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November 1, 2012

Weekend Forecast: Week 10

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Follow Noon | Givler | Axelrod | Birmingham

Most teams have four games left in the regular season and the races have tightened up in several conferences. With all of the great games on the schedule for this week the eyes of the college football world will be watching the Alabama/LSU game, but without the billing of the "Game of the Century".

The Big XII has a pair of big games with Kansas State looking to stay in the ranks of the unbeaten while Texas Tech is a shocking home favorite against Texas in a line that has moved from three to eight points since opening.

We have all those games plus several games in the Big Ten that have a bearing on the race to Indianapolis. As in weeks past, we will hold our picks of the Ohio State/Illinois game until Friday afternoon.

Game Noon
Alabama vs. LSU Bama Bama Bama Bama Bama Bama Bama
Ben's Pick: In the third installment of their "Game of the Century" series (so long as your Games of the Century don't value touchdowns), the defending SEC champion Tigers square off with the defending national champion Crimson Tide. If this season's edition of the game is anything like last season's, it will be overhyped, over-covered, and will underdeliver. Having said that, I don't expect Saturday's matchup to be much different. Alabama is clearly the much more talented and better coached team, something that manifested itself in last season's snoozer of a national championship. I look for Alabama to get out to a big start and never look back, as LSU will again prove to have difficulties. Alabama 35 LSU 10
Okla. St. vs. Kansas St. KSU KSU KSU KSU KSU KSU KSU
Noon's pick: It would be hard to pick against Kansas State in this one, Vegas has KSU as a ten point favorite as of Wednesday and "Optimus Klein" is the Heisman front runner. The Oklahoma State Cowboys have won the last three games in this series and are on a three game winning streak this season. No Brandon Weeden? No problem for the offense that is ranked No. 1 in the nation in total offense. But sometimes stats are deceiving and Okie State has dropped its only two games against Top-25 caliber opponents. The Wildcats have been tested n a couplpe of occasions this season but not in the "Little Apple" of Manhattan (Kan.) where the closest game was decided by two touchdowns. Kansas State 40 Oklahoma State 28
Oregon vs. USC Ore. USC Ore. Ore. Ore. USC Ore.
Jeremy's pick: It's put up or shut up time for USC as the one-time frontrunner for the national title looks to play spoiler against the undefeated offensive juggernaut from Eugene. The Ducks top-ranked offense (over 53 points per game) has been their calling card, but it's an improved defense that has their fans thinking this might be the year they finally hoist the crystal ball. USC's Matt Barkley has struggled in the Trojan's two losses, and in a game that will require an aggressive offensive game plan to stay competitive, expect one or two interceptions to be the difference. Oregon's depth wears out the thin USC defense in the second half, and what was a close game becomes a blowout. Nike's flagship school will leave the coliseum with a win, and USC fans will be wondering "what if." Oregon 52 USC 31
Marc's pick: We're about 2/3 of the way through the college football season and I still don't know if Mississippi State is for real yet. The Bulldogs played a very light non-conference schedule and the SEC schedule was frontloaded with the weaker teams in the league. Then comes last week's blowout loss to Alabama which really only tells us that the Bulldogs aren't a National Title contender as the Tide is capable of doing that to many quality teams around the nation. The Aggies have been challenged much more than the Bulldogs so far and because of that I look for them to be more prepared in what should be a great contest. Texas A&M 35 Mississippi State 26
Texas vs. T-Tech T-Tech T-Tech T-Tech T-Tech T-Tech T-Tech T-Tech
Doug's pick: There are a lot of similarities between Texas and Texas Tech entering Saturday's Lone Star battle. Both are 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the Big 12. Texas Tech is No. 18 in the latest BCS rankings and Texas is No. 23. Both defenses have given up lots of points the past few weeks. Texas has allowed 50, 63, 48 and 36 points in four of five Big 12 games. The Longhorns have dominated the series with a 46-15 record and Texas Tech hasn't beaten its in-state big brother since 2008. History is on the Longhorns' side, but their defense is so bad and they're on the road against a decent Tech team. Texas Tech 49 Texas 42
Nebraska vs. Mich. St. Neb. Neb. Neb. MSU MSU MSU MSU
Andy's pick: Both teams enter with momentum in this decisive conference battle. Last season, the Cornhuskers held the Spartans' to under 200 yards of offense in a 24-3 win. And while Andrew Maxwell is not Kirk Cousins, I believe the junior quarterback will outperform his former teammate and his upcoming opponent Taylor Martinez this weekend. Things are about to get interesting in the Legends' division. Michigan State 20 Nebraska 17
Tom's pick: Geno Smith and Andrew Buie and Stedman Bailey will help West Virginia get back on track as the TCU Horned Frogs visit Morgantown, WV this weekend. However, the Horned Frog defense will work to keep it close, led by true freshman defensive end Devonte Fields who is tied for the Big 12 lead in sacks at 7.5. Morgantown is a difficult place to play and the overall inexperience of TCU will be evident and the Mountaineers will prevail by 11 points. West Virginia 42 TCU 31
Mich. vs. Minnesota Mich. Mich. Mich. Mich. Mich. Mich. Mich.
Penn St. vs. Purdue PSU Pur. PSU Pur. Pur. PSU Pur.
Arizona vs. UCLA Ariz. UCLA Ariz. Ariz. UCLA Ariz. Ariz.

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