The Thanksgiving weekend football feast will be missing a few of the dishes that have become mainstays.
Schedules altered and seasons delayed by the pandemic have taken off the table a bunch of rivalry games that have become a staple of the last weekend in November, including Michigan-Ohio State and all those in-state matchups of ACC and SEC schools such as Clemson-South Carolina.
The Apple Cup between Washington and Washington State is canceled. Same with Minnesota and Wisconsin’s long-running rivalry for Paul Bunyan’s Axe; it’s the first time since 1906 the Gophers and Badgers won’t play.
The three-day college football weekend is still quite a spread, with the Iron Bowl between No. 22 Auburn and No. 1 Alabama as the main event Saturday and two games matching ranked teams Friday with both playoff and conference title ramifications.
No. 2 Notre Dame (CFP No. 2) plays at No. 25 North Carolina in a game that could mess up the Atlantic Coast Conference’s hopes of putting two teams in the College Football Playoff.
In the Big 12, No. 15 Iowa State faces No. 20 Texas. The Cyclones clinch a spot in the conference title game with a victory. A victory by the Longhorns makes things complicated, leaving all the contenders with at least two league losses heading down the stretch and head-to-head tiebreakers all over the place.
The football feeding frenzy might not have everything you want, but there is still plenty to choose from this weekend.
No. 2 Notre Dame (minus 4) at No. 25 North Carolina
A couple of bad losses have made the Tar Heels long shots to reach the ACC title game, but QB Sam Howell and crew have a formidable offense … NORTH CAROLINA 35-31.