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Week 12 College Football Top 10 Preview

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As week 12 arrives in college football, this is the time National Title contenders to state their cases for inclusion in the BCS National Championship game.  There are a slew of upset possibilities this week, so let’s examine the games and pick some winners.

#1. Oregon – Bye

#2. Auburn – Bye

#3. TCU – Bye

#4. Boise State vs. Fresno State (Friday)

The next two games for Boise State will determine whether or not they finish the season undefeated and state their case for national title consideration. This week Fresno State travels to the blue turf to see if they can knock off the Broncos. Boise has put up an average of 51 points against the garbage teams on their schedule. They have also averaged 35 against Virginia Tech and Oregon State, so the offense is for real. Fresno is coming off of a great game last week vs #18 Nevada where they lost by a point. They want nothing more than to ruin Boise’s dream season. They need to control the ball, and have the opportunity to do so. They have a big offensive line and a good running attack led by Robbie Rouse who is cut out of the Warrick Dunn mold. If QB Ryan Coburn can limit his mistakes, the Bulldog offense could put up their fair share of points, they will need to create plays on defense to give them a chance for the upset. Fresno has a good pass rush and a decent set of backers and personnel in the secondary. It will be difficult to stop the Broncos though, and ultimately this game might get out of hand.

Boise State 42 – Fresno State 14

#5. LSU vs. Mississippi

This game should be over quickly. This is an Ole Miss team not built for an SEC schedule this year. However, LSU has sometimes played down to their competition and might get caught looking ahead to their matchup with Arkansas next week. I think the Bayou Bengals have too many athletes to lose this one though.

LSU 35 – Mississippi 17

#6. Stanford at California

“The Big Game” is back for another year and could be closer than expected. Cal just played #1 Oregon to a virtual draw last week and may have provided a defensive blueprint to Oregon’s future opponents. Stanford brings a different style, but almost as potent offense as Oregon to the table. Cal has a solid D-Line and the Cardinal running game is struggling. They are having a difficult time keeping their blocks and had better shape up or Andrew Luck will be spending a lot of time on his back. If Shane Vereen can get untracked they could keep the Cardinal offense off the field, which bodes well for the Golden Bears. The fact that they are at home will add another layer of difficulty for the Cardinal, but if they can get points on the board early, Cal may  struggle to keep pace.

Cardinal 27 – Golden Bears 20

#7. Wisconsin at Michigan

Wisconsin takes their Rose Bowl hopes to the Big House to take on Denard Robinson and Michigan. Superstar Badger running back John Clay may miss the game which could cause the Badgers difficulty in establishing the run. Unfortunately Michigan’s defense is so historically bad that Wisconsin could run Danny DeVito 30 times for 160 yards. Scott Tolzien should be hook up with Nick Toon at will and carve up the Wolverine secondary. Michigan is coming off one of the sloppier games of the year against Purdue with a combined 10 turnovers, 4 of which by Robinson. Tate Forcier could get some chances in this game as well as I have no doubt Rich Rodriguez will throw the kitchen sink at Wisconsin in order to win this game and potentially save his job. If the Badgers jump out early that will take Michigan out of their comfort zone and make them pass the ball more. If the Badgers struggle to find the end zone in the first quarter though, they might find themselves in a hole that could be tough to come back from in an environment like the big house.

Michigan 31 – Wisconsin 30

#8. Nebraska at #19 Texas A&M

Nebraska should have super freshman QB Taylor Martinez almost back at 100% as they travel to College Station. It will be an intriguing match-up as the Aggie defense doesn’t give up many yards on the ground. They are susceptible to the pass though, which isn’t a strength of the Cornhuskers who rank 108th in the nation in passing offense. The Aggie offense has been firing on all cylinders as of late and will give Nebraska all they can handle. The fact that this is a prime time game at the home of the 12th man is a big advantage for the Aggies. Taylor Martinez’s legs surely can, but I don’t think his arm is ready to win a big game like this on the road.

Texas A&M 27 – Nebraska 21

#9. Ohio State at #20 Iowa.

The Hawkeyes will probably look to use the same defensive scheme that Wisconsin used to defeat the Buckeyes earlier in the year, and while Iowa’s defensive line is a little better than the Badgers, the rest of the defense is a bit behind their Badger counterparts. The Buckeyes have too many playmakers for Iowa and should be able to get the big plays that they need. The main issue that Ohio State had with the Badgers was getting pressure on the quarterback. The Badgers have one of the biggest lines in college football and they set up a solid perimeter and pushed the smaller Buckeye D-Line around. Iowa doesn’t have that same size, so the Buckeyes should be able to play to their strengths on defense and control the line of scrimmage. It could be a long day for Ricky Stanzi.

Buckeyes 27 – Hawkeyes 13

#10. Oklahoma State at Kansas

The Cowboys should be able to name the score in this one. They could hit the half-century mark and blow Kansas out of the water. The Oklahoma State D can be shaky at times, but not shaky enough to let this one get away.

Cowboys 45 – Jayhawks 17

Discussion

One Response to “Week 12 College Football Top 10 Preview”

  1. LOL…..GO BLUE!!!….and KITCHEN SINKS!!!

    Posted by Bobby Digital | November 20, 2010, 9:27 am

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