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PREDICTING COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S BIG GAMES

December 4, 2013
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



It’s prediction time for this week’s big college football games.  Winners in bold. 

(19) Louisville at Cincinnati, 7:30 PM….The Cardinals have won 10 games back to back two years in a row.  Cincinnati is bowl eligible for the 7th time in 8 years.  If the Bearcats want to get a BCS bid, they must beat Louisville.   The Cardinals have allowed only 12 touchdowns this season and have outscored its opponents 82-6 in the first quarter.  The Bearcats have won six straight.  Two high scoring defenses and two very good defenses…..we’ll take Louisville. 

(15) UCF at SMU, 12:00 PM…..UCF can win the conference title outright with a win….The Knights have won seven straight….SMU is giving up almost 35 points per game.  It’s all UCF.

(18) Oklahoma at (6) Oklahoma State, 12:00 PM….The Cowboys are on a 7 game winning streak…Oklahoma has a conference best 16 wins against AP top 10 teams under Coach Stoops and are 62-1 when they rush for 200 yards…The Cowboys have scored 20 or more points in 50 consecutive games…OSU can claim their second conference title in the last three seasons with a win Saturday.  The Cowboys have an excellent run defense…Take the Cowboys at home!

(23) Texas at (9) Baylor, 3:30 PM…Baylor is averaging over 55 per game…Texas is giving up 25 per game….Baylor is averaging 635 yards of total offense while the Longhorns defense is giving up almost 400 per game. Take Baylor at home.

(5) Missouri at (3) Auburn, 4:00 PM…The last time these two met was 1973 in the Sun Bowl…This is Auburn’s fifth title game appearance, Missouri’s first…With a Missouri win, coach Gary Pinkel becomes the school’s all-time winningest coach…Auburn is coming off a huge win over Alabama in the Iron Bowl…The Missouri Tigers are a plus 15 in turnover margin….both teams are averaging 38 ppg…and both at around 490 yards of total offense per game…Both teams have their sights on a national championship…take the Auburn Tigers in an exciting title game…

(7) Stanford at (11) Arizona State, 7:45 PM….ASU is on a seven game winning streak….both teams are 10-2….Stanford beat ASU Sept. 21, 42-28…..Stanford’s defense has been among the nation’s best this season in stopping the run (87.3) and are averaging almost three sacks per game….ASU has scored 50 plus points this season six times. I am taking the Cardinal defense to rise to the occasion.

(20) Duke at (1) Florida State, 8:00 PM..No this isn’t Duke basketball.  Duke has won 8 straight…FSU is on a 14 game winning streak….This will be FSU’s fourth championship game appearance, third in the last four years….This is Duke’s first appearance….Duke has never beaten Florida State in 18 tries…..FSU’s defense allows only 11 points per game and the offense is second in the nation at 53.7.  Take the Seminoles.

(2) Ohio State at (10) Michigan State, 8:17 PM…..Great Ohio State offense against a great Spartans defense…..MSU is on an eight game winning streak…OSU has won 24 straight….The Spartans are making their second appearance in the championship game….Ohio State is looking for its 34th championship….OSU is averaging 48.2 ppg….MSU is giving up only 11.8 ppg…there’s too much on the line for the Buckeyes.

Utah State at (24) Fresno State, 10:00 PM…The Bulldogs were hoping this game would have been the next step to a BCS bowl game, but lost last week…..The Bulldogs are playing for their second straight MWC title…Fresno State is the top offense in the conference, Utah State is the league’s top defense….Fresno State has beaten the Aggies in five straight…Utah State has won 11 straight road games in league play.  Still like the Bulldogs. 

Bowling Green at Northern Illinois…The Huskies are ranked 14th in the BCS standings and have won 14 straight….Bowling Green is on a 4 game winning streak….The Falcons are appearing in the MAC title game for the first times since 2003…..The Huskies are averaging 42.8 ppg….Bowling Green is at 34.3 ppg….Northern Illinois is at 318.9 yards rushing per game…Bowling Green’s defense is allowing only 13.8 ppg and allowing only 134.8 yards rushing.  Huskies offense will be too much for BG.


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