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Watercooler Saturday! 11/12/16 — Ohhh, Mexico? It's sports Saturday!

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Mexico gets revenge on the United States

Not even dreams of taco trucks on every corner could lift the spirits of soccer fans today after Mexico defeated the United States 2-1 last night in World Cup Qualifying at MAPHRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

It was the first time Mexico has beat the U.S. in Columbus since the two squads first met in Ohio’s capital city in 2001. Heck, it was the first time Mexico has even scored on the U.S. in Columbus since the two squads first met in Ohio’s capital city in 2001.

The Yanks tied it up early in the second half when Bobby Wood found the back of the net, but let the lead fall in the 89th minute when the villainous Rafa Marquez scored a header off of a corner kick.

The U.S. will now travel to Costa Rica Tuesday for the next match in the hex.

UFC makes its debut in New York tonight

Street fighting without the beer bottles makes it’s debut in the Empire State tonight and it has nothing to do with protests outside Trump Tower.

Ultimate Fighting Championship will debut in New York City’s famous Madison Square Garden tonight after government overreach the New York Athletic Commission banned the sport from 1997 until March of the year.

Dana White & company are rolling out the biggest card in UFC history tonight, headlined by Connor McGregor challenging Eddie Alvarez for the UFC Lightweight title. Also on the card are welterweight champion Tyron Woodley defending the title against Stephen Thompson, straw weight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk against Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero and Meisha Tate vs, Raquel Pennington.

Well, at least we have football today

Even thought the schedule is looking a little weak for a mid-November slate.

No. 20 USC at No. 4 Washington

The biggest game of the week takes place in the Pac-12 as the No. 4 Huskies put their undefeated streak — and likely College Football Playoff appearance — on the line against the rising Trojans of Southern Cal.

The Huskies have been dominating at home this season, with the closest margin of victory being a 24-point win against Oregon State three weeks ago. 7:30 PM ET, Fox

No 2 Michigan at Iowa

Michigan is good. Iowa is bad. That’s about all you need to know about this one.

The Wolverines are 21.5 point favorites against the Hawkeyes today. Take the over. 8 p.m. ET, ABC

No. 9 Auburn at Georgia

Perhaps it’s because in-state foe Alabama has been at the top of the table the entire season, but it seams the Tigers haven’t been getting the love this season. They’ll look to step over the last hurdle on their way to an Iron Bowl matchup with the Tide when they travel to Georgie for an afternoon contest. 3:30 p.m., ET, CBS

No. 10 Penn State at Indiana

Yes, you read that correctly. Somehow, Penn State has become a top ten program again, most likely due to their win over a sloppy Ohio State team in late October. Indiana has been a team on the rise in the Big Ten but has yet to really put it together. They’re 7.5 point dogs to the Nittany Lions today. Keep an eye on this game. It could be sneaky close. Noon ET, ABC

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This is your Saturday open thread. Have at it, folks!