College Football Locks for Week 11
While last weekend's college football action was highlighted by a handful of memorable matchups pitting the nation's top teams against one another, Week 11 will be remembered for its embarrassing routs and lackluster primetime showdowns.
With Oregon set to play California and Notre Dame traveling to Boston College, the top BCS hopefuls are sure to cruise on Saturday. There will be no Game of the Century rematch in Baton Rouge and no shootout at the LA Coliseum.
Instead, there will be plenty of locks to choose from this weekend. Here are my mine for Week 11.
No. 4 Notre Dame Over Boston College
Everyone can thank the undefeated Fighting Irish for presenting us with an absolutely terrible Saturday night primetime matchup this weekend in Chestnut Hill.
The Boston College Eagles will host 9-0 Notre Dame on Saturday night, and barring some sort of miracle, the Irish are set to come out on top. BC is just 2-7 this year and can thank Notre Dame's surprising success for the late season television exposure.
The Eagles' two wins have come at home against Maine and Maryland. Meanwhile, Notre Dame has defeated Michigan State and Oklahoma on the road.
Although I don't expect the Irish to score a ton of points—that's just not their style—I do believe they will wear BC down with their superb running game and dominant front seven. The Eagles will be lucky to score 10 points in this game.
If the Irish slip up this season, it will be on the road at USC, not against a dreadful BC team.
No. 13 Clemson Over Maryland
The Tigers will host a reeling Maryland team on Saturday afternoon. The Terps have lost three straight and have major—and I mean major—issues at quarterback, where they have lost four signal-callers to injury this fall.
Meanwhile, Dabo Swinney's squad is 4-0 at home this season and has won 11 straight there overall. Oh yeah, and the Tigers still have legitimate BCS hopes, considering that they sport just one loss this year and are in the midst of a five game winning streak that began in late September.
You would have to be insane to expect Maryland, who's starting a former scout team linebacker under center for the second straight game this weekend, to come into Clemson and upend the 13th-ranked Tigers.
Still have some doubts?
Clemson is averaging more than 42 points per game and boasts the nation's 10th-best passing attack in 2012. On the other hand, the Terps only rank 33rd in scoring defense and surrendered 33 points to Georgia Tech at home last Saturday.
No. 18 UCLA Over Washington State
Which lock is most likely to lose in Week 11?
Jim Mora's Bruins have won three in a row and are just one week removed from a 66-10 drubbing of Arizona. On Saturday night, UCLA will play at Washington State in its final road game of the season.
The Bruins are 3-1 away from Pasadena this fall and will face an opponent in Washington State who has lost six straight games dating back to September. During their losing streak, the Cougars have dropped home games to Colorado, Oregon and California.
Look for UCLA's balanced attack to run right over Mike Leach's defense not long after the opening kickoff. The Bruins are in the mix for a Pac-12 title game appearance in December and certainly won't squander their chances against the conference's only win-less team.
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