Week 12 National College Football Preview

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University of Utah football stadium | Image by Wangkun Jia

With many SEC teams facing opponents from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) this week, much of the notable college football action outside Texas and the Big 12 is in PAC-12 country. Here are the notable games on this week’s slate.

No.22 Utah (7-3, 4-3 in the PAC-12) at No.17 Arizona (7-3, 5-2), 1:30 p.m. CT, PAC-12 Network

Utah has fallen out of the PAC-12 title chase, but this game is still worth watching. Utah will be trying to win out and reach at least nine wins for the fifth time in the last six years (it went 3-2 during the shortened 2020 season), while Arizona currently sits in a tie for third place in the conference and has secured its first winning season since 2017.


No.1 Georgia (10-0, 7-0 in SEC) at No.18 Tennessee (7-3, 3-3), 2:30 p.m. CT, CBS

This is the one intriguing SEC matchup this week. Georgia leaped to No.1 in the College Football Playoff rankings after destroying No.9 Ole Miss last week. Tennessee has not beaten a ranked opponent this season and has lost its last six meetings with the Bulldogs.


No.5 Washington (10-0, 7-0 in the PAC-12) at No.11 Oregon State (8-2, 5-2), 6:30 p.m. CT, ABC

Washington remains an undefeated top-five team but could use a win to bolster its resume. The Huskies have been kept out of the top four by the College Football Playoff Committee because of some close games against some bad teams, but a win on Saturday would give them four over ranked teams this season. Meanwhile, Oregon State is trying to break a tie with Arizona for third place in the conference and make a run at the conference championship game.


UCLA (6-4. 3-4 in the PAC-12) at USC (7-4, 5-3), 2:30 p.m. CT, ABC

This game has no college football playoff implications but is one of the historic rivalries in college football. Plenty of headlines surround this game, including USC quarterback Caleb Williams’ future and rumors of UCLA moving on from head coach Chip Kelly.

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