College Football Picks Week 12: Predictions for Each Top 25 Matchup

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College Football Picks Week 12: Predictions for Each Top 25 Matchup
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Behold, the winners of Week 12's three college football games featuring two teams ranked in the Top 25 of the BCS standings awaits. 

I've looked at the stats, studied the trends, consulted the stars and found the answers. Check it out. 

 

No. 13 Stanford vs. No. 2 Oregon

All eyes will be on this game. Of the nation's top three undefeated teams, Oregon faces by far the stiffest test. Luckily for the Ducks, it will come in the crazy-chaotic confines of Autzen Stadium.

Oregon are a difficult team to play no matter where the game takes place, but with the noise of Autzen Stadium cascading down as the Ducks run plays in rapid succession, they are nearly impossible to stop. 

Stanford will undoubtedly try to help fight this by controlling the clock with their run game. The Cardinal are 57th in the nation in rush yards. 

The Ducks defense is allowing 4.1 yards per rush, and injuries along the defensive line will make them susceptible. 

That said, Stanford is not going to be able to stop Oregon's high-powered offense. Sooner or later, the Ducks will wear out the Cardinal and take this game over. 

Prediction: Oregon 42, Stanford 31

 

No. 18 USC vs. No. 17 UCLA

The battle of Los Angeles has real meaning once again. The Bruins are 5-2 in the Pac-12 and the Trojans are 5-3 as the two sit atop the Pac-12 South. 

UCLA is winning with a balanced attack. Using the nation's 31st-ranked passing attack and 23rd-ranked rushing attack, this team has put up the 22nd most points per game this season. 

USC is not nearly as balanced, but with Matt Barkley dropping dimes to Marqise Lee and Robert Woods, the Trojans don't need to be. It's not like this team can't run, either. The squad's two leading rushers, Silas Redd and Curtis McNeal, are both averaging at least 5.4 yards per carry. 

The Bruins have been playing solid rush defense, allowing just 3.9 yards per carry, but opposing QBs have hit for a passer rating of 133 against them. 

That less-than-stellar pass D will doom them in this one, and while the Bruins will put up some points, they won't be able to keep up. 

Prediction: USC 38, UCLA 31

 

No. 23 Texas Tech vs. No. 24 Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State has owned this rivalry as of late, but this one is far more even on paper than recent contests have been. 

This game has a chance to total 1,000 passing yards. The Red Raiders are first in the nation in passing and the Cowboys are fourth, and neither team is playing particularly good defense. 

This sets up for a highly entertaining, back-and-forth game. 

Still, Oklahoma State has a couple of things going in its favor in this matchup. For starters, the Cowboys are at home. They also have the superior run game. 

In the end, I'm not sure how much either will matter, since this one is going to come down to who has the ball last. 

Prediction: Oklahoma State 49, Texas Tech 42 

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