Friday, November 25, 2011

Week 13: College football predictions

Last week: 5-5
Season to date: 87-34 (.719)

Missouri over Kansas. The last game, at least in the foreseeable future, of this rivalry. The last game--likely--of Turner Gill's coaching tenure at Kansas. Lots of "lasts" in this one, which is a poor facsimile of the drama we witnessed in Arrowhead in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Expect a crowd of around 50,000 to witness this MU victory--Tigers by 18 in a game which will be close at half.

Baylor over Texas Tech. This neutral site game, in Arlington, TX, will feature a Bear team who has won three straight, including last week's whopper over Oklahoma, against Tech, losers of four straight. Baylor by a touchdown.

Oklahoma over Iowa State. Iowa State stunned the BCS world last week with its win over Oklahoma State. The Cyclones won't make it two in a row against the state of Oklahoma--Sooners by 24.

Nebraska over Iowa. This game is about bowl positioning for Nebraska, loser to Michigan last week and a non-participant in the first Big Ten championship game. Win this one and NU finishes 9-3. NU by eight.

Alabama over Auburn. Last year, Alabama blew a 24 point lead in this game to eventual national champion Auburn. This year, the Crimson Tide tries to get revenge and stay firmly in the BCS title hunt. Bama by 14.

Michigan over Ohio State. The stakes are huge for Michigan--try to break a seven game losing streak in this rivalry and stay in contention for a BCS berth. Michigan by 10 in the Big House.

Stanford over Notre Dame.
The Cardinal suffered an extremely disappointing loss last week at home against Oregon, effectively ending their national title hopes. They rebound this weekend against Notre Dame. Stanford by 10.

Game of the week--LSU over Arkansas.
If anyone needed further proof of the SEC's dominance of college football, look no further than the current 1-2-3 ranking--LSU, Alabama and Arkansas. In this battle of #1 versus #3, look for LSU's home field advantage to help them win by four.

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