Friday, November 18, 2011

Week 12: College football predictions

Last week: 7-2
Season to date: 82-29 (.739)

Texas A&M over Kansas. A&M has lost three straight with two of those losses coming in overtime. Kansas has lost eight straight. The Jayhawks travel to Kyle Field for the last time in a Big 12 conference game. The Aggies will rebound big over KU--Texas A&M by 20.

Kansas State over Texas. Texas is favored but how can you bet against the Wildcats in this season-of-seasons for Bill Snyder, Collin Klein and crew? This one, like KSU's last two games, will be close but I expect the 'Cats to win by four.

Missouri over Texas Tech. Gary Pinkel won't be on the sidelines on Saturday and that's a shame, as it's Senior Day in Columbia. MU is coming off an important win over Texas while Tech is headed south with three straight losses. MU becomes bowl eligible by beating Tech--Missouri by 12.

Oklahoma over Baylor. The Bears became bowl eligible last week by beating Kansas and hope for a huge win for the program in a home game this Saturday. OU will effectively clamp down on Robert Griffin III and his talented set of receivers--Oklahoma by 10.

Oklahoma State over Iowa State. The Heisman watch for Brandon Weeden continues--OSU by 25.

Nebraska over Michigan. The Big Red invades The Big House. Nebraska's running game, behind Rex Burkhead, is too much for the Wolverines--NU by a touchdown.

Houston over SMU. The Ponies started the season 5-1 but now have lost three of their last four. Facing Houston is not the cure for reversing that trend--UH by 30.

Ohio State over Penn State. Sadly, football is now secondary to all of the drama at Penn State. OSU by 14.

Florida State over Virginia. This could be an upset special--Virginia is having a terrific season and Florida State is coming off a rivalry game win over Miami. I think FSU wins by four in this one.

Game of the week--Oregon over USC. Some might pick USC for the upset here given Oregon's big win last week over Stanford. But, the Ducks are playing at home and are peaking at the right time. Oregon's speed will overwhelm USC--Ducks by 10.

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