Game 4: No. 18 Texas (8-3, 5-3 in Big 12) at No. 6 Kansas State (10-1, 7-1), 7 p.m. (Ch. 8)
Todd’s take: Texas took a giant step back on Thanksgiving, watching a four-game winning streak end with a lethargic, embarrassing home loss to TCU. These are tough times in Austin. Texas A&M has the potential Heisman winner, a freshman QB, and the Longhorns don’t have one. The curse of Garrett Gilbert lives on. It’s actually mystifying because David Ash has played great in eight games and abysmal in three, two of them losses. And when he’s been bad, it’s been benchable bad. The good news is Kansas State is on the schedule — oh never mind, the Wildcats are the Longhorns’ Big 12 kryptonite. Texas hasn’t beaten K-State since 2003. The Wildcats try to finish off the Big 12 title and put the crushing Baylor loss behind them.
Game 5: No. 12 Nebraska (10-2, 7-1 in Big Ten) vs. Wisconsin (7-4, 4-4), 7:17 p.m. (Ch. 4)
Todd’s take: Lucas Oil Stadium will host the Big Ten Championship game. Nebraska is on a six-game winning streak since a 25-point loss at Ohio State and has earned the right to represent the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl. But the Cornhuskers have to beat a Wisconsin team they only beat 30-27 back in September. Nebraska does have a healthy Rex Burkhead which is a good thing. The Badgers play in this game despite a 4-4 conference record because Ohio State and Penn State are banned because of NCAA sanctions, so it’s not as if Wisconsin earned a spot in this game. Which means the Badgers will probably win it. And know this about Wisconsin. The Badgers have lost three games in overtime and they have a great running back in Montee Ball.
Other games of note:
Central Florida (9-3, 7-1 in C-USA) vs. Tulsa (9-3, 7-1), 11 a.m. (ESPN2) — Conference USA, the new Big East. What is it now, half of C-USA in the proud Big East conference? These two teams play pretty good football. Tulsa looks to bounce back from a stunning loss to SMU.