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


RHP Julio Teheran Picked As Opening Day Starting Pitcher For Braves

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has been among the many who have long assumed Julio Teheran will make his second consecutive Opening Day start for Atlanta this year. But Gonzalez did not make it official until he shared a brief casual exchange with his young right-hander after Friday's rain-shortened win over the Red Sox. Teheran responded with a smile ... (click for more)

Mocs Softball Shutout Bucs, 11-0

Johnson City, Tenn. – The Chattanooga Mocs (21-8, 4-0) softball team picked up its fourth consecutive SoCon win and 21st season victory with an 11-0 triumph over ETSU Saturday afternoon in Betty Basler Field. The offensive outburst was backed by an electric pitching performance by senior Taylor Deason (9-3).  Chattanooga exploded for 11 runs over six innings to down the ... (click for more)

Hard Freeze Predicted In The Area For Saturday Night

Temperatures are expected to drop Saturday night to 28 degrees or less. Here is the latest report from the National Weather Service:  HARD FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT EDT /11 PM CDT/ TONIGHT TO 11 AM EDT /10 AM CDT/ SUNDAY... * EVENT... A HARD FREEZE EXPECTED WITH LOWS FROM THE TEENS NORTH TO THE UPPER 20S SOUTH LATE TONIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING. ... (click for more)

Man Charged In Shooting On Sixth Avenue Had Been Shot Himself Last Week; Police Say Incident "Part Of Gang War"

A man charged with attempted first-degree murder on Sixth Avenue Court on Thursday afternoon was shot himself earlier this month. O'Shae Kadaris Smith, 20, of 2114 E. 12th St., is also charged with reckless endangerment, aggravated assault and possessing a firearm during the commission of a crime. He was one of two people shot on Rawlings Street on March 16. Kendre Allen, ... (click for more)

Finley Stadium Needs To Grow Up - And Response

RE:  Finley Stadium Financial Picture Rosy; Beer And Alcohol Sales Approved; AstroTurf Almost Ready and City, County Pitching In $250,000 Each For New Finley Stadium AstroTurf I read a story here five days ago about a rosy future for Finley stadium. It lead me to believe that the stadium was making money and even improvements with donations.  Then we get a short ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Mom’s Parting Instructions

My mother, Helen Exum, went to be with the Lord in late August of last year and, in the way folks do, I was going through some of her files last week when I ran across an envelope with my name on it. Inside was a story and written in her hand were the words, “This is a wonderful story for you to tell!” Not being one to disobey my mother and not about to waylay the wishes of the ... (click for more)