On Thursday night, the Louisville Cardinals, who were ranked No. 5 in the college Football Playoff rankings, were crushed by the Houston Cougars, hindering quarterback Lamar Jackson's Heisman candidacy and ending the team's playoff hopes. Sadly, this takes away from some of the mystique of the playoff picture, as it now appears there are just five teams fighting for four spots, and two of those teams play each other next week. Still, there are games to be played in Week 12.

Last week seemed like a dull week too, and then it completely warped everything we thought we knew about college football.

Maybe Week 12 will hold more of the same. These are the biggest games of the week:

3. No. 23 Florida Gators at No. 16 LSU Tigers, Saturday 1:00 ET

This game is a rescheduled contest after Hurricane Matthew wiped out their previous attempt at a game. LSU has looked much better since firing Les Miles, with their rushing attack firing on all cylinders. They're going to set up the Gators to be a wounded animal when Alabama chooses to roll over them by whatever margin they please in the SEC Championship Game in a couple of weeks. LSU 27, Florida 10

2. No. 22 Washington State Cougars at No. 10 Colorado Buffaloes, Saturday 3:30 ET

Colorado has been one of the best stories of the season, coming out of nowhere to warrant some playoff consideration.

Pac-12 fans, though, and specifically Washington Huskies fans, will want to see Washington State pull this game out. The two Washington schools still have to play in the Apple Cup, and that game will look much better on a playoff resume after a Cougars win on Saturday -- they do have one of college football's best weapons in quarterback Luke Falk.

Washington State 44, Colorado 31

1. No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners at No. 14 West Virginia, Saturday 8:00 ET

The Big 12 Championship Game won't exist until 2017, but people clamoring for such a contest have to look no further than the game in Morgantown on Saturday night. These are the top two teams in the Big 12 this season, battling it out in a conference that appears to be the odd man out for a playoff spot.

Oklahoma started the season off poorly, but has since seen it all come together, despite the defection of defensive tackle Charles Walker. West Virginia's roster doesn't provide many big names, but it's always fun to see coach Dana Holgorsen blow up at some referees. Oklahoma 38, West Virginia 27

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