This Week in College Football: Week 13

As usual, all times Eastern and all predictions wrong.

7:00: Ball State @ Western Michigan (ESPN2): This game has already started, so I’ll just say I was going to pick Western Michigan anyway.

8:00: Texas @ Texas Agricultural and Mechanical (ESPN): Even with their improved play as of late, it’s not really working out terribly well for TAMU (though they will, improbably, make a bowl). Texas should win by at least a few scores.


  • Rutgers @ Louisville (ESPN2): So Rutgers inexplicably lost to Syracuse last week. That may faze some people but not me! Rutgers should still win.
  • Temple @ Ohio (ESPNU): This is for all the MAC East marbles! Fear the Owl, I say.

12:00: Illinois @ Cincinnati (ABC): I think Cincy can safely handle the Illini, despite them going 2-1 the last three weeks.

2:30: Alabama @ Auburn (CBS): Can you imagine the chaos if Auburn can pull this off? Because I can’t – it’s hard to imagine Bama or Florida even losing a game at this point would make any difference at all, so big are their leads in the BCS. Do I want Auburn to win though? Of course. Will they? Probably not.


  • Nebraska @ Colorado (ABC): How fired is Dan Hawkins? So fired. They should also probably lose to Nebraska, but it’s the Big 12 North, so you never know.
  • Memphis @ Tulsa (CBSCS): Man, what happened to Tulsa? After a 4-1 start it looked like an average year in the C-USA East for them, but since they’ve lost six straight. They haven’t exactly gotten beatdown, either, including close losses to Boise State, UTEP, and that wacky 1-point loss to Houston. Well, okay, they got blown out by ECU, but still. It’s hard to say which team is more moribund, but I’ll take the one that hasn’t fired their coach (hint: Tulsa).

7:00: Pittsburgh @ West Virginia (ESPN2): It’s the backyards brawl! Considering the coaches involved, except rare moments of brilliance with bad clock management and nonsensical trick plays in attempt to break out of their conservative norms. I’ll take the Wannastache.

10:15: Nevada @ Boise State (ESPN2): STAY UP FOR THIS GAME, unless it quickly becomes a blowout in favor of one of the teams. Nevada features not one, not two, but three 1000-yard rushers on the year and Boise has yet to face a significant obstacle in their tear through the WAC. Will a competent opponent faze them? Perhaps, but I’m still taking the Broncos.