Grab your beverage of choice, a plate full of turkey, and let’s get started with some football on a holiday weekend that features many of the nation’s best rivalry games. This year, each and every conference will have at least one battle that will either decide a conference champion or determine if a team will reach the post season for a bowl game. It is also the final week of regular season play in all conferences, with the exception of the American and Big 12. In this article, I’ll be focusing on on Thursday and Friday games, and in Part II on Friday, I’ll write-up Saturday’s slate. (If you don’t already like us on Facebook, now would a great time to add us!)
No.5 TCU (9-1) AT TEXAS (6-5) TCU is in a three-way battle for the Big 12 Championship with Kansas State and Baylor. They are also on the outside, looking in, at the a spot in the College Football Playoff! With no championship game in the Big 12, and coming off a lackluster performance against Kansas, the Horned Frogs need to impress the CFB selection committee. It’ll start with the second-ranked offense in the nation, as the Frogs are scoring an incredible 46 PPG. Quarterback Trevone Boykin has accounted for 31 touchdowns on the season, passing for 3,021 yards with 24 TDs, and rushing for 548 yards and seven TDs. Texas has rebounded from a 2-4 start, winning four out of the last five! The difference for the Longhorns has been the improved play of Quarterback Tyrone Swoopes. TCU snapped a 15-game losing streak in Austin in 2012, winning 20-13. The Frogs hope to avoid being the first Top-10 team to lose to an un-ranked team on Thanksgiving since Ole Miss lost the Egg Bowl in 1970. ON THANKSGIVING, FROGS FEAST ON STEERS, TCU 38-21.
ARKANSAS (6-5) AT No.17 MISSOURI (9-2) Three weeks ago I wouldn’t even be talking about this game, would you? What has Changed? The Razorbacks are suddenly a player in the tough SEC, having beaten both LSU and Mississippi! But they have not only beaten those teams, but they have beaten them down! The Hogs have two consecutive shutouts, and have allowed only 27 points over their last four games. Missouri has a lot to play for. A win by the Tigers and they will head to Atlanta to play for the SEC title. The Tigers are also HOT, winning five in a row, but several experts are calling the Tigers overrated, as they have played the softest schedule of all SEC squads. After two big home wins, I fully believe the Razorbacks will be hung-over, and these Tigers are not so soft. TIGERS MAUL HOGS, MIZZOU 24-17.
No.13 ARIZONA STATE (9-2) AT No.11 ARIZONA (9-2) These two powers are battling UCLA for the right to play Oregon in the conference title game. I have personally seen both these teams play in the past two weeks and you can throw out all records, when these two take the field. This game will come down to who wins the quarterback battle between Anu Solomon and Taylor Kelly. The home team has one only once in the past five years, but I have a sneaky feeling that the Wildcats will make a few big plays on defense and get a huge home win. TERRITORIAL CUP BELONGS TO THE WILDCATS, ARIZONA 31-28.
LSU (7-4) AT TEXAS A&M (7-4) Coming into the season we all thought these two teams would come into this game with something big on the line. Both teams have had disappointing seasons, and are sitting at 7-4. The last time the Tigers failed to win at least eight games was back in 1999 (3-8). Since the Aggies joined the SEC two years ago, the Tigers have beaten them in both games. But I believe the Aggies have more to play for in this game — They have the better offense, the home field advantage, and its senior night. TIGERS TANKED, SENT BACK TO BATON ROUGE, A&M 33-24.
PICK SIX, SIX GAMES, SIX WORDS
- Western Kentucky at Marshall……….Thundering Herd finish a perfect 12-0. Herd 43-24
- Stanford at UCLA……….Bruins get a scare, but win. UCLA 27-24
- Virginia at Virginia Tech……….Cavaliers go bowling, Hokies do not, UVA 19-16
- Colorado State at Air Force……….Rams losing streak at Academy halted. CSU 48-28
- Navy at South Alabama………..Navy sinks the Jags from USA, Midshipman 41-30
- Nebraska at Iowa……….Bo Pelini and Huskers need AA, Hawkeyes 31-28