College Football Predictions Week 12: Projections for Top 25 Teams on Saturday

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IINovember 16, 2013

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Shayne Skov #11 of the Stanford Cardinal tries to get the crowd to make more noise during the fourth quarter of their game against the Oregon Ducks at Stanford Stadium on November 7, 2013 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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As we approach the end of the college football regular season, a number of Top 25 teams are preparing to finish the rest of the year without much trouble as they get prepared for their conference championships and bowl games.

Based off of what we've seen in previous seasons, this is the time where teams can't afford to coast.  A number of top teams tend to fall late in the season, and that puts a few programs on upset alert for Week 12.

Below is a full list of predictions for the BCS Top 25 teams on Saturday, followed by a breakdown of the day's most exciting games.

Week 12 BCS Top 25 Predictions
No. 1 Alabama33-17Mississippi State
Syrcause13-55No. 2 Florida State
No. 3 Ohio State35-14Illinois
No. 4 Stanford28-24USC
Texas Tech21-62No. 5 Baylor
Utah20-45No. 6 Oregon
No. 25 Georgia14-42No. 7 Auburn
Florida14-31No. 10 South Carolina
No. 12 Oklahoma State28-35No. 24 Texas
No. 16 Michigan State20-14Nebraska
No. 17 UCF35-10Temple
Iowa State13-33No 18 Oklahoma
Oregon State27-40No. 19 Arizona State
Houston20-27No. 20 Louisville
Indiana35-52No. 22 Wisconsin
No. 23 Miami (FL)20-30Duke
Predictions by Tyler Brooke

No. 4 Stanford Cardinal (8-1) at USC Trojans (7-3)

BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 09:  Cody Kessler #6 of the USC Trojans drops back to pass against the California Golden Bears during the first quarter at California Memorial Stadium on November 9, 2013 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Get
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Date: Saturday, Nov. 16

Time: 8 p.m. ET


Prediction: 28-24, Stanford

While the Stanford Cardinal are trying to make a run for the national championship, the USC Trojans have recently started to turn things around and are trying to get a better bowl bid.

Things have been shaping up nicely for the Cardinal.  Since losing to Utah, Stanford has wins over UCLA, Oregon State and Oregon.  The defense has been playing very well, allowing just 19.4 points per game.

Tyler Gaffney has led the offensive attack on the ground and is having an overall terrific season.  He's run for 1,043 yards and 13 touchdowns this season, scoring six in the last three games.

For USC, they have three straight wins after losing 14-10 to Notre Dame.  They're also coming off of a dominant 62-28 win against California, recording 499 yards of total offense.

Marqise Lee, who has been dealing with a knee injury, is finally back.  He's caught 38 passes for 521 yards and two touchdowns this season, and he should be a more productive part of this offense.

With Lee back in the offense, I think that the Trojans can hang it there at home.  However, Lee's presence isn't going to be enough to take down one of the top teams in the nation, although they will give them a bit of a scare.

No. 12 Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-1) at No. 24 Texas Longhorns (7-2)

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02:  Malcolm Brown #28 of the Texas Longhorns rushes for a touchdown against the Kansas Jayhwaks during a game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Austin, Texas.  Texas won the game 35-13.  (Photo by Stac
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Date: Saturday, Nov. 16

Time: 3:30 p.m. ET


Prediction: 35-28, Texas

There's a tight race at the top of the Big 12, but whoever loses this game will fall out of the race.

The offense for the Oklahoma State Cowboys has been strong all season, scoring 40.7 points per game.  That high-powered offense for the Cowboys has helped a lot, as they've won their last five games.

STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 9:   Running back Desmond Roland #26 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys is hit by linebacker Ben Heeney #31 of the Kansas Jayhawks November 9, 2013 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Cowboys defeated the Jayhawks 42
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Clint Chelf has taken over the starting job at quarterback over the past few games, and he's coming off of a great game, throwing for 265 yards and three touchdowns.  The ground game has been led by Desmond Roland and Jeremy Smith, who have combined for 825 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns.

After struggling to start the season, the Texas Longhorns have bounced back, winning their last six games and scoring at least 30 in each.  The offense has scored 34.4 points per game, but the defense has been a slight concern, as they're allowing 24.7.

A lot of the team's success will have to do with how Case McCoy plays.  He's been inconsistent this season, throwing for 1,471 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions.  

After coming up with a big game against West Virginia, I expect McCoy to ride that momentum into this one and pull off the big upset, keeping the Longhorns on top of the Big 12, at least for now.

No. 23 Miami Hurricanes (7-2) at Duke Blue Devils (7-2)

DURHAM, NC - SEPTEMBER 21:  Brandon Connette #18 of the Duke Blue Devils during their game at Wallace Wade Stadium on September 21, 2013 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Date: Saturday, Nov. 16

Time: 3:30 p.m. ET


Prediction: 30-20, Duke

Did anyone really think that the Duke Blue Devils were going to be this good?

The Blue Devils have rebounded this season.  They had two straight losses in September, but since then they've had big wins over teams like Virginia Tech and NC State.  As a team, they're putting up 409.3 yards and 33.4 points per game.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 09:  Stephen Morris #17 of the Miami Hurricanes calls a play during a game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Sun Life Stadium on November 9, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Blue Devils focus on a balanced offensive attack on the ground and through the air.  Defensively, they're allowing just 22.2 points per game.  Jeremy Cash has led the secondary, recording four passes defended and four interceptions.

While the Blue Devils are exceeding expectations, the Miami Hurricanes are starting to fall apart.  After starting the season undefeated, they've lost their last two games by a combined score of 83-38.

Without Duke Johnson, the running game that the Hurricanes have relied on all year couldn't get going against Virginia Tech.  They ran the ball 24 times, putting up just 28 yards.  While Stephen Morris was able to throw for three touchdowns, he won't be able to do that against the Duke secondary.

I think that the Blue Devils prove to the nation just how good they are in this one.  With how much Miami has struggled, I don't think that they can get it done.


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