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As we head to week twelveI begin to feel a little bit melancholy like Cal did aboard the Titanic before it ran into a large iceberg of the Coast of Newfoundland. There are definitely those that are in peril on the sea this week as the strong try to survive and advance, but more peril may be found in teams that are idle this week than the one's that are actually playing. And now on to week 12.
No. 11 Alabama vs Georgia State
Alabama steps out of SEC play for a Thursday night game against Georgia State. When the Tide look across the field, they'll see a familiar face in coach Bill Curry. Curry was 26-10 in three seasons with Alabama. Alabama has won 19 in a row at home. Bama will play before about 70k tonight in a rare Thursday night game but Curry should real right at home at Bryant Denny. Last time Curry coached in that Stadium there were about 70,000 there as well. But that was 21 years ago and 30,000 seats. Alabama's focus is clearly in the Iron Bowl and another 10 win season and a spot in the BCS if it can win out. This will be nothing more than a tune up so expect a lot of youngsters tonight. Get your program ready so you can keep up with all the new names. Alabama 49 Georgia State 10.
No. 4 Boise State vs Fresno State
With TCU's troubles with San Diego State in Week 11, it appears the door has been cracked open for Boise State. Having moved ahead of the Horned Frogs in the two BCS-related polls, the Broncos will get a computer boost from Fresno State, then Nevada. But first Boise State must contend with the Bulldogs, who nearly upset Nevada on Saturday. Another Friday Night ho hummer/yawner for Boise State. A real test for the Bronco's won't come until January. Boise State 45 Fresno State 21.
No. 7 Wisconsin at Michigan
Wisconsin looks to stay in the hunt for the Big Ten title when it visits Michigan. But if recent history is any indicator, winning in the Big House won't be easy. The Badgers are 6-21-1 all time in Ann Arbor and have not won there since 1994. The Wolverine's are in a heap of trouble as Bucky the Badger put up 83 on Indiana a week ago and the Michigan D has re-written the school's record books defensively this year in points given up. Wisconsin Rolls. Wisconsin 49 Michigan 28.
No. 17 South Carolina vs Troy
After securing a spot in the SEC title game with a Week 11 win over Florida, South Carolina jumps out of league play for a battle with Troy. The Gamecocks would be wise not to underestimate the Trojans; South Carolina has the nations' 107th-ranked pass defense, and Troy owns the 13th-rated passing attack. South Carolina is searching for a third win in as many meetings in this series after beating Troy in 2004 and 2005. This has always been the most difficult spot for the Ole Ball Coach having won a huge one the week before and trying to get off cloud 9 and play again. Troy is no pushover but if this were Clemson, Cocky might be in trouble. Spurrier's hardest job will have to be keeping the Gamecock's minds off Atlanta and tending to the business at hand. South Carolina 28 Troy 10.
No. 5 LSU vs Mississippi
Despite not being in the SEC title game, LSU will try to stay in the BCS hunt when it takes on Ole Miss. The Tigers can't overlook the Rebels, who have won the past two matchups. The Rebels need to win their last two games to become bowl eligible. This is good old fashioned hate in the SEC between these two teams, One is peaking and setting it's sights on a special year, and the other has quit. LSU 38 Ole Miss 13.
No. 9 Ohio State at No. 20 Iowa
Iowa likely knocked itself out of the Big Ten race with a Week 11 loss to Northwestern. Now the Hawkeyes would like to do the same to Ohio State. Two more wins and the Buckeyes will claim a share of the Big Ten title. Ohio State has won six of its past seven games at Kinnick Stadium. Ohio State is purely the better team while Iowa must be classified as a disappointment indeed. Ohio State 31 Iowa 20.
No. 16 Virginia Tech at No. 24 Miami (FL)
Virginia Tech can clinch the ACC Coastal Division on Saturday with a win at Miami. The Hokies have run the table in the ACC after losing their first two games of the season. Stephen Morris will make his third straight start for the Canes, who have won two in a row. Miami won the last meeting at home, beating the Hokies 16-14 in 2008. Miami can certainly help the cause of Randy Shannon with a win over Tech, and VPI can certainly help the cause of Boise State as well in this one! Va Tech 24 Miami 17.
No. 15 Missouri at Iowa State
Missouri bounced back from a two-game slide with a win over Kansas State on Saturday. Now the Tigers can shoot for double-digit wins with victories over Iowa State and Kansas to close the season. This is the Cyclones' final game of the season, and they need a win to become bowl eligible. They'll have to do it without QB Austen Arnaud, who suffered a knee injury Saturday. Mizzou has become a powerhouse under Gary Pinkel and with Nebraska leaving for the Big 10, The Tiger's might be the next big name in the Big 12. Missouri 34 Iowa State 17.
No. 13 Arkansas at No. 21 Mississippi State
Mississippi State looks to rebound after a loss to Alabama, but Arkansas probably isn't the best foe to face. The Razorbacks are third in the country in passing offense and 13th in points scored. The Bulldogs will try to get their rushing game back on track after being held well below their average versus the Tide. Arkansas might be playing better than anyone in the conference this side of Auburn and for the moment look unstoppable. The Boys from Starkvegas are too pedestrian on offense to match the big plays that will come from Ryan Mallet. Arkansas 38 Miss State 21.
No. 25 Florida State at Maryland
Maryland has destiny in its hands. With wins over Florida State and NC State to end the season, the Terps would clinch a berth in the ACC championship game. The Seminoles are in the hunt, as well, but need a win over Maryland to stay in the race. Florida State has won its past three games against Maryland and leads the all-time series 18-2. FSU will try to learn from it's mistakes in it's last road game at NC State so it really boils down to execution. FSU 24 Maryland 23.
No. 14 Oklahoma at Baylor
Oklahoma gets another shot at its first conference road win of the season when it travels to Baylor. Historically, it never has mattered where the Sooners have played the Bears; OU is 19-0 all time. Oklahoma still has a shot at the Big 12 South title if it wins out. The trend will continue as Baylor plays like the Baylor of old and OU like the Sooners under Bob Stoops. Oklahoma 38 Baylor 17
No. 8 Nebraska at No. 19 Texas A&M
After losing three straight games in the middle of the season, Texas A&M turned the QB reins over to Ryan Tannehill and hasn't looked back. The Aggies have won four straight, all by double figures. But they'll face a huge test this week in Nebraska. The Huskers are 10th in the nation in scoring defense. The Huskers are trying to solve their difficulties on defense and A&M looks to have maybe turned to corner under Mike Sherman. Nebraska is simply a better football team and A&M has the "Horns" next week. Nebraska 31 Texas A&M 22.
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