College Football Schedule This Week | 2022 Week 13
Michigan–Ohio State leads our picks for the best college football games this week.
Folks, it’s been a long college football season . . . but we did it! It seems like yesterday we were overreacting to Week 1 games like Utah–Florida and Notre Dame–Ohio State, but somehow, we’re already at the end of the regular season. Some teams still have a chance to play for major bowls and playoff bids, while others (hi, Texas A&M and Miami!) are already sick of this year and focusing on 2023.
But even if the regular season’s wrapping up, CableTV.com won’t leave you empty-handed. In the coming weeks, we’ll still be here with college football playoff, conference championship, and NFL coverage. For this week’s season-ending and Rivalry Week edition of the CableTV.com College Football Watch Guide, let’s break down Week 13’s best games.
CableTV.com’s Game of the Week
#3 Michigan at #2 Ohio State | FOX
As the Big Ten’s top two undefeated teams, Michigan and Ohio State have spent all season whomping on lesser clubs. Over its last six games, Michigan’s outscored opponents in the second half by an outlandish 129–17 margin thanks to its mauling run game and stout defense.
Although running back Blake Corum’s rushing stats (1,457 yards, 18 touchdowns) speak for themselves, Michigan’s downfield passing game has mostly ridden in the sidecar. Quarterback J.J. McCarthy ranks an efficient 19th in passer rating, but his passing stats (1,952 passing yards, a 14–2 touchdown/interception ratio) are far less gaudy. Michigan barely eked by Illinois last week thanks to Blake Corum’s injury and Michigan’s passing struggles.
As for Ohio State, the Buckeyes have small scuffs in their armor if you squint and wheel in a telescope. The Buckeyes have dealt with injuries to its skill player depth along with fluky quarters against Northwestern, Maryland, and Iowa. But with players like this, there’s a reason why the Buckeyes are sitting at a perfect 11–0:
The winner gets a nearly guaranteed playoff bid and cross-state bragging rights for another year. And considering how well Ohio State fans took last year’s loss, Ryan Day’s undoubtedly wants to make up for last year’s Michigan win.
Iowa State at #4 TCU | FOX
Since its breakthrough 2020 season, Iowa State’s stellar defense has regularly been let down by sludgy offenses. This year’s been especially egregious for the 4–7 Cyclones.
As ESPN’s Bill Connelly noted on Twitter, the Cyclones would be ranked sixth in SP+—which measures team efficiency—if the team had its 2022 elite defense alongside 2021’s decent offense. For context, this composite Iowa State team would be next to elite teams like Tennessee, Penn State, and TCU.
(This takes on an added layer of “oof” if you remember head coach Matt Campbell’s coaching carousel appearances. Going from a candidate at USC and Michigan to “bottom of the Big 12 at Iowa State” is a case study in striking while the iron’s hot.)
On TCU’s end, the Horned Frogs have clinched a berth in the Big 12 Championship Game thanks to its offense and stellar post-game Twitter videos. If they can take care of business this week—which is no guarantee considering how last week’s Baylor game ended—and clear the conference championship, they’ll lock down a spot in the playoff.
Florida at #19 Florida State | ABC
Florida State’s flown under the radar this season, but the Noles have started to emerge from the rubble of the Jimbo Fisher and Willie Taggart eras. Florida State suffered a mid-season losing streak against ranked Wake Forest, NC State, and Clemson, but they rebounded with dominant wins against Miami (45–3) and Syracuse (38–3).
Florida’s been on a similar trajectory this season with sizable wins against Texas A&M and South Carolina alongside last week’s upset loss against Vanderbilt. Considering the rivalry’s lopsided nature in recent years as both schools rotated between bad hires, we’ll take a series that’s at least watchable.
Auburn at #8 Alabama | CBS
The Iron Bowl is one of America’s finest purveyors of rivalry week wackiness. If you peek under the hood, there are signs that this edition could provide some much-needed lunacy.
During a four-game losing skid, interim Auburn head coach Carnell Williams led the Tigers into a close Mississippi State overtime loss before a breakthrough win against Texas A&M. Last year’s Auburn team even took Alabama into four overtimes despite its dismal 6–5 record.
Of course, Alabama’s on-paper advantages go without saying, and in recent years, they’ve alternated between “crazy Iron Bowl games” and “50-point Auburn beatdowns.” But can we at least hope for an entertaining game?
Best college football schedule this week
Here’s a table featuring our most anticipated college football matchups in Week 13. For a complete list of games and channels, head to the NCAA’s college football TV schedule and times page.
|Mississippi State at Ole Miss||Thursday, November 24||7:00 p.m.||ESPN|
|Utah State at Boise State||Friday, November 25||12:00 p.m.||CBS|
|Florida at Florida State||Friday, November 25||7:30 p.m.||ABC|
|Michigan at Ohio State||Saturday, November 26||12:00 p.m.||FOX|
|Auburn at Alabama||Saturday, November 26||3:30 p.m.||CBS|
|Oregon at Oregon State||Saturday, November 26||3:30 p.m.||ABC|
|Iowa State at TCU||Saturday, November 26||4:00 p.m.||FOX|
|LSU at Texas A&M||Saturday, November 26||7:00 p.m.||ESPN|
|Notre Dame at USC||Saturday, November 26||7:30 p.m.||ABC|
|Washington at Washington State||Saturday, November 26||10:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|Army at Navy||Saturday, December 10||3:00 p.m.||CBS|
Data effective as of post date.