After a lackluster slate of games in Week 11, Weeks 12 brings huge college football games that should make way for the final playoff push.
Week 11 was filled with COVID-19 cancellations that made an already weak slate of games that much weaker. Sure there were some entertaining games like Wake Forest vs. North Carolina and Miami vs. Virginia Tech, but there were no games that had a huge impact on the playoff race.
That is (hopefully) going to change in Week 12.
The Big 12 is either going to see its playoff hopes die completely if Oklahoma State loses, or it will see the Cowboys stock go back up if they are able to pull off the win against rival Oklahoma.
The Big Ten is having a very weird season and it is about to get a lot of clarity after this Saturday with a pair of ranked matchups that will go a long way in deciding who wins the divisions in the conference.
The SEC lacks many marquee match-ups and Week 12 will be all about its two main contenders Alabama and Florida making sure that they keep looking impressive, as the conference is hoping to get multiple teams in for the second time in the playoff era.
Out west, the Pac-12 still has its top two teams undefeated, but they have not been as impressive as some hoped, which is not good for the Pac-12’s playoff chances. Oregon and USC need to play better if one of them wants to have a shot at making the final four at the end of the season.
The playoff field is getting clearer by the week, but Week 12 will help sort out contenders and pretenders as we inch closer to selection Sunday.
Here are the five games with the most playoff implications in Week 12.