College GameDay 2013: Week 12 Schedule, Location, Predictions and More

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent INovember 15, 2013

PALO ALTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Dion Bailey #18 and Jawanza Starling #29 of the USC Trojans break up a pass intended for Zach Ertz #86 of the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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No. 4 Stanford will try to keep the momentum rolling from its poll-rattling upset over Oregon as it heads south to take on the suddenly surging USC Trojans on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN's College GameDay crew will be there to watch it all go down. 

Week 12 does not boast the most compelling action of the season, which explains why a team outside the Top 25 is being featured by GameDay

That doesn't inspire a lot of hope of reversing the following trend: 

However, don't let the lack of a ranking fool you. USC has been playing quality football since showing ex-coach Lane Kiffin the door. 

Since Kiffin's dismissal in favor of Ed Orgeron, the Trojans have gone 4-1, with their lone loss being a 14-10 setback to Notre Dame in South Bend on Oct. 19. That turnaround starts with improved quarterback play: 

In their last three games, the Trojans have outscored their opponents 112-45. That includes a 19-3 win over a Utah team that handed Stanford its only loss—and what a painful loss that was. 

Were it not for that blemish against a mediocre Utah team, Stanford would be right in the heart of the talk for the BCS title game. While Stanford is currently No. 4, it trails No. 1 Alabama and and No. 2 Florida State by a wide margin. 

Since that clunker, Stanford has posted three straight wins, and all three have come against teams that were ranked at the time. 

USC's defense has been playing solid football all season and is 19th in the nation in points allowed. If the Trojans can create a few big plays on offense against the physical Cardinal defense, an upset is not out of the question. 

That said, Stanford is a team on a mission right now. This physical team will beat up the Trojans in the trenches and take control of the game as it progresses.

Prediction: Stanford 24, USC 13


If that game isn't enough to satiate your college football needs, this should do it: 

College Football Week 12 Schedule
Friday, November 15
Time (ET)Matchup
9 p.m.Washington at No. 13 UCLA
Saturday, November 16
Time (ET)Matchup
12 p.m.No. 3 Ohio State at Illinois
12 p.m.No. 17 UCF at Temple
12 p.m.Iowa State at No. 18 Oklahoma
12 p.m.Indiana at No. 22 Wisconsin
12 p.m.Troy at Ole Miss
12 p.m.Cincinnati at Rutgers
12 p.m.Purdue at Penn State
12 p.m.West Virginia at Kansas
12 p.m.Central Michigan at Western Michigan
12:21 p.m.Kentucky at Vanderbilt
12:30 p.m.North Carolina State at Boston College
12:30 p.m.North Carolina at Pittsburgh
12:30 p.m.Maryland at Virginia Tech
12:30 p.m.Florida Atlantic at Southern Miss
1 p.m.Akron at Massachusetts
1 p.m.Campbell at Old Dominion
2 p.m.Washington State at Arizona
2 p.m.UAB at East Carolina
2 p.m.Louisiana-Lafayette at Georgia State
3 p.m.Idaho State at Brigham Young
3 p.m.Connecticut at Southern Methodist
3:30 p.m.Syracuse at No. 2 Florida State
3:30 p.m.No. 25 Georgia at No. 7 Auburn
3:30 p.m.No. 12 Oklahoma State at No. 24 Texas
3:30 p.m.No. 16 Michigan State at Nebraska
3:30 p.m.No. 23 Miami (FL) at Duke
3:30 p.m.Michigan at Northwestern
3:30 p.m.TCU at Kansas State
3:30 p.m.South Alabama at Navy
4 p.m.Utah at No. 6 Oregon
5:30 p.m.California at Colorado
7 p.m.Texas Tech vs. No. 5 Baylor
7 p.m.Florida at No. 10 South Carolina
7 p.m.Houston at No. 20 Louisville
7 p.m.Memphis at South Florida
7 p.m.Colorado State at New Mexico
7 p.m.Louisiana Tech at Rice
7:30 p.m.Texas State at Arkansas State
7:45 p.m.No. 1 Alabama at Mississippi State
8 p.m.No. 4 Stanford at USC
8 p.m.Florida International at UTEP
9:30 p.m.Oregon State at No. 19 Arizona State
10:15 p.m.Wyoming at Boise State
10:30 p.m.San Diego State at Hawaii
10:30 p.m.San Jose State at Nevada
Source: ESPN


Top 25 Matchups

No. 25 Georgia vs. No. 7 Auburn

When: Saturday, Nov. 16 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala.

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 13:  Quarterback Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Auburn has surprised its way to No. 7 in the rankings with a 9-1 record, and it has done so by almost exclusively running the ball. 

The Tigers are third in the nation in rushing yards per game, with a massive 320. Last week, playing at Tennessee, Auburn put up 55 points and threw the ball only seven times. 

In that matchup, the Tigers rushed for 444 yards at an average of 8.4 yards per carry. Quarterback Nick Marshall led the rushing attack with 214 yards on just 14 carries. 

Running back Tre Mason was second on the team, with 117 rushing yards on 20 carries, which pushed his season total to 1,038 yards. 

This sets up for a matchup of diverse styles. Georgia is led by its passing attack and is 19th in passing yards and 55th in rushing. 

At 78th in the nation in points allowed, the Bulldogs have not been playing the greatest defense, but they have been solid against the rush, allowing just 3.42 yards per carry. 

However, with Auburn's 22nd-ranked scoring defense, Georgia will not be able to pull off the upset. 

Prediction: Auburn 31, Georgia 24


No. 12 Oklahoma State vs. No. 24 Texas

When: Saturday, Nov. 16 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Where:  Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas

Sept 29, 2012; Stillwater, OK, USA; Texas Longhorns running back Malcolm Brown (28) runs the ball while being defended by Oklahoma State Cowboys cornerback Miketavius Jones (24)  during the second half at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. S
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Texas will host Oklahoma State in this key Big 12 matchup. The Longhorns sit atop the conference standings with a 6-0 record. However, Baylor is 5-0 in conference play and right behind them. 

Meanwhile, Oklahoma State has a 5-1 conference record. These three teams haven't faced one another this season, which sets up for a wild finish. 

After starting the season at 1-2, Texas has won six straight games. 

Texas isn't earning flashy wins, but it is getting the job done. Last week is an excellent example, as the Longhorns earned a 47-40 overtime win over West Virginia. 

That is the same West Virginia team that handed Oklahoma State its lone loss of the season with a 30-21 victory on Sept. 28. 

Since that loss, the Cowboys have rattled off five straight wins—that includes upending Texas Tech, 52-34. 

Nov 2, 2013; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders wide receiver Jace Amaro (22) fumbles after catching a pass against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the first quarter at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
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This is a make-or-break game for both teams, and I expect a close and competitive game. However, Oklahoma State is 14th in points scored and 20th in points allowed. That will lead Oklahoma State to a hard-fought victory. 

Prediction: Oklahoma State 35, Texas 31


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