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College football Week 12: Pac-12 showdowns take center stage

The weekend before Rivalry Week has turned into something of an alternative programming showcase in college football. Games like Michigan-Ohio State have moved back a week, the SEC unloads its remaining cakey nonconference games, and with such huge games on the near horizon, the College Football Playoff race almost hits pause with a series of undercard affairs.

On one hand, that's frustrating -- Ohio State-Michigan is right there, but we have to wait another week for it! On the other hand, we get to focus our gaze on other intriguing storylines. The Pac-12 is putting on a particularly fun and important pair of games Saturday night (along with Bedlam in the Big 12!