It is too early to suggest there are do-or-die stakes in key games being played this weekend.

The state of Oregon is looking to bring the lumber to the state of Michigan in two near-transcontinental games of interest.

It is an odd quirk of Saturday scheduling that Oregon State will be playing at Michigan the same day Oregon is playing at Michigan State.

The kickoff times are spaced apart so officials from the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences, and a few writers, can attend both games.