23 November 2015

2015 College Football Predictions: Week 13

Just because it is Thanksgiving week does not mean there is not a ton on the line in the realm of college football. You have got matchups with serious College Football Playoff implications, ramifications in who will get that elusive Group of Five bid in a New Year's Game, as well as a number of key divisional races. It'll be a good week.

Here are my picks for Week 13.

Tuesday, November 24th
Bowling Green vs. Ball State - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Bowling Green

Ohio vs. Northern Illinois - ESPNU, 7:30
I'd consider the Bobcats in the upset if they were at home, but with the game being played in DeKalb, I've got to go with the Huskies.
Pick: Northern Illinois

Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 26th
USF vs. UCF - ESPN, 7:30
Pick: USF

Texas Tech vs. Texas - FS1, 7:30
Pick: Texas Tech

Friday, November 27th
Miami (FL) vs. Pittsburgh - ESPN2, 12:00
Pick: Pittsburgh

Marshall vs. Western Kentucky - FS1, 12:00
A berth in the C-USA Championship Game is on the line here. Marshall doesn't have an answer for WK quarterback Brandon Doughty and he will power the Hilltoppers to the win here.
Pick: Western Kentucky

15 Navy vs. Houston - ABC, 12:00
Just when it seems like Houston was poised to potentially get the Group of Five bid, they lose to Connecticut and give the opportunity to Navy now. I think the option attack of the Middies will keep the Houston spread at bay.
Pick: Navy

Western Michigan vs. 24 Toledo - CBSSN, 12:00
Pick: Toledo

Kent State vs. Akron - ESPN3, 12:00
Pick: Akron

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

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

Missouri vs. Arkansas - CBS, 2:30
I bet that Mizzou would love to send off Gary Pinkel the right way by going to a bowl game, but I don't see the offense showing up anytime soon.
Pick: Arkansas

Oregon State vs. 17 Oregon - FS1, 3:30
Pick: Oregon

20 Washington State vs. Washington - Fox, 3:30
The Huskies need a win to get to bowl elgibility and while I think that the Cougars are better, I think the homefield advantage and freshman running back Myles Gaskin will help U-Dub to get the win.
Pick: Washington

4 Iowa vs. Nebraska - ABC, 3:30
Nebraska is another team that needs a win to get to six, but this would be a big shocker.
Pick: Iowa

Boise State vs. San Jose State - CBSSN, 3:30
Pick: Boise State

UMass vs. Buffalo - ESPNU, 4:30
Pick: Buffalo

7 Baylor vs. 19 TCU - ESPN, 7:30
I have a pretty good feeling that we will see plenty of offense here. I do think that even with a backup quarterback in the mix, the Baylor offense is just a hair better and that will be the difference.
Pick: Baylor

Tulsa vs. Tulane - ESPNU, 8:00
Pick: Tulsa

Saturday, November 28th
Cincinnati vs. East Carolina - CBSSN, 12:00
Pick: East Carolina

SMU vs. Memphis - ESPNEWS, 12:00
Pick: Memphis

Iowa State vs. West Virginia - FS1, 12:00
Pick: West Virginia

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

Maryland vs. Rutgers - BTN, 12:00
Pick: Maryland

Southern Miss vs. Louisiana Tech - FSN, 12:00
Another Conference USA title game berth will be determined here. These two are relatively equal here but to go against the norm, I'll take the road upset.
Pick: Southern Miss

8 Ohio State vs. 10 Michigan - ABC, 12:00
Say what you want about Ezekiel Elliott's comments on Saturday, but Urban Meyer clearly didn't coach a good game. His Buckeyes have seldom been as dominant as they should have been this season and I think they will fold on Saturday in Ann Arbor.
Pick: Michigan

FAU vs. Old Dominion - ASN, 12:00
Pick: Old Dominion

1 Clemson vs. South Carolina - ESPN, 12:00
Pick: Clemson

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

Georgia vs. Georgia Tech - ESPN2, 12:00
Pick: Georgia

Louisville vs. Kentucky - SEC Network, 12:00
Pick: Kentucky

Boston College vs. Syracuse - ACC Network (FSN), 12:30
Pick: Syracuse

Duke vs. West Virginia - ACC Network, 12:30
Pick: Duke

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

UNLV vs. Wyoming - Root Sports, 2:00
Pick: UNLV

South Alabama vs. Georgia Southern - ESPN3, 2:00
Pick: Georgia Southern

Middle Tennessee vs. UTSA - FCS, 2:30
Pick: Middle Tennessee

Colorado vs. 23 Utah - Pac-12 Networks, 2:30
Pick: Utah

14 North Carolina vs. NC State - ABC/ESPN2, 3:30
The Tar Heels better be careful because NC State is a solid club. However, the offensive superiority of Carolina will be the difference.
Pick: North Carolina

2 Alabama vs. Auburn - CBS, 3:30
Pick: Alabama

Charlotte vs. Rice - ASN, 3:30
Pick: Rice

Penn State vs. Michigan State - ESPN, 3:30
Sparty will win this game but Christian Hackenberg should be able to make it interesting.
Pick: Michigan State

Wisconsin vs. Minnesota - BTN, 3:30
Pick: Wisconsin

UTEP vs. North Texas - FSN, 3:30
Pick: UTEP

22 UCLA vs. USC - ABC/ESPN2, 3:30
USC put up a stinker in Eugene while the Bruins gutted one out in Salt Lake City. This would be a classic UCLA loss but I don't see it happening.
Pick: UCLA

16 Northwestern vs. Illinois - ESPNU, 3:30
Pick: Northwestern

BYU vs. Utah State - CBSSN, 3:30
Pick: BYU

Arkansas State vs. New Mexico State - Altitude/Aggie Vision PPV, 4:00
Pick: Arkansas State

Kansas State vs. Kansas - FS1, 4:00
Pick: Kansas State

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

Texas State vs. Idaho - ESPN3, 5:00
Pick: Idaho

UConn vs. 25Temple - ESPNU, 7:00
The Huskies did pull off a stunner to get to bowl elgibility, but lightning doesn't strike twice. Or, does it?
Pick: Temple

18 Ole Miss vs. 21 Mississippi State - ESPN2, 7:15
A tough call but ultimately for me, the Rebels have more depth and more balance on their roster than do the Bulldogs.
Pick: Ole Miss

6 Notre Dame vs. 9 Stanford - Fox, 7:30
I've gone back and forth on this game coming into this week but I'm leaning towards Stanford for one key reason: when was the last time Notre Dame really looked impressive? Considering they struggled with BC and didn't blow the doors off Wake. Give me the Cardinal.
Pick: Stanford

13 Florida State vs. 12 Florida - ESPN, 7:30
UF will be at home, but they have nearly lost to Vanderbilt and FAU at home (who took them to overtime!) and didn't look great in Columbia against the Gamecocks. Their offense is a mess and that will swing things to FSU.
Pick: Florida State

Texas A&M vs. LSU - SEC Network, 7:30
Les Miles's job is reportedly in serious jeopardy after three straight losses for the Tigers, so when wouldn't be a great time for a win with his back against the wall. After all, we are talking about Les here.
Pick: LSU

3 Oklahoma vs. 11 Oklahoma State - ABC, 8:00
We got some hardcore playoff implications in this contest. An Okie State bounce-back from the home loss to Baylor is certainly possible but I'm loving what the Sooners are doing right now.
Pick: Oklahoma

Colorado State vs. Fresno State - CBSSN, 9:00
Pick: Colorado State

Arizona State vs. California - FS1, 10:00
Pick: California

Air Force vs. New Mexico - ESPNU, 10:15
Pick: Air Force

Louisiana Monroe vs. Hawaii - Oceanic TWC PPC, 11:00
Pick: Hawaii

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