College Football Picks Week 12: Predictions for Top Championship Hopefuls

Richard LangfordCorrespondent INovember 13, 2012

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 10:  Jonathan Truman #21 of the Kansas State Wildcats celebrates his fumble recovery against the TCU Horned Frogs with Ryan Mueller #44 at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 10, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Three undefeated teams are battling for two precious spots in the BCS National Championship game, and there is just two weeks left in the college football regular season. 

Needless to say, this week is crucial for these undefeated teams. 

Well I have seen the immediate future for these three, and here is how it all plays out. 


No. 1 Kansas State at Baylor 

Baylor is going to put Kansas State's defense to the test; there is no doubt about that. The Bears are putting up 42.2 points per game, which is good for eighth in the nation. 

The Wildcats have been playing solid defense and they are 14th in the nation in points allowed, but the Bears just shredded similarly-ranked defense in Oklahoma last week. 

That said, there is a reason Baylor is not in the top 25—its defense is awful. They are 118th in points allowed, and Kansas State can score with the best of them. 

Of the teams we will predict, I think Kansas State runs the greatest risk of being upset. The Baylor offense gives them a chance in any game, and Kansas State is on the road, which always opens the door to an upset. 

That said, I'm taking the Wildcats. 

Prediction: Kansas State 55, Baylor 38


No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 13 Stanford

Stanford is a much more complete team than Baylor, but I say Kansas State runs a greater risk of being upset because the Ducks will be playing in the comfy confines of Autzen Stadium. 

The Ducks and their hyper-speed offense present serious problems for the opposition wherever the game is played, but combine that with the chaos and noise of their home turf and they are nearly impossible to beat. 

That said, Stanford is a very physical team, and they have a chance to come out and hit the Ducks in the mouth and throw them off their rhythm. Still, it is nearly impossible to imagine they will be able to keep the Ducks down all game. I expect Oregon to run away with this one in the second half. 

Prediction: Oregon 42, Stanford 27


No. 3 Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest

Wake Forest is 5-5 on the year, but they aren't as good as that mediocre record suggests. Case in point, its 52-0 loss to Florida State earlier in the year. 

The Demon Deacons are 72nd in the nation in points allowed and 108th in points scored. 

How in the world is that offense going against the Irish's top-ranked scoring defense? They aren't. 

Notre Dame won't need a lot from its offense in this one, but with the Demon Deacons' porous defense, they will grind out the clock and put up more than enough points to pull out the victory. 

Prediction: Notre Dame 24, Wake Forest 6