Friday, November 12, 2010

Week 11 Predictions

Iowa (-9.5) @ Northwestern

The Wildcats were deflated after their tough loss to Penn State last week - hosting the Hawkeyes isn't going to help that.

The Call: Iowa by 17

The Result: Northwestern 21-17
They've been knocking on the door all season, and perhaps the Hawkeyes were caught looking ahead to Ohio State, but the Wildcats performed well and were extremely efficient. Props.

Mississippi @ Tennessee (-2.5)

Since when are the Vols giving points? I know the Rebels lost to a I-AA team, but that was in September. This might be ugly.

The Call: Mississippi by 7

The Result: Tennessee 52-14
Well then, that was certainly a statement. Could the Vols actually make a bowl game? That'd be a huge achievement after the way their season started, and with Vanderbilt and Kentucky their final two opponents, the odds are actually pretty good.

Cincinnati (+5) @ West Virginia

I know the Mountaineers aren't as good as they were last year, but that goes double for the Bearcats.

The Call: West Virginia by 10

The Result: West Virginia 37-10
That should hopefully shut the calls for Bill Stewart's job down for a short while.

Kansas State @ Missouri (-13)

Yeah, I don't see where there's a 13 point difference between these two.

The Call: Kansas State by 4

The Result: Missouri 38-28
Missouri has put together a really solid 8-2 season so far. Without Nebraska in the Big12 next year, it'll be interesting to see how the remaining four teams in the north respond and fare against the south.

BYU (-6.5) @ Colorado State

The Cougars started rough but have been turning it up a bit the last few weeks. The Rams are just too inconsistent.

The Call: BYU by 9

The Result: BYU 49-10
Good win by the Cougars, who will become bowl eligible next ween against New Mexico.

Utah (-5.5) @ Notre Dame

What was the abberration, the Utes demolition at the hands of TCU, or their perfect record and top-5 ranking up to that point? I'm thinking they get back on track this week at the still-reeling Irish.

The Call: Utah by 13

The Result: Notre Dame 28-3
Who saw that one coming, huh? The Irish's bowl chances are looking a lot better now, with only one more game to win and Army on the schedule.

Georgia @ Auburn (-7.5)

Gotta offer two calls here - with or without Newton.

The Call: Auburn by 14 if he plays, Georgia by 3 if he doesn't

The Result: Auburn 49-31
Rollin' the dice, rollin' 'em! Seeing as how the NCAA isn't going to have their investigation complete in the next three weeks, it'll be interesting to see how the voters for both the Heisman and rankings act... The Dawgs have to beat Georgia Tech in two weeks to become bowl eligible, which would finish their regular season at 4-2, a big improvement.

Penn State @ Ohio State (-18)

The Buckeye offense might have a tough day, but their D will be able to handle the Nittany Lions just fine.

The Call: Ohio State by 21

The Result: Ohio State 38-14
The Buckeyes have gotten their mojo back after stumbling a few weeks ago. They're gonna be tough the rest of the way out.

Texas Tech @ Oklahoma (-14.5)

Something tells me this one will be close... just can't call the upset though.

The Call: Oklahoma wins, but Texas Tech covers the spread

The Result: Oklahoma 45-7
What the hell, Something? That's the last time I listen to you.

Virginia Tech @ North Carolina (+3.5)

Both of these teams lost two heartbreakers to start the season, but have rebounded in a big way since then. The Hokies are just going to be too much though.

The Call: Virginia Tech by 7

The Result: Virginia Tech 26-10
And that'll basically wrap up yet another trip to the ACC title game for the Hokies, as long as they beat either Miami or Virginia in the next two weeks.

San Diego State @ TCU (-27)

Do I really need to explain this one?

The Call: TCU by 35

The Result: TCU 40-35
Huh. What do you make of that? More importantly, what are the voters going to make of that... hopefully not too much - everyone is allowed a down week, and it doesn't change the fact that TCU has a monster team.

South Carolina @ Florida (-6.5)

Should be a fun day in the swamp - you know the Old Ball Coach is gonna pull out all the stops here. And while I'd be surprised if the Gators lose, seeing as how they've started to turn things around, this one just feels right.

The Call: South Carolina by 7

The Result: South Carolina 36-14
And that'll do it. A disappointing performance (and season) for the Gators, while the Gamecocks finally make it to the SEC Championship game. Good for them.

Oregon (-19.5) @ California

The Ducks will have some adversity in this one, and the Bears might even get out to a quick lead, but nobody comes back in the second half like Oregon.

The Call: Oregon by 28

The Result: Oregon 15-13
Hmmm... no comeback, a 9-minute drive to run out the clock at the end, solid D. If the Ducks showed some people how to stop their offense and beat them this weekend, they also showed a versatility that could help them in their next three games.

Oklahoma State @ Texas (+5)

The Longhorns are getting points at home, but the beatings will go on...

The Call: Oklahoma State by 10

The Result: Oklahoma State 33-16
That's it, everyone. Have your fun at the Longhorns' expense this year. Pile it on, and enjoy the season. But do you really think this is a downward trend? They'll be back to the top of the Big12 next year, I'm thinkin...

Nevada (-8.5) @ Fresno State

Oh, were you trying to hide there in the 10:30pm slot? Huh? Yeah, your single-digit spread makes you stand out like a sore thumb.

The Call: Nevada by 24

The Result: Nevada 35-34
A deceivingly good Bulldog team, that one. Everyone was looking forward to the Boise State - Nevada matchup a few weeks ago, but the Wolf Pack just aren't looking up to it right now.

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