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Week 12 college football TV schedule and open thread: Back-loaded Big 12

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Here's what to watch after the Gators play.

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After the Gators take care of business against FAU today (hopefully), all eyes will be turning toward next week's rivalry showdown in the swamp with Florida State. But before we get to that, there are other games of note, including a few with potential College Football Playoff implications, being played around the college football landscape this afternoon and evening.

Here are our picks for what to watch after Florida plays:

Afternoon (3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern)

LSU at Mississippi (3:30 p.m., CBS): There aren't many games of importance in the SEC this week since several teams are playing cupcakes. This one still could theoretically impact the SEC West race, though. Both teams are looking to salvage their seasons after falling short of expectations, and both teams were last seen losing to Arkansas. Which one gets back on track here?

Michigan State at Ohio State (3:30 p.m., ABC): The Spartans' "interesting" loss to Nebraska took some of the shine off of this one. A one-loss Michigan State team would still control its destiny to the Big Ten Championship Game with a win over Ohio State, though. This was billed as the first real test for Urban Meyer's Buckeye squad this year, but if Connor Cook is potentially still injured, the Spartans could be in trouble.

Evening (7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern)

Mississippi State at Arkansas (7:30 p.m., ESPN): Have I mentioned yet how I am not looking forward to the Gators traveling to Fayetteville to play Arkansas in November next year? Bret Bielema's team seems to finally click on all cylinders once the calendar changes to the eleventh month. Mississippi State is coming off a brutal loss to Alabama (and teams don't play well after playing the Tide, apparently) while Arkansas returns home after handily defeating LSU.

Baylor at Oklahoma State (7:30 p.m., FOX): The Big 12's back-loaded November continues. Baylor travels to Stillwater to face their second test of the season, after failing their first one against Oklahoma at home. Oklahoma State is undefeated and needs to take care of the Bears to set up a winner-take-all Bedlam matchup with the Sooners next weekend.

TCU at Oklahoma (8:00 p.m., ABC): Speaking of those Sooners, Oklahoma returns home after an impressive victory over Baylor to face the Horned Frogs. TCU suffered a disappointing loss to Oklahoma State andmay be without star quarterback and Heisman hopeful Trevone Boykin; at minimum, Foster Sawyer, who is apparently not a bro-country artist, will start in Boykin's place. TCU will also be without star wide receiver Josh Doctson, who is now out for the season. Meanwhile, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is on fire, and is potentially a Heisman hopeful himself.

Sat, Nov 21, 2015
12:00 PM ET
AMSN
North Texas at Middle Tennessee
12:00 PM ET
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(21) Memphis at Temple
12:00 PM ET
SECNWatchESPN
Florida Atlantic at (8) Florida
12:00 PM ET
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The Citadel at South Carolina
12:00 PM ET
ESPNWatchESPN
(17) North Carolina at Virginia Tech
12:00 PM ET
CBSS
Rutgers at Army
12:00 PM ET
FSNFoxSportsGo
West Virginia at Kansas
12:00 PM ET
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Iowa State at Kansas State
12:00 PM ET
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Purdue at (5) Iowa
12:00 PM ET
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Indiana at Maryland
12:00 PM ET
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Illinois at Minnesota
12:00 PM ET
ABC
(12) Michigan at Penn State
12:30 PM ET
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Georgia Tech at Miami (FL)
12:30 PM ET
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Syracuse at NC State
1:00 PM ET
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Miami (OH) at Massachusetts
2:00 PM ET
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South Alabama at Georgia State
2:30 PM ET
FCS
Western Kentucky at FIU
3:00 PM ET
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Fresno State at BYU
3:00 PM ET
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Chattanooga at (14) Florida State
3:30 PM ET
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Nevada at Utah State
3:30 PM ET
AMSN
Old Dominion at Southern Miss
3:30 PM ET
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Louisiana Tech at UTEP
3:30 PM ET
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(19) Houston at Connecticut
3:30 PM ET
CBSS
Buffalo at Akron
3:30 PM ET
CBSSEC Live
(15) LSU at (22) Mississippi
3:30 PM ET
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Wake Forest at (1) Clemson
3:30 PM ET
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Duke at Virginia
3:30 PM ET
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Arizona at Arizona State
3:30 PM ET
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(24) USC at (23) Oregon
3:30 PM ET
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UCLA at (13) Utah
3:30 PM ET
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(20) Northwestern at (25) Wisconsin
3:30 PM ET
ABC
(9) Michigan State at (3) Ohio State
3:45 PM ET
ESPNNWatchESPN
Louisville at Pittsburgh
4:00 PM ET
SECNWatchESPN
Idaho at Auburn
4:00 PM ET
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Charleston Southern at (2) Alabama
5:00 PM ET
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New Mexico State at Louisiana-Lafayette
5:30 PM ET
MWC
Colorado State at New Mexico
6:00 PM ET
PAC12Pac-12 Live
Washington at Oregon State
7:00 PM ET
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Mississippi State at Arkansas
7:00 PM ET
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Georgia Southern at Georgia
7:00 PM ET
CBSS
(16) Navy at Tulsa
7:00 PM ET
AMSN
Rice at Texas-San Antonio
7:15 PM ET
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Tennessee at Missouri
7:30 PM ET
SECNWatchESPN
Texas A&M at Vanderbilt
7:30 PM ET
NBCNBC Sports Live Extra
Boston College at (4) Notre Dame
7:30 PM ET
SECNWatchESPN
Charlotte at Kentucky
7:30 PM ET
FOXFoxSportsGo
(10) Baylor at (6) Oklahoma State
8:00 PM ET
ABC
(18) TCU at (7) Oklahoma
8:00 PM ET
ESPNNWatchESPN
Tulane at SMU
10:30 PM ET
CBSS
San Diego State at UNLV
10:30 PM ET
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Cal at (11) Stanford
10:45 PM ET
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Colorado at Washington State
11:00 PM ET
MWC
San Jose State at Hawaii