I feel like a broken record but it seems to be the story almost every college football weekend. The Big 12 will take center stage once again this weekend. #3 Oklahoma is coming off a statement making win over #7 Texas Tech. However, it doesn't get any easier as this week they travel to Stillwater, OK for the Bedlam Bowl against #12 Oklahoma State.
Games That Matter to Me That May Not Matter to You
Colorado (5-6, 2-5) at Nebraska (7-4, 4-3)
A lot on the line in this one despite what the records might indicate. Colorado needs a win to become bowl eligible, while the Cornhuskers will likely play in a New Year's Day bowl with a win and also finish in 2nd in the Big 12 North, which would be quite impressive for Coach Pelini in his first season. I think the Huskers come ready to beat their rivals.
Prediction: Nebraska 30, Colorado 24
Auburn (5-6, 2-5) at #1 Alabama (11-0, 7-0)
The Auburn Tigers have owned the Iron Bowl for the last six years but that is expected to change this year. Alabama won't look ahead to Florida in the SEC Championship because of the desire to break that losing string against a down Tigers team.
Prediction: Alabama 34, Auburn 14
Texas A & M (4-7, 2-5) at #2 Texas (10-1, 6-1)
These two meet on Thanksgiving night, with the Longhorns trying to end a 2 year losing streak. The Aggies of A & M are pretty atrocious this year, which could help Texas get the style points they will need.
Prediction: Texas 48, Texas A & M 21
#3 Oklahoma (10-1, 6-1) at #12 Oklahoma State (9-2, 5-2)
The Cowboys have given the Sooners fits in the past in Stillwater. The Sooners will be feeling real good about themselves after thrashing Texas Tech, which will prove to be their downfall.
Prediction: Oklahoma State 38, Oklahoma 35
#4 Florida (10-1) at #20 Florida State (8-3)
This is the biggest this rivalry game has been in a while. The Seminoles will keep it interesting for about 3 quarters, then the Gators pull away.
Prediction: Florida 42, Florida State 24
Notre Dame (6-5) at USC (9-1)
Things have gotten downright embarrassing for the Irish and they figure to get worse in So Cal. A crazy part of me thinks they can make this a game, but then the logical side wins out.
Prediction: USC 35, Notre Dame 13
Baylor (4-7, 2-5) at #7 Texas Tech (10-1, 6-1)
The Red Raiders will still be smarting from their loss come Saturday, bad news for the Baylor Bears.
Prediction: Texas Tech 53, Baylor 20
Fresno State (7-4, 4-3) at #9 Boise State (11-0, 7-0)
Boise State might still get shut out of the BCS even if they finish 12-0, as Utah is above them, but 12-0 is still impressive.
Prediction: Boise State 28, Fresno State 17
#22 Georgia Tech (8-3) at #11 Georgia (9-2)
Former Navy coach Paul Johnson has done a great job at Georgia Tech in his first season while the Bulldogs have had a somewhat disappointing year. Home field will win out in this one.
Prediction: Georgia 28, Georgia Tech 27
Kansas (6-5, 3-4) at #13 Missouri (9-2, 5-2)
This game has 0% of the hype surrounding it that it had last year, mostly because Kansas has gone back to being a completely irrelevant football program. Missouri wins.
Prediction: Missouri 41, Kanasas 31
Syracuse (3-8, 1-5) at #16 Cincinnati (9-2, 5-1)
The Bearcats can secure a BCS bowl bid with a win here. I keep picking against them and they keep winning. Syracuse while terrible is apparently > than Notre Dame.
Prediction: Cincinnati 38, Syracuse 17
#23 Oregon (8-3, 6-2) at #17 Oregon State (8-3, 7-1)
The Civil War is once again a big deal this year as a Rose Bowl bid is on the line for the Oregon State Beavers. They will more than likely be without star RB Jacquizz Rodgers and I just can't see them overcoming that.
Prediction: Oregon 24, Oregon State 23
Maryland (7-4, 4-3) at #21 Boston College (8-3, 4-3)
The Eagles are just a win away from returning to the ACC Championship game despite losing stud QB Matt Ryan. I think Maryland will play one of their better road games of the season but it won't be enough.
Prediction: Boston College 31, Maryland 24
Last Week: 8-7 (ouch)