Week Twelve Predictions
Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC Tags: Top 25
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Some seriously intriguing matchups are set to go down this weekend including a game that could decide the SEC West between Mississippi State and Alabama, and a big rivalry game in the ACC between FSU and Miami. In the Big Ten, one-loss teams Ohio State and Nebraska look to state their case to the eyes of the selection committee. Once again, we are all on pins-and-needles awaiting a wild college football weekend!
Here are my predictions for the games of week 12....
#19 Clemson (7-2) at #22 Georgia Tech (8-2) - 12:00 - ESPN - Early in the week I posted in the forum that CU would win close. But the more I think about past Clemson trips to Atlanta in similar situations, I have decided to lean towards GT for my pick. I will be delighted to be wrong, but the Tigers are sending a guy in at QB that is fresh off an injury and asking him to beat a solid team on the road. On top of that, the CU defense - no matter how good - will face an offense that is just plain weird and hard to figure out. The ball bounces funny for Clemson in Atlanta, and until I see that change, I have to go Jackets. GT, 31-24.
#8 Ohio State (8-1) at #25 Minnesota (7-2) - 12:00 - ABC - I don't keep up with Golden Gopher football super close, but I would imagine that this is the biggest game they have had in their new stadium (opened 2009). Props to UM for having nearly sold out this new stadium each of the last 5 years since its opening - a fact I did not know. As for Ohio State, it seems as if they have really gotten things going and they would be very difficult to pick against right now. Going to go visitors. Ohio State, 33-24.
Virginia Tech (4-5) at #21 Duke (8-1) - 12:00 - ESPNU - There is no doubt that VT has the players to step up and win this game. I don't doubt that for one second. In fact, I have thought for several minutes now about taking the visiting Hokies. But I have to give credit to one of the best coaches in college football in David Cutcliffe and believe he will get it done with his Devils. The guy has made Duke into an actual respected team. Seriously. I have an odd feeling about this one, but sticking with Duke. Duke, 34-17.
South Carolina (4-5) at Florida (5-3) - 12:00 - SEC Network - Wow. What a tough pick. So many storylines about this and that and that and this. This is not a battle of what many would call two good teams here in 2014. But it is a game where both sides have major talent with guys who will play on Sundays one day, but for whatever reason the two teams have had their share of headaches this year. One thing both teams have done is defeated Georgia, so take that for whatever it means. And I guess what it means is that both teams have the ability to play some good ball and thus make this pick even tougher. Coming off of a momentum-building win against said Bulldogs, I will go with Florida in the Swamp. Florida, 28-21.
#1 Mississippi State (9-0) at #5 Alabama (8-1)- 3:30 - CBS - There may have been situations as hostile as Saturday out there somewhere in the college football megaverse over the decades, but there could not possibly be a situation more hostile than the one MSU will face Saturday in Tuscaloosa. With a playoff spot perhaps on the line, Alabama and their legions of questionably sane fans will make things as tough as possible on the Bulldogs in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Will it be enough for the win? I think so. Alabama, 27-21.
#16 Nebraska (8-1) at #20 Wisconsin (7-2) - 3:30 - ABC - I have the Huskers 15 spots ahead of the Badgers in my current Top 25 article, but that may change after Saturday as I believe Wisconsin will triumph at home in a great game. Both teams are jockeying for postseason positions for some serious hardware and both are trying to reach the B1G Title Game. UW's defense is one of the stingiest in the country at 14 ppg, third best (The Badgers score 36 ppg). In comes Nebraska scoring around 41 ppg, so this should be a very entertaining game to watch. Going Badgers. Wisconsin, 35-31.
#23 Utah (6-3) at Stanford (5-4) - 6:00 - Pac-12 Network - I have been big on Utah all year and despite going down to Oregon (at home) a week ago, I still like this team. While the Ducks still would have likely won, a few plays in that game (especially the famous dropped-6) made the score a bit inflated. Utah is a good team and I will live and die with them through the remainder of this season. Stanford is ok, but I feel the streak of glory may be over if some serious work isn't done soon. Utah, 33-25.
#9 Auburn (7-2) at #15 Georgia (7-2) - 7:15 - ESPN - One of the longest and most storied rivalries in the South is set to renew from Athens this weekend. Georgia and Auburn are both likely out of the CFP hunt, but with an outside shot still there, as well as a berth in a "New Year's Six" bowl definitely still possible, expect this to be an all-out stress fest. The Bulldogs just lost to a not-so-great Gator team, but they can still play ball, especially when running back Todd Gurley returns this weekend. He will give the team a much-needed boost. That said, I think Auburn is a better team and will bounce back from their loss to Texas A&M and win this road game. Auburn 30-24.
#3 Florida State (9-0) at Miami (6-3) - 8:00 - ABC - Expect FSU to come out with a chip on their shoulder and play perhaps their best game of the year. After having to come from behind in all five of their "tough" games so far here in the 2014 season, I don't think the 'Noles will have to get up off of the floor in this one. I am not sold yet on Miami despite a couple decent wins and I see Florida State coming out blazing with emotion based on a slipping in the polls despite not losing a game yet. Yea, yea, yea this is a rivalry game. Whatever. FSU is better and now has a real reason to play like there is no tomorrow (because apparently to the selection committee there is NO tomorrow if FSU is to slip). Florida State, 30-13.
*All rankings CFP, all times EST
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