07 November 2016

2016 College Football Predictions: Week 11

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The wheels in the college football season keep turning and churning as the excitement never seems to stop. More big games dot the schedule this week, including key contests in Norman, Annapolis, Troy, Louisville, Fayetteville, Lincoln, Seattle, Iowa City and elsewhere. Who will win this week? Here are my picks.

Tuesday, November 8th
Eastern Michigan (5-4) vs. Ball State (4-5) - CBS Sports Network, 7:00
Pick: Eastern Michigan

21 Western Michigan (9-0) vs. Kent State (3-6) - ESPN2, 7:30
Pick: Western Michigan 

Wednesday, November 9th
Bowling Green (1-8) vs. Akron (5-5) - ESPNU, 8:00
Pick: Akron

Toledo (7-2) vs. Northern Illinois (3-6) - ESPN2, 8:00
Pick: Toledo

Thursday, November 10th
Louisiana-Lafayette (3-5) vs. Georgia Southern (4-5) - ESPNU, 7:30
Pick: Georgia Southern

15 Utah (7-2) vs. Arizona State (5-4) - FS1, 9:30
The fact that Utah actually plays defense will be the key here.
Pick: Utah

Friday, November 11th
Boston College (4-5) vs. 18 Florida State (6-3) - ESPN2,
Pick: Florida State 

Saturday, November 12th
Baylor (6-2) vs. 11 Oklahoma (7-2) - ABC/ESPN2, 12:00
Considering that Baylor just got blasted by a TCU team that isn't even that good, I like the Sooners here in Norman.
Pick: Oklahoma

Mississippi State (4-5) vs. 1 Alabama (9-0) - ESPN, 12:00
Another upset for Mississippi State? Fat chance.
Pick: Alabama

South Carolina (5-4) vs. Florida (6-2) - CBS, 12:00
I'm surprised that the Cocks are actually not terrible and I will be really surprised if Will Mushcamp leads his team to an upset in Gainesville.
Pick: Florida

Kentucky (5-4) vs. Tennessee (6-3) - SEC Network, 12:00
Pick: Tennessee

Cincinnati (4-5) vs. UCF (5-4) - ESPNU, 12:00
Pick: UCF

SMU (4-5) vs. East Carolina (3-6) - ESPNEWS, 12:00
Pick: SMU

Tulsa (7-2) vs. Navy (6-2) - CBS Sports Network, 12:00
Tulsa has one of the more underrated offenses in the country as Philip Montgomery has successfully implemented the Baylor offense with the Golden Hurricane. They are good enough to go into Annapolis and crank out a big AAC victory.
Pick: Tulsa

Iowa State (1-8) vs. Kansas (1-8) - Fox Sports Networks, 12:00
Pick: Kansas

16 West Virginia (7-1) vs. Texas (5-4) - FS1, 12:00
The Longhorns now have some life all of a sudden and their offense looked really good in their win in Lubbock, particularly in the run game. But West Virginia has themselves a quality defense which will be the difference.
Pick: West Virginia

Rutgers (2-7) vs. Michigan State (2-7) - BTN, 12:00
Pick: Michigan State

10 Penn State (7-2) vs. Indiana (5-4) - ABC/ESPN2, 12:00
Do not sleep on the Hoosiers but that said, this still would be a surprise.
Pick: Penn State

Northwestern (4-5) vs. Purdue (3-6) - BTN, 12:00
Pick: Northwestern

NC State (4-5) vs. Syracuse (4-5) - ACC Network, 12:30
Pick: NC State

Miami (OH) (4-6) vs. Buffalo (2-7) - ESPN3, 1:00
Pick: Miami (OH)

Rice (1-8) vs. Charlotte (4-5) - Campus Insiders, 2:00
Pick: Charlotte

Miami (5-4) vs. Virginia (2-7) - ACC Network (FSN), 2:00
Pick: Miami

Louisiana-Monroe (3-6) vs. Georgia State (2-7) - ESPN3, 2:00
Pick: Georgia State

New Mexico State (2-6) vs. Arkansas State (4-4) - ESPN3, 3:00
Pick: Arkansas State

Wyoming (7-2) vs. UNLV (3-6) - Root Sports, 3:00
Pick: Wyoming

Southern Utah (5-4) vs. BYU (5-4) - BYUtv, 3:00
Pick: BYU

Auburn (7-2) vs. Georgia (5-4) - CBS, 3:30
Pick: Auburn

Vanderbilt (4-5) vs. Missouri (2-7) - SEC Network, 3:30
Pick: Vanderbilt

Army (5-4) vs. Notre Dame (3-6) - San Antonio - NBC, 3:30
Pick: Notre Dame

Pittsburgh (5-4) vs. 2 Clemson (9-0) - ABC, 3:30
Pick: Clemson

Georgia Tech (5-4) vs. 14 Virginia Tech (7-2) - ESPNU, 3:30
Pick: Virginia Tech

UTSA (5-4) vs. Louisiana Tech (7-3) - KMYS, 3:30
Pick: Louisiana Tech

North Texas (4-5) vs. Western Kentucky (7-3) - ESPN3, 3:30
Pick: Western Kentucky

Southern Miss (5-4) vs. Old Dominion (6-3) - American Sports Network, 3:30
Pick: Old Dominion

Appalachian State (7-2) vs. Troy (7-1) - ESPN3, 3:30
This is a huge game for our friends in the Sun Belt Conference as these two are clearly the top teams in the conference. Troy's offense is so good but the Mountaineers are quite strong defensively. I do think the offensive firepower will prove to be too much Appalachian State.
Pick: Troy

Illinois (3-6) vs. 7 Wisconsin (7-2) - ESPN2, 3:30
Pick: Wisconsin

Tulane (3-6) vs. Houston (7-2) - CBS Sports Network, 3:30
Pick: Houston

Ohio State (8-1) vs. Maryland (5-4) - ESPN, 3:30
Pick: Ohio State

Texas Tech (4-5) vs. 13 Oklahoma State (7-2) - FS1, 3:30
Pick: Oklahoma State

Idaho (5-4) vs. Texas State (2-6) - ESPN3, 4:00
Pick: Idaho

Stanford (6-3) vs. Oregon (3-6) - Pac-12 Networks, 4:00
Pick: Stanford

UTEP (3-6) vs. Florida Atlantic (2-7) - CUSA.tv, 6:00
Pick: Florida Atlantic

22 Boise State (8-1) vs. Hawaii (4-6) - CBS Sports Network, 7:00
Pick: Boise State

Middle Tennessee (6-3) vs. Marshall (2-7) - American Sports Network, 7:00
Pick: Middle Tennessee

Wake Forest (6-3) vs. 6 Louisville (8-1) - ESPN2, 7:00
The Demon Deacons are a good team but they just don't have the kind of offense that you need to be able to take out Louisville in Louisville.
Pick: Louisville

24 LSU (5-3) vs. 25 Arkansas (6-3) - ESPN, 7:00
Ah yes, the Golden Boot! This is a fun rivalry and you may not see a lot of points here, and that would seem to favor LSU. But I like how good Arkansas looked against Florida at home and I think they'll pull the upset here.
Pick: Arkansas

South Florida (7-2) vs. Memphis (6-3) - ESPNU, 7:00
In another key AAC matchup, I like the USF offense to overpower the Tigers here.
Pick: South Florida

Minnesota (7-2) vs. 19 Nebraska (7-2) - BTN, 7:30
Whether or not Tommy Armstrong is able to go after what appeared to be a brutal concussion in the road loss in Columbus is the hey question. That said, I am doubtful as whether the Golden Gophers can crank up enough offense to pull the road win.
Pick: Nebraska

Ole Miss (4-5) vs. 8 Texas A&M (7-2) SEC Network, 7:30
The Rebels desperately need a win to avoid being down to the wire for a bowl bid but I just don't see them pulling the upset in College Station.
Pick: Texas A&M

20 USC (6-3) vs. 4 Washington (9-0) - Fox, 7:30
Considering that Husky Stadium is a really tough place to play late in the day, not to mention how good the Huskies are, I would be pretty surprised to see an upset here. That said, the Trojans have shown some life of late so they could make it interesting.
Pick: Washington

Michigan (9-0) vs. Iowa (5-4) - ABC, 8:00
Michigan shouldn't lose here but I think it may be closer than some folks think.
Pick: Michigan

Oregon State (2-7) vs. UCLA (3-6) - Pac-12 Networks, 9:00
Pick: UCLA

12 Colorado (7-2) vs. Arizona (2-7) - FS1, 10:00
Pick: Colorado

Colorado State (5-4) vs. Air Force (6-3) - ESPNU, 10:15
Pick: Air Force

New Mexico (6-3) vs. Utah State (3-6) - ESPN2, 10:15
Pick: New Mexico

San Diego State (8-1) vs. Nevada (3-6) - CBS Sports Network, 10:30
Pick: San Diego State

California (4-5) vs. 23 Washington State (7-2) - ESPN, 10:30
Pick: Washington State

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