College Football Picks- Week 11
The line-up for this Saturday may not be as glamorous as previous weeks, but there are still many games taking place that are very interesting and very important. Fortunately, I was able to get back on track last week and finished with an 8-2 record. Hopefully, I can have a repeat performance in this weeks’ College Football Picks- Week 11.
1. TCU (4-5) at West Virginia (7-1)
Well, to state it mildly, TCU’s season has not gone as planned! The Horned Frogs were ranked in the preseason Top 25 , started out 2-0, and had a 21-13 lead on “TTFDB” in the second half. Since that point, everything has fallen apart and they have not looked good at all. West Virginia saved their season last week with that dramatic, 42-41 win over Texas in the final seconds. The Mountaineers have momentum and way too much to play for in order to have a “let-down”. Plus, the game is in Morgantown.
Winner: West Virginia, 38-23
2. “TTFDB” (8-1) at Michigan State (6-3)
This is one of those games in which I have no idea what to expect. The Spartans have been up and down all season, but they have managed to put together back-to-back wins. “TTFDB” has really struggled in their last 5 games. Outside of Purdue, they are coming away with wins, but things have been very shaky, especially on the defensive side of the ball. If the game were being played in Columbus, I would go with “TTFDB” by about 13 points. But the game is in East Lansing, and the Spartans usually play “TTFDB” tough at home.
Winner: Michigan State, 27-24
3. Mississippi State (6-3) at Alabama (9-0)
Despite 3 losses, the Bulldogs are only giving up 12.3 points per game, and I believe that their defense has given up the fewest touchdowns out of all the teams in the FBS. Mississippi State’s main problem has been their inability to score points against better teams/defenses. Against Kentucky, Florida, and LSU- the Bulldogs scored 7, 6, and 3 points…Not good! What is also not good is the fact that they are playing Alabama. We just watched the Crimson Tide pitch a shut-out in Baton Rouge, and they were extremely impressive in doing so. I don’t see how Mississippi State is going to score more than 10 points?
Winner: Alabama, 34-10
4. Oklahoma State (5-4) at Oklahoma (8-1)
This is a great, in-state rivalry game know as “Bedlam”! Most of the time this contest is very exciting, very competitive, and very high-scoring. I definitely anticipate another high-scoring affair on Saturday. Both teams (especially the Sooners) have prolific offenses, and both teams have very bad defenses. I’m sure that the Cowboys will play extremely hard and keep things interesting, but they just don’t have enough talent to keep up with the Sooners for 60 minutes.
Winner: Oklahoma, 52-34
5. Washington State (8-1) at Colorado (5-4)
I think that this is an extremely dangerous game for Washington State! The Cougars better be really focused and ready to go, or they are going to get upset! Colorado started (5-0), but have since lost 4 straight. The Buffaloes were competitive in each of those losses, and they probably should have won the Oregon State game (Blew a really big lead in the 2nd half). Washington State is coming off a long, six game stretch in which they have been tested both physically and emotionally. Despite the win against CAL, the playoff committee kept Washington State at #8 again this week, and also kept a 2-loss LSU team ahead of them at #7. The Cougars need to make a “big statement” if they want to move up in next week’s rankings.
Winner: Washington State, 38-28
6. Northwestern (5-4) at Iowa (6-3)
For the second week in a row, Iowa is playing in another important game in the “completely muddled” Big Ten West. The Hawkeyes lost a very close, and entertaining game to Purdue last week, 38-36, which moved them to the back of a four team race. Now, they are in a “must win” situation at home against the Wildcats. Iowa has lost two in a row, but if they can find a way to pull-out a victory, then they will keep themselves eligible to win the division (with some more help from the other 3 teams). On the other hand, if Northwestern can find a way to win, then they can clinch the division because they have already beaten Purdue and Wisconsin.
Winner: Iowa, 30-17
7. Oregon (6-3) at Utah (6-3)
This could have been a “Huge” game in the Pac-12 just a couple weeks ago. However, each team has recently “laid an egg” so the game has lost some of its’ luster. Oregon got hammered at Arizona a couple weeks ago, 44-15, and Utah got beat-up by Arizona State this past Saturday, 38-20. But the game remains important for several reasons, especially for Utah, who still has an opportunity to win the South Division. This is definitely a game that could go either way, but since the game is being played in Utah, I will have to lean towards the Utes.
Winner: Utah, 34-27
8. Auburn (6-3) at Georgia (8-1)
Just like the game previously mentioned, this rematch of last year’s SEC Championship would have been “Huge” if Auburn hadn’t “Blown” a couple games along the way. None-the-less, I am still really looking forward to this rival game in the SEC! Georgia has already punched their ticket to this year’s SEC Championship Game with their win at Kentucky last week. However, the Bulldogs have everything to lose because a loss would most certainly knock them out of playoff contention. I think that the Tigers will give Georgia all that they can handle, but I don’t believe that they will have enough offense to pull-off the upset.
Winner: Georgia, 30-20
9. USF (7-2) at Cincinnati (8-1)
The Bearcats have been having an excellent season, and if not for an overtime loss at Temple, they would be sitting at (9-0)! At one point, USF was (7-0), but that record did not feel “legit” because of the schedule and because of some narrow escapes. The Bulls have suffered two, blowout losses in a row, including a 41-15 “beat-down” by Tulane at home. It appears as if USF’s season is “sliding of the tracks”, and going to Cincinnati could result in a devastating crash! I definitely like the Bearcats at home in this one!
Winner: Cincinnati, 34-21
10. Clemson (9-0) at Boston College (7-2)
I would love to see Boston College take down Clemson in an amazing upset on Saturday night! But I don’t see any possible way for the Eagles to pull-off this monumental task. The Tigers are averaging nearly 48 points per game, while only giving up just over 13 points per game. Boston College loves to run the ball, and they do it well, averaging about 225 rush yards per game. However, we are all aware that Clemson’s D-Line is awesome, arguably the best in the nation! If the Eagles don’t turn the ball over, establish the run with some success, and play well on special teams then they can probably keep it close. But I think that the Tigers will eventually “ware-out” BC and pull away in the 4th quarter.
Winner: Clemson, 38-23
Other Intriguing Games That Did Not Make the List:
South Caroling at Florida
Wisconsin at Penn State
Kentucky at Tennessee
Texas at Texas Tech