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Ohio State vs. Penn State leads our Week 13 viewing guide

NFL draft prospect Chase Young is back for the Buckeyes, which is bad news for Penn State.
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields (1) waits for the snap during the first half against Rutgers last weekend in Piscataway, N.J. Ohio State won 56-21. [ADAM HUNGER  |  AP]
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields (1) waits for the snap during the first half against Rutgers last weekend in Piscataway, N.J. Ohio State won 56-21. [ADAM HUNGER | AP]
Published Nov. 22

Viewing guide

Lamest time window: Late. This is a down weekend before the season-ending fireworks next week. Enjoy a marquee game early, then go out to dinner with the family.

Noon: The only knock on Ohio State is that it hasn’t yet beaten an elite team. That changes when No. 9 Penn State visits.

3:30: No. 4 Georgia needs to beat Jimbo Fisher’s Aggies to stay in the College Football Playoff conversation.

4: USF has been competitive in back-to-back games against good AAC teams. Can the Bulls finally earn an upset against No. 18 Memphis?

RELATED: USF football: Five things to know about Memphis

7: Miami-Florida International shouldn’t be close, but the scene at Marlins Park is worth checking out early.

7:30: No. 6 Oregon’s playoff push continues against an Arizona State team that has lost four in a row.

8: No. 8 Oklahoma needs to beat TCU with style points to impress the playoff committee.

10: The defense of No. 7 Utah is worth watching against an Arizona offense that was supposed to be good.

RELATED: Why Utah should be the College Football Playoff’s darling

Eye on the NFL draft

Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, left, sacks Miami (Ohio) quarterback Jackson Williamson, causing a fumble during the first half of a game in Columbus, Ohio. [JAY LAPRETE | AP]

After missing the past two games over an NCAA issue related to a loan, Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young is back. That’s bad news for Penn State. Young is one of the top players in the game and a potential No. 1 overall pick. This is a potential highlight-reel game for Young, who should be rested for the day’s top game.

GameDay breakdown

One of Penn State’s biggest weaknesses is a good-not-great passing defense that has given up at least 300 yards each of the last two weeks. That’s wonderful news for Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, who has thrown 13 touchdown passes and no interceptions in his last four games. The stage and opponent could give Fields a Heisman moment that could help him challenge LSU’s Joe Burrow.

RELATED: Seven college football bowl game matchups we’d like to see

Audible

“I can't predict the future. My intentions are to be the head football coach here.” —Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, who apparently doesn’t intend to step down, despite a 4-6 start

By the numbers: Week 13

UCF wide receiver Tre Nixon (16) celebrates his touchdown with offensive lineman Samuel Jackson (73) during the second half of a game against Houston on Nov. 2. [WILLIE J. ALLEN JR. | AP]

20 Consecutive home wins for UCF

5 Times Memphis has started 9-1 or better. Two of them have been under Mike Norvell (2017 and this year)

8 Consecutive 100-yard rushing games by Oklahoma State’s Chuba Hubbard. That’s the nation’s longest active streak

2001 The last time Illinois has won four consecutive Big Ten games. Lovie Smith’s Illini go for No. 5 in a row at No. 19 Iowa

RELATED: Trio of Big Ten teams with Tampa Bay rooting interests

62.1 Completion percentage by Samford quarterback Chris Oladokun (Sickles High alumnus and USF transfer) heading into No. 16 Auburn

11-5 Georgia’s record against ranked teams under quarterback Jake Fromm before hosting No. 24 Texas A&M

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