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



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