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This could be a huge weekend for UW’s playoff hopes

Ohio State v Iowa
The Iowa Hawkeyes did UW a huge favor by upsetting Ohio State one week ago. Can they repeat the favor against Wisconsin?
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Here we go.

There are a just a few weeks to go in the season. As the season draws to an end, the race for the college football playoff is just beginning.

For all intents and purposes, that race has narrowed to a contest between nine teams. Washington is among that nine, but is the “last team in” per the most recent College Football Playoff selection committee rankings.

Husky fans know that getting into the playoff is still a possibility but that help will be required along the way. We all know that UW has to win out. That’s a given.

But the rest? At this point, we should all be rooting for a scenario where two-loss teams come out of both the Big 12 and B1G as champions. Should that happen, there ought to be room for a less-respected UW team to squeeze in with a PAC 12 conference championship in hand.

Of course, that alone may still not be enough. We might need even a little more help.

So, here is your Week 11 rooting guide covering all games of interest to Husky fans. And for some more fun, go check out Max Vrooman’s game of “Playoff 500” which lays out the various paths to the playoffs that are available to UW.

#20 Iowa at #6 Wisconsin

Root for: Iowa

This is the most important game on the schedule for UW fans to watch. Wisconsin is undefeated but sitting on a very weak schedule. This will be their first ranked opponent of the season - and they are lucky in that Iowa just became ranked this past week.

A loss now would make it very difficult for the BiG to put a team into the playoffs. Not impossible ... but very difficult. This would be one big step towards making the two-loss B1G, two-loss Big 12 scenario happening.

#1 Georgia vs #10 Auburn

Root for: Auburn

I know that I said above that there are only 9 teams left in the race. And, yes, it is possible that #10 Auburn could still work themselves back into the playoff race.

History has shown that the road for a two-loss team to get into the playoffs is very, very long. It has never happened before. It could have happened a year ago, but the committee decided that a two-loss conference champ was worth less than a one-loss team with a “quality loss”.

Thus, the deck is already severely stacked against Auburn. Should they hand Georgia their first loss, it would really cripple the case for a two-SEC team scenario.

This one is easy. War Damn Eagle.

#6 TCU vs #5 Oklahoma

Root for: TCU

Look, we need each of these teams to take one more loss during the season. The odds are very good that these are going to be the two teams that match up in the new Big 12 championship. Teams that play each other twice in the same season most often split that series.

Whichever team loses this game is probably going to suffer a disqualification from the playoff race. While I think it is more likely that Oklahoma wins at home and then loses an rematch, I would prefer to see the opposite happen.

Recall that TCU already beat the same OKST team that Oklahoma beat last week. If TCU wins on Saturday, they can claim the undisputed poll position in the Big 12. That would set up a great opportunity for a spectacular fail should TCU end up dropping either the championship game or an upset next week at Texas Tech.

#3 Notre Dame at #7 Miami

Root for: Notre Dame

Let’s get this one out of the way now. My advice on who to root for may not follow conventional wisdom. But bear with me here.

Miami is an undefeated team. As long as they remain undefeated, the risk of the ACC sending two teams to the playoff ahead of a one-loss PAC 12 champion remains as likely as the SEC doing the same. UW fans really want to see the second best team in the ACC, whoever that might be, to have two losses.

I get that a ND win further bolsters their own resume. However, we have to keep in mind that a Miami win over a #3 ND would further bolster the Cane’s resume. Should Miami beat ND straight up, I suspect the threat that ND currently poses to UW simply gets swapped out by the Hurricanes.

UW can still get into the playoffs with Clemson as the ACC champ and ND getting in. I’ve modeled as much already. Since the Irish represent the only real threat to Miami going undefeated in the regular season, I’m rooting for the Irish.

Of course, this one is open to debate. UW will have a path to the playoffs no matter the outcome.

#2 Alabama vs #16 Mississippi State

Root for: Mississippi State

There is a line of reasoning that says UW is better off if Alabama goes undefeated and leaves zero doubt that there is only one team coming out of the SEC. It’s not unreasonable.

However, I think the threat of a two SEC team scenario is now real enough that we need to consider it. Alabama getting a loss now would pretty much eliminate that scenario, especially if they were to go on and lose an SEC championship. Alabama has only one win over a ranked team (last week to #25 LSU) and their next best win is quite literally FAU. A loss to Mississippi State would raise eyebrows.

#15 Oklahoma State at #21 Iowa State

Root for: Iowa State

UPSET ALERT!

Weakening the resume of the eventual Big 12 champ is a good thing. An Iowa State win over OKST would accomplish that. Plus, we’ve seen how a good D can slow down QB Mason Rudolph and co. I love a good upset.

Florida State at #4 Clemson

Root for: Florida State

Clemson is getting 16 points in this game. 16!

That plus the fact that FSU is at risk of having the bowl appearance streak snapped has me thinking that there might be an upset opportunity brewing. Let’s watch this one.

Rutgers at #14 Penn State

Root for: Rutgers

Hey, don’t laugh. It could happen.

You know what else could happen? Rutgers could still get bowl eligible.

That would be good.

Other teams to root for:

USC over Colorado

WSU over Utah

Washington over Stanford (duh)

Fresno State over Hawaii (we want FSU to win the MWC)

Colorado State over Boise State (see above)

Friday Night Schedule

Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Temple at Cincinnati 4:00 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
#9 Washington at Stanford 7:30 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
BYU at UNLV 7:30 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com

Saturday Full Schedule

Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
#12 Michigan State at #13 Ohio State 9:00 AM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
Rutgers at #14 Penn State 9:00 AM BTN BTN2Go.com
#15 Oklahoma State at #21 Iowa State 9:00 AM ABC/ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Connecticut at #18 UCF 9:00 AM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
#23 NC State at Boston College 9:00 AM ABC/ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Arkansas at #24 LSU 9:00 AM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Duke at Army 9:00 AM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Texas Tech vs Baylor 9:00 AM FSN FoxSportsGo.com
Louisiana at Ole Miss 9:00 AM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Florida at South Carolina 9:00 AM CBS CBSSports.com
Indiana at Illinois 9:00 AM BTN BTN2Go.com
Nebraska at Minnesota 9:00 AM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
#17 Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech 9:20 AM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
Middle Tennessee at Charlotte 11:00 AM None WatchESPN.com
Wake Forest at Syracuse 12:00 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
#1 Georgia at #10 Auburn 12:30 PM CBS CBSSports.com
Florida State at #4 Clemson 12:30 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
#20 Iowa at #8 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
Virginia at Louisville 12:30 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Michigan at Maryland 12:30 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
West Virginia at Kansas State 12:30 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
SMU at Navy 12:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Florida Atlantic at Louisiana Tech 12:30 PM Stadium WatchStadium.com
Southern Mississippi at Rice 12:30 PM None CUSA.tv
#11 USC at Colorado 1:00 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
Maine vs UMass 1:00 PM NESNPlus/Eleven UMass.com
Georgia State at Texas State 1:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
San Jose State at Nevada 1:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Kentucky at Vanderbilt 1:00 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Troy at Coastal Carolina 1:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Arkansas State at South Alabama 2:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
UTEP at North Texas 2:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
#19 Washington State at Utah 2:30 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Kansas at Texas 3:00 PM Longhorn Network WatchESPN.com
Western Kentucky at Marshall 3:30 PM beIN None
#2 Alabama at #16 Mississippi State 4:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Purdue at #25 Northwestern 4:00 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
UAB at UT San Antonio 4:00 PM KCWX CUSA.tv
Tulane at East Carolina 4:00 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
New Mexico at Texas A&M 4:00 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Old Dominion at Florida Intl 4:00 PM None CUSA.tv
Tennessee at Missouri 4:30 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
#3 Notre Dame at #7 Miami 5:00 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
#6 TCU at #5 Oklahoma 5:00 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
Arizona State at UCLA 6:30 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Oregon State at Arizona 7:00 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Wyoming at Air Force 7:15 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Boise State at Colorado State 7:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Fresno State at Hawai'i 8:00 PM Spectrum Sports/KSEE None