03 November 2013

2013 College Football Predictions: Week 11

We've got some major games this week that look to be very meaningful for the BCS National Championship and for the conference pictures for the Pac-12, Big XII and the SEC. And two of them are on Thursday night! You've got Baylor, enjoying the best season in school history with one of the most ridiculous offenses in recent memory, hosting the top defense in the conference, Oklahoma, in a game that may show how good the Bears are. Stanford hosts Oregon and can they pull off the win like they did a year ago to keep the Ducks potentially out of the title game? And then on Saturday night in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide will face one of their tougher tests in their route to Pasadena when LSU comes to town. It should be a great week of football and thus, here are my picks.
Tuesday, November 5th
Bowling Green vs. Miami (OH) - ESPNU, 8:00
Pick: Bowling Green

Ohio vs. Buffalo - ESPN2, 8:00
Pick: Buffalo

Wednesday, November 6th
Central Michigan vs. Ball State - ESPN2, 8:00
Pick: Ball State

Thursday, November 7th
#12 Oklahoma vs. #5 Baylor - Fox Sports 1, 7:30
It will be rocking Thursday at Floyd Casey, but I have not seen the consistency from the Oklahoma offense week-to-week to go up against the ridiculously good Baylor offense. They can slow them a little, but not enough.
Pick: Baylor

Troy vs. Louisiana-Lafayette - ESPNU, 7:30
Pick: Louisiana-Lafayette

#2 Oregon vs. #6 Stanford - ESPN, 9:00
Will the Ducks exact their revenge? I think they will. I really like Stanford but I don't think their offense is strong enough to keep up with Oregon.
Pick: Oregon

Friday, November 8th
#20 Louisville vs. UConn - ESPN2, 8:30
Pick: Louisville

Air Force vs. New Mexico - ESPNU, 9:00
Pick: Air Force

Saturday, November 9th
#7 Auburn vs. Tennessee - ESPN, 12:00
Is Auburn really this good? I'm not entirely sold, so I think they better be on upset alert this week. They will squeak it out, though.
Pick: Auburn

Penn State vs. Minnesota - ESPN2, 12:00
The Nittany Lions have been a little hit or miss this year, but I still think they are better than Minnesota.
Pick: Penn State

Kansas State vs. Texas Tech - ABC, 12:00
The Red Raiders need a bounce-back after two losses and I think they will this week in Lubbock.
Pick: Texas Tech

#3 Florida State vs. Wake Forest - ABC, 12:00
Pick: Florida State

Vanderbilt vs. Florida - FSN, 12:00
To get to bowl eligibility, the banged-up Gators need this game, and Vandy is a solid club. I do think having this game at home tilts it to Florida.
Pick: Florida

#9 Missouri vs. Kentucky - ESPNU, 12:00
Pick: Missouri

TCU vs. Iowa State - FSN, 12:00
Pick: TCU

Arkansas vs. Ole Miss - SEC TV, 12:00
We have seen Arkansas really struggle this year in conference, and that's not going to change.
Pick: Ole Miss

Iowa vs. Purdue - BTN, 12:00
Pick: Iowa

Western Kentucky vs. Army - CBS Sports Network, 12:00
Pick: Army

UAB vs. Marshall - CSS, 12:00
Pick: Marshall

SMU vs. Cincinnati - AAC Network, 12:00
Pick: Cincinnati

Virginia vs. North Carolina - ACC Network, 12:30
Pick: North Carolina

Appalachain State vs. Georgia - WSB, 12:30
Pick: Georgia

Western Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan - ESPN3, 1:00
Pick: Eastern Michigan

USC vs. Cal - Fox, 3:00
Pick: USC

Nebraska vs. Michigan - ABC, 3:30
The Huskers needed a Hail Mary to escape Northwestern while the Wolverines were a disaster offensively against Sparty. Michigan does have the defense to bounce back and cause some problems for Taylor Martinez at home.
Pick: Michigan

BYU vs. #21 Wisconsin - ESPN, 3:30
When are the Badgers going to start getting the respect they deserve?
Pick: Wisconsin

Mississippi State vs. #11 Texas A&M - CBS, 3:30
Dan Mullen and co. could really use a big upset like this one, but that's not gonna happen.
Pick: Texas A&M

Illinois vs. Indiana - BTN, 3:30
Neither of these clubs can stop anybody, but Indiana is more consistent with the football.
Pick: Indiana

Syracuse vs. Maryland - FSN, 3:30
This is one I could really see go either way, but with how banged up the Terps are, give me the Orange.
Pick: Syracuse

Hawaii vs. Navy - CBS Sports Network, 3:30
Pick: Navy

Boston College vs. New Mexico State - ESPN3, 3:30
Pick: Boston College

Nevada vs. Colorado State - Mountain West Network, 3:30
Pick: Colorado State

Tulsa vs. East Carolina - FSN, 3:45
Pick: East Carolina

Kansas vs. #15 Oklahoma State - Fox Sports 1, 4:00
Pick: Oklahoma State

FIU vs. Middle Tennessee - Fox College Sports, 4:00
Pick: Middle Tennessee

#23 Arizona State vs. Utah - Pac-12 Network, 4:00
Pick: Arizona State

NC State vs. Duke - ESPNU, 4:00
Pick: Duke

Houston vs. #19 UCF - ESPN2, 7:00
The Knights should win this one but don't count out an underrated Houston squad.
Pick: UCF

Virginia Tech vs. #14 Miami (FL) - ESPN, 7:00
Are the Hokies unraveling? I think so, and that's a good sign for the Canes who need to rebound from the loss in Tallahassee. However, it will be closer than some think.
Pick: Miami

Texas vs. West Virginia - Fox, 7:00
I do think the Mountaineers will make it interesting, but little more.
Pick: Texas

Arkansas State vs. Louisiana-Monroe - ESPN3, 7:00
When will the Sun Belt start being called the Fun Belt?
Pick: Arkansas State

Southern Miss vs. Louisiana Tech - CBS Sports Network, 7:00
Pick: Louisiana Tech

#10 LSU vs. #1 Alabama - CBS, 8:00
Are the Crimson Tide the best team in the country? Even as they have looked vulnerable this year at times, I still think you have to say yes. And while it is always tough to win in Tuscaloosa, and LSU is famously all over the place, I like the Tigers to pull off the upset. Zach Mettenberger will be able to throw the ball against an inconsistent Bama secondary and I think he will lead LSU to a big win.
Pick: LSU

Utah State vs. UNLV - ESPNU, 8:00
Pick: UNLV

#24 Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh - ABC, 8:00
Pick: Notre Dame

#16 UCLA vs. Arizona - ESPN, 10:00
The Bruins got a much needed strong performance against the Buffs and I think that will continue.
Pick: UCLA

#17 Fresno State vs. Wyoming - ESPN2, 10:15
Pick: Fresno State

San Diego State vs. San Jose State - CBS Sports Network, 10:30
Interesting game in Sillicon Valley, I give the slight edge to the Spartans.
Pick: San Jose State

H/T Mattsarzsports

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