Week Eleven Predictions
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This weekend features four matchups of two teams in the Top 25 - and two games feature Top 10 battles! As we approach the CFP, things are starting to heat up in a big way. After this weekend we will know much more about who is still fighting for a national title....Here are picks for the games of week 11.....
Iowa (6-2) at Minnesota (6-2) - 12:00 - ESPN2 - A little nooner for the Big Ten makes its way into the Pick'em this week as the Hawkeyes and Golden Gophers bang helmets in Minneapolis. Both teams have a couple of losses that aren't terrible, but losses none-the less. Iowa's bad loss is to Iowa State, while Minnesota just lost to lowly Illinois. Otherwise this might be a pretty big game. Simply due to liking Iowa better, and trusting their 18th-ranked defense, I am going with the Black and Gold on the road. Iowa, 24-20.
#12 Baylor (7-1) at #15 Oklahoma (6-2) - 12:00 - FOX Sports 1 - The Bears run at the CFP comes to an end in Norman as a revved-up home crowd pulls the Sooners to a big win. Oklahma will ride the offense - scoring a national 9th-ranked 42 ppg. But the tall task is on the OU defense as Baylor has the #1 offense in the country at 51 ppg. The Sooner defense is a decent enough unit to get this done in what will be one of the most exciting games in the country. Oklahoma, 38-35.
#10 Notre Dame (7-1) at #9 Arizona State (7-1) - 3:30 - NBC - I know it isn't a major surprise, but I am going with the home team in a tough hard-fought win. I like what Sun Devil Coach Todd Graham is doing with this program and I think he picks up even more momentum with a big win over a huge Top Ten name in the Irish. ND is a better team than most folks like to give them credit for as they are an easy target for criticism. It's tough to pick against them here, but I am. Arizona State, 28-24.
#23 West Virginia (6-3) at Texas (4-5) - 3:30 - FOX Sports 1 - The Mountaineers need to be careful of a hangover here after a devastating home loss to TCU a week ago. The loss was a heart-breaker, and although Texas is struggling a bit in Charlie Strong's first season, they could still easily spring an upset here simply on having talent galore. I'm going to go out on a limb and pick the Longhorns to get their first really nice win under Strong. Texas 30-28.
Texas A&M (6-3) at #3 Auburn (7-1) - 3:30 - CBS - After week one I would have said Texas A&M was going to make a run at a national title. But things have gone as wrong as can be as the Aggies have lost 3 of their last 5 games. Auburn meanwhile just picked up a nice road win at Ole Miss and I look for them to stay in the CFP talks to the very end. I get the feeling A&M makes this a good game for a while, but in the second half Auburn makes the plays to win.. Auburn, 35-21.
#18 UCLA (7-2) at Washington (6-3) - 7:00 - FOX Sports 1- Here is a chance for my adopted Bruins (that's a joke) to make some noise and possibly crack the Top 15 again. This team was one of my picks to make a run at it all, but it hasn't happened. I still think this is a good team though. They are 4-0 on the road this year so far and I see it going to 5-0. An interesting side note in this one is that two players will be playing on both offense and defense: UCLA's Myles Jack and Washington's Shaq Thompson. UCLA, 30-24.
#7 Kansas State (7-1) at #6 TCU (7-1) - 7:30 - FOX - I will take the Horned Frogs here to get the home win and - paired with my pick of Oklahoma over Baylor - take a major step in winning the Big-12 (the Bears have the head-to-head over TCU). The Frogs are scoring a national 2nd-best 48 ppg and I see them putting up enough to get the win over a KSU team that has a stout D (just 18 ppg). Amon G. Carter Stadium will be alive and rowdy for this prime-time Top 10 battle! TCU, 36-30.
#14 Ohio State (7-1) at #8 Michigan State (7-1) - 8:00 - ABC - Going to go with the MSU offense - yes, offense - to gain a win over OSU here. The Spartans are averaging 45 ppg this season so far to go with a defense giving up just 20. The Buckeyes are looking for national respect during a season where the only highlight is a lowlight - a loss at home to Virginia Tech in week two. still, if they can grab a road win here an 11-1 season is very likely. This will be a war. Michigan State, 37-31.
#5 Alabama (7-1) at #16 LSU (7-2) - 8:00 - CBS - Tiger Stadium will be rocking the Richter scales come Saturday night as one of the most heated rivalries in college football is set renew down in Baton Rouge. Alabama is jockeying for CFP position and the Tigers would love nothing more than to wreck the hopes of Nick Saban - who once prowled the LSU sideline. I know I tend to be a bit big on Bama, but it's hard not to respect a program that has been in the national title hunt in four of the last five years. Alabama is finding itself on offense, and I will ride that and their D to a win. Alabama, 28-20.
#4 Oregon (8-1) at #17 Utah (6-2) - 10:30 - ESPN - Alright Utes, I am picking you here to stir up the national picture with a home win over a Duck team that many are already placing in the CFP. Utah is just a play or two away from being one of the most surprising stories in college football as their two L's are by a combined four points (Washington State and Arizona State). With a pretty good defense, I am seeing the Utes slow down the Duck O just enough for a narrow win on a couple of crazy plays. Utah, 33-30.
* All rankings CFP, all times EST
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