Welcome to Week 13 of the college football season, also known as RIVALRY WEEK!
There are the classics, like Oregon-Oregon State and Stanford-Cal. We’ll bear witness to an Iron Bowl without Nick Saban on the Alabama sideline after he tested positive for COVID-19 this week.
Mississippi State and Ole Miss meet for another Egg Bowl featuring Elijah Moore, who became infamous last year with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for lifting his leg like a peeing dog. This year, he returns as the nation’s leading receiver.
In the spirit of giving thanks for what we can, we claim a few games — like North Carolina-Notre Dame and Iowa State-Texas — as new rivalry matchups due to scheduling quirks. Here are a few suggestions for trophies.
We’ll be keeping up Friday and Saturday with all the highlights and Top 25 analysis.
Top 25 games
All times Eastern; lines courtesy Caesars Sportsbook
No. 2 Notre Dame (-5.5) at No. 19 North Carolina 3:30, ABC/ESPN app
No. 15 Oregon (-13.5) at Oregon State, 7:30, ESPN/ESPN app
No. 4 Ohio State (-28) at Illinois, noon, FS1
Kentucky at No. 6 Florida (-25) , noon, ESPN/ESPN App
Maryland at No. 12 Indiana (-11.5), noon, ESPN2/ESPN App
Texas Tech at No. 23 Oklahoma State (-11), noon, Fox
No. 20 Coastal Carolina (-17) at Texas State, 3, ESPN+/ESPN App
No. 22 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama (-24.5), 3:30, CBS
Pittsburgh at No. 3 Clemson (-24), 3:30, ESPN/ESPN App
No. 8 Northwestern (-13) at Michigan State, 3:30, ESPN2/ESPN App
LSU at No. 5 Texas A&M (-14.5), 7, ESPN/ESPN app
No. 9 Georgia (-21.5) at South Carolina, 7:30, SEC Network/ESPN App
No. 24 Iowa 26, Nebraska 20
Despite not playing their best, the Hawkeyes came away with a sixth consecutive victory over Nebraska to improve to 4-2 overall with a strong grip on the second spot in the Big Ten West. The run game turned up a notch in the second half, as the Hawkeyes compiled 94 yards on the ground after netting just 35 (2.1 yards per carry) in the first half. Tyler Goodson’s workmanlike 30 carry, 111-yard performance led the way for Iowa. — Sam Khan Jr.
No. 13 Iowa State 23, No. 17 Texas 20
The Cyclones are one step closer to the Big 12 championship game. Their road win over Texas, in which they trailed most of the day, makes them a virtual lock to make the title game. It was by no means pretty, but Iowa State patiently chipped away at a 10-point Texas lead until finally getting the go-ahead score from Breece Hall with 1:25 left. The victory was Iowa State’s first road win over an AP Top 25 team in November (it was 0-43 in such situations before Friday).
The Longhorns are likely to be kicking themselves after this one. A game which they controlled for much of the day slipped away thanks in part to a handful of second-half failures. A fake punt call was snuffed out, a fourth-and-1 attempt denied and Sam Ehlinger getting sacked on the penultimate play — which led to a missed 57-yard field goal by Cameron Dicker that would’ve tied the game — are all things Tom Herman will rue following a loss that’s devastating to the Longhorns’ hopes of reaching a Big 12 championship game — Sam Khan Jr.
How did they even make these catches?
Emery Simmons made sure that this jump ball was all his.
Emery Simmons outjumps his defender to grab Sam Howell’s pass for a six-yard score.
And Shaun Beyer extended way, way up for this one-handed grab.
Iowa QB Spencer Petras throws the ball to TE Shaun Beyer, who makes an unbelievable one-handed catch.
Iowa State actually beat Texas
If there’s anything that’ll get people talking, it’s a Texas loss at home.
NO. 13 IOWA STATE HANGS ON TO BEAT NO. 17 TEXAS IN AUSTIN! pic.twitter.com/Em1ECf49XC
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 27, 2020
Texas losing on senior day in part because Short-Yardage Sam Ehlinger got stuffed in short yardage is a rather cruel twist.
— Bill Connelly (@ESPN_BillC) November 27, 2020
And accidentally setting off the cannons. well, it’s certainly not what you want.
Texas just accidentally set off the cannons after missing the game-winning field goal. epitome of brutality, or whatever
— Nathan King (@byNathanKing) November 27, 2020
But credit where credit is due.
Iowa State is back.
— Kyle Bonagura (@BonaguraESPN) November 27, 2020
McKenzie Milton revisited the same spot he suffered his knee injury that sidelined him two years with his teammates prior to UCF’s game.
— osknights (@osknights) November 27, 2020
Play like a girl
Introducing Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller.
Fuller, a women’s soccer player for Vandy, will be the Commodores place-kicker on Saturday, which will make her the first woman to suit up for a Power 5 football game.
— Sarah Fuller (@SarahFuller_27) November 27, 2020
— Vanderbilt Football (@VandyFootball) November 27, 2020
Shaw shows off a spin
Sean Shaw Jr. managed to get in the end zone after making a nice spin move.
Brock Purdy completes a long pass to Sean Shaw Jr. who escapes a tackle and stumbles into the end zone.
Texas unveils Whittier statue
Texas paid tribute to Julius Whittier, the Longhorns’ first Black letterman, by unveiling a new 12½-foot statue of the former offensive lineman/tight end outside the north end of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Friday.
Horns are here 📍 pic.twitter.com/62NCCstS4R
— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) November 27, 2020
Florida Man likes gravy
If you’re one of those weirdos (like me) who doesn’t like foods touching, this is basically an act of violence.
— Dan Mullen (@CoachDanMullen) November 26, 2020
Nick Saban is out Saturday for the Iron Bowl after testing positive for COVID-19, but his daughter, Kristen, says she has it under control.
I forgot to mention I’ll be filling in on Saturday. No worries. pic.twitter.com/KkovI1cKIW
— KRISTEN SABAN SETAS (@KristenSabanS) November 25, 2020
Since the 2004 BCS National Championship Game (when Saban won his first national title), Kristen has given her dad a lucky penny before each game. She promised a special delivery this week.
It’s funny that this is a “concern” by some people, but yes, the penny will still be delivered. I’m leaving it at his front door Saturday morning…not the typical delivery but it still counts. pic.twitter.com/vel8uKqbo2
— KRISTEN SABAN SETAS (@KristenSabanS) November 25, 2020
For the War on I-4 matchup with UCF, USF is wearing a lot of neon and a lot of shiny stuff.
— USF Football (@USFFootball) November 25, 2020
Here’s UCF’s take on their choice.
— UCF Football 😷 (@UCF_Football) November 25, 2020
Here’s Oregon’s combo for the rivalry game against Oregon State.
— GoDucks (@GoDucks) November 26, 2020
Ohio State is feeling icy.
— Ohio State Buckeyes 🌰 (@OhioStAthletics) November 25, 2020
And Michigan State is bringing back its pop of color.
— Michigan State Football (@MSU_Football) November 27, 2020