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November 14, 2013

Weekend Forecast: Week 12

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Games Noon
(75-35)
Givler
(74-36)
Patrick
(74-36)
AndyMac
(78-32)
Tom
(80-30)
Andrew
(65-35)
Stanford vs. USC
Patrick Says: After toppling then-No. 3 Oregon, Stanford carries with it a certain type of momentum that most coaches probably want at this time of the year. The Cardinal, which find themselves ranked No. 4 in this week's BCS standings, are in an interesting situation. While they dropped an easy game to a mediocre, five-loss Utah team, David Shaw's squad has proven -- again -- that it can play with elite teams like the Ducks. That probably doesn't make them any more worthy than undefeated Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Baylor in the race for a bid in the national championship, though. But Stanford, still, has a lot to play for. USC will be a speed bump for this team. Stanford 42 USC 21
Georgia Tech vs. Clemson
Givler Says: Simply put, the ACC Coastal division is a mess right now. There are currently four teams tied in the loss column with two and two other teams with three losses making the division as wide open as any in the nation right now. Georgia Tech comes in as one of those two-loss teams and with the Yellow Jackets playing its last game of league play on Saturday, they can put themselves down as the leader in the clubhouse with a big win over Clemson. The Tigers have just as much to play for, however, as winning the last three games would almost surely put them in a BCS game. It's an interesting contrast in style but I think the Clemson D comes up with just enough stops to pull this one out. Clemson 37 Georgia Tech 28
Michigan St. vs. Nebraska
AndyMac Says: We were all under the impression that Michigan State's thumping over arch rival Michigan would be enough to give the Spartans the Legends title. Then Ron Kellogg III decided to become a hero and toss Nebraska's name back in the running. On paper, this is a bit of a mismatch. Sparty is fully healthy and playing their best ball while the Cornhuskers are limping in with numerous starters out with injuries. In fact, it appears Taylor Martinez could be lost for the season. Location will play the "wild card" role Saturday as Memorial Stadium is never easy on the travel team. The Spartans get a bit of a scare before pulling away late in the game. Michigan State 27 Nebraska 16
Washington vs. UCLA
Andrew Says: I think UCLA is one of the better teams in the country that people have forgotten about because the Bruins have lost a couple games. People need to remember that the two games UCLA has lost were against Stanford and Oregon in back-to-back weeks, both contests occurring on the road. Jim Mora Jr.'s squad is potent on offense and good on defense when they're not playing the Ducks, and they're not this week, so I like them to win here, and win out, until a second showdown with the Cardinal in the Pac-12 title game. UCLA 38 Washington 31
Texas Tech vs. Baylor
Tom Says: While Texas Tech, behind QB Davis Webb and WRs Eric Ward and Jakeem Grant, have been high flying at times this year, they will be grounded against a much better Baylor Bears defense Saturday. Baylor, which has been on a great run, will dominate with their offensive and defensive lines, while QB Bryce Petty and RBs Lache Seastrunk and Shock Linwood will all have great days against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Baylor 55 Texas Tech 31
Michigan vs. Northwestern
Noon Says: Sometimes a team a is ready to tap out and the Wolverines tapped out a couple of weeks ago in my opinion. What do the Wolverines do really well this season in a football sense? Rushing for negative yardage and giving up sacks are not acceptable answers. The Wildcats on the other hand have not given up but just can't find their way into the win column in B1G play due to injuries and an occasional bad play or two. While each team is very flawed at this point of the season the Cats still seem to care while Michigan only seems to care about Taylor Lewan going all WWE and cutting his forehead. Team 134 may not win again this year for Brady Hoke. Northwestern 28 Michigan 20
Miami (Fla.) vs. Duke
Oklahoma St. vs. Texas
Georgia vs. Auburn
Houston vs. Louisville





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