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IT'S SNOWING IN KINNICK STADIUM. EVERYTHING ELSE IS THE SAME.

Good morning, and welcome back to college football.

Week 12 is the week where we all catch our breath before diving into the bacchanal that Thanksgiving and Rivalry Week will provide us next week. There's some matters of intrigue today, so let's run them down:

  • Coastal-leading and still-playoff-possible #17 North Carolina visits Blacksburg for Frank Beamer's last home game as coach of Virginia Tech
  • #12 Michigan meets Penn State in the Big Ten's bronze medal game
  • #21 Memphis squares off with Temple in game with AAC division title implications on both sides
  • Undefeated #5 Iowa rolls out the welcome mat for Purdue:

You know, everyone's harping on the SEC for this weekend being the traditional SEC powderpuff round (featuring such riveting matchups as: Florida-FAU! South Carolina-Citadel! Alabama-Charleston Southern! Georgia-Georgia Southern!). And yet the Big Ten lets its teams schedule Purdue every year. SMDH.

Wrapping up last night's action, Air Force handed Boise State its surprising fourth loss of the season, in the only FBS game played Friday night. The Falcons took control of the MWC's Mountain Division race with a 37-30 victory, which you might have watched, since there were no other games being played last night. The stunning turn of events for the suddenly-struggling Broncos led them to lose consecutive games at home in Boise for the first time since 1989, and it's a shame it happened with the nation's eyes on them, being that, as previously stated, there were NO OTHER COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAMES LAST NIGHT.

Now, if you need me, I'll be crying in the bathroom.