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ESPN Names College Football's Most-Important Game This Week

A closeup of Urban Meyer before an Ohio State football game.

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches warm ups before the start of their game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

It's Rivalry Week in the college football world, with a ton of great games on tap.

Which one is the most-important, though?

As far as the College Football Playoff is concerned, there's an obvious pick.

ESPN named the Ohio State-Michigan game the most-important game of the weekend:

1. Michigan at Ohio State (Saturday, noon ET, FOX)

If Michigan wins: It would be the best result for the Big Ten, as the league's top-ranked team would maintain its hold on the No. 4 spot heading into the conference championship game against Northwestern. If the Wolverines win out, it would be much easier for the selection committee to justify the Big Ten champion's spot in the playoff because they have played better than Ohio State more consistently all season. Michigan would have the edge over a one-loss Oklahoma team that wins the Big 12 title and a one-loss Washington State, should the Cougars win the Pac-12. Michigan might even be chosen over a one-loss Alabama team that loses to Georgia in the SEC championship, though that would be an extremely difficult decision.

If Ohio State wins: There are no guarantees, other than clinching the East Division title. It's possible the Big Ten champion could be left out of the playoff a third straight year if Ohio State wins, but the committee would have a difficult decision between the Buckeyes and a one-loss Oklahoma team for the fourth spot. Both have struggled defensively this year (OU is No. 95 in defensive efficiency, Ohio State is No. 46), and yet both keep finding ways to win with talented quarterbacks. If Ohio State beats Michigan, though, the committee would have to weigh that victory against an Oklahoma win over West Virginia in Morgantown on Friday night. Ohio State would probably have the edge, as the Mountaineers are now a two-loss team and Michigan is a top-four, one-loss opponent. An Ohio State win could also impact the SEC. Should Alabama lose to Georgia in the SEC championship, an Ohio State win could increase the chances that both Alabama and Georgia finish in the top four (again) at the expense of the Big Ten champion.

Rooting interests: If you're an OU, SEC or Washington State fan, cheer for Ohio State to win ugly. Notre Dame fans, cheer for Michigan (the win that just keeps on giving).

You can view ESPN's full list here.

Ohio State and Michigan are set to kick off at noon E.T. The game will be on FOX.

The Wolverines enter the game as a small favorite.