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CFB Early Saturday Open Thread: Pac-12 Championship on the Line in Boulder; What???

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While SEC teams are playing things like Alabama A&M (not a combined team of players from Alabama and Texas A&M), two teams that control their own destiny in the Pac-12 face off in the West.

NCAA Football: Colorado at Arizona
The Buffs host the Cougs in a big game on Saturday afternoon.
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It’s FCS week in the "World’s Greatest Conference", aka the SEC, so much of the compelling action to keep tabs on before we see if Mike Fafaul can turn in a legendary performance is in our very own Pac-12 Conference. Colorado and Washington State are playing with spots in the conference championship game possibly on the line (you read that right, you don’t need to get your eyes checked).

Here are some games to keep an eye on before the nation tunes in to Pasadena:

#23 Florida at #16 LSU, 10:00am PST, SECN. Ah but there is one real SEC game today, thanks to Hurricane Matthew. Originally supposed to have been played in the Swamp, this game is now in Baton Rouge. Coach O has gotten the Tigers scoring points, as long as they aren’t playing Alabama, and every game is an audition for landing the top job. LSU is favored by two touchdowns.

#22 Washington State at #10 Colorado, 12:30pm PST, FOX. Just like everyone predicted in the preseason, Wazzu—undefeated in Pac-12 play—travels to Boulder—one loss in conference—in a game that could be a preview of, or at the very least have a lot of impact on, the Pac-12 Championship game in a couple of weeks. Despite their records, neither team has notched that signature win, but one will do it today.

Here's all of today's early action:

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016
Matchup Time (PT) TV / Streaming
(2) Ohio State at Michigan State 9:00 am ESPN / WatchESPN
(7) Wisconsin at Purdue 9:00 am ABC / WatchESPN
(11) Oklahoma State at TCU 9:00 am FS1 / FS Go
Maryland at (18) Nebraska 9:00 am ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
UTSA at (25) Texas A&M 9:00 am ESPNU / WatchESPN
Iowa at Illinois 9:00 am BTN / BTN2Go
Kansas State at Baylor 9:00 am ESPN2 / WatchESPN
UL Lafayette at Georgia 9:00 am SECN / WatchESPN
Morgan State at Army 9:00 am CBSSN / CBSSports.com
UTEP at Rice 9:00 am ESPN3
Miami (FL) at NC State 9:30 am ACCN (split) / WatchESPN
Virginia at Georgia Tech 9:30 am ACCN (split) / WatchESPN
(23) Florida at (16) LSU 10:00 am SECN / WatchESPN
UConn at Boston College 10:00 am WatchESPN
Oregon at (12) Utah 11:00 am Pac-12N / Pac-12.com
Georgia Southern at Georgia State 11:00 am ESPN3
Middle Tennessee at Charlotte 11:00 am ESPN3
UMass at BYU 11:00 am BYUtv / ESPN3
ULM at Appalachian State 11:30 am ESPN3
Duke at Pittsburgh 12:00 pm RSN / WatchESPN
(22) Washington State at (10) Colorado 12:30 pm FOX / FS Go
Indiana at (3) Michigan 12:30 pm ESPN / WatchESPN
(17) Florida State at Syracuse 12:30 pm ABC/ESPN2 (RM) / WatchESPN
Missouri at (19) Tennessee 12:30 pm CBS / CBSSports.com
Buffalo at (21) Western Michigan 12:30 pm ESPNU / WatchESPN
Northwestern at Minnesota 12:30 pm BTN / BTN2Go
San Diego State at Wyoming 12:30 pm CBSSN / CBSSports.com
Texas at Kansas 12:30 pm ABC/ESPN2 (RM)
Texas Tech at Iowa State 12:30 pm FS1 / FS Go
The Citadel at North Carolina 12:30 pm WatchESPN
Virginia Tech at Notre Dame 12:30 pm NBC / NBC Sports Live Extra
Temple at Tulane 12:30 pm ASN / ESPN3
Navy at East Carolina 1:00 pm ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Texas State at New Mexico State 1:00 pm ESPN3 / AggieVision
Utah State at Nevada 1:00 pm ESPN3
Western Carolina at South Carolina 1:00 pm SECN Alt. / WatchESPN
Austin Peay at Kentucky 1:30 pm SECN / WatchESPN

GO BRUINS.