24 November 2014

2014 College Football Predictions: Week 14

(AP)
When you think of Thanksgiving weekend and football, you think of the NFL. But there is some serious college football action going on this week as well as teams try to maneuver . For the teams in conferences that do have a championship game (ACC, Big Ten, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, Pacific 12 and SEC), this is the final week of the regular season. For all other conferences, they are in their penultimate weeks of their season. Who will win this week amid the leftover turkey and yams? Here are my picks.

Tuesday, November 25th
Ohio vs. Miami (OH) - ESPN2, 7:00
Pick: Ohio

Thanksgiving, November 27th
TCU vs. Texas - Fox Sports 1, 7:30
This could be a chic upset pick for some and Texas will make it a fun game in Austin. I do like the Horned Frogs, however.
Pick: TCU

LSU vs. Texas A&M - ESPN, 7:30
The Aggies aren't nearly as effective when they do not have the ball, and LSU will run them into the ground.
Pick: LSU

Friday, November 28th
Northern Illinois vs. Western Michigan - ESPNU, 11:00 am
A major game in the MAC West will go to the home team as a balanced Bronco offense will be the difference.
Pick: Western Michigan

Houston vs. SMU - CBS Sports Network, 12:00
Pick: Houston

UCF vs. USF - ESPN2, 12:00
Pick: UCF

Nebraska vs. Iowa - ABC, 12:00
Can Nebraska beat anybody at this point? I'm not sold.
Pick: Iowa

Western Kentucky vs. Marshall - Fox Sports 1, 12:00
Pick: Marshall

Buffalo vs. Massachusetts - ESPN3, 1:00
Pick: Buffalo

Akron vs. Kent State - ESPN3, 1:00
Pick: Akron

Ball State vs. Bowling Green - ESPN3, 1:00
Pick: Bowling Green

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

Arkansas vs. Missouri - CBS, 2:30
Both are coming off really nice wins but I am loving what the Razorbacks are doing right now. Give me Arkansas on the road in COMO.
Pick: Arkansas

Navy vs. South Alabama - ESPN3, 3:00
Pick: Navy

Stanford vs. UCLA - ABC, 3:30
UCLA is peaking (at the Beacon) right now and they will finish the regular season with a strong win over the Cardinal.
Pick: UCLA

Colorado State vs. Air Force - CBS Sports Network, 3:30
Pick: Colorado State

Arizona State vs. Arizona - Fox, 3:30
This will be a hell of a game with two excellent offenses. I think the game being in Tucson may just be the difference for the Wildcats.
Pick: Arizona

Virginia vs. Virginia Tech - ESPN, 8:00
The winner goes to a bowl while the loser does not. Sounds like my Friday night, by the way. Neither team is any good but the Cavs looked really good in taking out Miami, while Tech lost 6-3 to an awful Wake club in two overtimes. Even on the road, give me the Hoos.
Pick: Virginia

East Carolina vs. Tulsa - ESPNU, 8:30
Pick: East Carolina

Saturday, November 29th
South Carolina vs. Clemson - ESPN, 12:00
If Steve Spurrier beats Clemson with this team, color me stunned.
Pick: Clemson

Kentucky vs. Louisville - ESPN2, 12:00
Pick: Louisville

North Texas vs. UTSA - Fox Sports Networks, 12:00
Pick: UTSA

Michigan vs. Ohio State - ABC, 12:00
The Brady Hoke tenure will end with humiliation in Columbo.
Pick: Ohio State

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

Old Dominion vs. FAU - American Sports Network, 12:00
Pick: Old Dominion

West Virginia vs. Iowa State - Fox Sports 1, 12:00
Pick: West Virginia

Cincinnati vs. Temple - ESPNEWS, 12:00
Pick: Cincinnati

Georgia Tech vs. Georgia - SEC Network, 12:00
A sneaky good game here but I'm feeling Georgia here.
Pick: Georgia

Illinois vs. Northwestern - ESPNU, 12:00
Another win-and-in to a bowl game contest right here. I do think the Wildcats are better and thus they'll pull it out at home.
Pick: Northwestern

Syracuse vs. Boston College - Fox Sports Networks (ACC), 12:30
Pick: Boston College

Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Troy - ESPN3, 12:30
Troy will play hard in Larry Blakeney's final game and they'll pull off the big upset.
Pick: Troy

NC State vs. North Carolina - ACC Network, 12:30
UNC has been playing very well of late and will end an odd season with a win over their rivals to the east.
Pick: North Carolina

Utah vs. Colorado - Pac-12 Networks, 1:00
Pick: Utah

Idaho vs. Appalachian State - ESPN3, 2:00
Pick: Appalachian State

Texas State vs. Georgia State - ESPN3, 2:00
Pick: Texas State

Wyoming vs. New Mexico - Root Sports, 3:00
Pick: Wyoming

New Mexico State vs. Arkansas State - ESPN3, 3:00
Pick: Arkansas State

Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss - CBS, 3:30
So Ole Miss got trounced by Arkansas by 30 on Saturday, so that's not any good for them. They do host the Egg Bowl at home but I just don't see them getting it done after that disaster this past week.
Pick: Mississippi State

Baylor vs. Texas Tech (Arlington) - ABC/ESPN2, 3:30
Pick: Baylor

Michigan State vs. Penn State - ABC/ESPN2, 3:30
Pick: Michigan State

Minnesota vs. Wisconsin - BTN, 3:30
Can Minnesota get to the B1G title game? They'll be feisty but Wisconsin will just be too much.
Pick: Wisconsin

San Jose State vs. San Diego State - CBS Sports Network, 3:30
Pick: San Diego State

Florida vs. Florida State - ESPN, 3:30
In the final bout for Will Muschamp, the Gators will keep it much closer than it should be.
Pick: Florida State

Notre Dame vs. USC - Fox, 3:30
Who couldn't beat the Fighting Irish right now?
Pick: USC

UAB vs. Southern Miss - American Sports Network, 3:30
Pick: UAB

Rutgers vs. Maryland - ESPNU, 3:30
Pick: Maryland

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

Connecticut vs. Memphis - ESPNEWS, 4:00
Pick: Memphis

Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt - SEC Network, 4:00
Pick: Tennessee

BYU vs. California - Pac-12 Networks, 4:30
Will Cal get to bowl elgibility here at home? I say yes as the Golden Bears will put up some points on a solid BYU defense.
Pick: California

Louisiana-Monroe vs. Georgia Southern - ESPN3, 6:00
Pick: Georgia Southern

Middle Tennessee vs. UTEP - American Sports Network, 7:00
Pick: Middle Tennessee

Wake Forest vs. Duke - ESPNU, 7:00
Pick: Duke

Hawaii vs. Fresno State - Oceanic PPV/Mountain West Network, 7:00
Pick: Fresno State

Pittsburgh vs. Miami (FL) - ESPN2, 7:00
Pick: Miami (FL)

Auburn vs. Alabama - ESPN/SEC Network, 7:45
Don't expect a repeat of last year. Alabama will win this bad boy easily.
Pick: Alabama

Oregon vs. Oregon State - ABC, 8:00
I do believe that Oregon State will find success against a mediocre Oregon defense and keep it close, but it will not be enough.
Pick: Oregon

Utah State vs. Boise State - ESPN2, 10:15
Both are underrated but even then, I like Boise on the blue turf with their strong offense will power them to victory.
Pick: Boise State

Washington vs. Washington State - Fox Sports 1, 10:30
It's always fun in the Apple Cup but even considering that, I like U-Dub.
Pick: Washington

Nevada vs. UNLV - ESPNU, 10:30
Pick: Nevada

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