor Lawrence photos, met the Clemson QB. "That one girl actually does look a lot like me so it's kind of crazy," Lawrence said previously. He was right.
For the uninitiated, here was the video that started all the fun.
Bruh 😂 pic.twitter.com/tK5dOPbWMB— RunDaBawl.com®️ (@FunnyMaine) November 2, 2019
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Michigan players Donovan Peoples-Jones, Tarik Black and Khaleke Hudson celebrated a win over Michigan State and holding on to the Paul Bunyan Trophy -- once called "the ugliest trophy in college football" by former Wolverines coach Lloyd Carr, according to the Detroit Free Press -- with a pose replicating the mythical lumberjack.
Whole squad struck the Paul Bunyan pose pic.twitter.com/kgxYseGVzW— Patrick Barron (@BlueBarronPhoto) November 16, 2019
A really big play
Ball State senior offensive lineman Danny Pinter got a taste of glory with a touchdown catch.
College football's meme team
Even a fan can become a college football meme
From the LSU Stare Girl to the Florida State Book Reader, you never know who will become the next viral image and newest member of college football's Meme Team.
Inside the world of the suddenly famous college football fans, plucked from obscurity by television producers, then launched into the world in meme form through myriad social media platforms. It's the modern twist on Andy Warhol's "15 minutes of fame" theory, only these 15 minutes are portioned out in three-second GIFs over years and years. For more, read read David M. Hale's story on college football's instafamous fans.
It has been a rough year for Oklahoma's Sooner Schooner. First, it took a spill in Norman last month during the West Virginia game. Now, before the Sooners' big game in Waco, a miniature version of it was toppled by a full-sized animal (not sure if it was Judge Joy or Judge Lady, tbh) inside Baylor's bear habitat.
Top 25 games
In order of game time, with College Football Playoff rankings; lines courtesy Caesars Sportsbook
No. 1 LSU at Ole Miss
Time: 7 p.m. ET
How to watch: ESPN and ESPN app
Line: LSU -21
And our best line: LSU coach Ed Orgeron is heading to Ole Miss with a chance to pick up his 10th win of the season. That would match his win total from three seasons he spent as the Rebels' coach when he went 10-25 in 2005-07.
No. 17 Cincinnati at South Florida
Time: 7 p.m. ET
How to watch: CBS Sports Network
Line: Cincinnati -14
And our best line: Cincinnati enters the weekend 5-0 in conference play and currently leads the AAC East. The Bearcats can clinch the division title with a win in this game and a Temple loss to Tulane.
No. 10 Oklahoma at No. 13 Baylor
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
How to watch: ABC and ESPN app
Line: Oklahoma -10
And our best line: Both teams are heavy ESPN FPI favorites to get to the Big 12 title game (93% for each), and Baylor can clinch a spot with a win against Oklahoma coupled with a Texas loss to Iowa State. No other team currently has more than a 10% chance to reach the conference title game. The Sooners remain the favorite to ultimately win the conference title (73%).
No. 25 Appalachian State at Georgia State
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
How to watch: ESPNU and ESPN app
Line: Appalachian State -17
And our best line: This marks the first time that a Sun Belt member is ranked in the College Football Playoff rankings. The Sun Belt had been the only FBS conference not represented in the rankings until this week.
UCLA at No. 7 Utah
Time: 8 p.m. ET
How to watch: Fox
Line: Utah - 21.5
And our best line: Utah has an 85% chance to win the Pac-12 South and a 32% chance to win the conference, according to the AllState Playoff Predictor. UCLA is clinging to a 2% chance to win the division and just a 0.1% chance to win the conference.
New Mexico at No. 21 Boise State
Time: 10:15 p.m. ET
How to watch: ESPN2 and ESPN app
Line: Boise State -28
And our best line: Boise State currently has an 89% chance to win the Mountain division and a 75% chance to win the Mountain West, according to FPI.
Arizona at No. 6 Oregon
Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
How to watch: ESPN and ESPN app
Line: Oregon -27.5
And our best line: The Ducks have a 31% chance to reach the College Football Playoff, the best of any Pac-12 team and fifth best of any school in FBS. Oregon can become the first Pac-12 team to make the CFP multiple times since it began in 2014.
What the games mean
No. 5 Alabama 38, Mississippi State 7
Alabama scored an easy, and very costly, win in Starkville. The Tide bolted to a 35-7 lead in the second quarter and cruised, but the obvious story wasn't the result. Tua Tagovailoa suffered a hip injury late in the first half, then Bama's star defensive lineman, Raekwon Davis, went down as well. Their status is all that matters with two regular season games left and the Tide still immersed in the national title hunt. -- Bill Connelly
No. 9 Penn State 34, Indiana 27
The Nittany Lions strung together a gritty, 18-play scoring drive that ate 9:01 off the clock late in the fourth quarter to beat a much-improved Indiana team and keep their playoff hopes alive. PSU can now focus on Ohio State -- the most important remaining regular-season game for both teams, as it will decide the East winner. ESPN's FPI gives PSU a 15.9% chance to win, but an upset would catapult it right back into the conversation. -- Heather Dinich
No. 11 Florida 23, Missouri 6
It took a while for the Gators to get going offensively in a win over Missouri but there were definite bright spots, including the continued development of Kyle Trask -- who has now thrown two touchdown passes in eight straight games, the longest streak by a Florida player since Tim Tebow in 2008 (10 straight). The defense had another big game, and Jonathan Greenard appeared to be rounding back into form with two sacks and five tackles for loss. The Gators have an open date to prepare for rival Florida State, where they will try for back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time since 2008-2009. -- Andrea Adelson
No. 14 Wisconsin 37, Nebraska 21
The Badgers stayed within striking distance of Minnesota in the Big Ten West by winning 37-21 at Nebraska. It was the Jonathan Taylor show once again, as the star tailback ran 25 times for 204 yards with two touchdowns. It was the third time Taylor ran for 200 yards or more against the Cornhuskers. He has 11 career games with at least 200 yards, which ties Ron Dayne, Ricky Williams and Marcus Allen for the most in FBS history, according to data from ESPN Stats & Information. With 5,634 career rushing yards, Taylor passed 1982 Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker's NCAA record for most rushing yards by a player through his junior season. Walker had 5,596 yards from 1980-82. -- Mark Schlabach
No. 15 Michigan 44, Michigan State 10
Michigan moved to 8-2 with an improving offense and only Indiana and Ohio State remaining on the schedule. That rivalry game against the Buckeyes is a lot more intriguing than it looked at the beginning of the season, but Indiana is no pushover. The Wolverines will need similar performances out of quarterback Shea Patterson, who threw for more than 350 yards. -- Tom VanHaaren
No. 16 Notre Dame 52, No. 23 Navy 20
The Fighting Irish have found another gear. Since the blowout loss to Michigan and a funky, narrow win against Virginia Tech, Notre Dame has beaten Duke and Navy by a combined 90-27. They put up 300 yards and 38 points in the first half and cruised. Finish strong against BC and Stanford, and the Irish could be in position for New Year's Six bowl, not a bad consolation considering how dire things looked in Ann Arbor.
Navy's first game as a ranked team in more than two years couldn't possibly have started worse: The Midshipmen lost fumbles on their first two possessions, Notre Dame scored touchdowns on four of its first 17 plays, and that was that. The good news: It wasn't a conference game. Ken Niumatalolo's squad will now prepare to rebound against SMU in a game that, depending on how Memphis is faring, could still have AAC West title implications. -- Bill Connelly
No. 22 Oklahoma State 31, Kansas 13
The Cowboys have quietly won three games in a row to climb up the Big 12 standings, the latest a 31-13 decision over Kansas. Tailback Chuba Hubbard ran for 122 yards with two touchdowns on 23 carries. It was his seventh game this season with at least 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns, which is second-most in a season in Big 12 history, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Texas' Ricky Williams had eight such games in 1997. OSU's defense turned in one of its better performances of the season, limiting the Jayhawks to only 290 total yards, including 39 rushing. The Pokes also picked off three passes. -- Mark Schlabach