TigerSportsDigest Week 13 picks

Rosetta, Dixon and Villere predict the winners of this week's big games


Randy Rosetta



Randy Rosetta
Last week:
13-7 (.650)
Season: 180-60 (.750)

Arkansas at LSU: Big games between great teams are often decided by matchups, and the Tigers have advantages in most of those against the Razorbacks. Arkansas might score some points, and hang around for a while, but the defensive edge LSU has and a grind-it-out offense against a suspect Hogs defense will take the drama out. … LSU 34, Arkansas 17

Trent Richardson: Crimson Tide look to keep pace with an Iron Bowl win

Alabama at Auburn: The Crimson Tide has something to prove and should have a chip on their collective shoulder after squandering a big lead against the Tigers last season. Auburn just hasn't been consistent enough this season to make this one interesting. … Alabama 31, Auburn 14

Ole Miss at Mississippi State:
It's romantic to think the Rebels have the chops to send Houston Nutt out a winner AND spoil State's bowl hopes. It's also totally unrealistic because Ole Miss is really bad. … Miss. State 42, Ole Miss 21

Tennessee at Kentucky:
Could the streak finally end in this winner-gets-a-bowl-invitation showdown in the Commonwealth? Love to say yes, but it's just too hard to buck this tradition. … Tennessee 21, Kentucky 20

Georgia at Georgia Tech:
Even when the Bulldogs have won ugly in their nine-game streak, their defense has played reasonably well. That and more familiarity with the Yellow Jackets' old-school offense than most teams neutralize the normal edge Tech can count on … Georgia 24, Georgia Tech 19

Vanderbilt at Wake Forest:
The Commodores' season full of close calls has left them a win short of bowl eligibility. Capturing that elusive sixth win will be trick against the Demon Deacons. … Wake Forest 30, Vanderbilt 27

Florida State at Florida:
The state championship is still in the Seminoles' reach in this battle of massively disappointing teams. Jimbo Fisher seems to have a little more control of his team than Will Muschamp. … Florida State 27, Florida 21

Clemson at South Carolina:
A fully healthy Gamecocks team would have made this really interesting. As it is, with the Tigers likely to be nice and cranky and much more offensively relevant, it could get ugly. … Clemson 38, South Carolina 28

Virginia Tech at Virginia:
The Cavaliers' late-season surge has been impressive, and makes this game the Coastal Division title tilt. But they haven't been in this spot in a while, and the Hokies have become old pros with the big-game atmosphere. … Virginia Tech 21, Virginia 16

Pittsburgh at West Virginia:
The two first-year coach don't like each other and that fits well in their first – and maybe last – Backyard Brawl. WVU has been erratic, but has too much firepower for the Panthers. … West Virginia 35, Pitt 20

Ohio State at Michigan:
This series goes in cycles and it sure seems like it's about to swing back in the Wolverines' favor. That could change when (if?) Urban Meyer takes charge of the Buckeyes, but this season is all about UM. … Michigan 23, Ohio State 13

Texas at Texas A&M:
The Longhorns and Aggies might meet again someday, but for now this is the swan song for the two old struggling rivals. Texas A&M hasn't had any problem scoring, while Texas is stingy on defense. What will give? … Texas 28, Texas A&M 24

Houston at Tulsa:
With all the attention on Houston this season, Tulsa has been overlooked in Conference USA, so this game serves as a chance tor the Golden Hurricane to make a bold statement. Playing at home helps and so does a much more difficult schedule. … Tulsa 49, Houston 42

Oregon State at Oregon:
The pressure is off the Ducks to keep playing like a national championship contender, but they can still make their way to the Rose Bowl and that's a nice finish to a season that slipped away in Arlington. … Oregon 50, Oregon State 31

Iowa at Nebraska:
The Huskers have been really good at home – except for their last game there when Northwestern punched a hole in Nebraska's season. Iowa, meanwhile, has been horrid on the road with a 1-3 record. After getting shellacked at Michigan, pride should give NU enough of an edge. … Nebraska 37, Iowa 30

Russell Wilson: Badgers look to punch a ticket to the Big Tech Championship Game

Iowa State at Oklahoma: Somebody is due for a letdown in this one, maybe both teams. If that happens, talent takes over and the Sooners win a close one. … Oklahoma 41, Iowa State 35

Penn State at Wisconsin:
Great defense in white, great offense in red. The Camp Randall impact will be big and the Nittany Lions haven't seen a QB like Russell Wilson. … Wisconsin 31, Penn State 14

Notre Dame at Stanford:
Fighting Irish have been up-and-down, but teams with equal or more talent have given them a lot of trouble. That doesn't bode well in Andrew Luck's finale on the farm. … Stanford 45, Notre Dame 21

UCLA at USC:
The Beat the Trojans and UCLA goes to the league championship game. What's Troy's motivation? Keeping a stranglehold on the LA market and playing spoiler for a second week in a row. … USC 43, UCLA 28

Memphis at Southern Miss:
The Golden Eagles squandered their chance to clinch the Conference USA East by stubbing a toe against UAB. Bet on USM being more focused against the lowly Tigers. … Southern Miss 56, Memphis 21


Shea Dixon



Shea Dixon
Last week:
11-9 (.550)
Season: 170-70 (.708)

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Arkansas at LSU: This one likely puts LSU into the BCS National Championship game, regardless of the result of the BCS Championship Game. After a season filled with distractions, there's no time to lose focus now. … LSU 24, Arkansas 20

Alabama at Auburn:
An impressive win might be all the Crimson Tide needs to meet LSU in New Orleans in January. This one won't be as wacky as last season's Iron Bowl. … Alabama 23, Auburn 13

Ole Miss at Mississippi State:
I just might have picked the Rebels. Then I saw them play in person. Hail State. … Miss. State 31, Ole Miss 10

Tennessee at Kentucky:
YouTube "Tennessee Locker Room" and watch the Volunteers celebrate an overtime win over in-state rival Vanderbilt. With that sort of momentum, how could you lose? … Kentucky 17, Tennessee 14

Georgia at Georgia Tech:
A couple of back-to-back stops in Atlanta at the end of the year should have Bulldogs fans happy – and not steaming at Mark Richt. What if they lose both? … Georgia Tech 24, Georgia 17

Vanderbilt at Wake Forest:
Chances that James Franklin gets into a verbal altercation with a Wake Forest assistant after the game? Good. Just like the chances of the Commodores to go bowling. … Vanderbilt 21, Wake Forest 14

Florida State at Florida:
This rivalry has seen better days. Right when the Seminoles stand back up, they get knocked down – by Virginia. Time for the Gators to step in and avoid a .500 fate. … Florida 24, Florida State20

Clemson at South Carolina:
The Gamecocks have a solid defense, and Clemson has created its own problems of late. If that keeps up, count on South Carolina to win at home. … South Carolina 27, Clemson 20

Virginia Tech at Virginia:
Virginia is 2-0 against teams in the Top 25, including wins over Georgia Tech and Florida State. They also held William & Mary, the No. 3 team in the FCS, to a field goal. Why not predict a win over the No. 6 Hokies. … Virginia 17, Virginia Tech 14

Pittsburgh at West Virginia:
The Backyard Brawl will get ugly, but some Mountaineers fans will probably be too caught up in Rich Rod to Arizona to truly appreciate it. … West Virginia 38, Pittsburgh 20

Ohio State at Michigan:
Now, if Urban Meyer were the head coach … Michigan 24, Ohio State 21

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Texas at Texas A&M: How often do the Longhorns head to College Station as a touchdown underdog? The Aggies could grab some final bragging rights in this conference rivalry before they head to SEC country in 2012. … Texas A&M 17, Texas 13

Houston at Tulsa:
Both offenses can be prolific, but Case Keenum is on a mission to take the Cougars to new heights. … Houston 35, Tulsa 21

Oregon State at Oregon:
What a misstep the Ducks took last week. Time to forget it and continue on with the 20-plus point wins. … Oregon 42,Oregon State 21

Iowa at Nebraska:
Bo Pelini could really use this rivalry win to show that Nebraska, without doubt, is headed in the right direction. Four losses, including three in the final four games, wouldn't sit well this offseason. … Nebraska 28, Iowa 24

Iowa State at Oklahoma:
The loss to Baylor tripped up Oklahoma's hopes of sneaking into the national title game. This week should bring a chance for the Sooners to regain their footing before heading to Stillwater to face Oklahoma State. …Oklahoma 31, Iowa State 10

Penn State at Wisconsin:
A Hail Mary at Michigan State and a four-point loss at Ohio State – in back-to-back weeks – is what has Wisconsin out of the title hunt. If you forgot, this is a really talented football team. … Wisconsin 31, Penn State 9

Notre Dame at Stanford:
The Cardinal shouldn't have much trouble putting points up on Notre Dame in its own backyard. … Stanford 27, Notre Dame 17

UCLA at USC:
There have been close calls, but the Trojans have lost only twice. There is something to be said for that, especially with no postseason to play for. … USC 27, UCLA 24

Memphis at Southern Miss:
The Golden Eagles dropped the ball last week. A win over Memphis should be easy, but it can't bring back the Top-25 ranking. … Southern Miss 38, Memphis 7


Emily Villere



Emily Villere
Last week:
13-7 (.650)
Season: 176-64 (.733)

Arkansas at LSU: The Tigers have played a lot of big time games on the road this season and finally they get to play one at home. The Razorbacks will be one of the most complete teams LSU has faced all season, so expect this one to be a close one. …LSU 27, Arkansas 19

Alabama at Auburn:
This year's Iron Bowl features the last two year's National Championship winners, and while the Tigers hope to trip up the Crimson Tide at home, Nick Saban and his team are going to do everything they can to keep an appearance in New Orleans a possibility. …Alabama37, Auburn 20

Ole Miss at Mississippi State:
After the way the Rebels have played this season, this is the only SEC game Dan Mullen has had circled on his calendar as a win and now he and the Bulldogs need it to become bowl eligible. Not only is it in Starkville, but Ole Miss is horrible. …Miss. State 31, Ole Miss 10

Tennessee at Kentucky:
I don't think this matchup has a nickname so let's just put in bluntly – it's a battle of the two worst teams in the East. The Wildcats did beat the West's worst team, Ole Miss at home, but I think Derek Dooley needs this more than anyone. …Tennessee21, Kentucky 14

Georgia at Georgia Tech:
The Bulldogs punched their ticket last week to the SEC Championship Game by beating Kentucky – which by the way could only put 19 points up against. The Yellow Jackets are back in the rankings, but they better not get comfortable there. …Georgia24, Georgia Tech 17

Vanderbilt at Wake Forest:
The Demon Deacons became bowl eligible with their win over Maryland last week, and this Saturday they host a Vandy team that needs to beat them to see the postseason. Don't get confused by the colors, it will be the Wake black-and-gold that gets this win. …Wake Forest 28, Vanderbilt 27

Florida State at Florida:
After the season he's had, Will Muschamp could get into some fans' good graces with a win over the Seminoles. Even though the Gators play at home, Jimbo Fisher won't make that an easy task. …Florida State 24, Florida 21

Clemson at South Carolina:
The Tigers have already secured a spot in the ACC Championship Game, and although the Gamecocks won't be representing at the SEC Championship Game, they still have a ranking to play for. This is a big rivalry, especially this year with the rankings, and I'll go with the home team. …South Carolina 17, Clemson 15

Virginia Tech at Virginia:
The Hokies have been quietly creeping up the rankings and this weekend they find themselves ranked No. 6 in the country, but still fighting for a spot in the ACC championship game. In their way is an 8-3 Virginia team that just crept into the rankings. The Cavaliers have pulled out lots of surprises so far this season (ACC speaking), but this is Virginia Tech's game (and outside chance to the National Championship) to lose. …Virginia Tech 24, Virginia 18

Pittsburgh at West Virginia:
The Mountaineers had a lot of steam at the beginning of the season, but fizzled with losses to Syracuse and Louisville. West Virginia hosts Pitt and will keep the Panthers from reaching the postseason. …West Virginia 34, Pittsburgh 24

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Ohio State at Michigan: The Wolverines have lost the last seven games of this matchup, but it seems this year all that will change, especially after their beatdown of Nebraska last week. Michigan could still have a BCS bowl to play in on the horizon. …Michigan 34, Ohio State 27

Texas at Texas A&M:
After growing up in Texas, it's sad for me to think this rivalry game could be done after this year. The Aggies play their last regular-season game as a Big 12 school on Thanksgiving and they face a Texas team coming off two losses. Don't worry Longhorn fans – at least you get to go to a bowl this year. …Texas A&M 35, Texas 27

Houston at Tulsa:
It seems nothing could ruin the Cougars perfect season, but if there was one team to do it, it would be Tulsa – which is also undefeated in conference play. When you add playing on the road to the equation, Houston won't be getting to 12-0 easily, but the Cougars will get there. …Houston38, Tulsa 33

Oregon State at Oregon:
The Ducks got a little too cocky last week when they lost to USC. This week though, they can be cocky and still easily win by 30…Oregon 45, Oregon State 14

Iowa at Nebraska:
Huskers are back at home after an embarrassing loss to Michigan, effectively taking them out of contention for a conference championship appearance. However, this week they host an Iowa team that beat Michigan earlier this season. I don't want to see a mad Bo Pelini. …Nebraska 27, Iowa 14

Iowa State at Oklahoma:
The Sooners' jaws are still dropped after their last-second loss to Baylor last week. This week against Iowa State will help them regroup before facing Oklahoma State next weekend. …Oklahoma 45, Iowa State 14

Penn State at Wisconsin:
A spot in the conference championship game is on the line when the Badgers host the Nittany Lions. Despite two losses, Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson is still hard to stop and it still has to be difficult for Penn State to completely focus. …Wisconsin33, Penn State 24

Notre Dame at Stanford:
The Cardinal bounced back from a loss to Oregon last week improving to 10-1 and the Irish have won four straight. Stanford closes out the regular season with a win. … Stanford38, Notre Dame 30


Derrick Coleman: UCLA can reach the Pac-12 title game by beating the arch rival Trojans

UCLA at USC: Despite their record and the way they have played this season, the Bruins could still win the Pac-12 South title. The Trojans will not make that an easy task for UCLA considering it's USC's last game of the season because of NCAA sanctions. … USC 40, UCLA 21

Memphis at Southern Miss:
The Golden Eagles are out for it after dropping their last game to UAB. They host a Tigers' team that can best be described as awful. It can't be good for Memphis coach Larry Porter to travel to Hattiesburg as a 36-point underdog, but the underdog can win, right? …Southern Miss 35, Memphis 10


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