Georgia vs. Kentucky, Ohio State vs. Maryland and others

Before we bask in the glory that is rivalry week, the Pac-12 will have much of the attention for Week 12.

USC is the conference’s only team remaining in the College Football Playoff race, and its tough final stretch begins with a cross-town trip to UCLA on Saturday night.

There’s also another standout game in Eugene as Oregon hosts Utah with significant Pac-12 title implications at stake. And before the Pac-12 takes center stage late into Saturday night, there are some sneaky spots for some highly ranked teams.

(Note: All times ET, odds from BetMGM)

Time: 19:30 | TV: SECN | Line: Ole Miss -2.5 | Total: 64

Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin came so close to beating his former boss, Alabama’s Nick Saban, but the Rebels fell in heartbreaking fashion, 30-24. Now the 8-2 Rebels are out of SEC West contention and must make the road trip to face Arkansas. A night game in Fayetteville is never easy, and Ole Miss will likely try to lean heavily on its running game like it has all year. Arkansas, meanwhile, is just 5-5 on the year and will need to pull off upset eligibility and clinch a bowl berth.

Time: 20:00 | TV: Fox | Row: USC -2.5 | Total: 75.5

It’s a huge weekend in the Pac-12 as USC is the conference’s last remaining playoff contender. USC’s offense, led by quarterback Caleb Williams, is playing at a high level. His defense does not. Things developed similarly for UCLA. Still in contention for the Pac-12 title, the Bruins have a stellar running back led by QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson and RB Zach Charbonnet. Those two need to have big nights for UCLA to pull off the upset, especially with how the defense has struggled in recent weeks.

Time: 22:30 | TV: ESPN | Line: Utah -1.5 | Total: 61.5

Like the USC-UCLA game, this matchup is massive for the Pac-12 title race. Both Utah and Oregon are 6-1 in conference play, a half game behind 7-1 USC and a game ahead of UCLA and Washington, both 5-2.

QB injuries will play into it a lot. While Utah QB Cam Rising appears to be back after missing a game a few weeks ago, Oregon’s Bo Nix is ​​much more of a question mark. He appeared to injure his foot or ankle at the end of last week’s heartbreaking loss to Washington. The coaching staff has been tight-lipped about Nix’s status, but the fact that Oregon went from a 3-point favorite to a 1.5-point underdog on Wednesday night speaks volumes. If Nix can’t go, Ty Thompson gets the nod in this key matchup.

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