AP COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKS: Big 12 hopes for playoff push
Thanksgiving weekend is filled with the rivalries and season-ending drama. The first weekend in December will determine just about every conference championship.
This weekend in college football looks like it has limited potential to shake up the rankings and College Football Playoff chase. But that's also what last weekend looked like and we all know how that turned out.
For once, the Big 12 is in the spotlight. The conference's best hopes for making a late push to the College Football Playoff will meet in Morgantown, West Virginia, when the No. 10 Mountaineers face No. 8 Oklahoma.
The Sooners (8-2) have the higher ranking but West Virginia, with its 8-1 record, probably has a better path to the playoff. Both teams will need some help as the College Football Playoff committee has not shown itself to be particularly impressed with the conference's best teams.
Another game to watch in the Big 12 this week is in Fort Worth, Texas, when No. 13 Oklahoma State faces TCU. The Cowboys are the longest of playoff long shots, weighed down by a loss to Central Michigan that was aided by a blown call by officials. Oklahoma State has already beaten West Virginia and finishes the season against rival Oklahoma.
THURSDAY NIGHT THROWDOWNS
No. 3 Louisville (minus 14) at Houston
Likely the last big-stage game for Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals to show off their stuff to Heisman voters and the selection committee ... HOUSTON 35-28, UPSET SPECIAL.
Arkansas State (plus 8