Week 12 Predictions
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Well boys and girls, it's once again time to get it on! Several marquee games dot the slate for this Saturday, with the Buckeyes and Spartans on center stage. Ohio State has held firm near (or at) the top of the polls all season long despite not playing a team currently ranked in the Top 25. They will get tested by Michigan State tomorrow, and again the following week when they travel to face the Wolverines in Ann Arbor. But unveiling the mystery of the OSU football team is just one of many intriguing storylines for this weekend. Can Oklahoma State impress the committee with a win over Baylor? Will Frank Beamer win his final home game in Lane Stadium, giving VT a huge upset of UNC? Can Oklahoma and Oklahoma State withstand visitors from TCU and Baylor and stay alive for the Playoff? There is a ton of good stuff to keep an eye on for this weekend!
Here are my picks for the games of week 12....
#18 TCU (9-1) at #7 Oklahoma (9-1) - The Horned Frogs lost Trevone Boykin last week, and that really hurts 'em. They are still solid, but OU is climbing back into this Playoff picture thing, and they will be fired up at home. Sooners roll behind QB Baker Mayfield who is really coming of age (3,082 passing yards, 31 TDs). The Sooners are allowing 19 points per game while scoring an average of 46. Oklahoma, 38-28.
#10 Baylor (8-1) at #6 Oklahoma State (10-0) - This game is a Pick'em in Vegas, and for good reason. I have been trying to figure out who to pick for at least the last 45 seconds... Man, do I go home team? Or do I go with the team looking to bounce back? The Big 12 would be in a tough spot - playoff-wise - if the Cowboys go down. I'm hoping OSU stays alive and makes the committee earn their pay. Oklahoma State, 41-34.
Purdue (2-8) at #5 Iowa (10-0) - This is one of those games where Hawkeye fans are tailgating and wondering just how bad they will destroy the opponent, who is clearly inferior. But I hope Iowa is careful as a year to remember could come crashing down in the worst of ways (ok, ok next week would be even worse). I don't think it happens, but the thought is always out there in games like this where one team has a ton on the line, and the other team has nothing to lose. Iowa, 40-17.
#9 Michigan State (9-1) at #3 Ohio State (10-0) - Finally we get to see if the Buckeyes are for real or not. The schedule so far has not been too hard, but MSU is a solid program and will be a test. I think Ohio State passes with flying colors and silences may of the doubters out there. As if Urban Meyer just suddenly has a crappy team and can't coach (head down, hand over face). Ohio State, 40-24.
#15 LSU (7-2) at #22 Ole Miss (7-3) - The Tigers slide continues as Ole Miss deals LSU their 3rd loss in three weeks (Bama, MSU). Many are putting Les Miles prematurely on the hot seat, and perhaps that is where I am going wrong with this pick. But the Tigers are one-dimensional and when Fournette isn't getting yards, they just aren't that good. Ole Miss, 35-27.
Wake Forest (3-7) at #1 Clemson (10-0) - This could be the worst upset in Tiger history...or a massive blowout. I am going to choose the latter of the two and go with blowout. The Deacons are not all that bad, but this will be an emotional Senior Day and the Tiger defense was given a major wake up call in practice this week courtesy of DC Brent Venables. Clemson is going for their third 11-win season in five years. Clemson, 50-3.
Louisville (6-4) at Pitt (7-3) - An old Big East rivalry is sparked back up, but this time as ACC foes. The Panthers started hot, but have since fizzled as usual. Louisville got off to a rough 0-3 start, but has now won 6 of 7 and thinking they will make a respectable bowl game. Pitt is favored at home, but I like the Cards in this one. Louisville, 31-27.
#17 UNC (9-1) at VT (5-5) - If there is a team in America that needs to be on upset alert, it is the Tar Heels of UNC. They have won nine straight games and are thinking that with another two wins and an ACCCG win, they could possibly slide into the Playoff. Well, VT is closing out the Frank Beamer era with this home game (UVA away next week), and Lane Stadium will be absolutely out of control and on fire for this one. This is my upset of the week. I'm going Hokies in an inspired effort for their retiring legendary coach. Virginia Tech, 28-27.
Arizona (6-5) at Arizona State (5-5) - I never (never) know what to think about these Arizona schools. I mean, every year there is a decent little hype about them, and they both usually start in the Top 25 - or so it seems. But neither of them ever do anything big like bust through to the BCS (God rest its soul), or the conference title game...or anything big really. So. Hmmm. I guess I will go home team and pick the Sun Devils, en route to another average season. Arizona State, 40-27.
#24 USC (7-3) at #23 Oregon (7-3) - It has probably been a pretty good while since these two squads have met with neither being ranked in the major polls (someone look that up, please). I am going Ducks here. They have the home-field advantage and I was very impressed with their road win at Stanford last week. I like what is going on at USC, but feel that the ship is still a little turbulent right now. Oregon, 30-27.
UCLA (7-3) at #13 Utah (8-2) - This is where the Utes get their season back on track. I though this was going to be a special year for Utah (like Playoff type special), but things got derailed in road games at USC and Arizona. Still, a major bowl and a spot in the conference title game are to be had if they can spank UCLA here and beat Colorado, and hope USC takes another conference loss. This one will go the Utes way. Utah, 30-20.
Colorado (4-7) at Washington State (7-3) - Ok, Cougars - don't let me down! I have been talking you guys up, and even ranked you this week at #22. Don't you guys dare let a crappy Colorado team come into your home town and ruin what could be a season to get the program rolling towards bigger and better things. Win the ones you are supposed to! Washington State, 31-20.
Cal (6-4) at #11 Stanford (8-2) - The Cardinal roll big here. Like real big. They lost a close, season-wrecking kind of game a week ago, and take the field now with a chip on their shoulder, a lower ranking, yet still hope for a conference championship season if they get back on track. Stanford, 37-10.
BC (3-7) at #4 ND (9-1) - This game is in the Eagles' backyard as it will be played in Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox. But of the 40,000 seats (or whatever it will be), I would bet 80% of them are filled with gold and green. Irish fans are everywhere. BC has had a tough year, and it carries on - as much as I would like to see an upset this weekend - in Fenway. Notre Dame, 29-13.
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