College Football's Most Overrated and Underrated Top 25 Clashes of Week 11

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College Football's Most Overrated and Underrated Top 25 Clashes of Week 11
Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

After another fine week of college football, we look ahead to Week 11 of the 2012-2013 campaign.

I'll be your tour guide this week, directing you to the games of interest while making sure you aren't bored.

Remember that museum you went to as a kid that you absolutely hated? Yeah, it won't be like that.

Whether you are an SEC fan or a Big Ten fanatic, here's a look at the games that I see surprising and disappointing in Week 11.



No. 21 Mississippi State at No. 7 LSU

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I don't know how much credit Mississippi State is getting heading into Death Valley, but the Bulldogs are still ranked 21st in the country.

The problem I have with this matchup is that Mississippi State has proven rather emphatically the past two weeks that it can't stop a legit running game. The Bulldogs gave up a combined 540 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground against Texas A&M and Alabama in their last two games.

The Tigers are ranked 29th in rushing yards per game this season, generally doing the majority of its damage on the ground. They are also fuming after the loss to Alabama. Excuse me if I don't see this going well for Mississippi State.


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

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OK, before you hoot and holler, bear with me.

First of all, yes, I love freshman dual-threat Johnny Manziel. I actually gave him enough credit to beat LSU in Week 8.

But that was my mistake, thinking a freshman could top a historic SEC program predicated on defense.

Manziel's inexperience showed at home against LSU and I expect it to certainly show in Tuscaloosa on Saturday. It's not that Manziel isn't a great playmaker this season; it's that he still has some learning to do.

Plus, Alabama has a better overall defense than LSU and a better running and passing game. I don't expect this to be a nail-biter like the 24-19 affair between the Aggies and the Tigers.



No. 24 Northwestern at Michigan

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Northwestern (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten) jumped into the Top 25 this week after beating Iowa, but Michigan (6-3, 4-1 Big Ten) has been impressive for the most part this season.

The Wolverines have had their ups and downs, but their three losses were to Alabama, Notre Dame and Nebraska.

On top of that, the Wildcats haven't played nearly as well away from home this season. They won by one point against Syracuse to open the season, lost to Penn State and won by eight points against Minnesota.

Northwestern does have a running game that could give Michigan problems (236.4 rushing yards per game, 13th in the country), but the Wolverines haven't been bad against the run this season, either. They held Nebraska to 3.9 yards per carry two weeks ago.


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