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Friday, November 22, 2013

COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 12 FOOTBALL RECAP

My top twenty-five picks were pretty good. But my Hokies, with me in attendance, couldn't complete the comeback in overtime. And Northwestern stayed winless since Ohio State.

Last Week:            18 - 5
Overall:                173 - 52

Georgia Tech (6-3) 24 @ (8) Clemson (8-1) 37: We seem to have forgotten about the Tigers on the national scene. Clemson kept their BCS bowl hopes alive, most likely hinging on their rivalry game with South Carolina to end the season.  Correct. 31 - 55.

Washington (6-3) 27 @ (13) UCLA (7-2) 31:  If the Bruins win out against Arizona State and USC, they take the Pac-12 South. Not an easy task, but they're still alive. Correct. 31 - 41.

(1) Alabama (9-0) 31 @ Mississippi State (4-5) 13: This one was little tougher than I thought it would, but Alabama stayed on a collision course with Auburn. Correct. 20 - 7.

Syracuse (5-4)  17 @ (2) Florida State (9-0)  41: The 'Noles better hope Jameis Winston stays on the field. Correct. 3 - 59.

(3) Ohio State (9-0) 38 @ Illinois (3-6) 13: The Buckeyes are a good team, but their schedule is working against them in the BCS. Correct. 60 - 35.

(4) Stanford (8-1) 27 @ USC (7-3) 28: The Trojans are back, but their chances at a Pac-12 South title are slim. Correct. 17 - 20.

Texas Tech (7-3) 20 @ (5) Baylor (8-0) 37: Baylor continues to roll, and now has to take on Oklahoma State, a team they've always struggled with.  Correct. 34 - 63.

Utah (4-5)  17 @ (6) Oregon (8-1) 37: Oregon is trying to stay alive in the BCS with their one loss. Correct. 21 - 44.

(25) Georgia (6-3) 30 @ (7) Auburn (9-1) 34:  If not for a miracle tip, resulting in a touchdown for Auburn, I would have looked pretty bad on this pick. Instead, the Tigers have a bye week to prepare for Alabama, with the winner advancing to the SEC title game. Correct. 38 - 43.

Florida (4-5) 20 @ (10) South Carolina (7-2) 28: The Gamecock's SEC season is over. If Missouri loses one of its last two games at Ole Miss or at home against Texas A&M, then South Carolina wins the SEC East.  Correct. 14 - 19.

(12) Oklahoma State (8-1) 35 @ (24) Texas (7-2) 31: The Big 12 is still open, with a few big games left. Next up for the Cowboys, undefeated Baylor. Correct. 38 - 13.

(16) Michigan State (8-1) 24 @ Nebraska (7-2) 20: It wasn't the Spartan defense, but their offense that was the key to the game. Now they're definitely in control of the Legends Division of the Big Ten.  Correct. 41 - 28.

(17) UCF (7-1) 51 @ Temple (1-8) 10: This game was a lot closer than I thought it would be. UCF was fortunate to escape Philadelphia with a victory and their BCS bowl game hopes intact.  Correct. 39 - 36.

Iowa State (1-8) 10 @ (18) Oklahoma (7-2) 38: Like I predicted, not much a contest. Correct. 10 - 48.

Oregon State (6-3) 30 @ (19) Arizona State (7-2) 38: Arizona State is quietly making a run in the Pac-12. This sets up a big game at UCLA this Saturday that will go a long way in deciding the Pac-12 South. A Sun Devils' victory clinches the division, a UCLA win keeps the Bruins alive.  Correct. 17 - 30.

Houston (7-2) 31 @ (20) Louisville (8-1) 27: Louisville was impressive on defense, but they still haven't done enough to impress me. No. 13 - 20.

Indiana (4-5) 13 @ (22) Wisconsin (7-2) 30: Wisconsin continues to have a good season and had their chances against Ohio State earlier in the season. Now all they can do is hope the Buckeyes collapse. Correct. 3 - 51.

(23) Miami, FL (7-2) 30 @ Duke (7-2) 27: It looks to me like the loss to Florida State took the life out of the Hurricanes. They appear to have given up, losing by 18 points to both Virginia Tech and Duke. No. 30 - 48.

Maryland (5-4) 12 @ Virginia Tech (7-3) 27: Well, as I mentioned in the prediction, Maryland played well and the Hokies struggled on offense...again. Despite coming back to force overtime, Tech couldn't get a touchdown in the extra period. But miraculously, they're still alive in the ACC Coastal. No. 27 - 24 OT.

TCU (4-6) 20 @ Kansas State (5-4) 27: TCU gave it everything they had, but just came up a little short.. Correct. 31 - 33.

Michigan (6-3) 23 @ Northwestern (4-5) 27: Northwestern hasn't won a game since hosting ESPN's Game Day. This time, Michigan came out on the winning end of an overtime game.  No. 27 - 19 3OT.

Washington State (4-5) 31 @ Arizona (6-3) 34: Washington State returned to their early season form to pull the upset. No. 24 - 17.


Kentucky (2-7) 17 @ Vanderbilt (5-4) 26: Vanderbilt became bowl eligible, a big deal in Nashville. Correct. 6 - 22.