College Football Locks for Week 12
Five of the SEC's top teams will host FCS schools this Saturday, guaranteeing they'll add another win to their record before Thanksgiving.
No. 4 Alabama, No. 5 Georgia, No. 6 Florida, No. 8 Texas A&M and No. 9 South Carolina are all locks in Week 12, but what about the other BCS contenders with more challenging foes this weekend?
Here are college football's locks for Week 12.
No. 3 Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish will be a lock to win again this week as they are set to host Wake Forest in South Bend on Saturday afternoon.
The Demon Deacons have lost five of their last eight games overall and are coming off a 31-point loss at North Carolina State in Week 11. If that isn't enough to convince you that Notre Dame has the edge, then take a look at Wake's road record in 2012: Wake is 1-3 away from home and has been outscored 118-36 on the road this fall.
It also doesn't help that the Demon Deacons are putting their 89th-ranked passing attack and 114th-ranked ground game up against the nation's No. 1 scoring defense in Notre Dame.
Although the Irish have yet to win by more than seven points at home in 2012, something tells me this could be the week (Senior Day) Brian Kelly's crew finally gives the crowd at Notre Dame Stadium something to cheer about.
No. 10 Florida State
While the Florida State Seminoles come marching into College Park on Saturday having won four straight, their opponent, Maryland, does so having dropped its last four games.
It's bad enough for the Terps that the Seminoles boast the country's fourth-best scoring offense and fourth-best scoring defense, but it certainly won't help that for the third consecutive game Maryland will start a former scout team linebacker under center in Shawn Petty. Petty was forced to start the past two games for the Terps after four of their quarterbacks were lost for the year to injuries. In those two games, Maryland has been outscored by a combined 55 points.
It's safe to say that Randy Edsall's woes will continue this year with ACC favorite Florida State coming to town. With Clemson hot on their heels in the ACC Atlantic, the Seminoles can't afford to slip up.
No. 14 Nebraska
The Cornhuskers' Week 12 opponent may be bowl eligible, but only because of an extremely weak opening schedule in September. Since Big Ten play began for Minnesota on September 29, the Golden Gophers have won just two games, including their most recent on the road at Illinois.
But Saturday afternoon's showdown in Lincoln will be by far Minnesota's toughest test of the year, as the Cornhuskers are the first ranked opponent the Gophers have faced all year.
Minnesota's struggles within the conference and on the road are also key to this matchup. Jerry Kill's men are just 2-4 in the Big Ten, and 1-2 in the Big Ten away from home. With Bo Pelini's squad in the driver's seat to win the Legends division and play for the conference championship at season's end, there's no way Nebraska loses this game at home.
Like Notre Dame, it's also Senior Day for the 'Huskers, so expect Nebraska to play with a lot of passion and fire.
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