The crosstwon rivalry game of USC-UCLA takes centerstage in the penultimate week of the college football season.
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Get Ready for Rivalry Week with These Appetizing Week 12 College Football Games


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In comparison to recent weeks, this Saturday's slate of college football games do not jump off the page at you. Ranked matchups are the count of two and must-wins are at a low.

But this weekend's games are headlined by the Pac-12 which is where all the focus will be later in the day. Not only will we most likely have our Pac-12 title game set, but we could see the conference's lone wolf's College Football Playoff chances drop to zero as the USC Trojans take on UCLA Bruins. But that does not mean there are not quality football games on tap throughout the day.

5. No. 22 Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-3) at Oklahoma (5-5)

Bullet, a mascot of the Oklahoma State Cowboys, runs around the field after a touchdown against the Texas Longhorns

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  • How to Watch: ABC
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.+ (EST)
  • Betting: OU -7.5, O/U: 66

In what could be the last meeting of the Bedlam Series for an indefinite amount of time, the Oklahoma State Cowboys look to take the final bragging rights as they go into Norman to take on the Oklahoma Sooners.

Prediction: Oklahoma State 41, Oklahoma 33.

4. No. 24 NC State Wolfpack (7-3) at Louisville Cardinals (6-4)

MJ Morris #16 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack warms up prior to their game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons

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  • How to Watch: ESPN3
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. (EST)
  • Betting: LOU -4, O/U: 44.5

The NC State Wolfpack's hopes at an ACC title are gone but they look to keep a 10-win season alive as they go on the road to play the Louisville Cardinals.

Prediction: NC State 30, Louisville 27.

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3. Illinois Illini (7-3) at No. 3 Michigan Wolverines (10-0)

Blake Corum #2 of the Michigan Wolverines runs with the ball during the first half of a college football game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan Stadium

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  • How to Watch: ABC
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. (EST)
  • Betting: MICH -18, 0/U: 40.5

After staring 7-1, the Illinois Illini have lost two straight games but hope to gain some momentum back with a monumental upset over the Michigan Wolverines.

Prediction: Michigan 31, Illinois 24.

2. No. 10 Utah Utes (8-2) at No. 12 Oregon Ducks (8-2)

Quarterback Bo Nix #10 of the Oregon Ducks rolls out of the pocket to pass against the Colorado Buffaloes in the first quarter of a game at Folsom Field

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  • How to Watch: ESPN
  • Time: 10:30 p.m. (EST)
  • Betting: UTAH -2, O/U: 60

The Utah Utes and Oregon Ducks play in a game that could decide which team goes to the Pac-12 title game and which will be eliminated from contention for a conference championship.

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Prediction: Oregon 45, Utah 42.

1. No. 7 USC Trojans (9-1) at No. 16 UCLA Bruins (8-2)

USC is within striking distance of a college football playoff spot, but UCLA could trip up the Trojans.

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  • How to Watch: FOX
  • Time: 8:00 p.m. (EST)
  • Betting: USC -2.5, O/U: 76.5

The USC Trojans look to keep their playoff hopes alive as they go head-to-head with a UCLA Bruins team that is still hanging on for a spot in the Pac-12 title game.

Prediction: USC 38, UCLA 34.

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