It’s the most wonderful time of the year — Rivalry Week! That’s right. It’s the last week of the regular season, and we’ve got rivalry games all over the place, which always puts an exclamation point on the season. Can Jim Harbaugh finally beat Ohio State? Can Oklahoma State take another step toward the College Football Playoff by taking down the Sooners?
Come back here throughout the day for the latest results, reaction and revelry from throughout the land.
Game of the moment: No. 2 Ohio State at No. 5 Michigan (Saturday, noon ET, Fox)
There’s a recipe for beating every team. Granted, for some it’s basically “Butter the bread, place in skillet, put cheese on each slice,” and for others it’s the most complicated dessert in “Mary Berry’s Baking Bible.” But a recipe exists all the same.
We explored the Beating Georgia recipe a couple of weeks ago, and since Ohio State’s domination of Michigan State last week made the Buckeyes feel inevitable — and since most recent OSU-Michigan games have left us with the same feeling — it’s time to do the same for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State has obviously rounded into form. Head coach Ryan Day shuffled defensive playcalling responsibilities after a Week 2 loss to Oregon, and the Buckeyes have allowed just 15.4 points per game over their past eight contests. Meanwhile, their offense has easily been the best in FBS. When the receiver trio of Garrett Wilson, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Chris Olave is dialed in, you’re left with choices like “I don’t know, maybe try to force them to run the ball?” Then you remember that TreVeyon Henderson and Miyan Williams average 7.4 yards per carry. Read more from Bill Connelly’s Week 13 preview (ESPN+).
Full schedule: All teams | Top 25
Best of Rivalry Week
Field stormings are all the rage this year. But Friday night brought out something we’re not sure we’ve seen before. Rushing the field as the road team. That’s what Washington State did last night after routing rival Washington, 40-13, in the Apple Cup. Hope the Huskies don’t get fined for this one.
Ohio State is always going the extra Xile whenever it faces Xichigan.
And yes, the Buckeyes are Xaking sure they’re having some fun.
This is the best, or the worst, depending on whether you’re an Army or a Navy fan.
NIL deal of the week
Josh Paschal, defender of decay, coming to the rescue.
For more on perhaps the NIL deal of the year, check this out.
Miami is going with this classic ensemble.
And here’s Cincinnati’s uniform.
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