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What to Watch, Week 13: Opportunity abounds for Baylor

Graham Watson
Dr. Saturday

 

We’re coming to that few weeks of the season and nothing has been decided.

Several teams still have a chance to play their way into bowl games, BCS games and even the national championship.

While Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State have relatively easy opponents this weekend, teams such as Baylor and Missouri, which both play ranked teams, could cause some major shakeups in the top 10.

But before we get to this week, here’s what you might have missed a week ago:

This was the biggest upset of the weekend:

This coach has been the talk of the week:

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This quarterback is dealing with more distractions off the field than on it:

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This is the greatest one-handed catch we’ve seen this year (and it won the game):

"A MIRACLE AT JORDAN-HARE!":

And this is the most amazing play you’ll see all season:

That’s your recap, here’s what to watch in Week 13:

Game of the week:
No. 4 Baylor at No. 10 Oklahoma State, 8 p.m. ET
Another week, another tough test for Baylor to prove it’s a legitimate contender. It seems like we’ve seen two different Bears’ teams in the past couple weeks. We saw a strong defensive team against Oklahoma two weeks ago and the Bears signature fast-paced, high-scoring offense against Texas Tech last week. This week, heading into a hostile Stillwater environment, Baylor is going to need both. Oklahoma State is the preseason Big 12 favorite that has won six straight to be the Bears toughest competition for the Big 12 title. This has the potential to be a high-scoring affair, but if it comes down to defense, the Bears have the better of the two.

Game to watch:
No. 17 Arizona State vs. No. 14 UCLA, 7 p.m. ET

The Bruins and Sun Devils square off in a game that could decide the Pac-12 South Division. Both teams control their own destiny, but Arizona State could clinch a spot in the Pac-12 title game with a win over the Bruins. The Bruins would have to beat the Sun Devils and USC at the end of the regular season to clinch. While both of these team have stellar offenses and good defenses, the highlight in this game will be UCLA two-way player Myles Jack. Jack is a freshman linebacker that has sparked the offense as a running back. He’s as exciting a player as there is in college football right now.

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No. 12 Texas A&M at No. 22 LSU, 3:30 p.m. ET

LSU coach Les Miles has challenged his defense to stop Johnny Manziel, but that might be easier said than done. Manziel has totaled at least 300 yards in each of the last 19 games and the Aggies average more than 500 yards and nearly 50 points per game this season. LSU’s defense has been inconsistent at times this year. It played well against Alabama in the first half and then failed to show up in the second half. A&M’s goal will be to wear down the LSU defense with its up-tempo style and if it can do that, the Aggies have a chance to come away with a victory in Death Valley.

Keep an eye on:
Kapri Bibbs, RB, Colorado State

In the past two games, Bibbs has surged onto the national radar. In that time, he has rushed for 603 yards and 10 touchdowns, including 291 yards and six scores against New Mexico last week. Bibbs, a sophomore, has 1,439 yards this season, just behind Boston College’s Andre Williams with 1,801. The most interesting part of Bibbs’ story is that he wasn’t even the No. 1 running back for the Rams six weeks ago – he was No. 3. But he’s broken out in the past seven games and will be a treat to watch against Utah State.

Upset alert:
No. 25 Minnesota (+16.5) vs. No. 19 Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. ET

While Wisconsin is the better team here, it’s hard to deny that this has become a special season for the Golden Gophers. They’ve won their last four games to win eight for the first time since winning 10 in 2003. But if Minnesota is going to pull off the upset, it’s going to have to figure out a way to stop the Badgers’ rushing offense, which ranks seventh in the country with 307.6 yards per game.

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Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at dr.saturday@ymail.com or follow her on Twitter!

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