Week 12 November 15th

I went 20-4 last week. Beat that Lee Corso or Kirk Herbstreit.

Thursday Night November 13th:

Cal at USC: People back East will not respect California football, but hear me now and believe me later, California coach Sonny Dykes is an outstanding football coach. Cal will be a thorn in people’s sides until the day Sonny Dykes leaves. Dykes is a brilliant mind and did wonders at Louisiana Tech before he left for Berkeley. Cal was 1-11 in Dykes first season last year. They are 5-4 presently and need one more win to earn a bowl berth. They have the Southern Cal Trojans, their main rivals Stanford and BYU left on their schedule. I think BYU is their only shot at a bowl game.

Obviously, this is a must win for USC. The Trojans are almost on the same level as the Tennessee Vols as far as youthfulness. They have quite a few true freshmen starters and they are very, very good. The Trojans will no doubt lose Buck Allen and Leonard Williams to the NFL, but they do have some serious talent coming up.

Both of these teams are a year away, but the Trojans should win this one. This should be a fun game to watch for most folks around the country because both schools can play offense. The Trojans will have the better defense, but a Dykes offense is hard to completely shut down.

East Carolina at Cincinnati: The East Carolina Pirates were in the top 25, but got upset by Temple a couple of weeks ago. East Carolina is 6-2 and 3-1 in conference play while Cincinnati is 5-3 and 3-1. It’s going to be a cold night in Ohio and the team with the better defense and running game should win. Carolina runs the ball a little better and plays way better defense so I am going with the Pirates

Friday November 14th:

Tulsa at UCF:  Central Florida started the year off at 0-2 before going on a roll and winning 5 straight games. Two weeks ago, they were ambushed by Connecticut and they will be ready to take it out on Tulsa. UCF should roll.

Saturday November 15th:

LSU at Arkansas: Last year the LSU Tigers came back and beat Arkansas in the final seconds when Quarterback Anthony Jennings threw a Touchdown pass to Travin Dural. Arkansas under head coach

Brett Beliema has not won a conference game. They are a good team that came close against several other good teams and yet have fallen. I think they cross a hurdle this time and upset the Tigers.

Auburn at Georgia: This is obviously a very important game. It’s more so for the Georgia Bulldogs who still have a shot at the SEC East. This game was a classic last year and could be more of the same. Georgia has been hit and miss most of the season. When Georgia is on, they are really, really good and I feel like they will be ready for some revenge for Prayer at Jordon Hare.

Auburn took the Aggies lightly last week and will not lose 2 in a row.

Florida State at Miami: This is a game that is nearly always entertaining. The bad blood has been flowing for decades. Florida State is 9-0 and looking to defend it’s national title. Miami is 6-3 and frankly just not there yet. They are improving, but Florida State wins this one.

Texas at Oklahoma State: Texas looked outstanding a week ago in upsetting West Virginia and evened their record to 5-5. Oklahoma State is sitting at 5-4. Both teams are needing a 6th win to become bowl eligible. These appear to be 2 different teams heading in different directions. The OSU Cowboys started off 5-1 and has lost 3 straight. Texas has improved little by little.

I am picking Texas.

Clemson at Georgia Tech: These are two good teams with 2 losses and this should be a fight. Hopefully, Deshaun Watson is back for Clemson at full force and if so I am taking the Clemson Tigers.

Mississippi State at Alabama: This is definitely the game of the day with number 1 ranked Mississippi State taking on the 1 loss and 3rd ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. I will be very

impressed if Mississippi State can beat Alabama but I don’t think they can. This is going to throw everything into further confusion, if I am right.

Ohio State at Minnesota: The Buckeyes beat Michigan State last week and now face the hot Gophers and their 7-2 record in Minnesota. Ohio State is the class of the Big 10 and should win this game.

Temple at Penn State: Temple is hard to figure out but Penn State is pretty easy. They are awful offensively and have little depth across the board. I do believe in James Franklin but he is going to need a little time to right this ship. The Nittany Lions do have a nice defense which could lead them to victory here. I don’t feel really good about my pick,

Virginia Tech at Duke: The Virginia Tech Hokies are one of the nation’s biggest disappointments and Duke is leading it’s division of the ACC. I have to go with the Dukies in this game.

South Carolina at Florida: Speaking of disappointments, these are two of the bigger ones of the season. Spurrier is about done with coaching and Muschamp may be through as a head man soon. I have zero faith in the Gators right now, but I am going to pick them anyway.

Nebraska at Wisconsin: Nebraska has kind of appeared seemingly out of the ashes to become a legitimate threat again. This should be an interesting contest featuring 2 Heisman hopefuls at

Running Back. The game is at Camp Randall in Madison, Wisconsin and I have to go with the Wisconsin Badgers because of that alone.

Washington at Arizona: Washington Huskies have the better defense, but the Arizona Wildcats should win this at home.

Kentucky at Tennessee: This is a must win game for both schools. Kentucky has been a fun team to watch this season and Tennessee finally found themselves a Quarterback. Both teams need a 6th win to make the playoffs. Because of Tennessee Quarterback Joshua Dobbs, I am going to have to go with the Volunteers in this battle.

Utah at Stanford: This season has been a huge disappointment for Stanford. I think they are still good enough to beat Utah at home.

Missouri at Texas A%M: Wow, try and figure out this Texas A%M team. Which team will show up against Missouri? The same is kind of true about Missouri. They seem to be better on the road at times than at home. This is a toss up to me, but I am going with the Aggies that beat Auburn.

Michigan State at Maryland: The Spartans were the preseason favorites to win the Big 10, but has disappointed with 2 losses. They should still be good enough to beat Maryland.

Arizona State at Oregon State: Arizona may have a post Notre Dame win letdown, but they should be more than good enough to win this game and win the Pac 12 South.

The game of the week this week will be Alabama hosting Mississippi State. Should be a fun weekend of football.

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