Week 13 of the College Football season is the last for many NCAA teams, as they fight for bowl position, or position in their conference. Here are the predictions:
Thursday, November 25
#17 Texas A&M @ Texas
This should be a good match up between these Big 12 opponents. Garrett Gilbert and Texas have had issues throughout the year, and have fallen well below expectations. On the other hands, Texas A&M has risen above expectations as they have had a great year in this 2010 season. They have earned their #17 ranking, and look for them to keep up what they have had going this year.
Texas A&M: 28 Texas: 17
Friday, November 26
#2 Auburn @ #11 Alabama
The controversy surrounding Cam Newton has fizzled as of late, which is great, as the attention around Auburn moves to the game, which should be a good one. I think that overall Auburn is one player, and that is Cam Newton. As great as he is, he draws attention away from the fact that Auburn is lacking a defense. Alabama is a good team, but hasn’t put it together for a complete season. I think that Alabama will exploit the weak Auburn defense, and that the Crimson Tide will find a way to shut down Newton.
Alabama: 24 Auburn: 21
Colorado @ #15 Nebraska
Nebraska has been streaky this year, and I was not very impressed with the way that they played against Texas A&M, possibly one of the more boring football games of all time as they lost 9-6 against the Aggies. Colorado has the potential for the upset, but I don’t see it happening.
Nebraska: 31 Colorado: 14
#21 Arizona @ #1 Oregon
This should be a great game to watch in a battle of two of the better teams in the Pac-10. The way I see it, the Pac 10 is Oregon, then the other 9 teams… by a lot. Oregon’s offense is exciting to watch, as TV broadcasts have begun to put up clocks that time how quickly the Ducks get to the line. There are no breaks with the Ducks offense, and people like to see that.
Oregon: 42 Arizona: 24
#4 Boise State @ #19 Nevada
This is another marquee Friday night match up between two ranked Non-AQ teams. Although many may not look at this game with Oregon and Auburn playing, it should still be a good one. Boise State QB Kellen Moore is one of the better passers in the game, and can make any throw that he needs to. Granted he has all day in the pocket, his arm is still impressive.
Boise State: 51 Nevada: 38
Saturday, November 27
Michigan @ #8 Ohio State
The Ohio State president recently made news by calling out Boise State and TCU saying that they play against awful teams and don’t deserve a National Title shot. The response form TCU: “Pick a time and a place and we’ll play you”. I completely disagree with what the OSU prez said, and I think the Boise and TCU would beat OSU. In fact, I think that Denard Robinson can rebound from the performance he has had during the middle of the season after starting out red hot. But Michigan will be playing from behind, as they aren’t the best at starting out games.
Michigan: 28 Ohio State: 24
#10 Michigan State @ Penn State
Here’s another Big 10 match up that involves a top 25 team. Michigan State has been all over the place this year, but here they are in Week 13 at the number 10 spot. Spartan QB Kirk Cousins has recently eclipsed the 2500 yard mark on the year, coupling that with 18 TDs. The Spartans are also 10-1, and are primed to win the Big 10. In fact, Michigan State could be a National Championship contender if they didn’t fall to Iowa.
Michigan State: 31 Penn State: 14
Virginia @ #16 Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech has all the momentum someone could ask for as they are on a nine game winning streak. They could very well be undefeated if they held the giant lead they had against Boise State in the beginning of they year, and if they had beaten James Madison. Tyrod Taylor had quietly put together a 2000+ yards passing and a 500+ yards rushing season. They are also the only undefeated team in ACC play. Virginia has had an up and down season, as they upset #24 Miami at one point.
Virginia Tech: 24 Virginia: 6
Kansas @ #14 Missouri
Mizzou was on a roll going into their 8th game on the year. From there, they lost 2 straight games, and haven’t looked like the same team since that. They have an outside shot at the Big 12 Championship, as they will have to win and Nebraska will have to lose. Aside from that, Kansas has had a subpar season, which began as they lost to a DII team to start the year.
Mizzou: 35 Kansas: 13
#5 LSU @ #12 Arkansas
Les Miles and LSU are coming off of a thrilling win against Mississippi, although there have to be some concerns because it is Mississippi. Other than that though, they are 10-1 this year with their only loss to #2 Auburn. They have no shot at winning the SEC, so they will likely receive an at large bid to a BCS bowl, only if they beat this Arkansas team though. Led by Ryan Mallett, the Razorbacks are 9-2 on the year, and are 5th in the crowded SEC West. Mallett has looked good thus far, and has made some great throws when he has had the time. What interests me in this game is that these are two different styles of play, as Arkansas prefers to air it out, and LSU like to pound the ball, but are never afraid to throw in a trick play. This should be an exciting game.
LSU: 24 Arkansas: 21
Northwestern @ #7 Wisconsin
As of late for this Wisconsin team, running has been the name of the game as they have steamrolled opponents with their running game. John Clay has been as advertised this year, but James White has also stepped up this year as he is yards away from the 900-yard mark. Northwestern has been good this year, as Dan Persa has been great QB this year. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, Persa has gone down for the year with an injury, so look for Wisconsin to run over the Wildcats.
Wisconsin: 34 Northwestern: 14
BYU @ #20 Utah
In a number of weeks, Utah has gone from the top of the world to the bottom. They were undefeated and primed to take on TCU. From there they got blown out, and the hangover was evident as they lost to an awful Notre Dame team. Look for them to rebound against this BYU team that has fallen from the top ranks in the past few years.
Utah: 31 BYU: 10
Florida @ #22 Florida State
This year, Florida hasn’t had the season that everyone expected of them. But the truth is, every team needs a rebuilding year at some point, and that’s what it has been. For Florida State, a top 25 year has been the result. Also, they have a shot to play in the ACC Championship. This has the potential to be a close game, but I don’t think it will.
Florida State: 21 Florida: 14
#23 North Carolina State @ Maryland
The X-Factor in this game should be North Carolina State QB Russell Wilson. If he can use his mobility to his advantage and mix up the Maryland defense, I see NCST coming away with a win. And this game, I see that happening, as I look for Russell Wilson to confuse the Terrapin defense and come away with a win.
North Carolina State: 21 Maryland: 6
#24 Iowa @ Minnesota
Iowa was the dark horse for many to win the National Championship, however than plan fell through as Iowa is 7-4 this year, but they remain ranked as they have had some impressive wins. I think that they are due for a loss, but not against this Minnesota team that comes into a contest with a record of 2-9. The Golden Gophers may hang around for a while, but most fans in Minnesota are looking forward to the basketball season.
Iowa: 42 Minnesota: 13
#3 TCU @ New Mexico
You could tell New Mexico was going to have a great season after they lost 72-0 against Oregon to open the season. TCU has a legitimate argument to be in the National Championship. When called out by the Ohio State president, their response was “Pick a time and a place and we’ll be there”. That is just another thing this TCU team has, other than talent, they have a winning attitude, and sometimes, that’s the most important thing.
TCU: 63 New Mexico: 3
#18 South Carolina @ Clemson
This is a good battle between the SEC and the ACC, but I see South Carolina coming out on top for a number of reasons. First off, the Gamecock defense has been stellar this year, holding opponents and getting wins. Secondly, USC RB Marcus Lattimore has an outside shot at the Heisman, and really can solidify that position for a few years.
South Carolina: 24 Clemson: 14
#25 Mississippi State @ Mississippi
This battle of Mississippi features a reversal of roles from where these teams were two years ago. For this game, I don’t think that it will be terribly exciting, as it will be a defensively dominated game. Jeremiah Masoli has been coming on as of late after being a key piece of Oregon’s offense. Look for him to play a big role.
Mississippi State: 14 Mississippi: 10
Oregon State @ #6 Stanford
This should be a fun game to watch, as both teams like to air it out. As many know, Stanford has NFL-ready QB Andrew Luck behind center, but Oregon State has the lesser-known Ryan Katz, who can throw a nice deep ball. It could be a shootout, but I see Stanford coming out on top regardless.
Stanford: 42 Oregon State: 17
#13 Oklahoma @ #9 Oklahoma State
Similar to the match up between Mississippi State and Mississippi, this is a good rivalry game between two big 12 teams in the state of Oklahoma. With Oklahoma State, Justin Blackmon is what has most of the NFL scouts drooling in Stillwater. He is a nice complement to the #2 passing offense in the nation Because of that, I think that Oklahoma State will have no issues opening up the passing offense against Oklahoma, and they defend home field and win this year’s edition of the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State rivalry.
Oklahoma State: 38 Oklahoma: 31
So those were the predictions for week 13 of the college football season. It’s hard to believe that it is almost over, as we prepare for bowl season.
Written By: Jackson Fust