Best of Week 12: The Civil ConFLiCT returns, a walk-on cashes in, Lane talks Taylor and more

It’s Week 12, and if the games earlier this week gave us any indication of what we’re in for on Saturday, it’s definitely going to be fun. We’ve got a top-10 matchup as No. 7 Michigan State is traveling to No. 4 Ohio State, and later in the day No. 21 Arkansas will face No. 2 Alabama, and No. 3 Oregon faces a tough test in No. 23 Utah.

Come back here throughout the day for the latest results, reaction and revelry from throughout the land.

Game of the moment: No. 7 Michigan State at No. 4 Ohio State (noon ET, ABC/ESPN App)

The Big Ten has become rather predictable in the way that it produces loads of high-quality teams in a given year, and Ohio State always wins. The Buckeyes have won 28 straight conference games going back to 2018’s loss at Purdue, and even against a top-10 opponent in Michigan State, they’re 19-point favorites to make it 29 straight. Despite high-level competition between now and then, ESPN’s FPI gives them a 49% chance of winning their fifth straight Big Ten title in a couple of weeks.

Of course, 49% is a coin toss, not a guarantee. They still have a lot of work to do. Read more from Bill Connelly’s Week 12 preview (ESPN+).

Full schedule: All teams | Top 25

The Civil ConFLiCT returns!

Remember the Civil ConFLiCT trophy? The, uh, different rivalry trophy that UConn coach Bob Diaco tried to start with UCF? And how neither team seemed all that interested in it? To the point that it disappeared. Well, as the Huskies and Knights renew hostilities today, the trophy is back. (We think.)

It’s all fun and games

Yes, we are still talking about Taylor Swift. And we are happier than ever that Lane Kiffin has listened to the 10-minute version of “All Too Well.”

NIL deal of the week

Good things happen to those who score game-winners against Texas, like the several NIL deals Jared Casey has signed.

For more on Kansas’ walk-on hero, check this out.

Big-time celebrations

Why not drop kick the football after you’ve scored?

Every play is better when it involves a big man like Michael Smith Jr.

Scene in the stands

Well, this person has left the stands and made himself comfortable on this hill.

Latest trends

More kids designing jersey combinations would be for the best, honestly.

The amount of detail that went into these helmets is flat out incredible.

For more on the best uniforms, check this out.

More must-see

Trayvon Rudolph ran this play to perfection.

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