College Football Predictions Week 11: 25 Questions for This Week's Games

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer INovember 10, 2010

College Football Predictions Week 11: 25 Questions for This Week's Games

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 05: Wide receiver William Wright #19 of the Arizona Wildcats catches a pass for a 19-yard gain against corner back T.J. Bryant #1 of the USC Trojans on the two yard line during the second quarter of the NCAA college football gam
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    Is it me, or is everyone in a bad mood after realizing that there are only three weeks left in college football's regular season?

    That means Thanksgiving is here, Christmas is right around the corner, and that will lead right into one of our favorite times of year. Bowl season.

    But, before we get there, we still have a lot of football to talk about and fun still to have. Don't you always enjoy this little get together we have each week? I know I do.

    Ok, enough with the humor. We've got USC, Arizona, Alabama, Mississippi State, Stanford, Oregon, all in action this weekend and there could be even more shakeups in the BCS come the end of the day Saturday.

    What games are you looking forward to the most and will this NCAA investigation finally catch up to Cam Newton and Auburn?

    There's a whole lot more to talk about, so let's say we get to it?

25. Coaches In Hiding

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    ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 06:  Tate Forcier #5 of the Michigan Wolverines is congratulated by head coach Rich Rodriguez after scoring an overtime touchdown while playing the Illinios Fighting Illini at Michigan Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Mic
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    Dan Hawkins was already cut by Colorado...who's next?

    Rich Rodriguez's job has been in limbo for awhile, UCLA isn't having a lot of fun under Rick Neuheisel, Texas is having one of their worst years under Mack Brown.

    Who will be shopping for a job next?

24. Coaches Who Will Earn Their Keep

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    PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Pat Hill of the Frenso State Bulldogs looks at the field during the game against the UCLA Bruins on September 27, 2008 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    I can't remember the last time Pat Hill's Fresno State Bulldogs had a big win of note. He might just get one at home this weekend against Nevada.

    What about Dabo Sweeney at Clemson on the road at Florida State? Can Mike Gundy's boys at Oklahoma State deliver a final blow to Mack Brown and Texas in Austin?

23. Could Be Headed For a Blowout

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    LINCOLN, NEBRASKA - SEPTEMBER 11: Idaho Vandals quarterback Nathan Enderle #10 tries to elude over Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive tackle Baker Steinkuhler #55 during first half action of their game at Memorial Stadium on September 4, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebr
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    Fourth ranked Boise State won't have to leave the state this weekend when they take on the Idaho Vandals.

    This can't go any other way but bad for the Vandals.

22. Could Be Leaving the Polls

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    LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 30: The Missouri Tigers line up along the goal line against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during second half action of their game at Memorial Stadium on October 30, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska Defeated Missouri 31-17. (Photo by Er
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    Missouri was 7-0, ranked in the Top 10, and I might have been the only one that was of the opinion they weren't going to stay there for long.

    Well, two games later and they're 7-2 and towards the back end of the polls.

    Kansas State comes to town and the Tigers could be looking at an exit from the BCS poll come Sunday night.

21. Could Climb the Polls

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 03:  Wide receiver Ryan Tannehill #17 celebrates a touchdown with Matt Allen #70 of the Texas A&M Aggies against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Cowboys Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Im
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    Since Ryan Tannehill has taken over the starting quarterback gig with Texas A&M, the Aggies have been on a roll.

    They don't have the easiest road game coming up against Baylor, but a win would do wonders for them in the rankings.

20. Rolling Out the Eights

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    BLACKSBURG, VA - NOVEMBER 04:  Wide receiver Dyrell Roberts #11 of the Virginia Tech Hokies runs with the ball past linebacker Brandon Watts #11 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Lane Stadium on November 4, 2010 in Blacksburg, Virginia.  (Photo by Geo
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    Virginia Tech drops their opening two games to Boise State and James Madison and were the butt of most of the "they lost to who" jokes around college football.

    Since then, they've run off seven straight wins and could get eight if they can head to Chapel Hill and knock off a North Carolina team that pushed Florida State out of the polls last Saturday.

    Could the Tar Heels play spoiler again or will the Hokies make it eight straight?

19. Not as Marquee as Once Thought

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    STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 7: Wide receiver Chaz Powell #2 of the Penn State Nittany Lions runs with the ball as linebacker Brian Rolle #36 of the Ohio State Buckeyes pursues during a game on November 7, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylv
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    Penn State and Ohio State used to be a battle for the top spot in the Big Ten. I'm sure there were those who thought this game was going to be like all the others.

    Instead, Penn State isn't close to the top and Ohio State is looking to get back into the Top Five in the BCS poll.

    This may not be the matchup we're used to seeing.

18. Red Raiders of the Lost Sooner

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    LUBBOCK, TX - SEPTEMBER 18:  Quarterback Taylor Potts #12 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders against the Texas Longhorns at Jones AT&T Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Lubbock, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    The Texas Tech Red Raiders could be looking at the perfect time to knock off Oklahoma and send them to their third loss.

    Missouri did it, so did Texas A&M, so why can't they?

    No reason they can't other than the fact that the game will be played in Norman, Oklahoma. Anyone want to go out on a limb and take Texas Tech in this one?

    By the way, Harrison Ford would appreciate the title to this slide. Just sayin.

17. It's a Beautiful Les

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 06:  Head coach Les Miles of the Louisiana State University Tigers watches pregame before playing the Alabama Crimson Tide  at Tiger Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    Yes, it's a beautiful Les. Miles of course.

    Just when it seemed like he had worn out his welcome in Baton Rouge, he makes up for it by knocking off Alabama.

    His Tigers will have some fun at Louisiana-Monroe's expense this weekend.

16. Air Force Fly Over

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    FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 23:  Quarterback Tim Jefferson Jr. #7 of the Air Force Falcons pitches the ball to a receiver against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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    Towards the beginning of the season, it looked like Air Force was going to be a team to be reckoned with, especially how they came just that close from knocking off Oklahoma in Norman.

    The good news is, they'll be doing a quick fly over since it won't take much more than that against one-win New Mexico.

15. We're Not in Kansas Anymore

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    LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 30: Running back Roy Helu Jr. #10 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers break a long run against the Missouri Tigers during second half action of their game at Memorial Stadium on October 30, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska Defeated Missou
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    I wonder if Turner Gill is regretting taking the job at this point. I know it's his first season but this couldn't be the way he imagined it going.

    It won't be much fun when they travel to Nebraska this weekend either.

14. One Going Up, One Going Down

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    GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 16:  Quarterback Chris Relf #14 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs hands off to running back Vick Ballard #28  against the Florida Gators  October 16, 2010 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschm
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    One has won six straight, while one has won just two of their last four and is coming off a loss.

    The first is Mississippi State, the other is Alabama.

    If this game weren't in Tuscaloosa, I'd be tempted to take the Bulldogs in this one.

13. Can't Stand In Front of a Train and Think It'll Stop

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    COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 23:  Quarterback Sean Robinson #10 of the Purdue Boilermakers runs with the ball against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    Will it be Tate Forcier or Denard Robinson for Michigan?

    Seeing as Robinson was pulled in the third quarter for headaches and dizziness, I don't see why Rich Rod would keep him out of the starting role. Though I could be alone in the opinion that Forcier could be the right guy for the job. Again, that's just me.

    For Purdue, playing at home, they would love to play spoiler. Rhymes with boiler...I'm good at these, I know.

12. Can The Season End, Please?

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    MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 18:  Da'Jon McKnight #6 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers celebrates after catching a pass for a touchdown during the game against the USC Trojans on September 18, 2010 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jamie
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    I don't know anyone that would enjoy a 1-9 season, but Minnesota has been enjoying theirs a lot less. Not only have they won just one game, but it also cost their head coach a job.

    I'm sure they can't wait for the season to come to an end.

11. Who Wins Between a Cat and a Bird?

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    IOWA CITY, IA - OCTOBER 30- Quarterback Ricky Stanzi #12 of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes warms up his throwing arm before play against the Michigan State Spartans at Kinnick Stadium on October 30, 2010 in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 37-6 over Michigan St
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    A bird can fly but make one false move and let the cat catch up and the bird is turned into dinner.

    The Iowa Hawkeyes will be in on the road to take on the Northwestern Wildcats. Iowa is starting to flex their muscles a little bit and it's not a moment too soon.

10. Not The Way We Saw This Going

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    FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 16:  Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley #85 of the TCU Horned Frogs carries the ball against defensice back Bryan Kariya #33 of the BYU Cougars at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas.  TCU beat BYU 31-3.  (Pho
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    BYU is in their final season with the Mountain West Conference and they're going out with a bang that sounds a little more pathetic than a bb gun.

    If you wanted your conference to miss you, 4-6 is not really the way to go about it.

9. Luck of The Irish, Indeed

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    SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 30: Bennett Jackson #86 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish fields a kick against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Notre Dame Stadium on October 30, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Tulsa defeated Notre Dame 28-27. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel
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    Notre Dame is going to need more than a four-leaf clover in their pocket to handle what they'll face on Saturday.

    The Utah Utes are coming off getting slapped around by TCU and they're going to be a little more than pissed.

    This could get ugly in a hurry.

8. San Diego Sun Won't Shine In Texas

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    SALT LAKE CITY, UT - NOVEMBER 6: Greg McCoy #7 of the TCU Horned Frogs intercepts the ball from Reggie Dunn #14 the Utah Utes during the second half of an NCAA Football game November 6, 2010 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. TCU Beat Utah 47
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    I'm a big fan of the city of San Diego, mostly because I lived there for eight years of my life. But if there's one thing I know, you can't take San Diego on the plane with you to Texas.

    The Aztecs will be facing a TCU team that just got done punching Utah in the mouth.

7. A Game of Jump Rope

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    SEATTLE - OCTOBER 30:  Quarterback Robbie Picazo #13 of the Stanford Cardinal hands off to Anthony Wilkerson #32 during warm ups prior to the game  against the Washington Huskies on October 30, 2010 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. Stanford won 41
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    Let's say Stanford throws a beating on Arizona State at home on Saturday. Just humor me for a second.

    Any chance the Cardinal jumps LSU and Boise State in the polls?

6. Have You Met Jordan?

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    GAINESVILLE, FL - APRIL 10:  Quarterback Jordan Reed #11 of the Florida Gators drops back to pass during the Orange & Blue game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on April 10, 2010 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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    For those of you who haven't met, or gotten to watch, Florida quarterback Jordan Reed, you might want to tune your televisions in and watch this young player because he would be a fun one to watch.

    He got to play against Vanderbilt this past Saturday and he could get playing time at home against South Carolina.

    The Swamp used to be a sure bet for the home team, but not against this Gamecocks ball club.

5. There's No Gold in Dem Dar Hills

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    COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 06:  Joe Adams #3 of the Arkansas Razorbacks runs with the ball against Akeem Auguste #3 of the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Street
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    UTEP is traveling to Arkansas to take on Ryan Mallett and the Razorbacks.

    I hope the Miners aren't bringing their picks and axes because there's no gold to be found, just a double-digit loss to go home with.

4. A Sea of Red, But for Who?

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    IOWA CITY, IA - OCTOBER 23- Running back James White #20 of the Wisconsin Badgers drives the ball down field against the University of Iowa Hawkeyes during the first half of play at Kinnick Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Iowa City, Iowa. Wisconsin won 31-
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    At Camp Randall Stadium in Wisconsin, it's a sea of red, only this weekend you won't be able to tell one set of fans from another.

    The Indiana Hoosiers are coming to town and what are their colors? Red.

    Waldo wishes he could play the old game of "Where's Waldo."

3. Bark Worse Than Their Bite?

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 30:  Washaun Ealey #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs runs for yardage during the game against the Florida Gators at EverBank Field on October 30, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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    The Georgia Bulldogs have to be hoping the NCAA investigation takes its toll on Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.

    If hope is all they have, they'll be in trouble.

    I will say one thing, though, Auburn could be on the brink of a huge upset if they take this Bulldog team too lightly.

2. Rack 'Em!

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    EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 06: Running back LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks signals to the crowd after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game at Autzen Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Eugene, Oregon. The Ducks won the game 53-16. (Photo b
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    The Oregon Ducks know how to score points, that much we've seen through the season so far.

    The last time they went on the road was in Los Angeles against USC, and they seemed to handle that just fine. Against Cal this weekend, you have to wonder how many points they can put up on the Bears.

    I'm willing to set the over/under on 50, though I seem to be feeling a 60-spot coming. Call me crazy.

1. In My Own Words

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    BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 25:  Linebacker Billy Derome #25 of the Boise State Broncos leads his team onto the field before the game against the Oregon State Beavers at Bronco Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty I
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    I grew up in California's Central Valley, Fresno to be exact. I learned quickly from my grandfather that Bulldog blood ran through the veins of my family.

    My mom was an alumna of Fresno State, so obviously, the fan in me began to grow.

    I try to put my bias aside when it comes to the Bulldogs or other mid-major teams like TCU, Boise State, San Diego State and the like. But I find that I'd rather argue for them than against them.

    I understand the dislike, or disdain, for Boise State. I get the people that want them nowhere near the national championship game.

    What I don't understand is those who say Boise State acts "entitled" all while saying, "they don't belong in the BCS title game."

    The BCS is a broken system, but it's going to take a string of two or three more years like the one going on right now for it to be fixed.

    Until then, it is what it is.