This Weekend in College Football: Week 11

As usual, all times Eastern and all predictions wrong.

Noon:

  • Georgia @ Auburn (CBS): It’s the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry once again, but this time around, at least, I’ll be shocked if Auburn wins.
  • Ohio State @ Illinois (ABC): Ohio State should roll here, regardless of their QB situation.
  • Florida @ South Carolina (ESPN): It’s a bit of a lost season for the Gamecocks, while the Gators look ascendant.
  • Maryland @ Michigan State (ESPN2): I can’t conceive of how Maryland would have a chance here…
  • Kansas @ Texas Christian (FS1): … much less KU.
  • Texas @ West Virginia (ESPNU): I think these are both teams that have had ups-and-downs this season while still trying to find themselves.
  • Pittsburgh @ Duke (ESPNEWS): I think these teams are about even, really, but I slightly favor Duke.
  • North Texas @ Tennessee (SEC): Tennessee rolls.
  • Tulane @ Army (CBSS): Neither of these teams are terrible good, but I’m going with the Green Wave.
  • Purdue @ Northwestern (BTN): Northwestern should get a respite here.

12:30:

  • North Carolina State @ Florida State (ACC): FSU is still good enough to beat NC State, I’m pretty sure.
  • Virginia @ Louisville (ACC/RSN): Despite losing to them, I still don’t think UVA is very good and I wonder how Mike London is still employed. Louisville should win.

3:00: Washington @ Arizona State (Pac12): An early Pac-12 game that’s proving difficult for me to contemplate, but this may be worth keeping an eye on. Ultimately, I like the Sun Devils better.

3:30:

  • Alabama @ Mississippi State (CBS): I have the line on this as being Bama by 8, but despite being initially tempted to say Miss State would cover I’m now doubting it. I was in Austin last weekend, and I wound up watching most of the first half at this bar full of LSU fans. Let me tell you, they’re as celebratory of a bunch as you’d be led to believe, but the Tide absolutely owned that second half. They look pretty good.
  • Wake Forest @ Notre Dame (NBC): Wake should offer little resistance for the Domers.
  • Michigan @ Indiana (ABC/ESPN2): Even if the Wolverines were to have a bad time offensively, I don’t think it will matter much against the Hoosiers.
  • Clemson @ Syracuse (ABC/ESPN2): Seriously, what’s up with these 3:30 games? Clemson should roll.
  • Kansas State @ Texas Tech (FS1): As should Texas Tech, but K-State figures to be game, at least.
  • Miami @ North Carolina (ESPNU): I don’t think Miami is terrible or anything, but the Tarheels look “for realz” as the kids say.
  • Nebraska @ Rutgers (BTN): Again, seriously. Maybe just stick to UDub and Arizona State or something. Nebraska should have this one.

4:00: Kentucky @ Vanderbilt (SEC): Ugh. While I think the top of the SEC is pretty good, the bottom is as terrible as the bottom of any other conference in the country. Despite that, Kentucky is still slightly less bad than the ‘dores.

7:00:

  • Memphis @ Houston (ESPN2): Honestly, this might be the most intriguing games of the week. I’m going with Houston here, but there’s no shortage of goodness here. Especially if most of the 3:30 games are runawys by the time 7:00 rolls around.
  • Western Carolina @ Texas A&M (ESPNU): TAMU rolls.
  • Temple @ South Florida (CBSS): Temple should have this one.

7:15: Arkansas @ Louisiana State (ESPN): The battle for the boot is always a good one, and hey, with LSU involved there’s always a potential for wackiness. If I’m honest, though, I don’t thin the Razorbacks have much of a chance.

7:30:

  • Oregon @ Stanford (FOX): Against this version of Oregon, Stanford should roll.
  • Tulsa @ Cincinnati (ESPNEWS): Cincy seems to be stuck. Somehow, they aren’t one of the top teams in the AAC, but they’re obviously still better than most of the other AAC teams. If I were a Bearcats fan, I’d be kind of bummed that we apparently missed getting on the good side of the conference reshuffle a few years back.
  • Brigham Young vs. Missouri (@Kansas City, MO; SEC): Still not convinced Mizzou can score, so going with BYU here,

8:00

  • Oklahoma @ Baylor (ABC): For Game of the Week honors, this edges out Memphis and Houston, but not by much. Oklahoma’s only blemish is the bizarre blowout to Texas. Baylor is unbloodied but still somewhat untested. I think they survive this test, but their trials have only just begun.
  • Minnesota @ Iowa (BTN): I think Iowa will go undefeated, given their schedule.

10:00: Utah @ Arizona (FS1): Despite that blowout loss to USC, the Utes still lead the Pac-12 South. I don’t see that situation changing.

10:15: New Mexico @ Boise State (ESPNU): I need to watch this to see which triple-option variant Bob Davie runs, if for no other reason. Boise should win.

10:30:

  • Wyoming @ San Diego State (CBSS): Aztecs all the way.
  • Oregon State @ California (Pac12): Cal should be able to pick themselves back up off the loss to Oregon and recover to at least go .500 against the state this year.

10:45: Washington State @ California-Los Angeles (ESPN): Wazzou may be the best ever team to lose to an FCS team. I recall the dire predictions after the Portland State loss and, at the time, it wasn’t hard to disagree. Since then, the Cougs have seeimingly done the job. I think this game, though, will show the sort of thing they’re up against, and that’s the vastly superior talent of teams like UCLA. I like the Bruins her.e

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