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Whatcha Drinkin, Who Ya Watchin: Week 12

Last week we told you to avoid the Iowa game at all costs. That worked well. Do that again!

Michigan v Iowa
The Hawkeyes look to continue their quest to salvage the season this week with a trip to Illinois.
Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images

Well, just like we told you here last week, Michigan at Iowa was the game of the week and one to remember for a lifetime. Hope you took our advice. And since we are so smart and clearly can predict the future, you should listen to what we have to say about games to watch this week. Yeah, let’s go with that.

Just as in the past several weeks, there’s already been some MACtion this week, but the college football week kicks off in earnest tonight as #5 Louisville and the human highlight reel travel to 8-2 Houston. That one is on ESPN at 7pm CT. There’s also a sneaky good (I’ve oversold this) matchup between Arkansas State and 8-1 Troy on ESPNU at 8:30.

Friday night we get UNLV at #20 Boise State at 8pm CT on ESPN2. Memphis is also at Cincinnati, but nobody cares and it’s on the CBS Sports Network. Good luck finding it.

Saturday’s slate of games is less than impressive. We are to the point in the season where the SEC tries to hide their cream puffs and afford themselves an extra bye. I don’t hate the strategy, but they tend to get the benefit of the doubt in terms of scheduling and this is just ridiculous. This week includes Georgia hosting Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas A&M hosting the University of Texas-San Antonio, South Carolina hosting Western Carolina, Kentucky hosting Austin Peay, Alabama hosting Chattanooga and Auburn hosting Alabama A&M. That will all likely be glossed over as #16 LSU is hosting #23 Florida, so you know, the SEC schedule is just brutal.

Given that SEC day of scheduling, there is basically nobody from the conference on anything other than the SEC Network (and of course the obligatory Alabama on game on ESPN2, because hey who doesn’t want to watch that?)

Ohio State v Maryland
Ohio State no longer controls their own Big Ten destiny, but they are still in good shape for the CFP.
Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The 11am CT slot has #7 Wisconsin at Purdue on ABC, #2 OSU at MSU on ESPN and Kansas State at Baylor on ESPN2. You can, of course, watch Iowa take on Illinois on BTN. Given last week, I’m tempted to again advise you not watch it. You can decide for yourself how superstitious you want to be. #11 OK State is at TCU on FS1 and #18 Nebraska is hosting Maryland on ESPN News.

At 2:30pm CT, you get Notre Dame hosting VaTech on NBC (exhilarating, I know), #19 Tennessee hosting Missouri on CBS, Syracuse hosting #17 Florida State mirrored with Kansas hosting Texas on ABC/ESPN2 (it’s just that kind of weekend). ESPN has #3 Michigan hosting Indiana, BTN brings you Northwestern at Minnesota and the highlight of this timeslot is #10 Colorado hosting #22 Washington State on FOX.

Things don’t get a whole lot better in the evening games. #1 Alabama is hosting Chattanooga (hey, they’re 8-2!) on ESPN2 at 6pm. Arkansas is at Mississippi State on ESPNU at the same time. And ESPN has #4 Clemson at Wake Forest at that time as well.

Baylor v Oklahoma
OKlahoma is on the outside looking in at this point. A top-15 win this week would help.
Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images

At 6:30 CT you have Arizona State at #6 Washington on FOX. In primetime you have Vanderbilt hosting Ole Miss on the SEC Network, #8 Penn State at Rutgers on BTN and #9 Oklahoma at #14 West Virginia on ABC.

Your #Pac12AfterDarkMatchup is #13 USC at UCLA at 9:30 on ESPN.

Nedbank Golf Challenge - Day Four
This is pretty much what I expect our house to look like this weekend.
Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

My beverage of choice this week will be champagne. Not only is that where Iowa is playing this week, but we are also celebrating the announcement of baby JPinIC #2 this week. Send me free stuff (sleep is preferred if you can get it in the mail) unless you plan on attending the baby shower.

As always, you can find EVERY game on the docket for the weekend below. DISCLAIMER: this table is created by the SB Nation crew, not us, so the times listed below are EASTERN.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
(5) Louisville at Houston 8:00 p.m. ESPN / ESPN3
Arkansas State at Troy 9:30 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
Friday, Nov. 18, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
Memphis at Cincinnati 8:00 p.m. CBSSN /
UNLV at (20) Boise State 9:00 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
(2) Ohio State at Michigan State 12:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
(7) Wisconsin at Purdue 12:00 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
(11) Oklahoma State at TCU 12:00 p.m. FS1 / FS Go
Maryland at (18) Nebraska 12:00 p.m. ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
UTSA at (25) Texas A&M 12:00 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
Iowa at Illinois 12:00 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
Kansas State at Baylor 12:00 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
UL Lafayette at Georgia 12:00 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
Morgan State at Army 12:00 p.m. CBSSN /
UTEP at Rice 12:00 p.m. ESPN3
Miami (FL) at NC State 12:30 p.m. ACCN (split) / WatchESPN
Virginia at Georgia Tech 12:30 p.m. ACCN (split) / WatchESPN
(23) Florida at (16) LSU 1:00 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
UConn at Boston College 1:00 p.m. WatchESPN
Oregon at (12) Utah 2:00 p.m. Pac-12N /
Georgia Southern at Georgia State 2:00 p.m. ESPN3
Middle Tennessee at Charlotte 2:00 p.m. ESPN3
UMass at BYU 2:00 p.m. BYUtv / ESPN3
ULM at Appalachian State 2:30 p.m. ESPN3
Duke at Pittsburgh 3:00 p.m. RSN / WatchESPN
(22) Washington State at (10) Colorado 3:30 p.m. FOX / FS Go
Indiana at (3) Michigan 3:30 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
(17) Florida State at Syracuse 3:30 p.m. ABC/ESPN2 (RM) / WatchESPN
Missouri at (19) Tennessee 3:30 p.m. CBS /
Buffalo at (21) Western Michigan 3:30 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
Northwestern at Minnesota 3:30 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
San Diego State at Wyoming 3:30 p.m. CBSSN /
Texas at Kansas 3:30 p.m. ABC/ESPN2 (RM)
Texas Tech at Iowa State 3:30 p.m. FS1 / FS Go
The Citadel at North Carolina 3:30 p.m. WatchESPN
Virginia Tech at Notre Dame 3:30 p.m. NBC / NBC Sports Live Extra
Temple at Tulane 3:30 p.m. ASN / ESPN3
Navy at East Carolina 4:00 p.m. ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Texas State at New Mexico State 4:00 p.m. ESPN3 / AggieVision
Utah State at Nevada 4:00 p.m. ESPN3
Western Carolina at South Carolina 4:00 p.m. SECN Alt. / WatchESPN
Austin Peay at Kentucky 4:30 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
(24) Stanford at California 5:30 p.m. Pac-12N /
Southern Miss at North Texas 5:30 p.m. beIN Sports / beIN Sports Connect
Old Dominion at Florida Atlantic 6:00 p.m. CampusInsiders
Chattanooga at (1) Alabama 7:00 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Arkansas at Mississippi State 7:00 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
(4) Clemson at Wake Forest 7:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Hawaii at Fresno State 7:00 p.m. Oceanic PPV / MWN
Marshall at FIU 7:00 p.m. ASN/MASN
Presbyterian at South Alabama 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
USF at SMU 7:00 p.m. CBSSN /
Arizona State at (6) Washington 7:30 p.m. FOX / FS Go
Alabama A&M at (15) Auburn 7:30 p.m. SEC Alt. / WatchESPN
(9) Oklahoma at (14) West Virginia 8:00 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
(8) Penn State at Rutgers 8:00 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
Ole Miss at Vanderbilt 8:00 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
Tulsa at UCF 8:00 p.m. ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
New Mexico at Colorado State 10:15 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
(13) USC at UCLA 10:30 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Air Force at San Jose State 10:30 p.m. CBSSN /
Arizona at Oregon State 10:30 p.m. Pac-12N /