College Football Picks: Saturday's 16

Saturday, November 10, 2012 - by B.B. Branton

College football's  Week 11 has several important games today from Chattanooga at Wofford in a race for first place in the Southern Conference to Georgia hoping to clinch the SEC East at Auburn to  Tennessee seeking its first SEC win against Missouri.

 Best Day Games: Texas A&M at Alabama and Penn State at Nebraska – both at 3:30 p.m.

 Best Night Games: Kansas State at TCU (7 p.m.) and Notre Dame at Boston College (8 p.m.)

 Week 11 Predictions

 Arkansas (4-5, 2-3) at South Carolina (7-2, 5-2) (Noon, CBS) … Gamecocks will be too much for Razorbacks …

Winner: South Carolina

 Louisville (9-0, 4-0) at Syracuse (4-5, 3-2) (Noon, ABC Regional) … Cardinals stay unbeaten and stay in first in the Big East …

Winner: Louisville

 Missouri (4-5, 1-5) at Tennessee (4-5, 0-5) (12:21 p.

m., ESPN Gameplan) … Big Orange and coach Derek Dooley look for first SEC win … needing this home win is, of course, a big understatement …

Winner: Tennessee

 Chattanooga (5-4. 4-2) at Wofford (1:30 p.m) … both teams need a win to stay in the running for a share of the SoCon title with Ga. Southern …

Winner: UTC

 Arizona State (5-4, 3-3) at USC (6-3, 4-3) (3 p.m., PAC-12 Network) … USC can win the PAC-12 South Division with wins against Arizona State and UCLA (Nov.17) …

Winner: USC

 Oregon State (7-1, 5-1) at Stanford (7-2, 5-1) (3 p.m., FOX) … both teams still must face Oregon later in the month and a win today keeps the victor in the race for the PAC-12 north division title … Winner: Stanford

 Penn State (6-3, 4-1) at Nebraska (7-2, 4-1) (3:30 p.m., ABC Regional) … 20 years ago this would have been a prime time national tv game … but is still an important Big 10 game …

Winner: Nebraska

Texas A&M (7-2, 4-2) at Alabama (9-0, 6-0) (3:30 p.m., CBS) … A&M could give ‘Bama a good game, but “Roll Tide” should be heard early and often …

Winner: Alabama

Baylor (4-4, 1-4) at Oklahoma (6-2, 4-1) (3:30 p.m.) … Boomer Sooner should roll without much problem …

Winner: Oklahoma

West Virginia (5-3, 2-3) at Oklahoma State (5-3, 3-2) (3:30 p.m., ABC Regional) … Mountaineers have a good offense, but not much defense which doesn’t bode well on the road ...

Winner: Oklahoma State

Georgia (8-1, 6-1) at Auburn (2-7, 0-6) (7 p.m., ESPN2) … Auburn could save some portion of a disappointing season with an upset win against long time rival Georgia … Dawgs should wear down the Tigers and clinch SEC East …

Winner: Georgia

Miss. State (7-2, 3-2) at LSU (7-2, 3-2) (7 p.m., ESPN) … Tigers must re-group emotionally after a tough loss last week to Alabama … but are at home against Bulldogs… and this is a bowl-positioning game for both teams

Winner: LSU

Vanderbilt (5-4, 3-3) at Ole Miss (5-4, 2-3) (7 p.m., ESPNU) … both teams need a win to become bowl eligible … very feasible for Vandy (who has won three straight) to run the table the next three games (Ole Miss, Tenn., Wake Forest) to get to 8-4  … Rebs need this for six wins and become bowl eligible … tough to get to six with a loss to the ‘Dores, since Ole Miss has LSU and Miss. State in final two games …

Winner: Ole Miss

Kansas State (9-0, 6-0) at TCU (6-3, 3-3)  (7 p.m., FOX) … K-State Wildcats are tough at home and on the road … KSU is one of the best in the nation and should dispel any upset notions that TCU might have …

Winner: Kansas State

Notre Dame (9-0) at Boston College (2-7, 1-5) (8 p.m., ABC) … Irish favored to move to 10-0, stay in persuit of national title game, but travels to USC on Nov. 24  … USC and Irish have been known over the years to spoil each other’s undefeated seasons …

Winner: Notre Dame

Oregon (9-0, 6-0) at California (3-7, 2-5) (10:30 p.m., ESPN) …  Ducks and their high-powered offense continue to win and move towards a possible championship game spot in early January…

Winner: Oregon

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.com


Lookouts' Daniel Palka Named Southern League Hitter Of The Week

 The Southern League has announced that Chattanooga Lookouts’ All-Star Daniel Palka has been named its Player of the Month for the month of June. The Lookouts outfielder’s month got off to a great start when he slugged two home runs in back-to-back games against the Birmingham Barons. Palka followed that up with another outstanding week where he hit .345 (10-for-29) with ... (click for more)

Lookouts Bounce Back Beating Wahoos Thursday, 7-3

Pensacola, Fl..  Chattanooga tagged the Blue Wahoos relievers to go on to win, 7-3, in front of 4,884 at Blue Wahoos Stadium. Ryan Eades improved to 5-3 with six strong innings. He gave up just one run on four hits. He walked three and struck out six. Jake Reed worked the next two innings. He gave up two runs on three hits and two hit batters. He did strike out four. Mason ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Man Charged In Traffic Death Of Tunnel Hill Woman, 28

Authorities said a Signal Mountain man was driving when his vehicle struck and killed a woman walking along a road at Ringgold, Ga., on Thursday night. Tyler Alexander Lemley, 20, was charged with DUI. Other charges are pending. Kimberly Diane Dotson, 28, of Tunnel Hill, Ga., was walking southbound on the west edge of Sam Lewis Road when she was hit. Lemley was driving ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Woman Sues Over Treatment Of Disabled Daughter At Memphis Airport Security Checkpoint

A Chattanooga woman has filed suit, alleging that her disabled daughter was roughed up by airport police and Transportation Security Administration personnel at the Memphis Airport. Shirley Cohen said she was returning to Chattanooga after taking her 19-year-old daughter to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for treatment. The lawsuit filed in Memphis says the daughter ... (click for more)

A Disturbing Trend At Exit 11 - And Response (6)

So, am I the first to notice a trend?   How many wrecks does exit 11 need before anyone asks "whats up with that?"  I have lost count of the wrecks that continue to happen, even after last year's awful loss of life (which I believe 51 percent of the blame should fall on the THP officer on duty).  The problem with this section of interstate are sight lines ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden This July

I can never remember a day in July when my garden, my lawn, my dogwood tree, and my ferns are all wilting for lack of rain. Right now we are more than eight inches under our average rainfall for the first six months and, on this wonderful weekend, those who love firecrackers are urged to keep a pail of water in case a spark could cause a fire. On the other hand, every July 4 th ... (click for more)