College Football Week 12 Picks: Ranked Teams That Will Cruise to Victory

Darin PikeContributor INovember 13, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 26:  Quarterback Kevin Prince #4 of the UCLA Bruins carries the ball against the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Week 12 of the College Football season has three promising matchups of ranked teams. That isn't exactly the norm, though, as most of the ranked teams should find themselves in blowouts this weekend.

The Pac-12 features two of the games between ranked teams. The North and South Division winners could be decided.

No. 2 Oregon faces a tough No. 13 Stanford team, while the two major Los Angeles schools are squaring off. No. 17 UCLA can clinch the South with a win over No. 18 USC, who is also in the mix to play in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

Texas Tech and Oklahoma State pit a pair of schools ranked in the 20's.

Here are the particulars on some contests that shouldn't challenge the ranked teams.


No. 10 Florida State at Maryland

When: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 12 p.m. ET

Where: Byrd Stadium, College Park, Md.

Spread: Florida State -31 (via OddsShark)

Maryland is struggling through a difficult season and is just 2-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Florida State is playing for a BCS bowl game.

This game will get ugly early.


Western Carolina at No. 4 Alabama

When: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 12:21 p.m.

Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Spread: No Line

I have a feeling Western Carolina would have declined the offer to play Alabama had the Catamounts known the game would follow the Crimson Tide being bumped out of a national title position.

Alabama will be upset in this game.

Western Carolina doesn't have a win over an FCS team this season. It is 1-9, going 0-8 in Southern Conference play. The biggest concern in this game is someone being seriously injured.


Jacksonville State at No. 6 Florida

When: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m.

Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Fla.

Spread: No Line

Florida will also take on an FCS school, hosting a team from the Ohio Valley Conference. Jacksonville State (6-4, 5-3) won't pose any risk to the Gators' bid for a BCS game.


Wofford at No. 9 South Carolina

When: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m.

Where: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, S.C.

Spread: No Line

At least South Carolina is playing a good Southern Conference team. Wofford is in a three-way tie for first place (8-2, 6-2). 

This game will still be a blowout, though, as South Carolina takes a glorified bye week before meeting Clemson. 


Georgia Southern at No. 5 Georgia

When: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 1:30 p.m.

Where: Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.

Spread: No Line 

Georgia Southern is another team deadlocked for first place in the Southern Conference making the step up to face a Top 10 team. It would be nice to think one of these FCS schools could make a game interesting, but they are just overmatched.


No. 25 Washington at Colorado

When: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 1:30 p.m.

Where: Folsom Field, Boulder, Colo.

Spread: Washington -20

This game should be ugly, but at least it pits two FBS schools. Well, in name at least.

Colorado has struggled to keep up with its new Pac-12 competition. The Huskies have struggled on the road, but Colorado shouldn't be a threat to Washington's three-game winning streak.


Ole Miss at No. 7 LSU

When: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 3:30 p.m.

Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, La.

Spread: LSU -18.5

This game could be competitive. Ole Miss isn't having a good season, but it has a fair chance in this game. 

The Rebels sit at 5-5, 2-4, but are just one game short of bowl eligibility. They will attempt to wrap up one of the SEC's many bowl bids.


Sam Houston State at No. 8 Texas A&M

When: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 3:30 p.m.

Where: Kyle Field, College Station, Texas

Spread: No Line

Sam Houston State is one of the better FCS programs and should at least put up a bit of a fight for A&M. But Sam Houston State won't be able to hang with the Aggies and the volume of points they can score.


No. 1 Kansas State at Baylor

When: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m.

Where: Floyd Casey Stadium, Waco, Texas

Spread: Kansas State -11.5

Baylor hasn't been able to buy a break in Big 12 play. The Bears are just 1-5 after suffering a close loss against No. 12 Oklahoma last week.

Life doesn't get any easier for Baylor. It finishes the season against No. 23 Texas Tech and No. 24 Oklahoma State.

Baylor features an exciting offense that can put points up in bunches, but the team still hasn't found any answers to their defensive issues.


Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks.