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College football predictions: Week 11

by Berry Tramel Published: November 8, 2012

College football’s 11th week arrives, with fewer marquee games than last week. This week is largely about teams trying to get bowl eligible or position themselves for better bowls.

Baylor at Oklahoma: Sooners. 56-24. I’m thinking I might be a little low on the OU side of the score. Baylor twice has scored at least 50 points in a game this season and lost.

West Virginia at Oklahoma State: Cowboys 48-42. I wish I knew who was quarterbacking the Cowboys. Wes Lunt. Clint Chelf. Heck, dismiss J.W. Walsh at your own risk. But I don’t think it really matters.

Kansas State at TCU: Wildcats 33-24. I’m assuming Collin Klein plays. If he doesn’t, I’m calling this one for the Frogs.

Kansas at Texas Tech: Red Raiders 31-8. Tech’s season took a mighty tumble last week. The Red Raiders could have used a victory over Texas for bowl positioning and self esteem.

Iowa State at Texas: Cyclones 28-27. Big 12 upset special. A good way to pick a Longhorn game is to guess that the Longhorns will play opposite from the previous week. And the Longhorns were good last week against Tech.

Texas A&M at Alabama: Crimson Tide 29-13. The Bear Bryant Bowl. Or the Dennis Franchione Bowl. Heck, call it the Jackie Sherrill Bowl, since ol’ Jack played at Alabama and coached at A&M. No matter what, Bama wins.

Georgia at Auburn: Bulldogs 49-7. Georgia secures its  spot in the SEC title game.

Mississippi State at LSU: Tigers 21-10. Bulldogs were exposed as a fraud last week against A&M.

Arkansas at South Carolina: Gamecocks 31-16. A disastrous season limps along for the Razorbacks.

Vanderbilt at Ole Miss: Rebels 31-30. Winner gets bowl eligible. Loser will have to fight to get there.

Missouri at Tennessee: Volunteers 36-28.  A battle of 4-5 teams. Tennessee closes at Vanderbilt and home against Kentucky. Mizzou closes with Syracuse at home, then at A&M.

Louisiana-Lafayette at Florida: Gators 38-18. Non-conference games late in the season can be cool. OU-Notre Dame. Florida State-Florida. South Carolina-Clemson. Southern Cal-Notre Dame. Then there’s this one.

Arizona State at Southern Cal: Trojans 54-24. Sun Devils, 5-4 in Todd Graham’s first year, will get bowl eligible, but not this week. Washington State next week will do the trick.

Oregon at California: Ducks 28-20. Golden Bears are 3-1 at home against Oregon since 2002, with the Ducks’ only victory 15-13 two years ago.

UCLA at Washington State: Bruins 52-25. Looks like USC-UCLA game next week will determine Pac-12 South.

Oregon State at Stanford: Beavers 21-19. Upset special. Stanford is favored, but why? Oregon State has played well on the road, winning at UCLA, Arizona and BYU, with a three-point loss at Washington.

Utah at Washington: Huskies 29-23. UW quietly could have a nice season. The 5-4 Huskies finish with road games at Colorado and Washington State.

Colorado at Arizona: Wildcats 48-14. ’Zona, too, could finish 8-4. The 5-4 ‘Cats finish at Utah, then home against Arizona State.

Penn State at Nebraska: Cornhuskers 30-20. Nebraska closing in on the Legends Division title.

Northwestern at Michigan: Wolverines 34-31. Northwestern needs a victory to keep its division title hopes alive.
Minnesota at Illinois: Gophers 24-18. A disastrous first season for Tim Beckman at Illinois.
Wisconsin at Indiana: Badgers 42-32. A victory sends Wisconsin to the Big 10 title game. But if Indiana wins, it controls its own destiny in the Leaders Division. The Hoosiers close at Penn State and at Purdue.
Purdue at Iowa: Hawkeyes 18-17. Iowa, 4-5, gets bowl eligible by winning two of three from Purdue, Michigan and Nebraska.

Notre Dame at Boston College: Fighting Irish 27-12. There is always reason for Notre Dame to fear the upstart Eagles. Except this year.

Florida State at Virginia Tech: Seminoles 27-17. Lose this game, and the Hokies fall to 4-6, guaranteeing their worst season since 1992.
Maryland at Clemson: Tigers 42-6. Terrapins still using linebacker Shawn Petty at quarterback. Thank you, says Brent Venables.
Georgia Tech at North Carolina: Tar Heels 52-37. Yellowjackets, 4-5, have had a miserable season — and they’re still in the running for the ACC’s Coastal Division title.
Miami at Virginia: Hurricanes 30-24. Watch out, Miami. Cavaliers grew fangs last week against N.C. State.
Wake Forest at North Carolina State: Wolfpack 28-27. Deacons, 5-4, can get bowl eligible by beating the ‘Pack, Notre Dame or Vanderbilt. This might be their best shot.

Cincinnati at Temple: Bearcats 26-20. Cincinnati is not out of the running for an Orange Bowl berth.

Louisville at Syracuse: Cardinals 36-31. The ‘Ville had been living on the edge until a 28-point rout of Temple last week.

Pittsburgh at Connecticut: Panthers 28-13. After a horrible start, Pitt has rallied. The 4-5 Panthers can make a bowl with two wins, against UConn, Rutgers and South Florida.

Army at Rutgers: Scarlet Knights 27-20. Keep winning, and Rutgers will play Louisville on Dec. 29, a Thursday night, for an Orange Bowl berth.

Tulsa at Houston: Golden Hurricane 24-19. A TU win coupled with an SMU loss to Southern Miss hands the Hurricane the Conference USA West Division title.
Last week: 27-7. Season: 210-94.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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