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November 22, 2012

Weekend Forecast: Week 13

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Follow Noon | Givler | Axelrod | Birmingham

There are several huge games with regional and national implications this weekend. But when you look at rivalries, what the nation thinks is all well and great, but when you are playing a team from within your own state or in a border state, there is so much more at stake.

But the biggest game deals with two storied rivals with the Fighting Irish looking to stay unbeaten while the USC Trojans look to get it done again with a 2nd string QB.

As always, we will hold off our Ohio State pick until Friday.

Game Noon
(77-43)
Ben
(88-32)
Givler
(84-36)
Birm
(71-49)
Tom
(85-35)
Andy
(84-36)
Doug
(79-41)
Notre Dame vs. USC USC ND ND USC ND ND ND
Ben's Pick: Nobody here is probably going to admit it, but this Notre Dame team feels a little bit like the Ohio State 2002 National Title team, doesn't it? Close calls left and right, a little bit of luck, and one of the more underrated defenses in all of college football. Even with a victory-guaranteeing backup quarterback playing for the Trojans, I expect the Irish to play strong football for all four quarters, but to ultimately lockup a trip to the BCS National Title game on Saturday. Notre Dame 24 USC 17
Florida vs. Fla. St. Florida Florida FSU FSU FSU FSU FSU
Noon's pick: Okay, the Seminoles may be a touchdown favorite at 'The Doak' against the Gators and Florida may have played some uninspired football over the last four games (despite going 3-1 in that stretch). But the Gators have dropped the last two in this series after winning the previous six in a row, dating back to 2004. Even the betting trends are against the Gators with the favorite being 5-0 against the spread in the last five meetings. So why am I picking Florida? Last week we saw the nation's No. 1 and No. 2 team both drop games against inferior opponents, while the Gators may be reeling, they are far from an 'inferior' team. The 'Noles blow it at the end on the foot of a kicker, missing a field goal in the final minutes of the game. (Echoes of "Choke at the Doak" will ring through the Sunshine State). Florida 31 Florida State 30
Oregon vs. Ore. St. Oregon Oregon Oregon Oregon Oregon Oregon Oregon
Jeremy's pick: It's been five years - 2007 - since Oregon State last defeated rival Oregon to claim victory in "The Civil War," the seventh most played in NCAA football history. This year the No. 15 Beavers host the No. 5 Ducks in a game that has Pac-12 and BCS title implications for Oregon, who is still smarting from their shocking loss to Stanford last weekend. For the Beavers to win they'll need sophomore quarterback Sean Mannion to play mistake free football - he threw four interceptions in the Beavers loss against Washington - and for their 21th ranked scoring defense to make the Ducks top-ranked offense one dimensional. I don't see that happening with a group of refocused Quackers. Oregon 45 Oregon State 31
Stanford vs. UCLA Stan. Stan. UCLA Stan. Stan. Stan. Stan.
Marc's pick: Both teams are coming off huge wins with UCLA getting a big rivalry game victory over USC and Stanford shocking Oregon in Eugene. The question now becomes, which team will have the big letdown this week? UCLA has been playing great football for several weeks now and being at home should give them an extra boost in this game. UCLA 31 Stanford 28
S Carolina vs Clemson USCe Clemson Clemson Clemson Clemson USCe Clemson
Doug's pick: This is one of those tough games to pick. Big in-state rivalry. Two programs that don't like each other very much. No. 12 vs. No. 13 in the Associated Press poll. This matchup would seem to come down to a couple of factors. The first is South Carolina's health. Quarterback Connor Shaw and standout defensive end Jadeveon Clowney are both battling foot injuries and could be limited. The second is Clemson (10-1) playing at home. The third is the revenge factor for the Tigers after having lost the past three games to the Gamecocks (9-2) in the series. In South Carolina's favor is playing in a tougher conference and having a better defense than Clemson's. But the Tigers offense, led by quarterback Tajh Boyd (seventh nationally in total offense), is prolific and ultimately makes the difference. Clemson 42 South Carolina 35
Ok. St. vs. Oklahoma OU OU OU OU OU OU OU
Andy's pick: I imagine last year's loss still stings in Norman. Both teams like to score points and also give up points at a rapid pace. The Sooners possess the veteran quarterback and "The Belldozer" but the Cowboys are starting to hit their stride, thanks to the emergence of Clint Chelf and Isaiah Anderson. I can see 100 plus total points between both teams, with a late score deciding the winner. Oklahoma 55 Oklahoma State 51
Nebraska vs. Iowa Neb. Neb. Neb. Neb. Neb. Neb. Neb.
Tom's pick: The Nebraska Cornhuskers will visit the Iowa Hawkeyes in Iowa City this Friday and it will be Black Friday for the Hawkeyes. Iowa as they proved against Michigan last week and all season long, just does not have the speed to compete with Nebraska. Taylor Martinez, Kenny Bell and Jamal Turner will be too much for the Hawkeyes to handle and Rex Burkhead will also be back for Nebraska, anxious to deliver some big runs. Despite an always rowdy Iowa home crowd, Nebraska will win easily. Nebraska 45 Iowa 17
Wisconsin vs. Penn St. UW UW PSU UW UW PSU UW
Ohio vs. Kent St. KSU OU OU OU KSU KSU KSU
TCU vs. Texas Texas Texas Texas Texas Texas Texas Texas




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