Nov 11

Week Eleven Predictions

Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC  Tags: college football, ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Pac Ten, Big East, Big 12

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There are just three weeks left in the Fans25.com regular season Pick'em Contest for 2010. As of right now, clloyd is in the driver's seat at 76% for the season. But he has lots of folks trailing just behind. One of those folks is me, The Top Fan, at 74%. Here are my predictions for week eleven...

(all rankings BCS, all times EST)

Thursday

Pittsburgh at Connecticut - 7:30 - ESPN - I'm going to start things off with an upset of sorts. Pittsburgh has the better record in this game, but three losses concern me. Utah beat them, and I have a totally different view of the Utes following the TCU game. Miami stomped Pitt and the 'Canes aren't exactly the 'Canes of old. And Notre Dame beat Pitt, and ND is having another bad year. Basically, Pitt hasn't really impressed, so I will pull for the home team. Connecticut is 1-2 in the Big East, and if they deal Pitt a loss, the league is back to wide open! Connecticut, 29-21.

Saturday

Miami at Georgia Tech - noon - ESPN3.com - I'm not sure if it would be considered an upset, but I'm going to go with the Jackets. They impressed me even though they lost at VT the other night, so I see them bouncing back with a good home showing to become bowl eligible. I want to take Miami with all of those athletes, but Harris isn't 100% and Tech's offense is still tricky. Georgia Tech, 28-21.

#14 Utah at Notre Dame - 2:30 - NBC - It has been a rough year in South Bend under new Head Coach Brian Kelly. But sooner or later, something is going to go right. Utah's loss last week to TCU was demoralizing, and I see a long road trip as not what the doctor ordered. In a close one, I think the Irish get the win. Notre Dame, 30-26.

#20 Virginia Tech at North Carolina - 3:30 - ABC (regional) - This was the very last game I wrote about because it is the game that I am the least sure about. UNC has come on strong as of late, winning six of their last seven. But VT has also come on strong, winning seven in a row. Statistically, VT holds the edge in most categories. I'm taking the Hokies, but this game has me nervous! Virginia Tech, 31-27.

Penn State at #9 Ohio State - 3:30 - ABC (regional) - Everyone was happy to see JoePa get his 400th W last week. In my opinion, number 401 will have to wait. The Buckeyes are doing everything in their power to climb back into the national title scene, and that certainly includes taking care of PSU at home. Ohio State, 31-20.

Texas Tech at #16 Oklahoma - 3:30 - ABC (regional) - On the road in Lubbock, I think I would have to go with Texas Tech. But I feel the home crowd in Norman will inspire this Sooner team to a victory. OU is still in the hunt for the Big 12 crown, so they will be motivated. On top of that, they can play. This team may not be national title material, but should be good enough to beat TTU at home. Oklahoma, 37-27.

Maryland at Virginia - 3:30 - ESPN3.com - Just when I thought UVA's win a couple of weeks back over Miami may have been a turning point for the program, they turn aroud and give up 55 points to freakin' Duke in a close road loss. Jeez. Maryland lost to Miami last week, but is still alive in the ACC Atlantic. In this toss-up game, I will pick who I will be cheering for. Virginia, 30-26.

Georgia at #2 Auburn - 3:30 - CBS - If Cam Newton plays - and by all indications he will - then I am picking Auburn to close out their home schedule 7-0. If new developments come forth and he does not play, then I think that changes everything. Not only would their biggest offensive weapon be gone, but an unfocused team would be playing. I am making this pick assuming Cam plays. Auburn, 33-21.

#22 South Carolina at #23 Florida - 7:15 - ESPN - The Gamecocks travel to The Swamp to tangle with the Gators for the SEC East crown. With the talent on offense that Spurrier has, and a stout D, I want to think USC is ready for a division title. But then I see the way they are a much different team with a slowed-down Marcus Lattimore (Kentucky and Arkansas). This is a very tough pick, but in a huge game, UF will be ready. Florida, 28-26.

#19 Mississippi State at #12 Alabama - 7:15 - ESPN2 - Looking up and down this list, this might be the only game I feel comfortable with. I respect the heck out of this new and improved MSU program, but feel 'Bama - at this point - is still too strong for the Bulldogs. A night road trip is always tough in Bryant-Denny. Alabama, 31-21.

Stanford at Arizona State - 7:30 - TV tba - Stanford has impressed me all year long, so even though this could be an upset, I would be going against my gut feel if I picked against them. The offense of Jim Harbaugh's team is a disciplined machine, and I expect them to score enough to get the win. Stanford, 37-31.

#1 Oregon at California - 7:30 - Versus - Until I see otherwise, I would be a fool to pick against Oregon. The Ducks blow up scoreboards - granted it takes them longer to get reved up in some games. Cal is a talented team, and will be super-pumped to host number one, but I think Oregon is on the road to a BCS Title Game berth. Oregon, 45-31.

Clemson at Florida State - 8:00 - ABC (regional) - I decided earlier this year that I would be picking Clemson no matter the opponent from here on out. In this game, I see Clemson's defensive line as the major positive for the Tigers. This unit will keep Clemson in the game, where the struggling kicking game ironically makes two big, late field goals for the close win. Clemson, 20-18.

#10 Oklahoma State at Texas - 8:00 - ABC (regional) - Texas is so unpredictable this year that it makes this pick very tricky. On one hand, I see the 'Horns putting it together for a big home win. On the other hand, I know the Cowboys of OSU could probably put 35 or 40 points on the Cowboys of Dallas. I'm trusting the OSU offense to bring me a W. Oklahoma State, 38-30.

USC at #18 Arizona - 8:00 - ABC (regional) - I watched the replay of the USC-ASU game, and I am more impressed with USC now than I was before. I really like tailback Marc Tyler, who should be ready to go after an ankle sprain last week. But he hasn't practiced this week. All that said, I have to go with the Wildcats in their home stadium with my pick. Arizona, 40-34.



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