10 November 2014

2014 College Football Predictions: Week 12

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I had heard this past week be referred to as 'Separation Saturday,' but calling it whatever you want, we had a number of major games across the college football landscape that will be big going forward. This week may lack the wattage of last week but there are still a number of big games to keep an eye on. Here are my predictions.

Playoff Rankings

Tuesday, November 11th
Akron vs. Buffalo - ESPNU, 8:00
Pick: Akron

Toledo vs. Northern Illinois - ESPN2, 8:00
Both teams can run the ball very well but I think that the Rockets are less one-dimensional than the Huskies.
Pick: Toledo

Wednesday, November 12th
Kent State vs. Bowling Green - ESPN2, 8:00
Pick: Bowling Green

Ball State vs. Massachusetts - ESPNU, 8:00
Pick: Ball State

Thursday, November 13th
East Carolina vs. Cincinnati - ESPN2, 7:00
Nothing like some fine AAC action but I like the Pirates on the road.
Pick: East Carolina

Southern Miss vs. UTSA - CBS Sports Network, 8:00
Pick: UTSA

California vs. USC - ESPN, 9:00
Cal is a sneaky club but I don't think they can go into the Coliseum and pull off the win.
Pick: USC

Friday, November 14th
Tulsa vs. UCF - ESPN2, 8:00
Pick: UCF

Saturday, November 15th
Temple vs. Penn State - ESPN2, 12:00
Don't sleep on the Owls but even then, the Nittany Lions will win.
Pick: Penn State

Iowa vs. Illinois - BTN, 12;00
Pick: Iowa

8 Ohio State vs. 25 Minnesota - ABC, 12:00
Could this be a letdown game for the Buckeyes? Not that crazy but don't count on it.
Pick: Ohio State

19 Clemson vs. 22 Georgia Tech - ESPN, 12:00
Both have played pretty well of late but I think the explosiveness of Clemson will pull them through.
Pick: Clemson

Virginia Tech vs. 21 Duke - ESPNU, 12:00
Pick: Duke

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

South Carolina vs. Florida - SEC Network, 12:00
Both teams have been all over the place this year but I like Steve Spurrier and friends back in the swamp.
Pick: South Carolina

Pittsburgh vs. North Carolina - ACC Network, 12:30
I'm not a fan of either but James Conner should take advantage of an awful Tar Heel defense.
Pick: Pittsburgh

Nevada vs. Air Force - Root Sports, 2:00
A key Mountain West game for both, I like the Falcons and their vaunted option offense.
Pick: Air Force

Rice vs. Marshall - Fox Sports Networks, 2:30
Pick: Marshall

4 TCU vs. Kansas - Fox Sports 1, 3:00
Pick: TCU

Appalachian State vs. Arkansas State - ESPN3, 3:00
Pick: Arkansas State

Wake Forest vs. NC State - Fox Sports Networks (ACC), 3:00
Pick: NC State

Georgia Southern vs. Navy - CBS Sports Network, 3:30
Some option action for ya. This Eagles team is a pretty solid club for a team that won't go to a bowl so I like them here.
Pick: Georgia Southern

Northwestern vs. 18 Notre Dame - NBC, 3:30
Pick: Notre Dame

Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech - ESPN, 3:30
Pick: Oklahoma

Washington vs. 14 Arizona - Fox, 3:30
Pick: Arizona

16 Nebraska vs. 20 Wisconsin - ABC, 3:30
These two feature stud running backs with the Cornhuskers having Ameer Abdullah and the Badgers with Melvin Gordon. This should be a good one but I think Nebraska is a very good club some are sleeping on.
Pick: Nebraska

1 Mississippi State vs. 5 Alabama - CBS, 3:30
Of all the big games in the SEC West, this just may end up being the biggest. I really like how the Tide have looked of late but I'm a believer in the Bulldogs.
Pick: Mississippi State

Middle Tennessee vs. FIU - American Sports Network, 3:30
Pick: Middle Tennessee

Indiana vs. Rutgers - BTN, 3:30
Pick: Rutgers

Kentucky vs. Tennessee - SEC Network, 4:00
The Wildcats really have been a mess of late but I think they will get it together in Knoxville.
Pick: Kentucky

New Mexico vs. Utah State - ESPNEWS, 4:00
Pick: Utah State

Hawaii vs. San Jose State - Mountain West Network, 4:30
Pick: San Jose State

Troy vs. Idaho - ESPN3, 5:00
Pick: Troy

23 Utah vs. Stanford - Pac-12 Networks, 6:00
The Cardinal have been a big disappointment this year, but I think they'll get a win here against a sliding Utes club.
Pick: Stanford

Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Louisiana-Monroe - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Louisiana-Lafayette

UNLV vs. BYU - ESPNU, 7:00
Pick: BYU

9 Auburn vs. 15 Georgia - ESPN, 7:15
The Bulldogs have been all over the place but they looked awesome against Kentucky. I have been picking against the Tigers a lot this year but not this go-around.
Pick: Auburn

Missouri vs. 24 Texas A&M - SEC Network, 7:30
I love that one week after A&M struggled to beat Louisiana-Monroe, they go beat Auburn at Auburn. I think they'll continue that this week.
Pick: Texas A&M

Texas vs. Oklahoma State - Fox, 7:30
Pick: Oklahoma State

3 Florida State vs. Miami (FL) - ABC, 8:00
The Canes have been playing well of late, and are coming off a bye, but the Noles will find a way yet again.
Pick: Florida State

17 LSU vs. Arkansas - ESPN2, 8:00
Arkansas just cannot seem to break through to get that first SEC win in a while. It won't happen this week but they'll keep it close again.
Pick: LSU

12 Michigan State vs. Maryland - BTN, 8:00
The Spartans suffered a disappointing loss to the Buckeyes on Saturday night and they will take it out on the Terps this week.
Pick: Michigan State

USF vs. SMU - CBS Sports Network, 8:00
Pick: USF

North Texas vs. UTEP - Fox Sports 1, 10:00
Pick: UTEP

San Diego State vs. Boise State - ESPNU, 10:15
Pick: Boise State

6 Arizona State vs. Oregon State - ESPN, 10:45
Pick: Arizona State

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