There are a couple Top 25 college football matchups in Week 12. Of the four teams participating, two of them are assured a drop in the standings or even falling out altogether.
Then there’s the upsets that will undoubtedly go down as the college football season begins to come to an end. What would the late college football season be without shockers that alter conference and national power structures?
Here are the teams that I see going down this week.
CALIFORNIA at No. 16 Oregon State
Oregon State has been over-performing for much of the season thanks to a stout defense. However, they’ve dropped two of their past three games. Last week Stanford put up over 400 yards of total offense and limited the Beavers to just over 300, a mere 86 coming on the ground.
Cal, on the other hand, is a much better football team than its 3-8 record indicates. The Golden Bears kept the highly-explosive Oregon Ducks offense at bay last week despite surrendering 59 points by game’s end.
Their defense has the ability to play better and could do well against an Oregon State offense that hasn’t put up very many points this season.
The Beavers will also likely be without starting quarterback Cody Vaz who hurt his ankle in the waning moments of the team’s Week 11 loss to Stanford. Redshirt sophomore Sean Mannion is expected to get the call, according to Jeff Faraudo of MercuryNews.com.
No. 13 Stanford at No. 2 OREGON
The 13th ranked Cardinal boast one of the top scoring defenses in college football. They’ve shutout Colorado, held Cal to just three points and also stymied Matt Barkley and the USC Trojans to just two scores earlier in the season.
They didn’t play well against the spread attack of the Arizona Wildcats, despite squeaking out an overtime victory in a 54-48 shootout.
This week, they’ve got the daunting task of slowing the “blur” spread offense of the Ducks in Eugene, OR.
Oregon isn’t just scoring points, they’re putting up a nation’s best 54.8 points per game thanks to 325 yards per game rushing.
Stanford’s only chance is to pound the football and control the clock to keep the Ducks off the field. If not, Oregon will be scoring often enough to keep the Cardinal's upset bid at bay.
No. 23 Texas Tech at No. 24 OKLAHOMA STATE
The Red Raiders likely haven’t forgotten the 60-point stomping Brandon Weeden’s second-ranked Pokes laid on them in Lubbock last season. Unluckily for them, not much has changed from last season.
Plus, Texas Tech hasn’t won in Stillwater, OK. since 2001 and has been consistently bad on defense again this season. The Cowboys are also 5-1 at home this season and will have both of their quarterbacks available.
There’ll be a ton of points scored by the third-ranked Cowboys scoring offense and the 18th-ranked unit of the Red Raiders. In the end Oklahoma State is going to come out on top with another win over Texas Tech in Stillwater.