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4-Down Territory: Breaking Down PSU vs OSU, Division Races Heat Up & More Great Football History

With just two weeks to go there are still seven of ten Power-5 Conference Championship Game berths still up for grabs. Who’s In? SEC East: Georgia, ACC Atlantic: Clemson, Pac 12 North: Oregon. That should keep us all tuned in the next two weeks.

1st Down: The Pac 12 Race in The Grand Canyon State: #7 Utah at Arizona: The Utes lost to USC this year which means they must win out if USC beats UCLA on Saturday. Despite a slew of injuries at the QB position USC has kept the pressure on Utah. Arizona is on a 5-game skid where they’ve allowed 223 points (44.75 per game). Utah should roll.…..#6 Oregon at Arizona State: With Oregon having the North Division title clinched, the second of two big Pac-12 games in Arizona impacts Oregon’s College Football Playoff hopes. The Ducks are playing the third of three straight games against the Pac 12 South. After routing USC and Arizona, this 7:30 Eastern ABC prime time game can showcase Oregon to the nation. Look for the Ducks offense to post some big numbers against the Sun Devil defense.

2nd Down: Looking West: #10 Minnesota at Northwestern: The Gophers have a one-game lead in the West and even if they were to suffer a major upset in Evanston, they still can win the West by beating Wisconsin next week. The Wildcats’ offense has struggled this year. A Minnesota defense that feasts on turnovers should make life difficult and move the Gophers to 10-1……..Purdue at #12 Wisconsin: If the Badgers lose the Gophers are in. If the Badgers win they play for the title at Minnesota next week. Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor has amassed 1473 yards and 17 rushing TDs about as quietly as it can be done. Look for the Badgers to ride that run game to a chance to win the Division next week. Arkansas at #1 LSU: Look for the Tigers to score early and often and essentially clinch the SEC West by halftime with a blowout win.

3rd Down: ACC Coastal & Big 12: Pitt at Virginia Tech: Three ACC Coastal teams enter week 13 with 2 conference losses –Pitt, Virginia and Virgina Tech. Because Virginia Tech closes with the other two contenders they control their own destiny in the Division. Pitt’s pass rush, blitz scheme and talented secondary will be a problem for the Hokies. Pitt’s offense has been solid but red zone troubles cost them the Penn State game and the Miami game. This one should be close and relatively low scoring. UVA plays Liberty and holds the tie-breaker over Pitt. Texas at #14 Baylor: The Bears will need to rebound from a disappointing second half loss to Oklahoma. Win and they are in and that same also goes for......TCU at #9 Oklahoma: OU overcame some early mistakes at Baylor before QB Jalen Hurts led the biggest comeback in OU's storied history. If OU's defense matches last week's second-half intensity they should win and they are in.