Rivalries with consequences take center stage

Rivalries are the soup of the day as college football heads into the final weekend of the regular season, and chances are there will be spots in the College Football Playoff.

Notable matchups with playoff effects include No. 3 Michigan at No. 2 Ohio State and No. 13 Notre Dame at No. 5 Southern California, but there are others, starting Thanksgiving night.

That’s when No. 20 Mississippi (8-3) plays Mississippi State (7-4) in the 95th “Battle for the Golden Egg.” The Bulldogs will be looking to catch a two-game skid in the series.

Friday’s games include No. 16 Florida State at Florida, No. 17 UCLA at California and No. 18 North Carolina at North Carolina.

Ohio State won eight straight and 15 of 16 games with the Wolverines before Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh notched his first win in six attempts in the series last year. The game marks the 12th time the two programs have met both ranked in the top five in the AP.

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