College Football Predictions for Every Week 11 Game

Alex CallosCorrespondent INovember 7, 2012

College Football Predictions for Every Week 11 Game

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    Week 11 of the college football season is upon us, and we have reached the point of the season when there are games five nights a week.

    That is never a bad thing, and this season, some of those games are actually worth watching.

    There is no question that Week 11 does not have the marquee games that were featured in Week 10, but there is still plenty to keep fans interested all day Saturday.

    A lot is on the line in some key conference battles, as division titles are up for grabs for some teams.

    Here is a breakdown, analysis and prediction for every Week 11 college football game.

    *All times in Eastern

Bowling Green vs. Ohio

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    When: Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 8:00 p.m.

    Few things are better than Wednesday night football in the MAC. Two very talented teams in Ohio and Bowling Green will meet in what should be a very close game.

    On paper, Ohio would appear to be the better team, particularly since it is at home, but that is not necessarily the case. The Bobcats come in 8-1 and 4-1 in the MAC. Bowling Green, on the other hand, is 6-3 and also 4-1 in the MAC.

    Bowling Green has won five straight games after starting the season 1-3 with losses to Florida, Toledo and Virginia Tech.

    Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton is very talented, but Bowling Green will give him and the Bobcats some trouble in this one.

    The Falcons defense ranks ninth in the country, allowing only 15 points a game. Expect this one to be close with Ohio coming out with a hard-fought victory at home.

    Prediction: Ohio 23, Bowling Green 20

    Final: Bowling Green 26, Ohio 14

Louisiana-Monroe vs. Arkansas State

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    When: Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7:00 p.m.

    In a very talented Sun Belt Conference, these are the top two teams in the league. Both come in with identical records at 6-3 and 4-1 in conference play.

    Louisiana-Monroe is coming off a 40-24 loss against Louisiana-Lafayette and has been competitive against BCS opponents Arkansas, Auburn and Baylor. The Warhawks are led by junior quarterback Kolton Browning. He has thrown for 2,288 yards with 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions so far.

    Arkansas State was dismantled in the season-opener against Oregon but has won four straight with losses to Nebraska and Western Kentucky. The Red Wolves also have a star quarterback of their own in Ryan Aplin. He has thrown for 2,188 yards with 14 touchdowns and two picks.

    This has all the makings of an extremely close game, and even though Arkansas State is at home, Louisiana-Monroe will come out on top in this one.

    Prediction: Louisiana-Monroe 31, Arkansas State 27

    Final: Arkansas State 45, Louisiana-Monroe 23

No. 10 Florida State vs. Virginia Tech

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    When: Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

    Florida State has had two weeks to prepare for a Virginia Tech team that has been one of the biggest disappointments in the country.

    The Seminoles are looking like the class of the ACC, and Virginia Tech needs to win two of its final three games just to qualify for a bowl game.

    The Hokies suffered a tough loss at Miami last week. Even though there is plenty of talent, mistakes have been hurting the Hokies all year.

    Florida State has a scoring offense and a scoring defense that both rank in the top three in the country. That will be too much for Virginia Tech to handle. Blacksburg is a tough place to play, however, which will keep this game close for a while.

    Prediction: Florida State 34, Virginia Tech 20

    Final: Florida State 28, Virginia Tech 22

Pittsburgh vs. Connecticut

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    When: Friday, Nov. 9, at 8:00 p.m.

    The early-season struggles of Pittsburgh could have all been forgotten had the Panthers not blown the game at Notre Dame on Saturday.

    As they stand right now, the Panthers are 4-5 and in need of two more victories to be bowl eligible. Running back Ray Graham has done an excellent job in recent weeks as he has continued to get healthy.

    Connecticut is quite possibly the worst team in the Big East. The Huskies are 3-6 and it is not looking like they will get a conference win all season, barring an upset.

    Even though Connecticut is at home, Pittsburgh has way too much talent to lose this one.

    Prediction: Pittsburgh 27, Connecticut 17

    Final: UConn 24, Pitt 17

Wisconsin vs. Indiana

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 12:00 p.m.

    Don't look now, but this is a huge game when it comes to the Big Ten. As it sits right now, Wisconsin holds a one-game lead over Indiana for first place among eligible teams in the Leaders Division.

    It is hard to imagine that a team like Indiana controls its own destiny at this point in the season for a Rose Bowl berth.

    The Hoosiers come in at 4-5 overall and 2-3 in league play. This is the final home game of the season for Indiana, and it is a must-win.

    Wisconsin is 6-3 overall and 3-2 in league play. A win will all but secure a berth in the Big Ten championship game.

    It is hard to imagine Indiana coming out on top, even if the game is at home.

    Prediction: Wisconsin 31, Indiana 28

    Final: Wisconsin 62, Indiana 14

No. 24 Northwestern vs. Michigan

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 12:00 p.m.

    This is another huge Big Ten battle that could have title implications on the line.

    The status of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is still up in the air, and if Northwestern can find a way to win, the Wildcats would not be out of Rose Bowl contention.

    Northwestern is 7-2 overall and 3-2 in league play. Michigan and Nebraska are both sitting one game ahead of Northwestern.

    If Robinson does not play, this could be a very tough game for Michigan, even in Ann Arbor. Either way, this game will be close. Northwestern is a team that is very hard to blow out. Expect a very close game throughout. 

    Prediction: Michigan 27, Northwestern 23

    Final: Michigan 38, Northwestern 31 (OT)

Army vs. No. 23 Rutgers

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10 at 12:00 p.m.

    Even though Rutgers lost two weeks ago to Kent State, the Scarlet Knights are still 7-1 with a legitimate shot to win the Big East.

    Army is fresh off its second win of the season, defeating rival Air Force 41-21. That win came as a huge surprise, and it will be interesting to see if the talented Army rushing attack will be able to move the ball against the Rutgers front seven.

    The Black Knights are averaging over 375 rushing yards a game, and the game will likely come down to which offense will control the time of possession.

    Rutgers has a talented running back of their own in Jawan Jamison. If he can go over 100 yards, Rutgers will win this one easily.

    Prediction: Rutgers 34, Army 16

    Final: Rutgers 28, Army 7

No. 9 Louisville vs. Syracuse

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 12:00 p.m.

    Louisville has been walking a thin line for most of the season but did come up with a convincing 45-17 victory over Temple last weekend.

    Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is the class of the Big East and one of the best in the country at his position.

    This week, the Cardinals travel north to take on Syracuse. This one has upset written all over it, as the Cardinals do not play particularly well on the road.

    Syracuse has enough talent and experience, led by senior quarterback Ryan Nassib, to hang around with Louisville.

    There have been plenty of close games for Louisville, but its luck is going to run out on Saturday.

    Prediction: Syracuse 33, Louisville 27

    Final: Syracuse 45, Louisville 26

Cincinnati vs. Temple

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 12:00 p.m.

    Both Cincinnati and Temple come into this game with controversies at the quarterback position. That always makes for good television.

    Cincinnati is coming off a 35-24 win against Syracuse and, at 6-2, is one of the top teams in the Big East.

    Temple has struggled in recent weeks, having just lost 45-17 at Louisville. The Owls are 3-5 overall and have lost three consecutive games. Temple needs to win out to make a bowl game, so a lot is on the line for both teams.

    Cincinnati is in the hunt for the Big East championship. And even though this game is in Philadelphia, there is just too much talent for Temple to hang with the Bearcats.

    Prediction: Cincinnati 35, Temple 20

    Final: Cincinnati 34, Temple 10

Iowa State vs. No. 17 Texas

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 12:00 p.m.

    Texas played exceptionally well last weekend, knocking off Texas Tech 31-22. That is the third straight win for Texas. The Longhorns have seemingly found themselves, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.

    Iowa State is only 5-4 and in danger of missing out on a bowl game if it does not win one more game.

    The Cyclones have a very solid defense, and they will be going up against a Longhorns offense that averages over 40 points a game.

    The stingy Iowa State defense will have its hands full with Texas quarterback David Ash, along with the talented running back combination of Johnathan Gray and Joe Bergeron. Bergeron already has an amazing 16 touchdowns on only 104 carries.

    Prediction: Texas 24, Iowa State 17

    Final: Texas 33, Iowa State 7

Miami vs. Virginia

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10 at 12:00 p.m.

    Miami is fresh off a convincing 30-12 victory over Virginia Tech. The extremely young Hurricanes defense is finally finding itself and may quickly turn into one of the best groups in the ACC.

    At 5-4 and 4-2 in the ACC, Miami is the front-runner to win the Coastal Division and play in the ACC Championship.

    Virginia, on the other hand, has struggled for most of the season but played its best game of the year last weekend, knocking off North Carolina State 33-6.

    Whether or not that was the turning point of the season for the Cavaliers remains to be seen, but this could be a challenging road game for the Hurricanes.

    Prediction: Miami 24, Virginia 21

    Final: Virginia 41, Miami 40

Purdue vs. Iowa

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 12:00 p.m.

    At the beginning of the season, some thought this would be a battle between two surprise teams in the Big Ten. As it turns out, this is a game between two of the most disappointing teams in the entire conference.

    Iowa is 4-5 overall and 2-3 in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes have lost three games in a row and have not looked good doing it.

    Purdue, on the other hand, is 3-6 overall and 0-5 in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers have lost five games in a row. Good news for them is they have finally reached the easy portion of their schedule.

    Iowa at home will hold a slight edge in this one. Sooner or later, however, Purdue is going to wake up and win a game. Just not this one. 

    Prediction: Iowa 23, Purdue 20

    Final: Purdue 27, Iowa 24

Arkansas vs. No. 8 South Carolina

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 12:00 p.m.

    South Carolina will be playing its first game this season without star running back Marcus Lattimore.

    It is a good time for a transition game, as a 4-5 Arkansas team comes to town. The Razorbacks did beat Tulsa 19-15 last weekend and have enough talent to pull off an upset, even if it is on the road.

    With the way South Carolina has struggled in recent weeks, it would not be surprising to see this game closer than anticipated.

    Still, though, there is just too much talent on the defensive side of the ball to see South Carolina lose at home to a team like Arkansas.

    Prediction: South Carolina 30, Arkansas 23

    Final: South Carolina 38, Arkansas 20

Kansas vs. No. 22 Texas Tech

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 12:00 p.m.

    Texas Tech gets the closest thing to a bye a team can get right in the middle of conference season.

    The Red Raiders take on a Kansas team that has lost eight straight games and is by far the worst team in the conference.

    Even though Texas Tech fell to Texas last weekend, it has still been a successful season so far this year.

    Kansas has struggled all season, particularly at the quarterback position, and this game will be no different with the talent Texas Tech brings on defense. Expect a huge blowout, as the Red Raiders likely have some anger to unleash after consecutive losses. 

    Prediction: Texas Tech 45, Kansas 10

    Final: Texas Tech 41, Kansas 34 (2OT)

Louisiana-Lafayette vs. No. 6 Florida

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 12:21 p.m.

    Louisiana-Lafayette is fresh off a 40-24 victory over Louisiana-Monroe and now takes to the road to battle a very talented Florida team.

    The Gators are stepping outside of SEC play to battle the Ragin' Cajuns in what should be an easy win for Florida.

    It has been a few weeks since the Gators have done anything on offense, and this might be just the right time to break out of that slump. Quarterback Jeff Driskel needs to improve on his play from the past two weeks.

    Look for Florida to put some huge points on the board with a chance to shut out an overmatched Louisiana-Lafayette team.

    Prediction: Florida 34, Louisiana-Lafayette 3

    Final: Florida 27, ULL 20

Missouri vs. Tennessee

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 12:21 p.m.

    Missouri and Tennessee enter this game as two bowl bubble teams. Both are 4-5 and a combined 1-10 in SEC play.

    While neither team has played particularly well in recent weeks, Tennessee has been beyond awful, with its only wins over the past two months coming against Akron and Troy.

    This has been another disappointing season for Tennessee, but there is still time to at least qualify for a bowl game. To do that, the Vols are going to have to win at least two SEC games. That is not exactly a given.

    Missouri quarterback James Franklin has struggled for most of the season, and that has been the main reason Missouri has only won one SEC game all season.

    The slight edge here has to go to Tennessee at home.

    Prediction: Tennessee 23, Missouri 20

    Final: Missouri 51, Tennessee 48 (4OT)

Georgia Tech vs. North Carolina

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1:30 p.m.

    Even though North Carolina is not bowl eligible, there is still a chance for the Tar Heels to finish at the top of the Coastal Division.

    To do that, the Tar Heels will likely need to knock off Georgia Tech.

    At 4-5 and 3-3 in ACC play, Georgia Tech has struggled for most of the season but may finally be finding its stride. They love to run the football and are averaging nearly 320 yards a game on the ground. 

    North Carolina is 6-3 overall and 3-2 in ACC play. With a relatively easy schedule the rest of the way, North Carolina is likely to finish 9-3.

    As the toughest remaining game on the slate, North Carolina will not overlook this one, particularly at home.

    Prediction: North Carolina 28, Georgia Tech 24

    Final: Georgia Tech 68, North Carolina 50

Florida Atlantic vs. Western Kentucky

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1:00 p.m.

    There is no question that this could be one of the more lopsided games of the week.

    Western Kentucky comes into this one at 6-3 overall, with losses coming to Alabama, Louisiana-Monroe and Middle Tennessee.

    Florida Atlantic, on the other hand, is one of the worst teams in the conference at 2-7 overall and 1-4 in conference play. They have lost seven of their past eight games. Scoring points has been a huge problem all season for the Owls, as they rank 118th in the country, averaging only 18 points a game.

    The Hilltoppers are looking to rebound after losing two of their previous three games, and this is the perfect team to take out that frustration on.

    Prediction: Western Kentucky 37, Florida Atlantic 10

    Final Score: Florida Atlantic 37, Western Kentucky 28

Kent State vs. Miami (OH)

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1:00 p.m.

    Kent State played what it would likely consider the perfect game two weeks ago, knocking off Rutgers on the road.

    The Golden Flashes then moved to 8-1 with a 35-24 victory over Akron last weekend. At 5-0 in the MAC, Kent State has some challenging games remaining on the schedule, beginning this weekend in Oxford against Miami.

    The Redhawks have been up and down all season. A week after knocking off previously No. 24 Ohio, Miami fell flat on its face with a 27-24 loss to lowly Buffalo. At 4-5, Miami has lost to some talented teams, including Ohio State, Boise State, Cincinnati and Bowling Green.

    This team will be no pushover, particularly on the road. Quarterback Zac Dysert will lead Miami to a huge upset victory in this one.

    Prediction: Miami 34, Kent State 31

    Final: Kent State 48, Miami 32

Central Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1:00 p.m.

    There are a lot of talented teams in the MAC. These are just not two of them.

    Central Michigan is clearly the better of the two. The 3-6 Chippewas are 1-4 in MAC play and have a win over Iowa on their resume.

    Eastern Michigan, on the other hand, is 1-8 and 0-5 in the MAC. The only win for the Eagles has come against Army. They struggle on both sides of the ball and are going to have trouble stopping even an average Central Michigan offense.

    Defense is a different story for Central Michigan, as the group has struggled all season. This one could be very high scoring.

    Prediction: Central Michigan 38, Eastern Michigan 24

    Final Score: Central Michigan 34, Eastern Michigan 31

Colorado vs. Arizona

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1:30 p.m.

    When it comes to awful Week 10 performances, these two teams are at the top of the list.

    Arizona jumped into the rankings last week but was demolished 66-10 at UCLA on Saturday. The loss dropped the Wildcats to 5-4 overall and 2-4 in Pac-12 play.

    Colorado, on the other hand, has been one of the worst BCS teams in the country. And at 1-8, it does not appear the Buffalo have the ability to hang with anybody.

    They have been outscored by an average of 46-16 and rank in the bottom five in the country in scoring offense and scoring defense.

    This game will be a chance for the Arizona offense to get healthy.

    Prediction: Arizona 54, Colorado 20

    Final: Arizona 56, Colorado 31

Massachusetts vs. Akron

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 2:00 p.m.

    When it comes to bad games this weekend, this one is at the top of the list. These are likely two of the five worst teams in the country, and they will do battle on Saturday in Akron.

    The Zips come in at 1-9, with their only win coming against Morgan State. They have been a little more competitive this season but are still a ways away under new head coach Terry Bowden. 

    Massachusetts is certainly not enjoying its first year at the FBS level and are one of only two teams without a win.

    Akron is clearly the better of the two teams and will have no problem picking up its second win of the season in this one.

    Prediction: Akron 24, Massachusetts 13

    Final Score: UMass 22, Akron 14

No. 11 Oregon State vs. No. 14 Stanford

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3:00 p.m.

    This is one of the marquee games of the week as two Top 15 teams do battle in a very important Pac-12 showdown.

    Expect a very low-scoring game, as both of these teams do it with defense. They also both love to run the ball.

    Stanford is led by star running back Stepfan Taylor. Taylor has already rushed for 947 yards and eight touchdowns on the season. He has carried a big load, already rushing the ball 206 times.

    Oregon State has dealt with some injuries but has continued to win games. With two top-20 defenses, this game is going to be low scoring and will likely come down to the final possession.

    Prediction: Stanford 20, Oregon State 17

    Final Score: Stanford 27, Oregon State 23 

Arizona State vs. No. 19 USC

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3:00 p.m.

    Both USC and Arizona State have seemingly hit a wall in recent weeks, making this Pac-12 showdown that much more important.

    The Sun Devils have lost three in a row and, with the exception of a win over Colorado, are winless since September.

    USC's struggles have been well documented this season. Even though the Trojans have lost two in a row, there are still Rose Bowl aspirations. If the Trojans can win its final two conference games, it will find itself in the Pac-12 championship with a likely rematch against Oregon.

    Wide receiver Marqise Lee is the best in the country and will be tough for Arizona State to stop.

    Prediction: USC 34, Arizona State 20

    Final Score: USC 38, Arizona State 17 

Wake Forest vs. North Carolina State

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3:00 p.m.

    This is another ACC game that will have huge bowl implications. Both teams come in at 5-4 and both have had up-and-down seasons, particularly North Carolina State. 

    The Wolfpack have struggled the past three weeks after knocking off Florida State. They have lost two straight, and if it weren't for a 20-18 win at Maryland, it would be three losses in a row.

    Senior quarterback Mike Glennon has been throwing the ball all over the field, having already passed for 2,642 yards with 20 touchdowns and 12 picks.

    Wake Forest is a little more balanced but still struggles to move the ball on offense. The slight edge has to go to North Carolina State at home in this one.

    Prediction: North Carolina State 24, Wake Forest 16

    Final Score: North Carolina State 37, Wake Forest 6 

Air Force vs. San Diego State

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3:30 p.m.

    It is very rare that Boise State loses a conference game at home, but that is what happened over the weekend as San Diego State knocked them off 21-19.

    This week, a 5-4 Air Force team comes to town a week after being upset by Army.

    As always, Air Force loves to run the football and ranks third in the country, averaging 337 rushing yards a game.

    San Diego State can also run the football. This game is likely to come down to ball control and turnovers. If Air Force has any plans of hanging around in this one, it is going to have to win the turnover battle.

    Prediction: San Diego State 27, Air Force 17

    Final Score: San Diego State 28, Air Force 9 

Penn State vs. No. 16 Nebraska

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3:30 p.m.

    This is another Big Ten matchup with huge title implications, at least for Nebraska.

    The Cornhuskers are in the driver's seat right now in the Legends Division, controlling their own destiny. Penn State, on the other hand, will have very different ideas.

    These two teams are surprisingly evenly matched. The Nittany Lions defense will have enough talent to hold the Nebraska offense in check long enough to keep this game close.

    The difference in this one could be the home-field advantage, as Nebraska is tough to beat in Lincoln.

    Prediction: Nebraska 24, Penn State 23

    Final Score: Nebraska 32, Penn State 23 

San Jose State vs. New Mexico State

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3:30 p.m.

    There is no question that the worst FBS conference coming into the season was the WAC. We are now more than halfway through the season, and that might not be the case.

    There are three teams who stand out, and San Jose State is one of them.

    The Spartans are taking on a 1-8 New Mexico State team that is the worst in the conference. The Aggies are awful on both sides of the ball, and this is going to be a long day for New Mexico State.

    San Jose State nearly knocked off Stanford in the season opener and has been one of the most impressive teams in the conference.

    Prediction: San Jose State 44, New Mexico State 14

    Final Score: San Jose State 47, New Mexico State 7 

Wyoming vs. New Mexico

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3:30 p.m.

    This is a battle of lower-level teams from the Mountain West Conference, and if New Mexico can come out with a victory, it has a legitimate shot to qualify for a bowl game.

    The Lobos are only 1-4 in conference, but at 4-5 overall they only need two more wins to become bowl eligible. With Wyoming and Colorado State on the schedule, that could very well happen.

    Wyoming has been awful for most of the season, and at 2-7, the Cowboys are coming off a win against Colorado State.

    New Mexico is certainly the more talented of the two teams and should win this one.

    Prediction: New Mexico 28, Wyoming 20

    Final Score: Wyoming 28, New Mexico 23 

West Virginia vs. Oklahoma State

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3:30 p.m.

    West Virginia has hit a wall in Big 12 play and is looking like it might finish closer to the bottom of the conference than the top.

    The offense is still there, although it has not been nearly as good in recent weeks. The defense has been a different story, allowing 40 points a game.

    Oklahoma State is similar statistically to West Virginia on offense but has a much better defense.

    This one could be high scoring and played in the lower 40s. It will come down to which team makes the big mistakes on offense with the turnovers. 

    Look out, as this could be one of the more exciting games of the weekend.

    Prediction: Oklahoma State 45, West Virginia 42

    Final Score: Oklahoma State 55, West Virginia 34 

Baylor vs. No. 12 Oklahoma

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3:30 p.m.

    Baylor is no stranger to putting points on the board, and Oklahoma does not like to give up points. That combination should make for quite a showdown on Saturday.

    Oklahoma is at home, and Baylor is one of the worst teams in the conference. That does not mean it is not going to be an exciting game. If Baylor can force a few turnovers early on, it will be able to hang in the game and give Oklahoma a run for its money.

    Landry Jones will be the difference. If he does not turn the ball over, Oklahoma will win by at least two scores. If he does throw an interception or two, this game could come down to the wire.

    A third home loss for Oklahoma is not likely, however, and the Sooners will find a way to win this one.

    Prediction: Oklahoma 43, Baylor 30

    Final Score: Oklahoma 42, Baylor 34

Maryland vs. No. 13 Clemson

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3:30 p.m.

    No head coach is in a tougher spot right now than Randy Edsall. He is on his fifth quarterback and Maryland does not have much of a shot to even move the ball on offense.

    His hands are really strapped. With a road game at Clemson this weekend, it is not going to be an easy task. Clemson has one of the most explosive offenses in the country, led by quarterback Tajh Boyd and running back Andre Ellington.

    This has the potential to be one of the biggest blowouts of the weekend and could be the largest margin of any ACC game this season.

    Prediction: Clemson 56, Maryland 7

    Final Score: Clemson 45, Maryland 10 

No. 15 Texas A&M vs. No. 1 Alabama

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3:30 p.m.

    Without question, this is the marquee game of the week, as the red-hot Texas A&M Aggies roll into Tuscaloosa for a battle with the Alabama Crimson Tide.

    The Aggies have won seven of their last eight games and appear to be adjusting very nicely to the SEC, led by freshman sensation Johnny Manziel and new head coach Kevin Sumlin. 

    Once again, Alabama is the same old team that nobody can seem to beat. The Crimson Tide have the most talent in the country but have only been challenged one time.

    This will be the fifth game against a Top 25 team for Texas A&M, but no challenge is more difficult than a road game at Alabama. The Crimson Tide are just too strong, particularly at home to let this one slip away.

    Prediction: Alabama 31, Texas A&M 20

    Final Score: Texas A&M 29, Alabama 24 

Minnesota vs. Illinois

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3:30 p.m.

    If Minnesota wants to become bowl eligible, this is the game it needs to win. With Nebraska and Michigan State to close out the season, the Gophers need to get this one.

    Illinois is the worst team in the Big Ten. At 2-7, the Fighting Illini have lost six games in a row and seven out of their past eight.

    Sooner or later they are due for a win, and quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase could be a problem for Golden Gophers.

    Minnesota has struggled in recent weeks, losing four of five. This one has upset written all over it, as Illinois will get its first conference win.

    Prediction: Illinois 24, Minnesota 20

    Final Score: Minnesota 17, Illinois 3

Western Michigan vs. Buffalo

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3:30 p.m.

    Western Michigan has played through an injury to senior quarterback Alex Carder and is sitting at 4-6 right now.

    They have lost three of four, but with Buffalo and Eastern Michigan remaining, the schedule is relatively easy.

    Buffalo, on the other hand, is coming off a dramatic 27-24 win against Miami (OH) and now has two wins on the season.

    The Bulls have hung with a few talented teams, particularly at home. Western Michigan will struggle in this one for awhile before pulling away in the end.

    Prediction: Western Michigan 30, Buffalo 24

    Final Score: Buffalo 29, Western Michigan 24 

Navy vs. Troy

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3:30 p.m.

    Navy has won five games in a row since the schedule eased up and comes into this one at 6-3.

    Troy, on the other hand, has lost two very close games the last two weeks.

    Both of these teams love to run the ball, particularly Navy, who ranks in the top 10 in the country in rushing yards.

    With Troy being at home, this one could have upset written all over it. The Trojans nearly knocked off Tennessee last week and appear to be the stronger of the two teams. 

    Prediction: Troy 24, Navy 21

    Final Score: Troy 41, Navy 31 

Marshall vs. UAB

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 4:30 p.m.

    Conference USA has some awful teams. While Marshall and UAB do not necessarily fit that mold, these two teams are nowhere close to the top of the conference.

    UAB has only won two games all season long and has one of the worst defenses in the country allowing 36 points a game.

    The strength of the Marshall Thundering Herd is an offense that averages 40 points a game. The Marshall defense is one of the worst in the country, ranking 120th in scoring, while allowing 41.4 points a game.

    It could be a long day for UAB. The Blazers are at home, but that is not going to make much of a difference. Look for Marshall to win big in this one.

    Prediction: Marshall 44, UAB 24

    Final Score: UAB 38, Marshall 31 

Tulsa vs. Houston

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 5:00 p.m.

    Tulsa is one of the more talented teams in Conference USA, coming in to this game with a 7-2 record.

    The Golden Hurricanes lost 19-15 at Arkansas last weekend, snapping a seven-game winning streak after losing the season opener at Iowa State.

    Houston has been up and down all season, but the defense has been a consistent struggle the entire year. The Cougars need a few more wins to become bowl eligible, but knocking off Tulsa is no easy task, even if the game is at home.

    Tulsa just has too much talent for Houston and will win this one rather handily. 

    Prediction: Tulsa 48, Houston 30

    Final Score: Tulsa 41, Houston 7 

South Alabama vs. North Texas

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 11, at 5:00 p.m.

    This is certainly not one of the marquee games of the day, but South Alabama and North Texas will square off in a Sun Belt battle.

    South Alabama is in its first season at the FBS level. So far, it has been a little bit of a struggle, but at 2-7 they have hung with some talented teams.

    North Texas has had some very talented teams over the years. This is just not one of them. The Mean Green are 3-6, with most of their losses coming to very talented teams.

    All signs point toward an easy Mean Green victory.

    Prediction: North Texas 27, South Alabama 14

    Final Score: North Texas 24, South Alabama 14 

McNeese State vs. UTSA

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 11, at 5:00 p.m.

    This is another game that not a lot of other people are going to be interested in. McNeese State is an FCS school, and UTSA is in its first season at the FBS level.

    UTSA has had some success so far this season, with a relatively weak schedule. At 5-4, the Roadrunners have fallen on hard times, losing four straight games after starting the season 5-0.

    The Roadrunners only have one win over an FBS team. That was a season-opening win against South Alabama.

    McNeese State has knocked off a talented Middle Tennessee team and comes into the game at 6-3.

    This one might be relatively close, and McNeese State could pull off the upset.

    Prediction: McNeese State 24, UTSA 20

    Final Score: UTSA 31, McNeese State 24 

No. 5 Georgia vs. Auburn

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7:00 p.m.

    Georgia is a win away from winning the SEC East and likely taking on Alabama in the SEC title game.

    With the exception of Kentucky, Auburn has been the worst team in the conference. This should be an easy game for Georgia.

    The Auburn offense has struggled the entire season, and while some think quarterback Jonathan Wallace is the answer, it is certainly too early to tell.

    Georgia has found its stride in recent weeks and appears headed to an SEC title game matchup with the Crimson Tide.

    Prediction: Georgia 31, Auburn 14

    Final Score: Georgia 38, Auburn 0 

UNLV vs. Colorado State

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7:00 p.m.

    UNLV and Colorado State both come into this game with two wins, and neither is strong on either side of the ball.

    The Rebels have had some success running the football, averaging over 164 yards a game. Colorado State will have plenty of trouble stopping the running attack of UNLV.

    Colorado State is at home, where they are 2-3 on the year with wins over rival Colorado and Hawaii.

    This could be extremely close, as the two appear relatively evenly matched. It is going to come down to who wins the turnover battle.

    Prediction: UNLV 23, Colorado State 21

    Final Score: Colorado State 33, UNLV 11

Boise State vs. Hawaii

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7:00 p.m.

    Boise State is coming off a loss to San Diego State, and the slim BCS hopes the Broncos had are now vanished.

    This week, they will get to take out their frustration on Hawaii. The Warriors are 1-7 and have lost six games in a row, all by double-digits. Hawaii has one of the worst defenses in the country, which goes along with one of the worst offenses.

    It is going to be a long day for Hawaii, as the Boise State defense is rather stout. Look for a blowout in this one from start to finish.

    The trip to Hawaii for Boise State will feel like something of a vacation.

    Prediction: Boise State 44, Hawaii 12

    Final Score: Boise State 49, Hawaii 14 

No. 21 Mississippi State vs. No. 7 LSU

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7:00 p.m.

    LSU and Mississippi State both come into this one fresh off losses. The teams have identical 7-2 records overall and are both 3-2 in conference play.

    This game will go a long way toward determining bowl positioning. A loss by LSU would completely eliminate it from BCS bowl contention.

    Mississippi State has proven to be a little bit of a farce, as the Bulldogs have been blown out the past two weeks by Alabama and Texas A&M.

    LSU clearly looks like the better team heading into this one. The game is another night contest in Baton Rouge, which is no easy combination for anybody. 

    Mississippi State clearly looks overmatched in this one.

    Prediction: LSU 24, Mississippi State 10

    Final Score: LSU 37, Mississippi State 17 

Vanderbilt vs. Ole Miss

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7:00 p.m.

    This is a game with two evenly matched 5-4 teams. If Ole Miss wants to go to a bowl game, this is a game it needs to win, with LSU and Mississippi State coming up the final two weeks of the season.

    Vanderbilt had a grueling schedule to begin the season, but since it has leveled off the Commodores have put together three straight wins and appear headed for another bowl game.

    This has all the makings of being a typical SEC game that will pit two teams who like to run the football and control the time of possession.

    Expect this one to be relatively low scoring and close, with Ole Miss coming up with a home victory.

    Prediction: Ole Miss 21, Vanderbilt 20

    Final Score: Ole Miss 26, Vanderbilt 27

Tulane vs. Memphis

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7:00 p.m.

    This is a Conference USA matchup that has two teams with a combined 2-15 record.

    The Memphis Tigers are 1-8, with their only win coming by four points against Rice. While the defense has been bad for Memphis, the real struggle has come on the offensive side of the ball. The Tigers are scoring less than 19 points a night.

    Tulane comes in at 2-7 and has won two of its last four games after starting the season 0-5. The Green Wave clearly appear to be playing better than Memphis and have even outscored their opponents by five points over the past four games.

    Even though neither of these teams is that good, they appear headed in opposite directions. Tulane is the team who appears to have figured some things out.

    Prediction: Tulane 27, Memphis 17

    Final Score: Memphis 37, Tulane 23 

No. 20 Louisiana Tech vs. Texas State

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7:00 p.m.

    Louisiana Tech is one of the surprise teams in the country this season, and the Bulldogs have done it with an offense that averages over 52 points a game.

    This week, a road game against Texas State has blowout written all over it. The Bobcats are in their first season at the FBS level and have three wins so far, including a victory over Houston.

    Louisiana Tech quarterback Colby Cameron is one of the best in the country and has already thrown for 2,946 yards with 24 touchdowns and no interceptions.

    No quarterback in the country has better numbers. In a 59-57 loss to Texas A&M, he passed for 450 yards and five touchdowns on 44-of-58.

    This game will be another chance for Cameron and Louisiana Tech to showcase their talents.

    Prediction: Louisiana Tech 54, Texas State 20

    Final: Louisiana Tech 62, Texas State 55

Southern Miss vs. SMU

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7:00 p.m.

    With the exception of maybe Massachusetts, Southern Miss is the worst team in the country. The Golden Eagles are another awful team Conference USA has produced this season.

    Even though SMU is only 4-5, the Mustangs are much better than their record indicates. They have lost to some talented teams including Baylor, Texas A&M, TCU and Central Florida.

    This is a huge mismatch, as running back Zach Line and quarterback Garrett Gilbert are way too talented for a team like Southern Miss to hang around for too long.

    SMU will get back on track in this one with an easy victory.

    Prediction: SMU 37, Southern Miss 20

    Final Score: SMU 34, Southern Miss 6 

No. 2 Kansas State vs. TCU

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7:00 p.m.

    Kansas State is in the driver's seat right now to play Alabama for the BCS National Championship and has another challenge on Saturday, against TCU.

    TCU is 6-3 overall and 3-3 in Big 12 play. No game in the Big 12 is easy, particularly on the road, and Kansas State is going to have its hands full.

    The health of quarterback Collin Klein is still up in the air. If for some reason he cannot go, this game will turn into one that Kansas State could easily lose.

    TCU won a dramatic double-overtime game against West Virginia on Saturday and will have its hands full against Kansas State with or without Klein.

    Odds are Klein will play and Kansas State will win this one.

    Prediction: Kansas State 38, TCU 27

    Final Score: Kansas State 23, TCU 10 

Central Florida vs. UTEP

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7:00 p.m.

    Central Florida is without question one of the top teams in Conference USA and is sitting at 7-2 right now, including a 5-0 conference mark.

    They are headed for a showdown against Tulsa in the conference title game. The Knights rank in the top 30 nationally in both scoring offense and scoring defense.

    UTEP, on the other hand, is another awful team in Conference USA. The Miners are 2-7 overall and 1-4 in league play.

    UTEP is at home, but it is not going to matter in this one, as the Miners do not have nearly enough talent to hang around for too long.

    Prediction: Central Florida 40, UTEP 20

    Final Score: UCF 31, UTEP 24 

No. 4 Notre Dame vs. Boston College

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 8:00 p.m.

    Notre Dame continued it magic run over the weekend with a dramatic triple-overtime victory over Pittsburgh.

    The Fighting Irish continue to prove critics wrong, and this week might have the easiest game on the schedule with a road trip to Boston College.

    The Eagles are 2-7 and have been downright awful for most of the season. They have struggled on both sides of the ball, but it is hard to imagine them scoring even in double-digits against Notre Dame.

    Look for this to be relatively low scoring, but Notre Dame is far too talented for Boston College to stand much of a chance against.

    Prediction: Notre Dame 27, Boston College 3

    Final: Notre Dame 21, Boston College 6

Idaho vs. BYU

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10:15 p.m.

    At 5-4, BYU is better than its record indicates. The Cougars have losses to Utah, Boise State, Oregon State and Notre Dame.

    They are coming off a win at Georgia Tech, followed by a bye week. This week Idaho is on the schedule and the Vandals are one of the worst teams in the country.

    This game should not be much of a challenge for BYU, and Idaho is going to have a tough time putting any points on the board against a defense that ranks seventh in the country, allowing just over 14 points a game.

    At 1-8, it is hard to imagine Idaho putting up much of a fight against BYU.

    Prediction: BYU 34, Idaho 10

    Final: BYU 52, Idaho 13

No. 3 Oregon vs. California

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10:30 p.m.

    The Oregon Ducks are one of the most exciting teams in the country to watch and bring the No. 1 offense in the country on the road to take on California.

    The Golden Bears have had a disappointing 3-7 season, losing some very close games. This game is on the road and could be a bit of a trap game for the Ducks, sandwiched between USC and Stanford with Oregon State still on the schedule.

    It is hard to imagine Cal even slowing down the Ducks offense.

    The Bears may be able to put a few points on the board against Oregon, but not nearly enough to hang around for too long, even on the road.

    Prediction: Oregon 56, California 31

    Final Score: Oregon 59, Cal 17

Utah vs. Washington

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10:30 p.m.

    More was expected out of Utah and Washington this season. Between injuries and tough schedules, these two teams have been through a lot.

    At this point in the season, both teams have improved and are playing well. The Huskies have played a grueling schedule and have won two games in a row since losing three straight.

    Utah is 4-5 but has also caught fire lately, winning its past two games in convincing fashion.

    Washington is the more talented of the two, and since the game is at home, the edge goes to Washington.

    Prediction: Washington 37, Utah 30

    Final Score: Washington 34, Utah 15

No. 18 UCLA vs. Washington State

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10:30 p.m.

    UCLA played better last week than any team in the country and is red hot with a road game against Washington State coming up.

    The Cougars have lost six games in a row and have one of the worst offenses in the country.

    UCLA, on the other hand, has won its past three games and four out of five. The tandem of quarterback Brett Hundley and running back Johnathan Franklin has quickly turned into one of the best in the country.

    The game is at Washington State, but that is not going to matter too much, as the Bruins are way too talented for the Cougars.

    Prediction: UCLA 42, Washington State 14

    Final Score: UCLA 44, Washington State 36

Fresno State vs. Nevada

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    When: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10:35 p.m.

    Fresno State and Nevada are two of the most talented teams in the Mountain West and square off in what is not only the last game of the night, but a very important one as well.

    Both teams come in with three losses, but Fresno State is ahead by a game, winning three straight games and five out of six.

    Nevada, on the other hand, has been heading in the opposite direction, having lost two straight after starting the season 6-1.

    Home-field advantage will help Nevada, but Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr will be the difference in this one. The junior has already passed for 3,070 yards with 30 touchdowns and only five interceptions.

    Prediction: Fresno State 30, Nevada 20

    Final: Fresno State 52, Nevada 36