Weekend Watch List: SEC West up for grabs; can Gators hang with Noles?

Pass the remote and leftover turkey. A couple of division titles were decided Friday and there will be more dominoes to fall on Saturday. So let's get down to basics with the Thanksgiving Weekend Watch List. The biggest games in chronological order:

Georgia Tech at Georgia, noon ET, Saturday: Georgia Tech is playing an exhibition game at Georgia. OK, it's a rivalry game but the Jackets have already clinched the confounding ACC Coastal. The Bulldogs will know their championship possibilities by kickoff.

Scout this one at least for Paul Johnson's ability to confuse Florida State in the ACC title game with the triple option.

Michigan at Ohio State, noon ET, Saturday: The Wolverines need a win to go bowling. The Buckeyes need a win to stay in the playoff chase.

That's a good indicator of where these programs stand. In a final slap to Brady Hoke, Michigan's interim AD Jim Hackett will decide whether the coach will be retained.

Word is Hackett may actually get the permanent AD gig.

Speaking of interim, there's little more unsavory than a 6-6 school going to a bowl during a coaching search. Just a guess, but Urban Meyer will unleash demons from holy hell upon Michigan to satisfy the Buckeyes' bloodlust. Ohio State's record for victory margin in the game is 38 points (1935).

Yeah, it could be that bad.

South Carolina at Clemson, noon ET, Saturday: For Clemson, Steve Spurrier can't leave soon enough. His Gamecocks have beaten the Tigers five straight years.

The Spur Dog's future is up in the air. But what a drop-the-mic moment if he beats Clemson again on his way out. Unfortunately for Gamecocks everywhere, Spurrier made more noise this season by himself than his defense ever did.

Dak Prescott and Mississippi State look for playoff position on CBS. (Getty Images)
Dak Prescott and Mississippi State look for playoff position on CBS. (Getty Images)

Mississippi State at Ole Miss , 3:30 p.m. ET, Saturday (CBS): The Rebels' season has gone from epic to tragic. From the Laquon Treadwell injury to the no-show at Arkansas.

What does Ole Miss have left? Much like Florida against Florida State and Michigan against Ohio State, it has to open the playbook. Everything is on the table. Jet sweeps, fake punts, jailbreak blitzes, onside kicks.

The Bulldogs need to win to stay in playoff contention, at least. But by the end of the day, they might be SEC West champions.

Florida at Florida State, 3:30 p.m. ET, Saturday: What can Will Muschamp lose? (No cracks about his job.) Might as well go for it. (See above)

In what looks like his final game for the Gators, Muschamp should use every club in his bag. Florida State is trying to nurse its season to a playoff. The Gators should play like this is the last game of their lives. The Seminoles are living on the edge. Take the Gators and the eight points, if not outright.

Hey, FSU could lose to just anybody right now.

Baylor vs. Texas Tech at AT&T Stadium, 3:30 p.m. ET, Saturday: Here's the advantage of balance: Baylor has it. Kliff Kingsbury -- 12-12 in his career -- is still trying to find it.

The No. 1 offense (Baylor) faces the nation's fourth-worst defense (Texas Tech).

If I know Art Briles he'll try to hang 50 and get on to Kansas State week, quickly.

Minnesota at Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. ET, Saturday: It still scrambles my brain that the Gophers have a chance to win the Big Ten two days from the start of December.

If David Cobb plays (questionable hamstring) two top-10 rushers will be on display. Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon still chasing Barry Sanders' single-season record.

The winner clinches the Big Ten West.

Notre Dame at Southern California, 3:30 p.m. ET, Saturday: In La-La Land, this game is the equivalent of Hollywood trying to sell us the Kardashians as "stars."

What's left for these two, really? Both are out of major bowl competition. Both have coughed up majorly disappointing seasons. Brian Kelly can conceivably pull the ejector seat for the NFL. Steve Sarkisian is going to hear more questions about why he got hired in the first place.

Brand names, but little star power.

Kansas at Kansas State, 4 p.m. ET, Saturday: The Wildcats have to win to stay in Big 12 contention. TCU and Baylor would like to see a Wildcat blowout to boost their CFP profile.

Don't know if a win over hapless KU qualifies as a "boost."

Blake Sims and Alabama could clinch the SEC West without running a play. (Getty Images)
Blake Sims and Alabama could clinch the SEC West without running a play. (Getty Images)

Auburn at Alabama, 7:45 p.m. ET, Saturday: Depending on the result of the Egg Bowl, Alabama may have already clinched the West.

Doesn't matter in the Iron Bowl. Bama has revenge clenched between its teeth. The Tide are peaking. Blake Sims plays his best at home.

I'm not giving up on Auburn, which can win this game in a shootout. Its offensive numbers are strikingly similar to 2013.

Oregon at Oregon State, 8 p.m. ET, Saturday: Oregon has to travel 47 miles up I-5 to take on Oregon State, where the Ducks have won six of the past seven. The Beavers haven't won at all in the series since 2007.

That being said, Oregon can't screw up. An upset may render the Pac-12 title game meaningless in playoff terms. If Oregon makes it to the CFP title game, it would do so with the worst defense (currently No. 93) since the BCS era began in 1998.

Hawaii at Fresno State, Saturday ET, 7 p.m.: Sure, it's out of chronological order but this game is a fitting finish to the weekend.

It's inspiring to consider how Hawaii, 4-8, could win the Mountain West. It starts by winning this week at Fresno.

That's right -- the Mountain West champion may not be eligible for a bowl.

Uncle Lou, you can go back to sleep now.

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CBS Sports Senior Writer

Dennis Dodd has covered college football for CBS Sports since it was CBS SportsLine in 1998. He is one of only seven media members to attend all 16 BCS title games and has chronicled conference realignment... Full Bio

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