Well, this is it...the final weekend of college football's regular season. There are some huge games this weekend with BCS title game implications. Texas and USC are praying for Oklahoma to be upset by Missouri—but will it happen?
Florida and Alabama are going to slug it out on the field this Saturday to decide the SEC Champion as well as one half of the national championship equation. The point spread favors Florida by around 10 points, but is that accurate?
Last week, I predicted 22 games and my record was 19-3. I had a very successful week during Rivalry Week, and I hope to stay on track this weekend for some big games. Feel free to comment on any games you agree or disagree with me on...it's all fun and it is great to see other predictions.
Thursday Night Football
Louisville at Rutgers
Winner: Rutgers, 30-24. The homefield advantage will serve Rutgers well tonight, and I think they get it done. Look for Rutgers' quarterback Mike Teel to throw for nearly 300 yards.
Friday Night Football
No. 12 Ball State vs Buffalo
Winner: Ball State, 35-24. I think this game surprisingly stays close for a bit and then Ball State, as they have done all year, will put away. Should be a better game than most expect.
No. 23 Pittsburgh at UCONN
Winner: Pittsburgh, 27-17. I just think Pitt is the better team. Its running back (McCoy) is a fabulous and underrated player. If he played for any big-named school, his name would come up a lot more. He should rush for well over 110 yards and grab two or three scores.
East Carolina at Tulsa
Winner: Tulsa, 41-27. Tulsa's offense is very talented, and ECU hasn't played too well since they were ranked in the Top 15 early in the season.
Army vs Navy
Winner: Navy, 24-21. Navy rushes the ball very well, and I think they run Army into the ground just enough for a close win.
No. 17 Boston College vs No. 23 Virginia Tech
Winner: Boston College, 19-13. In a low-scoring defensive battle, BC simply has a little more defense to win the ACC. I wouldn't be surprised to see Virginia Tech win here, but I like BC.
Washington at California
Winner: California, 52-21. The only reason why I am giving Washington 21 points is due to the fact that it is Ty Willingham's last game as head coach.
No. 4 Florida vs No. 1 Alabama
Winner: Florida, 34-24. I would like to see 'Bama knock off Florida, but I just don't see it happening, even with Harvin banged up. The biggest reason why I think Florida will win is because John Parker Wilson is going to make a few critical mistakes. In a game during which field position will be paramount, I think both teams score a touchdown on special teams.
No. 5 USC at UCLA
Winner: USC, 42-7. I think UCLA will score a touchdown at some point, just because of the pride in a rivalry game. I just think UCLA doesn't have enough offense to score much on USC's defense, which is the best in the nation for a reason. USC shouldn't have any trouble with UCLA, but it is a rivalry, and 2006 was an example of what can always happen.
No. 20 Missouri vs No. 2 Oklahoma
Winner: Oklahoma, 54-28. A lot of offense as usual for the Big 12 games. Oklahoma has far too many weapons for Missouri to handle, and I don't think the Tigers have nearly enough defense to pull an upset off. If an upset does occur, the BCS will become more crazy than ever, and you will have a few teams worthy of a shot. Bradford won't have to have as big of a game as normal because the rushing attack will be key.
Arizona State at Arizona
Winner: Arizona, 27-21. The Wildcats have a better offense and defense than the Sun Devils, but ASU has enough athletes and pride to keep it close throughout. In the end, though, I like Arizona.
South Florida at West Virginia
Winner: West Virginia, 31-20. I don't see Pat White losing on "White Out" Night in Morgantown. He has had a tremendous career and will go out with a nice win over USF. I look for White to be a part of every touchdown whether it is passing or rushing.
No. 13 Cincinnati at Hawaii
Winner: Cincinnati, 42-17. The Bearcats are Orange Bowl-bound, and I see them lighting up Hawaii this weekend. It may start out with a Hawaii score, but that will be the only highlight for the Rainbow Warriors. Who would have thought Cincy would be better at football than basketball?
Hope you enjoyed it and enjoy the games this weekend!