Saturday November 21st:
Memphis 8-2 at Temple 8-2: Just a few short weeks ago both of these schools were unbeaten and the talk of the nation. Memphis had just beaten Ole Miss, but they lost to Navy and then to Houston in consecutive weeks. Temple was 7-0, but then they lost to Notre Dame and then another game to South Florida. Memphis is favored by 2.5 points but the Tigers are 2 games out of the West Division of the American Athletic Conference standings while Temple still has a 1 game lead over South Florida in the East Division. The game is more important to Temple than it is to Memphis at this point so I am picking the Owls to beat the Tigers.
North Carolina 9-1 at Virginia Tech 5-5: This is a dangerous game for the North Carolina Tar Heels. Virginia Tech is on a mission to save the end of head coach Frank Beamer’s coaching days at Blacksburg. North Carolina is favored by 6.5 points and while the Hokies still have a good defense the Heels should win by at least 7.
Michigan 8-2 at Penn State 7-3: This should be a really good and hard fought game between two tough defenses. Michigan is favored by 4 points and I do think the Wolverines will win. However, the Penn State Nittany Lions are tough at home. If the Lions play up to their capabilities, this could be something of an upset. But, I do think Michigan wins a great game.
LSU 7-2 at Ole Miss 7-3: LSU is sinking fast seemingly. Ole Miss is favored by 4 points mainly because this is a home game for them. In recent seasons, these teams have battled with the home teams winning a close one other than the 2011 season. I think this year continues that trend with Ole Miss winning at home. But, I doubt they cover the spread and win by about 3.
Arizona 6-5 at Arizona State 5-5: No odds on these two teams this season in their annual Territorial Cup game. Both of these teams have been huge disappointments this year when there were high expectations. Arizona won the Pac 12 South last year and the Sun Devils from Arizona State were ranked in the top 15 when the year got started. The Sun Devils should win at Tempe.
USC 7-3 at Oregon 7-3: Speaking of disappointments, both of these schools were in the top 10 when the year began. The Trojans were seriously considered a contender by some and they flopped early in the year. Oregon also lost early. Both teams have bounced back, but the Ducks are playing better than the Trojans. Oregon is favored by 4.5 points and the home team should probably win.
UCLA 7-3 at Utah 8-2: More West Coast disappointments. UCLA has a true freshman Quarterback in Josh Rosen and the Utes have a senior Quarterback in Travis Wilson and both have had their moments this season. The Utes of Utah are favored by 2 points and they should cover at home.
Northwestern 8-2 at Wisconsin 8-2: Wisconsin is favored by 10.5 points at home. Northwestern’s two losses were to Michigan and Iowa and they were big. Camp Randall in Madison, Wisconsin is a tough place to play and if the Badgers should win, they might win big over the Wildcats. But, I don’t see it. I see a close game with the Badgers prevailing.
Michigan State 9-1 at Ohio State 10-0: The game many have anticipated has finally arrived. Expectations were through the roof for both of these schools and neither has totally lived up to billing. Ohio State is favored by 13 which is odd since they had a tough time scoring on Illinois last week. Michigan State and their much heralded Quarterback Connor Cook had a rough time against lowly Maryland, plus they have barely gotten by a bunch of weaker teams all season. The Buckeyes should win, and will probably score late to cover the spread.
Louisville 6-4 at Pittsburgh 7-3: Pittsburgh has 3 losses and they are all against good teams. They lost to Iowa, North Carolina and Notre Dame. The Cardinals of Louisville lost their first 3 games, but bounced back after that to win 6 out of 7. Pittsburgh is favored by 2 points and they should win in a tough one.
Mississippi State 7-3 at Arkansas 6-4: Arkansas seems to come on strong in the year since they did it last year and this one as well. They are favored by 3.5 over Mississippi State, but they are just playing way better than the Bulldogs and everyone else in the SEC West not named Alabama. Look for the Razorbacks to continue rolling.
Tennessee 6-4 at Missouri 5-5: Missouri finally won another game against BYU last week but they are still struggling offensively. Tennessee is favored by 9 points, but the Tigers will want to win out to honor long time coach Gary Pinkel who is stepping down after the season ends. The Vols will still win, but the game could be close because the Tigers still play pretty good defense. Look for the Vols to cover the spread.
Boston College 3-7 vs Notre Dame 9-1: Notre Dame is favored by 17 points in this game, but Boston College has been known to play well against the Irish. Boston College has the best defense in the country and could play the Fighting Irish closer than expected. Boston College has lost a lot of games, but they have not gotten beaten very badly by anyone. I believe Notre Dame wins but I would be surprised if they beat them by more than 17 points.
Baylor 8-1 at Oklahoma State 10-0: I’ve never really thought that Oklahoma State was all that and mostly because they needed some help to beat a bad Texas team. They did beat TCU, but the Frogs have been somewhat exposed now. Oklahoma State is favored by a mighty 1 point, but I am picking the Baylor Bears to upset them in Stillwater.
TCU 9-1 at Oklahoma 9-1: The Sooners should be favored in this one. They are peaking at the right time after a confusing loss against Texas. The Frogs limped through a win against maybe the worse team in the nation at Kansas. I think the Sooners blow out the Frogs.
California 6-4 at Stanford 8-2: This is a huge rivalry game between across the Bay schools that don’t care for one another. Cal started the season strong with 5 straight wins before losing 4 in a row. They jumped back in the Win column last week, but Stanford is the favorite by 12.5 points. Stanford is out of the playoff race, but still needs this game to win the North Division of the Pac 12. Stanford will win and they should cover.