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Rivalry weekend is finally here: A Smorgasbord of winners below

This is the final week of the regular season for all, but the Sunbelt Conference.   There are still tons of teams vying for either bowl implications, or conference championships.   Below is a prediction on every game that meets that criteria.

ACC

No. 2 MIAMI (10-0)  AT  PITTSBURGH (4-7)      I view this game as nothing more than a tune-up for the Hurricanes.   Last weeks shaky performance against Virginia, should have the Canes focused.   HURRICANE WINDS BLOW THROUGH THE STEEL CITY, 33-13

No. 25 VIRGINIA TECH (8-3)  AT  VIRGINIA (6-5)      The Hokies have won 13 straight in this series.   They come in needing a win, to go to a major bowl game.   Quarterback Kurt Benkert nearly led the Cavaliers past Miami last week.   My heart wants me to pick an upset here and go with the Cavaliers.   However my head tells me that the Hokie defense will be the difference.   COMMONWEALTH CUP STAYS IN BLACKSBURG, 26-20

No. 7 GEORGIA (10-1)  AT  GEORGIA TECH (5-5)      The Bulldogs have had this game circled since last seasons home loss 28-27.   The Yellow Jackets need this win for a bowl bid.   Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, will make sure that doesn’t happen.   BULLDOGS RECLAIM GOVENORS CUP, 35-24

FLORIDA STATE (4-6)  AT  FLORIDA (4-6)      Who would have thought that these two would meet with losing records.   The Seminoles have been to a bowl game for a record 35 straight years.   They have to win this to extend the streak.   It won’t be easy, but somehow they will get the job done.   GATORS FALL, 24-17

LOUISVILLE (7-4)  AT  KENTUCKY (7-4)      This game is an easy call.   The Cardinals were beaten last year, when favored by 28 points.   Lamar Jackson is red-hot right now.   Those two factors have me calling for a 28 point victory.   PAYBACK IS A B****, 48-20

DUKE (5-6)  AT  WAKE FOREST (7-4)      Duke needs this game to get bowl eligible.   Wake will cement itself as the best team in the state of North Carolina with a win.   Quarterback John Wolford will be the best player on the field.   DEAMON DEACONS KEEP ROLLING, 38-28

No. 3 CLEMSON (10-1)  AT  No. 24 SOUTH CAROLINA (8-3)      The Gamecocks made their 2017 debut into the top 25 this week.   They have had a fantastic season, despite losing their two best offensive weapons to injury.   Tigers have way to much on the line to lose this game.   TIGERS WILL OUTLAST GAMECOCKS, 26-17

BIG 10

No. 9 OHIO STATE (9-2)  AT  MICHIGAN (8-3)      The Wolverines will certainly bring the kitchen sink in this game.   The problem is, they have NO playmaker at the quarterback position.   I expect the Wolverines to keep this close for a half.   The Buckeyes will take control in the second.   J. T. Barrett will do just enough with his arm and his feet to get the Buckeyes into the win column.   BUCKEYES ROLL INTO BIG 10 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, 31-20

INDIANA (5-6)  AT  PURDUE (5-6)      This rivalry dates all the way back to 1891.   The winner of this game gets a bowl invitation.   The Boilermakers have the longest bowl drought in the BIG 10, dating back to 2012.   I will side with the Hoosiers, who I believe are just the better team.   THE OLD OAKEN BUCKET, WILL HEAD BACK TO BLOOMINGTON, 41-31

No. 10 PENN STATE (9-2)  AT MARYLAND (4-7)      The Nittany Lions will need this game to secure a New Years Day bowl.   I honestly believe the Lions are the best team in the Big 10.   Saquon Barkley could top 200 yards rushing in this one.   LIONS ROUT THE TERRAPINS, 51-21

No. 5 WISCONSIN (11-0)  AT  MINNESOTA (5-6)      The Gophers extended the contract of head coach P. J. Fleck this week.    He has done a great job this season, but the Gophers need one more win for a bowl invite.   The problem is they play Wisconsin.   The Gophers are one-dimensional on offense.   They virtually have NO passing attack.   It’s impossible to beat the Badgers unless you can throw the pigskin.   Badgers also have way to much to play for.   PAUL BUNYAN’S AXE WILL REMAIN WITH PAUL CHRYST’S SQUAD, 35-10

BIG 12

BAYLOR (1-10)  AT  No. 12 TCU (9-2)      Baylor is not a very good football team.   However if they could shock the world, they could knock TCU out of the BIG 10 championship game.   Trust me, this won’t happen.   The Horned Frogs could sleep walk through this one.   Senior day in Ft. Worth should be enough to keep the Frogs focused.   FROGGY, 31-7

TEXAS TECH (5-6)  AT  TEXAS (6-5)      Will Texas be flat after securing a bowl game last week?   I think that’s a distinct possibility.   The Red Raiders need a win to get a bowl invitation.   This could be one of the better games of the weekend.   Many pundits around the country, think that head coach Kliff Kingsbury could lose his job, if the Raiders fail to win this.   I hope that’s not the case, but I do believe it could give just enough of an edge for Texas Tech.   TECHSTERS WIN A CLOSE ONE, 30-28

IOWA STATE (7-4)  AT  KANSAS STATE (6-5)     This game is being called “Farmageddon”.   I love this reference, as both teams are from rural parts of their respective states.   This could be head coach Bill Snyder’s last home game.   The iconic head coach is considering retirement.   The Wildcats have won nine straight in this series.   The Cyclones have defied trends all year-long.   THE STREAK COMES TO AN END, 26-20

WEST VIRGINIA (7-4)  AT  No. 4 OKLAHOMA (10-1)      Plenty of intrigue in this matchup.   Quarterback Baker Mayfield has been stripped of his captaincy and will not start the game.   I’ve heard reports that he may not even play.   West Virginia lost quarterback Will Grier to a season ending finger injury last week.   If the Sooners struggle, I think we will see Mayfield sooner than later.   Ultimately the Sooners will win this game either way.   SOONERS TUNE UP FOR BIG 10 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, 35-21.

PAC 12

CALIFORNIA (5-6)  AT  UCLA (5-6)      Jeff Fisch will make his debut as UCLA’s interim coach.   The Bruins will play the game with revenge after losing at California last year.   The home team is on a 15-2 run in this series.   The winner of this game will receive a bowl invitation.   Josh Rosen will be the difference.   He should take full advantage of a weak Bear secondary.   BRUINS BEAT UP ON THE BIGGER BEARS, 42-33

ARIZONA (7-4)  AT  ARIZONA STATE (6-5)      This is a battle for the Territorial Cup.   Prior to the start of the season, I called for both teams to miss a bowl game.   Both have proven me wrong.   Quarterback Kahlil Tate was finally corralled last week by Oregon.  The Sun Devils will load the box and force Hill to beat them through the air.   The Devils just don’t have enough firepower on offense to get into a shootout.   WILDCATS ARE THE BETTER TEAM WITH THE BETTER QUARTERBACK, 49-33

No. 8 NOTRE DAME (9-2)  AT  No. 21 STANFORD (8-3)      The key to this game is simply, the health of Bryce Love.   If Love plays, I like Stanford to win the game.   If he doesn’t, I’ll take the Irish.   Let’s go with the presumption that Love misses the game.   IRISH, 24-20

No. 13 WASHINGTON STATE (9-2)  AT  No. 17 WASHINGTON (9-2)      This is one of the best rivalries in college football.   The “Apple Cup”, is truly one of these games, where the record never matters.   If the Cougars win they will represent the PAC 12 North in the Championship game.   A loss will send Stanford to the game.   The Huskies would like nothing more than to play spoiler.   The Cougars are a surprising nine-point underdog, despite being the higher ranked team.   Jake Browning and Luke Falk will trade punches all game long.   I give the Huskies a slight advantage on defense.   A late defensive stand will be the difference in this game.   DAWGS BY A FIELD GOAL, 41-38

COLORADO (5-6)  AT  UTAH (5-6)      I just love it when these games comes down to a winner gets a bowl game scenario.   This is another fine example of that.   The Utes are playing better football in the month of November.   They also get the added advantage of senior day in the “MUSS”.   UTES LEAD FROM START TO FINISH, 31-13

SEC

MISSOURI (6-5)  AT  ARKANSAS (4-7)      Who is the hottest team outside of the state of Alabama in the SEC?   If you said Missouri you got it right.   Quarterback Drew lock has been lights out the last six weeks.   Lock tossed three more touchdowns last week and now has a 33-4 touchdown ratio.   This could be Brett Bielema’s last game as coach of the Razorbacks.   Many expect Bielema to be fired.   I’m not sure what to expect from the Razorbacks in this spot.   Will they show up for their embattled head coach?   My guess is, that Arkansas will play a spirited game, but they just can’t keep up with Lock and company.   TIGERS MAUL HOGS, 38-28

TEXAS A&M (7-4)  AT  No. 18 LSU (8-3)      This game comes down to bowl positioning.   The Aggies have been a tough bunch to figure out, all season long.   Just when you think, they might have things figured out, they fold like a lounge chair.   The Tigers are much the same.   I would have thought that the tigers would have replaced quarterback Danny Etling by now, but they haven’t.   The tigers will win this game, because of their defense and a couple big runs by Derrious Guice.   BAYOU BENGALS, 28-17

UPSET EXPRESS

No. 1 ALABAMA (11-0)  AT  No. 6 AUBURN (9-2)      This is the premier game of the weekend.   Its thanksgiving, yet there are some already tailgating at Jordan Hare.   I believe there are two ingredients needed to beat Alabama.   The first is, you must have a solid quarterback, who can get the ball downfield.   Secondly, you must play sound defense.   We get that with Jarrett Stidham and a defense that is amongst the best in the country.   We also get the added component of a huge home crowd edge.   TIGERS GET A HUGE IRON BOWL VICTORY, 27-23

SIX GAMES, SIX WORDS, SIX PICKS……FROM THE GROUP OF FIVE

SOUTH FLORIDA (9-1)  AT  No. 15 CENTRAL FLORIDA (10-0)      This should be an under the radar classic.   GOLDEN KNIGHTS TO FACE MEMPHIS IN AAC TITLE GAME,  42-22

TULANE (5-6)  AT  SMU (6-5)      Green Wave looking for sixth win.   WAVE ON WAVE, 33-30

OLD DOMINION (5-6)  AT  MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE (5-6)       Brent Stockstill has a 7-1 ratio since returning from injury.   HE WILL LEAD BLUE RAIDERS TO A BOWL, 35-24

UNLV (5-6)  AT  NEVADA (2-9)      Visitor has won five straight in battle for the Fremont Cannon.   MAKE IT SIX, REBELS 41-38

No. 23 BOISE STATE (9-2)   AT  FRESNO STATE (8-3)      These two will actually meet again next week.   BRONCOS WIN FIRST OF TWO, 35-28

UTSA (6-4)  AT  LOUISIANA TECH (5-6)      The Roadrunners have never defeated the Bulldogs (0-5).   WIN NUMBER SIX, GETS BULLDOGS A BOWL, 27-17

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