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CFB Saturday Open Thread: All Eyes on the Pac-12 for USC’s Visit to Seattle

A bit of a sleepy Saturday in college football this week, but Washington’s playoff hopes will take a test against the visiting Trojans.

NCAA Football: Washington at California
Jake Browning and the Huskies will get a test from the Trojans today at home.
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UCLA hasn’t lost the last two Saturdays in a row, and perhaps with Oregon State coming to the Rose Bowl, we can make it a third in a row! But you have all day to watch some other games before you drive to Pasadena (or watch on TV) and see if the Bruins can get Mike Fafaul a win.

Here are some games to keep an eye on:

Baylor at #11 Oklahoma, 9:00am PST, ABC. After dropping non-conference games to Houston and Ohio State, Oklahoma has won six straight conference games. Baylor, after jumping out to 6-0, well, is headed in the opposite direction. Baker Mayfield probably can’t get his Sooners back into the playoff, but they look like the team to beat in the Big 12. Will they be caught looking ahead to West Virginia next weekend? Vegas likes the Sooners at home by 17.5.

#9 Auburn at Georgia, 12:30pm PST, CBS. Auburn took two early losses to two top-ten teams in Clemson and Texas A&M, now they’re surging and look like the only team that could possibly knock off the Crimson Tide. They’ll have to take care of business in Athens against Kirby Smart’s home-dog Bulldog team before they worry about the Tide.

#24 LSU at #25 Arkansas, 4:00pm PST, ESPN. Arkansas found its way back into the rankings again after they beat Florida last week and because of the federal law that requires six out of seven SEC West schools to be ranked at all times. LSU held Alabama to 10 last week in Baton Rouge, but Leonard Fournette averaged 2.1 yards per carry and Danny Etling finished the game with a QBR of 5.7. Bama will do that to you, especially if your offense stinks anyway. Arkansas is getting 7 at home.

#20 USC at #4 Washington, 4:30pm PST, FOX. Clay Helton has his team almost living up to the pre-season hype after trading out Max Browne for Sam Darnold at quarterback. The Huskies finally broke into the all important CFP Committee’s top four this week, after Texas A&M’s loss to Mississippi State. The Huskies, pre-season darlings, are now in the backloaded portion of their schedule, and trying to prove that they belong in the playoff. With GameDay in town, Husky Stadium will be rocking tonight.

California at #23 Washington State, 7:30pm PST, ESPN. #Pac12AfterDark hasn’t been as much of a thing this year, but for your nightcap after a Bruin win (fingers crossed!) this one looks to promise entertainment in the form of lots of points and little defense. Bear Raid takes on Air Raid, this tilt should make for great late-night TV.

Share your thoughts, feelings, meanderings, life-philosophies and all that with BN if you’re watching. This is your Saturday open thread!

Here is today’s full slate of action.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
Mississippi State at (1) Alabama 12 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Baylor at (11) Oklahoma 12 p.m. ABC/ESPN2 (RM) / WatchESPN
(10) Penn State at Indiana 12 p.m. ABC/ESPN2 (RM) / WatchESPN
(16) West Virginia at Texas 12 p.m. FS1 / FS Go
Kentucky at Tennessee 12 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
Northwestern at Purdue 12 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
Rutgers at Michigan State 12 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
South Carolina at Florida 12 p.m. CBS /
Tulsa at Navy 12 p.m. CBSSN /
Cincinnati at UCF 12 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
Iowa State at Kansas 12 p.m. FSN / FS Go
SMU at East Carolina 12 p.m. ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
NC State at Syracuse 12:30 p.m. ACCN / WatchESPN
Miami (OH) at Buffalo 1:00 p.m. ESPN3
Miami (FL) at Virginia 2:00 p.m. RSN / ESPN3
Rice at Charlotte 2:00 p.m. Campus Insiders
Louisiana-Monroe at Georgia State 2:00 p.m. ESPN3
Southern Utah at BYU 3:00 p.m. BYUtv / BYUtv Stream
New Mexico State at Arkansas State 3:00 p.m. ESPN3
Pittsburgh at (2) Clemson 3:30 p.m. ABC / ESPN3
(5) Ohio State at Maryland 3:30 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Illinois at (7) Wisconsin 3:30 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
(9) Auburn at Georgia 3:30 p.m. CBS /
Texas Tech at (13) Oklahoma State 3:30 p.m. FS1 / FS Go
Georgia Tech at (14) Virginia Tech 3:30 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
Vanderbilt at Missouri 3:30 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
Army vs. Notre Dame (from San Antonio) 3:30 p.m. NBC / NBC Sports Live Extra
Tulane at Houston 3:30 p.m. CBSSN /
UTSA at Louisiana Tech 3:30 p.m. KMYS-CW 35
Wyoming at UNLV 3:30 p.m. ROOT SPORTS / MWC
Appalachian State at Troy 3:30 p.m. ESPN3
North Texas at Western Kentucky 3:30 p.m. ESPN3
Southern Miss at Old Dominion 3:30 p.m. ASN / CUSA.TV ($)
Stanford at Oregon 4:00 p.m. Pac-12N /
Idaho at Texas State 4:00 p.m. ESPN3
UTEP at Florida Atlantic 6:00 p.m. CUSA.TV ($)
(24) LSU at (25) Arkansas 7:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Wake Forest at (6) Louisville 7:00 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
(22) Boise State at Hawaii 7:00 p.m. CBSSN /
Middle Tennessee at Marshall 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
USF at Memphis 7:00 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
(20) USC at (4) Washington 7:30 p.m. FOX / FS Go
Ole Miss at (8) Texas A&M 7:30 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
Minnesota at (19) Nebraska 7:30 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
(3) Michigan at Iowa 8:00 p.m. ABC / ESPN3
Oregon State at UCLA 9:00 p.m. Pac-12N /
(12) Colorado at Arizona 10:00 p.m. FS1 / FS Go
Colorado State at Air Force 10:15 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
New Mexico at Utah State 10:15 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
California at (23) Washington State 10:30 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
San Diego State at Nevada 10:30 p.m. CBSSN /