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College football TV guide: Thanksgiving weekend schedule, top games to watch

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray. (USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray. (USA TODAY Sports)

Warm up the leftovers and find a spot on the couch. Thanksgiving weekend brings us two straight days of wall-to-wall college football, with plenty of conference championship and playoff implications involved.

Here’s your TV guide for the next two days.

Early Friday

All No. 14 Texas (8-3, 6-2) needs to do to earn a spot in the Big 12 championship game is beat Kansas (3-8, 1-7) in David Beaty’s final game in charge (11 a.m., FS1). Iowa (7-4, 4-4) and Nebraska (4-7, 3-5) meet in the annual Heroes Game (11 a.m., Fox). Here’s a complete preview.

11 a.m. games

Houston at Memphis, ABC

Nebraska at Iowa, Fox

Buffalo at Bowling Green, ESPNU

No. 14 Texas at Kansas, FS1

Akron at Ohio, CBSSN

Friday Afternoon

No. 9 UCF (10-0, 7-0) will travel to South Florida (7-4, 3-4) to try to complete its second straight unbeaten regular season (3:15 p.m., ESPN). Virginia Tech (4-6, 3-4) needs to beat Virginia (7-4, 4-3) in the Commonwealth Cup (2:30 p.m., ABC), plus Marshall next week to become bowl eligible.

1:30 p.m. game

Arkansas at Missouri, CBS

2:30 p.m. games

Virginia at Virginia Tech, ABC

East Carolina at Cincinnati, CBSSN

3 p.m. game

Oregon at Oregon State, FS1

3:15 p.m. game

No. 9 Central Florida at South Florida, ESPN

Primetime Friday

Appointment viewing Friday night. No. 6 Oklahoma (10-1, 7-1) and No. 13 West Virginia (8-2, 6-2) battle for a spot in the Big 12 championship game while the Apple Cup winner, 16th-ranked Washington (8-3, 6-2) or No. 8 Washingon State (10-1, 7-1), will clinch the Pac-12 North. OU or WVU could lose and still get a rematch if Texas loses to Kansas.

7 p.m. game

No. 6 Oklahoma at No. 13 West Virginia, ESPN

7:30 p.m. game

No. 16 Washington at No. 8 Washington State, Fox

Early Saturday

The stakes couldn’t be much higher for No. 4 Michigan (10-1, 8-0) and 10th-ranked Ohio State (10-1, 7-1) in one of the sport’s best rivalries (11 a.m., Fox). The winner moves on to the Big Ten championship game and stays in the playoff race. The Buckeyes have won six straight in the series and 13 of 14. Indiana (5-6, 2-6) and Purdue (5-6, 4-4) square off for the Old Oaken Bucket and a bowl trip (11 a.m., ESPN2).

11 a.m. games

No. 11 Florida at Florida State, ABC

No. 4 Michigan at No. 10 Ohio State, Fox

No. 20 Syracuse at Boston College, ESPN

Purdue at Indiana, ESPN2

Baylor vs. Texas Tech, FS1

Western Kentucky at Louisiana Tech, CBSSN

Navy at Tulane, ESPNU

11:30 a.m. game

North Carolina State at North Carolina, KCRG 9.2

Saturday Afternoon

The neutral fan will be hoping Auburn (7-4, 3-4) can at least give top-ranked, unbeaten Alabama (11-0, 7-0) a game in the Iron Bowl (2:30 p.m., CBS). Minnesota (5-6, 2-6) will try to become bowl eligible against Wisconsin (7-4, 5-3) by winning Paul Bunyan’s Axe for the first time since 2003 (2:30 p.m., BTN).

2:30 p.m. games

Auburn at No. 1 Alabama, CBS

Maryland at No. 12 Penn State, ABC

Minnesota at Wisconsin, ESPN2

Illinois at No. 19 Northwestern, BTN

No. 24 Pittsburgh at Miami, ESPN

Arizona State at Arizona, FS1

Southern Methodist at Tulsa, CBSSN

Temple at Connecticut, ESPNU

3 p.m. game

Rutgers at Michigan State, Fox

4 p.m. game

FCS: Southern vs. Grambling State, NBCSN

Primetime Saturday

No. 2 Clemson (11-0) and No. 3 Notre Dame (11-0) will attempt to complete the regular season unscathed. The Tigers (6 p.m., ESPN) take on South Carolina (6-4) and the Fighting Irish (7 p.m., ABC) travel to sputtering USC (5-6). No. 25 Iowa State (6-4, 5-3) is favored to beat Kansas State (5-6, 3-5), something it hasn’t done since 2007 (6 p.m., FS1).

6 p.m. games

South Carolina at No. 2 Clemson, ESPN

No. 15 Kentucky at Louisville, ESPN2

Kansas State at No. 25 Iowa State, FS1

San Jose State at Fresno State, ESPNU

7 p.m. games

No. 3 Notre Dame at Southern California, ABC

Oklahoma State at Texas Christian, Fox


Late night Saturday

The blue turf in Boise will have Mountain West title game implications to close out the weekend, with the winner of No. 21 Utah State (10-1, 7-0) and 23rd-ranked Boise State (9-2, 6-1) claiming the Mountain Division (9:15 p.m., ESPN).

8:30 p.m. game

Nevada at UNLV, CBSSN

9 p.m. game

Brigham Young at No. 17 Utah, FS1

9:15 p.m. game

No. 21 Utah State at No. 23 Boise State, ESPN

9:30 p.m. game

Hawaii at San Diego State, ESPNU

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