Friday, December 2, 2011

Week 14: College football predictions

Last week: 8-0
Season to date: 95-34

Kansas State over Iowa State: The 'Cats still have a chance to tie for the Big 12 crown. Iowa State, notable for its recent upsets over higher ranked opponents, will lose by 10 in Manhattan.

Baylor over Texas: Robert Griffin III is expected to play tomorrow even though he suffered a concussion in last week's win against Texas Tech. Can the league's top-ranked offense beat the top-ranked defense? I think so--I'm picking the Bears by four with RGIII having a huge game.

Oklahoma State over Oklahoma: Bedlam--a series where the Sooners have won eight straight. OSU still has a shot at the BCS title game but it's unlikely. Yet, the prospect of their wonder season frittering away with a loss to OU has to be galling to the Cowboys. I suspect that Brandon Weeden and his receivers will have a big day, winning by three late.

Oregon over UCLA: Let's see--one of the teams in this conference championship game actually fired their coach. How can you pick against Oregon? Ducks by 21.

Virginia Tech over Clemson:
This is a tale of teams who have headed the opposite directions. Clemson beat Virginia Tech earlier in the season in Blacksburg but that won't happen tomorrow. Look for the Hokies to win by 10, thus setting them up for yet another BCS bowl game.

Wisconsin over Michigan State: The inaugural Big 10 championship game will be a chance for the Badgers to replay Sparty for that last second Hail Mary win during the regular season. Wiscy by seven.

LSU over Georgia: I almost made this my weekly upset special and seriously think that a hot Georgia team can pull off the win, particularly in its backyard in Atlanta. But, this seems to be a special LSU squad on its way to the national championship game. Let's go with the Tigers by six.

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