College Football 2011: Predicting the Winner of Every Major Neutral-Site Game

Chris Humphrey@@_CBH_Correspondent IMay 16, 2011

College Football 2011: Predicting the Winner of Every Major Neutral-Site Game

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    LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 06:  Quarterback Kellen Moore #11 of the Boise State Broncos prepares to pass as defensive tackle Kwamaine Battle #93 of the Virginia Tech Hokies defends at FedExField on September 6, 2010 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Geoff B
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    There's no place like home. There's no place like home. There's no place like home.

    Now that The Wizard of Oz flashback is over, neutral-site games are some of the biggest games on the college football 2011 schedule because they could lead to some programs becoming National Championship contenders.

    With these road warriors attempting to bring wins back home, the following slideshow will predict every major neutral-site game of the 2011 season.

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10: LaMichael James #21 and Darron Thomas #1 of the Oregon Ducks react to the Auburn Tigers during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jona
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    Location: Arlington, Texas

    Date: Sept. 3

    In only the fourth meeting between these two programs, Oregon's high-octane offense and LSU's stingy defense will be a classic struggle at "Jerry World"—aka Cowboys Stadium—in a game that could propel either team deep into BCS-title talks on opening week.

    Prediction: Oregon by three

Boise State-Georgia

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    ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 27:  The Georgia Bulldogs and quarterback Aaron Murray #11 react after a touchdown in the final minutes of play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Sanford Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. C
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    Location: Atlanta, Ga.

    Date: Sept. 3

    This is nothing new for the Broncos—another season opener against a marquee opponent. In the last meeting between the two schools, Georgia took the Broncos out behind Uga's doghouse in a 48-13 romp in 2005. It will be more competitive this season.

    Prediction: Boise State by two

East Carolina-South Carolina

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    GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 13:  South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier greets his players after winning a game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Gainesville, Florida. The Gamecocks beat the Gators 3
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    Location: Charlotte, N.C.

    Date: Sept. 3

    The East Carolina Pirates have steadily improved as a program over the past few seasons. When they meet Steve Spurrier and the South Carolina Gamecocks in Charlotte though, the talent gap between the SEC and Conference USA will definitely be seen between the two Carolina programs.

    Prediction: South Carolina by 20

Colorado State-Colorado

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    LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 26: Cody Hawkins #7 hands the ball to teammate Rodney Stewart #5 of the Colorado Buffaloes during their game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on November 26, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Colorado 45
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    Location: Denver, Colo.

    Date: Sept. 17

    The Rocky Mountain Showdown has been more of a Rocky Mountain letdown as the Buffaloes have stampeded over the Colorado State Rams over the course of a rivalry that has seen CU take 15 of the last 20 meetings.

    Prediction: Colorado by 10


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    ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 04:  Head coach Bob Stoops during the Big 12 Championship at Cowboys Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Location: Dallas, Texas

    Date: Oct. 8

    In college football, the Red River Rivalry is one of the most historic neutral-site games. The Sooners and Longhorns will battle for conference- and National Championship-game berths at the original Cotton Bowl during the Texas State Fair.

    Prediction: Oklahoma by seven


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    FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 16:  Head coach Gary Patterson of the TCU Horned Frogs takes to the field with offensive guard Josh Vernon #78 and tackle Zach Roth #70 against the BYU Cougars at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (
    Tom Pennington/Getty Images

    Location: Arlington, Texas

    Date: Oct. 28

    As these two programs go their separate ways on conference affiliations, TCU and BYU will meet in Arlington for the last time—for the time being. The Cougars will become a football independent while the Horned Frogs will head to the Big East.

    Prediction: TCU by 10


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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 30:  Chas Henry #17 of the Florida Gators attempts a game winning field goal against the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field on October 30, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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    Location: Jacksonville, Fla.

    Date: Oct. 29

    After former Gators' kicker Chas Henry made a Georgia coach eat his words with a game-winning field goal in their 2010 meeting, the Bulldogs will look to avenge that embarrassing moment against Florida, a team in rebuilding mode under new coach Will Muschamp.

    Prediction: Georgia by seven


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    PISCATAWAY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 07:  Head coach Greg Schiano of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights looks on during action against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Rutgers Stadium on September 7, 2009 in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    Location: Bronx, N.Y.

    Date: Nov. 12

    With the 2010 meeting between the Army Black and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights marred by the injury of Eric LaGrande, I—along with everyone that reads this—hope the 2011 contest between the two will be remembered for the action—not the injuries to the young men on the field.  

    Prediction: Rutgers by one

Maryland-Notre Dame

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    SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 13: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish talks with Tommy Rees #13 during a game against the Utah Utes at Notre Dame Stadium on November 13, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Utah 28-3. (Photo by
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    Location: Landover, Md.

    Date: Nov. 12

    As the Terrapins move on to the Randy Edsall era in College Park, Maryland will have a chance to get a big out-of-conference win against the Fighting Irish at FedEx Field. Notre Dame could be a BCS-title contender this season.  

    Prediction: Notre Dame by 10

Baylor-Texas Tech

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    LUBBOCK, TX - SEPTEMBER 18:  Head coach Tommy Tuberville of the Texas Tech Red Raiders talks with Will Ford #7 during play 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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    Location: Arlington, Texas

    Date: Nov. 26

    In the football-rich state of Texas, the Red Raiders have pillaged Baylor's football teams over the course of their Big-12 rivalry with 15 straight wins against the Bears. Texas Tech has 18 wins in the past 20 years against the Bears.

    Prediction: Texas Tech by 14


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    LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 30: Coach Gary Pinkel of the Missouri Tigers (with headset) stands with his staff during second half action of their game at Memorial Stadium on October 30, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska Defeated Missouri 31-17. (Photo by Eric
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    Location: Kansas City, Miss.

    Date: Nov. 26

    With the annual rivalry game between Kansas and Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium since 2007, the Tigers have taken three of the four meetings against the Jayhawks. The games have been very competitive between the two border programs—except for last season's 35-7 romp.

    Prediction: Missouri by three


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    PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 11: Running back Jared Hassin #7 of the Army Black Knights is tackled by defensive end Jabaree Tuani #98 of the Navy Midshipmen during a game on December 11, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Midshi
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    Location: Philadelphia, Pa.

    Date: Dec. 10

    The Midshipmen have dominated the past decade of the historic Army-Navy rivalry series, beating the Black Knights nine straight times while winning 12 of the last 15 meetings.

    Prediction: Navy by 10


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