Week 11: Our Big Predictions
Boise State at Idaho
Boise State by 60. Simple prediction, really.
Penn State at Ohio State
Terrelle Pryor's statement that he's returning to Ohio State for another year is good news for the Buckeyes, and bad news for the rest of the Big Ten. Terrelle Pryor's fantastic play this year has been good news for the Buckeyes, and bad news for the Big Ten - unless you're a Badger. Penn State go into Columbus on a bit of a run, having won three straight games, mostly thanks to the fact that the offensive line have finally learned to block and they've found a QB in Matt McGloin who can finally hit a wide receiver. But the run stops here: Ohio State by 14.
Virginia Tech at North Carolina
One of the biggest - yet most understated - games of the day is happening down in Heelville, where the if-it-wasn't-for-the-stupid-offseason-we'd-be-damned-great North Carolina battles it out with James-freaking-Madison-Virginia-Tech in an ACC title game. We're calling for a defensive war, which Virginia Tech wins by a field goal.
Georgia at Auburn
Year in, year out, there's generally nothing more fun in the SEC than a Georgia vs Auburn game. Having attended one in 2005, we can tell you that's it's full of good cocktails, beautiful co-eds, and some mighty fine football. Both sides will be wishing they could throw something away from the past: Cameron Newton's and Georgia's first five games. AJ Green's going to cause havoc in the Auburn secondary, but Auburn will pull it out at the end.
South Carolina at Florida
The Gamecocks showed how wonderful they are when they were crushed by Arkansas, and the Gators haven't entertained us all season long. This game - which sees the winner go to the SEC Championship game (not that either are worthy, if we're honest) - will be closer. We're calling for the Gamecocks to win, and the boos to ring round Gainseville.
Iowa at Northwestern
Northwestern seem to be good at playing first half football. They blew big leads against Michigan State and Penn State before fading, and we predict they'll do the same against Iowa. And lose.
Ole Miss at Tennessee
This carnival game for CBS proudly shows off the two worst teams in the conference battling out to see who can be crappier. They have one SEC win between them, and they are both awful. Which will mean that this game is probably going to be the most entertaining of the day, in which we think that the Vols finally break their SEC losing streak - and party in K-Town until Sunday morning....
Oklahoma State at Texas
Texas is awful. Oklahoma State can outscore anybody (apart from Nebraska), it seems. It's all set up for Oklahoma to win by a ton of points. But somehow we think the Longhorns pull out a victory in a last-second drive that will probably be without the sucky Garrett Gilbert
Mississippi State at Alabama
'Bama needs to get back on the bus after losing in stunning fashion to LSU, and MSU look ripe for the beating. Expect Alabama to roll by 30 in this one.
Oregon at Cal
Cal's got a strong home record and the Ducks have a good 'anywhere' record. Cal will find it really, really difficult to deal with Oregon's speed - as everyone has this season. We're calling for the Ducks to win by 21 - in a game that doesn't get broken out until the fourth quarter.
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