College Gameday 2012: Weekly Schedule, Locations, Predictions and More
Where should the ESPN College Gameday crew end up next?
Dating back to 1993, College Gameday has been one of the staples of college football coverage. Every week, the crew decides which stadium they will set up shop each week, and focuses majority of the attention on one of the biggest matchups of the schedule, while covering the rest of the college football landscape.
Already, the Gameday crew has visited Cowboys Stadium for the Alabama vs. Michigan game, and will stop by College Station for the first SEC Conference game for the Texas A&M Aggies.
With many intriguing matchups on the remainder of the 2012 schedule, here are predictions for where Lee Corso and company will stop throughout the rest of the season.
Game: Florida @ Texas A&M
Time: 3:30 PM ET
Location: Kyle Field
Prediction: This will be the first SEC game for the Aggies. They also have a new coaching staff and a freshman quarterback taking over. I will go with the more experienced team and the team with the fewer question marks, which of course, is the Florida Gators.
Note: The Aggies finished first in the country last season with 51 sacks and second with only nine sacks allowed.
Game: Alabama @ Arkansas
Time: 3:30 PM ET
Location: D.W.R. Razorback Stadium
Prediction: With the way Alabama played in the season opener, it is hard to pick against the Crimson Tide. But I'll go with the home team, simply because they have a much better offense, which should give Nick Saban's group a few fits. With Knile Davis back in the lineup, the Razorbacks finally have that balanced offense to pull off the upset.
Note: The only two games Arkansas lost last season were against LSU and Alabama, the two teams that played in last year's national championship.
Game: Clemson @ Florida State
Location: Doak Campbell Stadium
Prediction: Clemson's defense is slowly coming along compared to how brutal it was last year. But it is the offenses that intrigue me the most about this game, and the Seminoles still have to prove they can score consistently. I like the Tigers to pull off the minor upset, if I had to make a prediction two weeks before this matchup.
Note: The last two meetings have been decided by only three points.
Game: Ohio State @ Michigan State
Location: Spartan Stadium
Prediction: It is going to be interesting to see how the Buckeyes continue to improve under head coach Urban Meyer, but I really like this Michigan State team. The Spartans have another top-10 caliber defense, running back Le'Veon Bell is looking like a true Heisman candidate, and they are at home, which makes things that much easier for me.
Note: Michigan State has lost 12 of the last 15 meetings against Ohio State.
Game: Georgia @ South Carolina
Location: Williams-Brice Stadium
Prediction: Both of these teams are very similar in their styles of play, but I have to go with the Georgia Bulldogs. They appear to be the more balanced team on the offensive side of the ball and have one of the better quarterbacks in the country with Aaron Murray leading the way.
Note: Six of the last eight meetings have been decided by single-digits.
Game: Texas @ Oklahoma
Location: Cotton Bowl
Prediction: Until Texas gets more consistent play from the quarterback position, it is hard seeing the Longhorns knock off a team such as Oklahoma. The Sooners are not only a solid defensive team, but also have the most experienced quarterback in the country in Landry Jones.
Note: Before last season's 38-point loss, the last four Red River Rivalries had been decided by 10 points or less.
Game: Michigan State @ Michigan
Location: Michigan Stadium
Prediction: With the way Michigan handled Alabama's defense, it is difficult to vision the Wolverines playing any better against the Spartans. Michigan State has one of the best defenses in college football and did a great job of bottling up Michigan's offense last season.
Note: Denard Robinson has yet to beat the Michigan State Spartans in his career.
Game: Florida vs. Georgia
Time: 3:30 PM ET
Location: EverBank Field
Prediction: Both teams get after it on the defensive side of the ball, but it is the Georgia Bulldogs that can produce on offense as well. The Florida Gators have many questions at the quarterback and skill positions to be considered a true SEC contender like Georgia is at the moment.
Note: Seven of the last 10 meetings have been decided by a touchdown or less.
Game: Oregon @ USC
Location: Los Angeles Mem. Coliseum
Prediction: We have already broken this game down a little bit, despite the fact that we are still months away from it taking place. Both squads are terrific offensively, have extremely underrated defenses, but only one team has quarterback Matt Barkley, who is considered by many to be the top player at his position. I think he is the x-factor, and until he proves me wrong, the Trojans will be my pick.
Note: Both offenses were ranked in the top 25 last season, but it was Oregon that finished with at least six more sacks than every other team in the Pac-12.
Game: Penn State @ Nebraska
Location: Memorial Stadium
Prediction: By now Bill O'Brien should have a good feel for his team after losing majority of the key players. Still, taking a trip to Nebraska and playing a Cornhuskers team that is more talented and experienced isn't exactly the recipe for a victory for the Nittany Lions.
Note: Last year's meeting produced over 700 total yards and 42 combined first downs.
Game: Oklahoma @ West Virginia
Location: Mountaineer Field
Prediction: This game could very well decide who is going to win the Big 12 and become an automatic lock for a BCS bowl game. I like both teams this season, but that West Virginia offense looks unstoppable right now, especially with an Oklahoma defense that has been shaky at times.
With the game taking place in Morgantown, I can't pick against Geno Smith and company. Remember, last season West Virginia held their own against LSU when the Gameday crew showed up.
Note: Oklahoma is 10-6 against ranked teams the last three years, while West Virginia is 3-3.
Game: Auburn @ Alabama
Location: Bryant-Denny Stadium
Prediction: Alabama will likely be playing this game for a chance to reach the SEC title game and a berth for the national championship. Auburn is more talented than it was a season ago, but still has issues on the defensive side of the ball and a first-year starter at quarterback. I'll take a Nick Saban defense in this situation, especially with the game in Alabama.
Note: Out of the last 30 meetings, 24 have been decided by 10 points or less.
Game: Texas @ Kansas State
Location: Bill Snyder Family FB Stadium
Prediction: Kansas State is one of those teams that simply find ways to win the game. In last year's meeting, the Longhorns had nearly triple the amount of yardage the Wildcats had, but still lost the game by four points. I'll go with the Wildcats in this matchup once again, as Bill Snyder's club is winning in many different ways as of late.
Note: Texas has lost six of the last eight meetings against the Wildcats.
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