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November 25, 2010

College Football Report - Thursday & Friday Picks - Week 13


#17 Texas A&M (8-3) vs. Texas (5-6)


8:00 ET, ESPN, Thur. Nov. 25, Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX

Who could have predicted what the Longhorns would be fighting for at this point in the season? Last year, a National Title was on the line. This year, they’re just fighting for a mid level bowl game, and not even that is guaranteed. If you think that the Longhorns have the upper hand here because the game is at Royal-Texas Memorial, it’d be the wrong thought. There hasn’t been anything Royal about Texas at home this season, losers of four games at home this season. Pick: Texas A&M 27 – Texas 20


#21 Arizona (7-3) vs. #1 Oregon (10-0)


7:00 ET, Fri. Nov. 26, Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR

The Ducks have had a week to rest their high octane offense and a week to find what went wrong in the game against Cal. The offensive line has been the dominant force behind the Ducks spread attack this season. The unit as a whole has opened up huge rushing lanes for Heisman candidate LaMichael James and given quarterback Darron Thomas plenty of time to stand in the pocket. The strength of the Wildcats thus far this year has been the play of their defensive line, led by ends Ricky Elmore and Brooks Reed. Like the Cal game, it should be another clash in the trenches for Oregon, but I wouldn’t expect anything but typical Ducks football. Pick: Oregon 42 – Arizona 28

(Upset Pick…)

#2 Auburn (11-0) vs. #11 Alabama (9-2)


2:30 ET, CBS, Fri. Nov. 26, Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL

Last season, Alabama was nearly in the same scenario the Tigers find themselves in now. Looking for a National Title bid and a Heisman trophy to add to their trophy case from Cam Newton. The Tigers continued their dominance in the SEC this season, rolling past Georgia at home. The Tide walks into this game the favorite, however, and almost as a forgotten team amongst the nation’s elite. If Alabama can get the rushing game pounding the ball against a defense without a select few suspended players. They’ll play spoiler to their biggest rival’s title hopes. Pick: Alabama 34 – Auburn 31

West Virginia (7-3) vs. Pittsburgh (6-4)


12:00 ET, ABC, Fri. Nov. 26, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA

Season in and season out, the Backyard Brawl is consistently one of college football’s closest rivalries. The two teams have been the elite of the Big East as of late, and this year’s scenario is no different. The winner will go on to become the favorite to take the Big East’s BCS bid, becoming conference champions. The two teams matchup fairly similar, with speed to go around. The Panthers, however, are playing better football as of late. The rushing game, led by Ray Graham and Dion Lewis, should make the difference for Pitt. Pick: Pittsburgh 27 – West Virginia 18

(Give me a ticket to see…)

#4 Boise State (10-0) vs. #19 Nevada (10-1)


12:00 ET, Big Ten, Fri. Nov. 26, Mackay Stadium, Reno, NV

If the Broncos want to be considered one of the nation’s best, they’re going to have to walk through the WAC with a clean record once again. The Wolf Pack has proven themselves already on a national stage, blowing out Cal in a home game earlier this season. The play of quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been phenomenal again this season, but to take down the Broncos, an entire team needs to play phenomenal football. I like Boise, even away from the protection of the blue turf. Pick: Boise State 48 – Nevada 34

Last Week: 8-4 – Overall: 99-45 – Upset Pick: 6-5

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