(#13)Michigan at Indiana
3:30 p.m., ESPN
I have a sneaking suspicion this will be one of the better games of week 13. Indiana has historically played well against the better teams on the schedule in Bloomington, providing plenty of scares without getting over the hump and pulling off the big upset. Plus, Indiana is much better than usual this season and has its sights on a nine wins with victories against Michigan and Purdue to close out the regular season. Michigan has looked like a completely different team since falling behind to Penn State 21-0 over a month ago, but absolutely cannot be caught looking forward to the Buckeyes next week.
Prediction: Michigan-34, Indiana-30
Texas at (#14)Baylor
3:30 p.m., FS1
We’ll see what Matt Rhule and the Bears are made of as they attempt to bounce back from a devastatingly heartbreaking loss to the Sooners that derailed their perfect season. Texas will come out swinging to try to avoid yet another disappointing season following loads of preseason hype. The Longhorns quickly went from preseason playoff contender to a team fighting to stay above 6-6 for the regular season.
Prediction: Texas-35, Baylor-31
(#6)Oregon at Arizona State
7:30 p.m., ABC
This might not be the most enticing ABC prime time game, but the rooting interests here are strong for Penn State fans. Not only is Oregon ranked ahead of the Nittany Lions, but their inclusion in the playoffs could be the death knell of Penn State’s NY6 hopes. You can also check out former Nittany Lion Juwan Johnson, who has been on a hot streak with 199 receiving yards and four touchdowns in the past two games. Arizona State will come out hungry to try to end a four-game skid after a promising 5-1 start to the season.
Prediction: Oregon-38, Arizona State-28
TCU at (#9)Oklahoma
8 p.m., FOX
Oklahoma is in a similar yet completely opposite predicament as Baylor. The Sooners need to find a way to get back up and focused following an emotional roller-coaster win last week. While TCU stands at only 5-5, the Horned Frogs are always a dangerous team who are nearly always competitive (of the five losses, four were by a touchdown or less). They should be able to at least put a scare into an emotionally-drained Sooners squad.
Prediction: Oklahoma-41, TCU-37