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2023 College Football Watch Guide - Week 13

It’s the end of college football as you know it.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOV 26 Michigan at Ohio State Photo by Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Well, ladies and gentlemen, we come to it at last. The final regular season week of the 2023 college football season. Okay, it’s technically the second to last what with Army and Navy not playing until December 9 but it’s the last full regular season week. Hard to believe we’ve gotten to this point already. It feels like only yesterday that Jim Harbaugh was suspended for three games.

For the first time, I mean.

The 2023 college football season will be the last one of its kind as this time next year fourteen schools will be in new conferences, and it remains to be seen if one of the Power Five conferences even will even exist by the time 2024’s week zero kicks off. You’ll notice a trend in the games I’ve called out in this week’s guide as many of them feature conference foes or rivalries facing extinction. It’s a sobering reminder that this sport that wears the skin of amateurism is a cutthroat business behind the scenes. Some of the things falling away after this year are a positive, I can’t wait for the expanded playoff next year. But far more feel like something precious is being lost. It is the end of an age when things must pass away.

Last year around this time I paraphrased a passage from The Return of the King because I’m a huge nerd and I recently reread the book. Back then, it was done for humor at the end of the season. This season, it feels a bit more poignant given the state of college athletics.

Here at last, on the shores of championship week, comes the end of our Fellowship. I will not say “do not weep”, for not all tears are an evil.

Damn, I really know how to kill a festive holiday mood, don’t I? Grab a plate of leftovers and let’s enjoy our last full week of college football.

Thursday, Nov. 23 & Friday, Nov. 24

Matchup Time (CT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (CT) TV Streaming
#12 Ole Miss @ Mississippi State Thursday, 6:30 PM ESPN WatchESPN
TCU @ #13 Oklahoma Friday, 11:00 AM FOX
#17 Iowa @ Nebraska Friday, 11:00 AM CBS
Miami @ Boston College Friday, 11:00 AM ABC WatchESPN
Memphis @ Temple Friday, 11:00 AM ESPN WatchESPN
Toledo @ Central Michigan Friday, 11:00 AM ESPN U WatchESPN
Ohio @ Akron Friday, 11:00 AM CBSSN
UTSA @ #23 Tulane Friday, 2:30 PM ABC WatchESPN
Utah State @ New Mexico Friday, 2:30 PM CBSSN
#9 Missouri @ Arkansas Friday, 3:00 PM CBS
Air Force @ Boise State Friday, 3:00 PM FS1
Texas Tech @ #7 Texas Friday, 6:30 PM ABC WatchESPN
#11 Penn State @ Michigan State Friday, 6:30 PM NBC Peacock
#16 Oregon State @ #6 Oregon Friday, 7:30 PM FOX

#12 Ole Miss @ Mississippi State - Thursday, 6:30 PM - ESPN

After a day of turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, and NFL football what better way to cap of the best holiday of the year with even more football? It’s the only college game played on Thanksgiving so it’s on this list by default.

#17 Iowa @ Nebraska - Friday, 11:00 AM - CBS

The Iowa Hawkeyes have already clinched a spot in the Big Ten championship but I get the feeling this team wants this one badly. The Huskers kept the Hawkeyes from going to Indianapolis last year and I think Kirk and especially Brian want a measure of revenge. What better way than to keep them from going from becoming bowl eligible for a seventh straight year.

NCAA Football: Illinois at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech @ #7 Texas - Friday, 6:30 PM - ABC

A win Friday night in Austin will send the Longhorns to the Big 12 championship for the first time since 2018, and possibly their first conference crown since 2009. Texas Tech stands in their way and every other school in the Big 12 is pulling for the Red Raiders. If they can pull of the upset it may not keep the Longhorns out of the title game but will at least eliminate them from the CFP conversation.

#16 Oregon State @ #6 Oregon - Friday, 7:30 PM - FOX

Another rivalry game that is soon to be sacrificed on the altar of conference realignment. The Civil War will pit an Oregon team still harboring hopes for a CFP berth and Pac-12 title and an Oregon State Beavers squad looking to play spoiler and ruin their rival’s exit for the Big Ten.

Saturday, Nov. 25

Matchup Time (CT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (CT) TV Streaming
#2 Ohio State @ #3 Michigan 11:00 AM FOX
Kentucky @ #10 Louisville 11:00 AM ABC WatchESPN
Texas A&M @ #14 LSU 11:00 AM ESPN WatchESPN
Indiana @ Purdue 11:00 AM BTN
Middle Tennessee @ Sam Houston 11:00 AM ESPN+ WatchESPN
UConn @ UMass 11:00 AM ESPN+ WatchESPN
Pittsburgh @ Duke 11:00 AM ACC Network WatchESPN
Houston @ UCF 11:00 AM FS1
Navy @ SMU 11:00 AM ESPN 2 WatchESPN
Troy @ Southern Miss 11:00 AM ESPN U WatchESPN
Northern Illinois @ Kent State 11:00 AM ESPN+ WatchESPN
Miami (OH) @ Ball State 11:00 AM CBSSN
Florida Atlantic @ Rice 12:00 PM ESPN+ WatchESPN
Wake Forest @ Syracuse 1:00 PM CW CW
Tulsa @ East Carolina 1:00 PM ESPN+ WatchESPN
UAB @ North Texas 1:00 PM ESPN+ WatchESPN
Georgia State @ Old Dominion 1:00 PM ESPN+ WatchESPN
Western Kentucky @ Florida International 2:00 PM ESPN+ WatchESPN
Colorado @ Utah 2:00 PM Pac-12 Network
UL Monroe @ Louisiana 2:00 PM ESPN+ WatchESPN
San Jose State @ UNLV 2:00 PM N/A N/A
#8 Alabama @ Auburn 2:30 PM CBS
#15 Arizona @ Arizona State 2:30 PM ESPN WatchESPN
BYU @ #20 Oklahoma State 2:30 PM ABC WatchESPN
Vanderbilt @ #21 Tennessee 2:30 PM SEC Network WatchESPN
#25 Liberty @ UTEP 2:30 PM CBSSN
Northwestern @ Illinois 2:30 PM BTN
Wisconsin @ Minnesota 2:30 PM FS1
Maryland @ Rutgers 2:30 PM BTN
Virginia Tech @ Virginia 2:30 PM ACC Network WatchESPN
Georgia Southern @ Appalachian State 2:30 PM ESPN U WatchESPN
James Madison @ Coastal Carolina 2:30 PM ESPN 2 WatchESPN
Arkansas State @ Marshall 2:30 PM ESPN+ WatchESPN
Washington State @ #4 Washington 3:00 PM FOX
Jacksonville State @ New Mexico State 3:00 PM ESPN+ WatchESPN
#5 Florida State @ Florida 6:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN
#18 Notre Dame @ Stanford 6:00 PM Pac-12 Network
West Virginia @ Baylor 6:00 PM FS1
South Alabama @ Texas State 6:00 PM NFL Network
#1 Georgia @ Georgia Tech 6:30 PM ABC WatchESPN
#24 Clemson @ South Carolina 6:30 PM SEC Network WatchESPN
Kansas @ Cincinnati 6:30 PM ESPN 2 WatchESPN
Charlotte @ Sout Florida 6:30 PM ESPN U WatchESPN
Iowa State @ #19 Kansas State 7:00 PM FOX
North Carolina @ #22 NC State 7:00 PM ACC Network WatchESPN
Wyoming @ Nevada 8:00 PM CBSSN
California @ UCLA 9:30 PM ESPN WatchESPN
Fresno State @ San Diego State 9:30 PM FS1
Colorao State @ Hawai'i 10:00 PM N/A N/A

#2 Ohio State @ #3 Michigan - 11:00 AM - FOX

THE game of the weekend, and quite possibly the year. While Ohio State started the season a big shaky, they’ve developed into one of the nation’s most dominating team. The Wolverines have followed the opposite track, not looking like their unstoppable selves in recent weeks. To the winner goes the Big Ten East while the loser gets to start their CFP politicking tour.

Wisconsin @ Minnesota - 2:30 PM - FS1

A good old fashioned Big Ten rivalry that has been played since the Mesozoic era. Sure, both of these teams are hot garbage this year but when both teams are terrible then I would hope it would at least be a close game. And they play for a big damn axe!

Washington State @ #4 Washington - 3:00 PM - FOX

I’m pretty much just picking every soon to be unplayed rivalry at this point. Washington State had high expectations after starting the year 5-0 but then lost six straight. While they may not seem like the most threatening team to the fourth-ranked Huskies, you never know what can happen in a big rivalry game like this, especially one that carries extra importance for the Cougars.

North Alabama v Florida State Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

#5 Florida State @ Florida - 6:00 PM - ESPN

Florida State sadly lost their star quarterback to a season-ending leg injury last week and now have to visit the Swamp where a hungry Gators team awaits. Florida has come up short in a number of games in which they were close to pulling out wins but things have just not gone their way. The Seminoles are hurt and the Gators can get to bowl eligibility with a win.

Iowa State @ #19 Kansas State - 7:00 PM - FOX

The Cyclones had chances to keep up with Texas last week but the Longhorns proved to be too overpowering. They’ll get another chance against a ranked team when they visit the Little Apple and take on the Wildcats.