College Football Week 12: Predictions for Every Game on Saturday

Danny Flynn@FlynnceptionSenior Analyst INovember 15, 2012

College Football Week 12: Predictions for Every Game on Saturday

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    Week 12 of the college football season certainly isn't packed with marquee matchups. Games like Oregon vs. Stanford, Ohio State vs. Wisconsin, USC vs. UCLA, Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State and Oklahoma vs. West Virginia are all worth tuning in for. But overall, this weekend's schedule leaves a lot to be desired. 

    Five of the Top 10 teams in the current BCS standings will be playing against FCS opponents on Saturday, and there will only be three games pitting ranked teams against each other. Considering how unpredictable college football can be, though, this may just end up being an entertaining weekend full of upsets and surprises. 

    The following are predictions for every Week 12 game. 

Stanford at Oregon

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    Oregon knows that it can't take any opponent for granted at this point in the season, especially a team like Stanford, which currently boasts the best run defense in the nation.

    The Cardinal are allowing just 58.6 yards on the ground per game. They have a strong defensive front seven, led by linebackers Chase Thomas and Shayne Skov, that could cause plenty of problems for Oregon's three-headed backfield. 

    The player who holds the real key to the outcome of this game is Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan. 

    Hogan is making just his second career start in one of the most hostile environments in college football, Autzen Stadium. But the freshman signal-caller displayed tremendous poise last week, leading the Cardinal to a victory over Oregon State. 

    If Hogan can take advantage of a banged-up Oregon defense, and if Skov, Thomas and crew can contain Oregon's rushing attack, watch out, because we may see another big upset rock the BCS championship race.

    That said, asking a freshman quarterback to go on the road and beat the No. 1-ranked team in the nation in just his second career start is asking a bit too much. 

    Prediction: Oregon 36, Stanford 23

    Final: Stanford 17, Oregon 14 (OT)

Kansas State at Baylor

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    Kansas State is now just two wins away from the BCS championship game, which means the pressure has been ratcheted up. It will be interesting to see if the Wildcats play tight on the road this week against Baylor. 

    The Bears have one of the most explosive passing attacks in the country, led by quarterback Nick Florence and wide receiver Terrance Williams. The problem is, they also have the weakest defenses in college football. 

    Quarterback Collin Klein should be able to make enough plays to get Kansas State to 11-0, but it wouldn't be surprising if Baylor puts a scare into the Wildcats on Saturday. 

    Prediction: Kansas State 44, Baylor 35

    Final Score: Baylor 52, Kansas State 24

Wake Forest at Notre Dame

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    Notre Dame hasn't looked all that impressive in the past two weeks against Pittsburgh and Boston College. Nonetheless, the Irish should finally turn it on this weekend against Wake Forest, knowing that they have to prove to voters that they belong in the BCS championship game. 

    The Demon Deacons won't be able to get much going offensively against linebacker Manti Te'o, defensive end Stephon Tuitt, nose guard Louis Nix and the rest of the suffocating Notre Dame defense. 

    Prediction: Notre Dame 35, Wake Forest 16

    Final Score: Notre Dame 38, Wake Forest 0

Western Carolina at Alabama

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    It's going to be an SEC slaughter on Saturday, as many of the league's top teams are squaring off against inferior FCS opponents. 

    This game has the potential to be the ugliest of the day. 

    Alabama will be looking to take out its frustrations after getting knocked off by Texas A&M last week, which isn't good news for a Western Carolina team that lost 52-6 the last time it made a trip to Tuscaloosa in 2007.  

    Prediction: Alabama 59, Western Carolina 10

    Final Score: Alabama 49, Western Carolina 0

Georgia Southern at Georgia

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    This game is shaping up to be another big blowout. 

    The last time these two teams met was back in 2008, in a game Georgia won 45-21. 

    A similar outcome is to be expected on Saturday. However, it will be interesting to see just how motivated the Bulldogs are for such a meaningless game knowing that they've already sealed up a spot in the SEC championship game.

    Prediction: Georgia 51, Georgia Southern 14

    Final Score: Georgia 45, Georgia Southern 14

Ohio State at Wisconsin

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    Ohio State is 10-0 and searching for a perfect season to build momentum for next year's national championship run. However, the Buckeyes may end up finally getting taken down in Madison on Saturday. 

    Wisconsin has been one of the most inconsistent teams in the country this season. Still, if the Badgers play like they're capable of at home, they should be able to avenge last year's stunning last-second loss in Columbus.

    The defense, led by linebackers Chris Borland and Mike Taylor, should be able to keep Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller contained. In addition, running backs Montee Ball and James White should be able to do damage with an Ohio State defensive front seven that has had major linebacker issues in recent weeks. 

    Prediction: Wisconsin 27, Ohio State 23

    Final: Ohio State 21, Wisconsin 14 (OT)

Jacksonville State at Florida

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    Florida will be without starting quarterback Jeff Driskel for this game, but it shouldn't be a problem. 

    The Gators may have barely beaten Louisiana-Lafayette and Missouri in their last two games, but they won't have much trouble with Jacksonville State in the Swamp. 

    Prediction: Florida 40, Jacksonville State 13

    Final: Florida 23, Jacksonville State 0

Ole Miss at LSU

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    Ole Miss needs just one more win to reach bowl eligibility. But the Rebels will have to wait until their big rivalry game against Mississippi State on Nov. 24 for the chance to get it, because they certainly won't be picking up that sixth win in Baton Rouge. 

    LSU's deep stable of talented running backs combined with its swarming defense will simply be too much for Hugh Freeze's team to handle. 

    Prediction: LSU 47, Ole Miss 17

    Final: LSU 42, Ole Miss 35

Sam Houston State at Texas A&M

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    Johnny Manziel had a Heisman-caliber performance when he helped lead the Aggies to a huge upset victory over Alabama last week. Manziel has now captured the attention of the college football world.

    The explosive dual-threat quarterback should be able to put together another big performance on Saturday against a Sam Houston State team deprived of athletes on defense.

    Prediction: Texas A&M 66, Sam Houston State 21

    Final: Texas A&M 47, Sam Houston State 28

Wofford at South Carolina

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    The Gamecocks have won 15 straight games against Wofford, and they shouldn't have to put in much effort to extend that streak to 16 on Saturday. 

    The 8-2 Terriers are certainly a quality football team as far as the FCS is concerned, but they just don't have the type of talent or speed to compete with Steve Spurrier's squad.

    Prediction: South Carolina 45, Wofford 17

    Final Score: South Carolina 24, Wofford 7

Florida State at Maryland

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    Is this a trap game for Florida State?

    The Seminoles are 9-1 and one win away from clinching the ACC Atlantic Division title, but they will have to go on the road to get that decisive victory against Maryland. 

    On the surface, that doesn't seem like much of a challenge. However, with a date against rival Florida looming next week, it wouldn't be surprising to see Florida State get caught overlooking the Terrapins. 

    In the end, though, the Seminoles have a distinct talent advantage. That will be the difference in the game, even though Maryland could end up being a tougher opponent than many might expect. 

    Prediction: Florida State 35, Maryland 20

    Final Score: Florida State 41, Maryland 14

NC State at Clemson

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    Nobody has really talked about Clemson since its loss to Florida State back in Week 4. However, the Tigers have handled their business, winning their past six games, and are now on the verge of possibly earning an at-large bid to a BCS bowl game. 

    Clemson has one of the most powerful offensive attacks in the nation this season led by quarterback Tajh Boyd, who has taken the next step toward stardom in 2012. 

    Boyd should be able to find plenty of room to create big passing plays against an NC State secondary that ranks 95th in the nation in pass defense. 

    Prediction: Clemson 52, NC State 30

    Final Score: Clemson 62, NC State 48

Oklahoma at West Virginia

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    Following a 5-0 start to the season, West Virginia has lost four straight games against Big 12 opponents, including three embarrassing blowouts. The Mountaineers defense has looked terrible, and quarterback Geno Smith hasn't looked like the same star signal-caller that we saw in September. 

    Dana Holgorsen's squad will get a chance to make up for a disastrous four-game stretch when it steps out on the field with Oklahoma in Morgantown on Saturday night. 

    The Sooners have the overall talent advantage on both sides of the ball. However, if Smith and his dangerous wide receiver duo of Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey are clicking, the Mountaineers will have a good shot to pull off the upset at home and pick up a much-needed win. 

    Prediction: West Virginia 45, Oklahoma 35

Minnesota at Nebraska

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    Minnesota picked up its sixth win of the season last week against Illinois, which means the Golden Gophers will have the chance to go to a bowl game this season. 

    They won't be getting their seventh win of the year on Saturday, though.

    Nebraska has just too many playmakers on offense—including quarterback Taylor Martinez, running back Ameer Abdullah and wide receiver Kenny Bell—for the Minnesota defense to handle.

    Prediction: Nebraska 48, Minnesota 24

    Final: Nebraska 38, Minnesota 14

California at Oregon State

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    Oregon State will be looking to bounce back this weekend following a tough loss to Stanford last Saturday.

    Fortunately for the Beavers, they'll be hosting a Cal team that seems like it just wants to get its disappointing 2012 campaign over with. 

    Prediction: Oregon State 34, California 17

    Final: Oregon State 62, Cal 14


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    This game will likely decide the winner of the Pac-12 South division. USC comes into this game looking to salvage its frustrating season, while UCLA comes into it looking to make a statement by beating its crosstown rival. 

    The Trojans have beaten the Bruins 12 of the last 13 times, but first-year head coach Jim Mora may have a few tricks up his sleeve for this game. 

    Quarterback Brett Hundley and running back Johnathan Franklin form one of the most dangerous offensive duos in the country, and they should do some major damage against USC's mediocre defense. 

    Prediction: UCLA 37, USC 30

    Final Score: UCLA 38, USC 28

Utah State at Louisiana Tech

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    If you're looking for an under-the-radar game that could turn out to be one of the most entertaining matchups of Week 12, look no further than the huge WAC showdown between Utah State and Louisiana Tech. 

    These are two of the best teams outside of the BCS conferences, and this game will likely decide the conference championship. Louisiana Tech has one of the most explosive offenses in college football, but the Aggies have the 12th-ranked defense in the country. 

    If Utah State can slow down the Bulldogs' potent offensive attack, and if quarterback Chuckie Keeton can create enough explosive plays, the Aggies could pull off a big upset on the road. 

    Prediction: Utah State 49, Louisiana Tech 45

    Final Score: Utah State 48, Louisiana Tech 41 in OT

Iowa at Michigan

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    Iowa has won the last three meetings between these two teams, but Michigan looks to have the advantage in this Saturday's matchup. 

    The Hawkeyes haven't been able to establish any sort of identity on offense this season, and that likely won't change against a Michigan defense that ranks 11th in the nation in total defense. 

    The Wolverines may be without star quarterback Denard Robinson, but backup Devin Gardner has proven that he can handle the starting role without a problem with his surprisingly strong play in the last two games. 

    Prediction: Michigan 30, Iowa 20

    Final Score: Michigan 42, Iowa 17

Rutgers at Cincinnati

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    Rutgers has one of the toughest defenses in the country led by a pair of future high NFL draft picks in linebacker Khaseem Greene and cornerback Logan Ryan. This weekend, the unit will be tested in a big way against a Cincinnati offense that's averaging 34 points and 455 yards per game. 

    If star running back Jawan Jamison isn't ready to go due to an ankle injury, the Scarlet Knights likely won't be able to keep up with the Bearcats on the road. 

    Prediction: Cincinnati 28, Rutgers 17

    Final: Rutgers 10, Cincinnati 3

Texas Tech at Oklahoma State

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    This game has all the ingredients to become a high-scoring offensive shootout. 

    Oklahoma State and Texas Tech are averaging a combined 82 points per game, and they each have an explosive passing attack. 

    Ultimately, this game could come down to which team has the ball last. 

    Prediction: Oklahoma State 47, Texas Tech 40

    Final: Oklahoma State 59, Texas Tech 21

Washington at Colorado

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    After experiencing a three-game losing streak in the beginning of October, Washington has managed to turn things around, winning three straight games and earning the No. 25 ranking in the BCS standings. 

    The Huskies shouldn't have much trouble extending that streak to four this Saturday when they play a Colorado team that has been an utter disaster this season. 

    The Buffaloes are 1-9, and they rank 112th in the nation in total offense and 118th in total defense. 

    Prediction: Washington 55, Colorado 28

    Final: Washington 38, Colorado 3

Northwestern at Michigan State

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    Michigan State has won the past four meetings between these two teams, but that streak could very well come to an end on Saturday. 

    The Spartans have been one of the most inconsistent teams in the country this season. Yes, they do have one of the strongest defenses in college football, but that defense will get a big test from Northwestern's dynamic rushing duo of quarterback Kain Colter and running back Venric Mark. 

    Even though Michigan State may have the overall talent advantage, the Spartans just haven't shown the type of determination or heart that many were expecting from them this season. The Wildcats, on the other hand, have been playing a very energetic and motivated brand of football in 2012. 

    Prediction: Northwestern 31, Michigan State 23

    Final Score: Northwestern 23, Michigan State 20

Indiana at Penn State

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    Penn State is coming off a tough loss at Nebraska last week. Now, the Nittany Lions will look to get back on track against an Indiana team that just got spanked by Wisconsin 62-14. 

    Besides that blowout loss to the Badgers, the Hoosiers have been a pretty feisty team this season. But it's hard to see them going into Happy Valley and beating a Penn State squad that has been playing inspired football all year long. 

    Prediction: Penn State 38, Indiana 21

    Final Score: Penn State 45, Indiana 22

Arkansas at Mississippi State

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    Arkansas is just 4-6, and the Razorbacks need to win their final two games of the season in order to become bowl eligible. While beating LSU in its season finale is certainly going to be very tough, they do have a good shot at taking down Mississippi State in Starkville on Saturday. 

    After starting the season 7-0 against soft competition, the Bulldogs have gotten destroyed in their last three games. 

    Led by star quarterback Tyler Wilson, the Razorbacks should be able to take advantage of the Bulldogs' defensive flaws and come away with their fifth win of the season. 

    Prediction: Arkansas 34, Mississippi State 24

    Final Score: Mississippi State 45, Arkansas 14

Virginia Tech at Boston College

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    Virginia Tech was expected to win the ACC Coastal division for the third straight year this season, but instead, the Hokies have been a mess, losing six of their first 10 games. 

    Frank Beamer's team needs to win its final two games just to have the chance to be in a bowl game. 

    Fortunately for the Hokies, they have the opportunity to play Boston College, the doormat of the ACC. 

    If quarterback Logan Thomas can figure out how to throw the ball to his own players instead of the players in the opposite-color jerseys, Virginia Tech should be able to pick up its fifth win of the season against the Eagles. 

    Prediction: Virginia Tech 40, Boston College 27

    Final: Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 23 (OT)

Alabama A&M at Auburn

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    Considering the way Auburn's played this season, no game is a sure thing at this point. However, the Tigers should be able to find a way to win their third game of the year against Alabama A&M.

    Unfortunately, it will be their last victory of the season, as a matchup with in-state rival Alabama is right around the corner. 

    Prediction: Auburn 38, Alabama A&M 20

    Final: Auburn 51, Alabama A&M 7

Washington State at Arizona State

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    No one knows if dismissed star receiver Marquess Wilson's allegations that Mike Leach and his coaching staff abused Washington State players are actually true or not. But we do know that the Cougars have definitely been abused by the rest of the teams in the Pac-12 this season. 

    Washington State is 0-7 in conference play, and the Cougars have been outscored by an average of 36-20 versus league opponents. 

    Arizona State will be the latest team to embarrass Leach's squad. 

    Prediction: Arizona State 55, Washington State 28

    Final: Arizona State 46, Washington State 7

South Florida at Miami

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    Hopefully, this year's battle between South Florida and Miami will be a little more exciting than last year's 6-3 snooze-fest.

    The Hurricanes are coming off a wild 41-40 loss to Virginia last week, and it will be interesting to see what type of energy they have left. The Bulls, on the other hand, snapped a six-game losing streak with a win over Connecticut back on Nov. 3, and they've had two weeks to prepare for this game. 

    Ultimately, it wouldn't be surprising if this game came down to a field goal yet again. 

    Prediction: South Florida 24, Miami 21

    Final: Miami 40, South Florida 0

Duke at Georgia Tech

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    Georgia Tech's offense exploded for 68 points in a win over North Carolina last Saturday. We may see the triple-option attack light up the scoreboard like that again this weekend against Duke. 

    The Blue Devils rank dead last in the ACC in scoring defense, allowing 32 points per game, and they have one of the weakest run defenses in the country.

    The Yellow Jackets' deep, talented stable of running backs should have a field day against Duke's defense. 

    Prediction: Georgia Tech 49, Duke 24

    Final: Georgia Tech 42, Duke 24

Purdue at Illinois

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    Tim Beckman's first season at Illinois has certainly been a forgettable one. The Illini are just 2-8 overall—0-6 in Big Ten play—and have looked listless in most of their games. 

    Beckman's team could use a win in the worst way, but it won't be easy to come by this weekend against Purdue. 

    The Boilermakers have some momentum after beating Iowa on the road last week, and they seem to have put their five-game losing streak in the rearview mirror. 

    Prediction: Purdue 34, Illinois 21

    Final: Purdue 20, Illinois 17

Syracuse at Missouri

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    This game looks like a big potential letdown spot for Syracuse. The Orange are coming off a huge upset win over previously undefeated Louisville at home last Saturday. But now the players have to try to refocus for a tricky road test against Missouri. 

    The Tigers haven't fared all that well against the top teams in the SEC this season, but they still have plenty of talent. 

    Both teams are 5-5 and one win away from bowl eligibility, so both of them should be motivated. However, in the end, Missouri should be able to get the job done at home. 

    Prediction: Missouri 33, Syracuse 24

    Final: Syracuse 31, Missouri 27 

Tennessee at Vanderbilt

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    Tennessee hasn't lost at Vanderbilt since 1982. However, there's a good chance that the Commodores could finally get to celebrate a victory over the Volunteers on their home field on Saturday. 

    The Vols have gone 0-6 against conference opponents this season, and their defense has been pretty much nonexistent.

    Quarterback Jordan Rodgers, running back Zac Stacy and wide receiver Jordan Matthews should be able to take advantage of Tennessee's porous defense and guide the Commodores to a big win in front of the home crowd. 

    If Vanderbilt does pull off the victory, it will be just the second time since 1982 that the team has reached the seven-win total. 

    Prediction: Vanderbilt 38, Tennessee 27

    Final Score: Vanderbilt 41, Tennessee 18

Iowa State at Kansas

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    The first year of the Charlie Weis era at Kansas hasn't exactly gone smoothly.

    After winning their first game of the season against South Dakota State, the Jayhawks proceeded to drop nine straight games. However, they did put up a tough fight against teams like Northern Illinois, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech.

    This week, they host an Iowa State team that isn't exactly loaded with elite playmakers. 

    If Kansas can catch a few breaks, the Jayhawks may be able to pick up their first win against a BCS school since they beat Colorado back on Nov. 6, 2010. 

    Prediction: Kansas 28, Iowa State 24

    Final Score: Iowa State 51, Kansas 23

Samford at Kentucky

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    Kentucky has been about as bad as a team could be in pretty much every single phase of the game this season. The Wildcats are just 1-9 and rank last in the SEC in most major statistical categories. 

    Coach Joker Phillips already knows that his fate has been sealed and that he will not be returning after this season. However, Phillips should be able to at least pick up one more win before he leaves Lexington. 

    The Wildcats could get a real fight from Samford, but ultimately, they should prevail at home and pick up their second win of the season. 

    Prediction: Kentucky 35, Samford 29

    Final: Kentucky 34, Samford 3

Arizona at Utah

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    Utah knows that if it wins this game against Arizona, there's a great chance that the Utes will get to the required six wins to be bowl eligible, since they end the season against Colorado next weekend.

    Shutting down the Wildcats' offense will be easier said than done, however, even if starting QB Matt Scott isn't able to play.

    Arizona has some explosive offensive playmakers, most notably RB Ka'Deem Carey, who just set the Pac-12 single-game rushing record with 366 rushing yards against Colorado last week.

    Carey won't be able to find nearly as much room to run against the Utes, however, as future top-10 NFL draft pick Star Lotulelei and the rest of the Utah defense have been giving up an average of just 3.31 yards per carry this season.

    Prediction: Utah 33, Arizona 27 

    Final: Arizona 34, Utah 24

Kent State at Bowling Green

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    This game will likely decide the winner of the MAC East division. Kent State enters the game with a 6-0 conference record, while Bowling Green comes in with a 5-1 mark in league play. 

    The Golden Flashes have plenty of offensive firepower, including versatile playmaker Dri Archer. However, Bowling Green's defense is the most stout unit in the conference, allowing just 15.10 points and 285.40 yards per game. 

    If the Falcons can contain Archer and get consistent pressure on quarterback Spencer Keith, they should be able to pull off the win at home and take control of the division. 

    Prediction: Bowling Green 34, Kent State 31

    Final: Kent State 31, Bowling Green 24

UCF at Tulsa

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    These are the two best teams in Conference USA. Both teams come into this game with perfect 6-0 marks in conference play. 

    On paper, this is about as even of a matchup as you're going to find this weekend. Tulsa has won its games by an average score of 37-23, while Central Florida has won by an average score of 36-21. 

    The Golden Hurricane have won the last two meetings between these two teams and should be able to make that three in a row at home on Saturday. 

    Prediction: Tulsa 35, UCF 28

    Final Score: Tulsa 23, UCF 21

Houston at Marshall

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    This year's Houston team is a far cry from the team that went 13-1 last season. The Cougars are just 4-6, and they've gotten blown out by teams like SMU, East Carolina and Tulsa in recent weeks. 

    Now, they'll have to go up to Marshall and face one of the most productive passing attacks in the country. The Thundering Herd currently rank third in the nation in passing offense, averaging 358.50 yards per game.

    Quarterback Rakeem Cato should be able to create enough big plays through the air to lead Marshall to its fifth win of the season. 

    Prediction: Marshall 45, Houston 38

    Final Score: Marshall 44, Houston 41

Temple at Army

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    Army may only be 2-8 this season, but the Black Knights are actually better than their lousy record would lead you to believe. They've beaten both Boston College and Air Force and given teams like Northern Illinois, Wake Forest and Ball State a tough test. 

    Since this will be the last home game for Army's seniors, the Black Knights should have enough motivation and enthusiasm to carry them to a victory over Temple at Michie Stadium. 

    Prediction: Army 27, Temple 20

    Final Score: Temple 63, Army 32

Miami (Ohio) at Central Michigan

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    This battle of 4-6 teams doesn't mean much in the grand scheme of things. But it's a game that should mean a lot to Central Michigan's seniors, since it will be their last home game. 

    The Chippewas should be highly motivated to win their final home game of the season, as they continue their quest to finish .500 for the first time in the Dan Enos era. 

    Prediction: Central Michigan 34, Miami (Ohio) 24

    Final: Central Michigan 30, Miami (OH) 16

Memphis at UAB

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    Memphis may be one of the worst teams in college football, but the Tigers have actually managed to pick up two wins this season. 

    They won't be able to pick up a third on Saturday, though. 

    UAB certainly isn't a great team by any stretch of the imagination—but the Blazers should be able to get the job done at home against a Memphis offense that is averaging just 20.50 points per game in 2012. 

    Prediction: UAB 41, Memphis 21

    Final: Memphis 46, UAB 9

Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan

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    Western Michigan has won 16 of the last 20 meetings between these two teams. But the Broncos weren't able to take care of business last year, losing 14-10 at Eastern Michigan. 

    Bill Cubit's team will have revenge on its mind this time around. Plus, Western Michigan will have the benefit of home-field advantage on Saturday. 

    Prediction: Western Michigan 38, Eastern Michigan 17

    Final: Eastern Michigan 29, Western Michigan 23 

Buffalo at UMass

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    Last weekend, FBS-newcomer UMass proved that it actually wasn't the worst team in college football when the Minutemen beat a one-win Akron team to pick up their first victory of the season. 

    Although they'll be at home on Saturday against Buffalo, the Minutemen don't have a very good shot to pick up their second victory of 2012.

    The Bulls may be 3-7, but they have a much more talented overall team than UMass, including two of the best players in the MAC, running back Branden Oliver and linebacker Khalil Mack. 

    Prediction: Buffalo 30, UMass 10

    Final: Buffalo 29, UMass 19

Middle Tennessee at South Alabama

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    South Alabama has been searching for a big-statement Sun Belt win during its inaugural season in the conference. The Jaguars will finally have the chance to get it on Saturday when they host Middle Tennessee. 

    The Blue Raiders have a terrible defense, while South Alabama has a highly ineffective offense, so something's got to give. 

    If quarterback Ross Metheny can create enough plays, the Jaguars should be able to notch their third win of the season. 

    Prediction: South Alabama 34, Middle Tennessee 30

    Final: Middle Tennessee 20, South Alabama 12

Colorado State at Boise State

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    Boise State bounced back from its loss to San Diego State in Week 10 by picking up a 49-14 blowout victory over Hawaii last Saturday. Even though they haven't dominated in the same manner that recent Chris Petersen-coached teams have, the Broncos are 8-2 and still in the hunt to win the Mountain West. 

    They shouldn't have much trouble improving their win total to nine this weekend, when the Broncos host a Colorado State team that they beat, 63-13, last season. 

    Prediction: Boise State 48, Colorado State 17

    Final: Boise State 42, Colorado State 14

Nevada at New Mexico

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    After starting the season 6-1, Nevada has proceeded to fall apart in recent weeks. And the Wolf Pack now come into their game against New Mexico trying to snap a three-game losing streak. 

    It won't be easy to pick up a much-needed victory against an improved Lobos team that has found new life under former Notre Dame coach Bob Davie. 

    New Mexico has one of the most underrated running backs in the country, Kasey Carrier, leading its offense. If Carrier can find enough holes in the Nevada defense, the Lobos definitely have a shot to pick up a huge win on Saturday. 

    Prediction: New Mexico 43, Nevada 30

    Final: Nevada 31, New Mexico 24

SMU at Rice

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    SMU has won the last three meetings between these two teams, but this situation seems to favor Rice. 

    The Mustangs have been notoriously shaky in road games during June Jones' tenure. Plus, they may have a tough time slowing down an Owls offense that is averaging 31.20 points and 417.70 yards per game this season. 

    Prediction: Rice 41, SMU 31

    Final: Rice 36, SMU 14

Texas State at Navy

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    Navy has already clinched a berth in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl by winning six games. But that doesn't mean the Midshipmen are ready to relax just yet. They'll be looking to stay sharp for their upcoming battle with rival Army. 

    They should play a solid and efficient game against a Texas State team that has won just three games this season.

    Prediction: Navy 31, Texas State 21

    Final: Navy 21, Texas State 10

Arkansas State at Troy

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    This matchup features the two most productive offenses in the Sun Belt Conference. 

    Troy and Arkansas State are averaging a combined 66.30 points and 967 yards per game this season. This has the makings of a back-and-forth offensive shootout that could come right down to the last possession. 

    Ultimately, the Trojans should be able to feed off the energy of their home crowd and come up with the key plays to win the game. 

    Prediction: Troy 38, Arkansas State 34

    Final: Arkansas State 41, Troy 34

East Carolina at Tulane

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    East Carolina's dangerous passing duo of quarterback Shane Carden and wide receiver Justin Hardy should find plenty of holes in Tulane's defense on Saturday. 

    The Green Wave rank 112th in the nation in total defense and 114th in scoring defense, allowing 481.30 yards and 39.30 points per game this season. 

    Prediction: East Carolina 40, Tulane 23

    Final: East Carolina 28, Tulane 23

North Texas at Louisiana-Monroe

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    After starting off the season hot, winning six of its first eight games, Louisiana-Monroe has cooled down recently, losing consecutive games against Louisiana-Lafayette and Arkansas State. 

    The Warhawks should be able to taste the thrill of victory once again this Saturday when they host North Texas. 

    The Mean Green are averaging just 21.10 points per game, and the team simply doesn't have enough offensive firepower to keep up with Louisiana-Monroe's powerful offensive attack. 

    Prediction: Louisiana-Monroe 47, North Texas 30

    Final: Louisiana-Monroe 42, North Texas 16

Wyoming at UNLV

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    The last two games between these two teams were both lopsided blowouts, but this weekend's contest has a chance to be much closer. 

    Neither team has looked all that impressive this season, as they've combined to win just five games. However, they each have enough offensive talent to make this matchup interesting. 

    In the end, quarterback Brett Smith, who has quietly put together another very solid campaign in 2012, should make enough plays to get the Cowboys the win. 

    Prediction: Wyoming 37, UNLV 31

    Final: Wyoming 28, UNLV 23

UTSA at Idaho

53 of 56

    Idaho's 2012 season has been a complete embarrassment. The Vandals are just 1-9, they rank dead last in the WAC in almost every major statistical category and have already fired head coach Robb Akey and dismissed starting quarterback Dominique Blackman.

    Still, even considering all that, the team does have a chance to actually pick up a win at home this weekend against UTSA.

    The Roadrunners are 6-4, but only two of those wins were against FBS schools.

    Prediction: Idaho 26, UTSA 17

    Final: UTSA 34, Idaho 27

Western Kentucky at Louisiana-Lafayette

54 of 56

    Western Kentucky has won the past two times these two teams have played, and the Hilltoppers should make that three straight on Saturday. Although Louisiana-Lafayette may have the home-field advantage, Western Kentucky has the strongest defense in the Sun Belt Conference. 

    The Hilltoppers should be able to get enough stops on defense and create enough plays on offense to pick up their seventh win of the season. 

    Prediction: Western Kentucky 35, Louisiana-Lafayette 27

    Final Score:  Louisiana-Lafayette 31, Western Kentucky 27

UTEP at Southern Miss

55 of 56

    Southern Miss is the only remaining winless team in college football. The Golden Eagles have transformed from a team that went 12-2 and won a Conference USA championship last year into a team that's now 0-10 in new coach Ellis Johnson's first season at the helm. 

    Obviously, Johnson would desperately love to put a "one" in that win column, and he'll have a great chance to do it this weekend when UTEP comes to town. 

    The Miners have almost been as bad on offense as the Golden Eagles in 2012 and have managed to win just two games. 

    If Johnson's squad can finally create some big plays and build some momentum, Southern Miss should be able to get off the schneid on Saturday once and for all. 

    Prediction: Southern Miss 28, UTEP 24

    Final: UTEP 34, Southern Miss 33

BYU at San Jose State

56 of 56

    This year, San Jose State has been able to total at least eight wins in a season for the first time since 2006. However, the Spartans haven't faced many teams that can compare to BYU. 

    The Cougars are one of the most talented teams outside of the BCS conferences. They have the type of defensive difference-makers, such as defensive end Ezekiel Ansah and linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who could make it a very long day for San Jose State quarterback David Fales. 

    Prediction: BYU 38, San Jose State 17

    Final: San Jose State 20, BYU 14