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Wednesday, November 19, 2008
# 17 Ball State Cardinals (10-0) @ Central Michigan Chippewas (8-2)
Time: 7:00pm ET
Spread: Ball State – 6.5
Preview: The Ball State Cardinals have started the season with two straight wins, but will conclude the season with two very difficult matchups. On Wednesday night, Ball State will travel to Mount Pleasant Michigan to battle with the Central Michigan Chippewas. Ball State, in there ten wins have outscored opponents 376-154 on the year. Ball State has won all five of their road games this season; at Akron, Indiana, Toledo, Western Kentucky, and Miami Ohio. The Cardinals and Chippewas both lead the MAC conference with 6-0 marks. Western Michigan trails both teams by ½ game (6-1). Quarterback Nate Davis, who has thrown for 2,647 yards and 20 touchdowns, has led the Cardinals. For Central Michigan, the Chippewas are on the cusp of the Top 25 with their 8-2 start. Central Michigan’s quarterback Dan LeFevour has thrown for 1,808 yards, and 13 touchdowns. Central Michigan has won six straight games after starting 2-2 with losses to Georgia and Purdue. Both losses were on the road. The four Central Michigan home wins in 2008 have come over Eastern Illinois, Buffalo, Temple and Western Michigan. Central Michigan has scored 287 points and allowed 282 on the season.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
# 23 Miami Hurricanes (7-3) @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-3)
Time: 7:30pm ET
Spread: Georgia Tech – 3.5
Preview: A pair of two 7-3 teams will square off in a big Atlantic Coast Conference match-up on Thursday night. The Miami Hurricanes, entering the Top 25 for the first time all season have won five straight games; UCF, Duke, Wake Forest, Virginia and Saturday over Virginia Tech. The Hurricanes three losses are to Florida, North Carolina and Florida State. The Hurricanes have outscored opponents 284-211 on the year. In road games, the Hurricanes have won three of four. Miami currently leads the Atlantic Coast Conference – Coastal Division with a 4-2 mark, with a win on Thursday, and another on November 29th, Miami can wrap up the ACC – Coastal title. For Georgia Tech, a solid season has been halted recently by inconsistent play. After a 6-1 start, the Yellow Jackets have dropped two of three. Losses to Virginia and North Carolina have sent Georgia Tech to 4-3 in the ACC - Coastal, ½ game behind Miami. With a win on Saturday, the Yellow Jackets could put themselves in position to atleast tie for the conference title. Saturday will be the last ACC game for the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech will finish the season on November 29th at Georgia.
# 2 Texas Tech Red Raiders (10-0) @ # 5 Oklahoma Sooners (9-1)
Time: 8:00pm ET
Spread: Oklahoma -7
Preview: In what is the week thirteen college football picks game of the week, and one of the premier matchups of the 2008 NCAA football picks season, the Texas Tech Red Raiders will travel to Norman Oklahoma to battle the Sooners of Oklahoma. Texas Tech comes in with a perfect 10-0 mark, while the Sooners are 9-1 with their lone loss coming to Texas. The Red Raiders have scored 479 points on the season, while allowing 222. Texas Tech has won all four of their road games to this point in the season. Quarterback Graham Harrell has thrown for 4077 yards and 36 touchdowns on the year. Texas Tech is coming off a bye week in week 12, before that the Red Raiders knocked off Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma State in three straight weeks. For Oklahoma, the Sooners come in as one of the top offensives in the nation. Oklahoma has scored 514 points in 10 games this season. The Sooners are averaging 549 yards per game of offense. Quarterback Sam Bradford, who has thrown for 3406 yards and 38 touchdowns, has led that offense. Oklahoma, in their last four games, since the loss to Texas have beaten Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska and Texas A+M, all by double digits. With an Oklahoma win, the Big 12 South would have three teams tied atop the standings; Texas, Texas Tech and Oklahoma.
Citadel (4-7) @ # 4 Florida Gators (9-1)
Time: 1:30pm ET
Preview: The Citadel will be in for a hand full when they head to Gainesville on Saturday. The Bulldogs are 4-7 on the year with wins over Webber International, Princeton, Western Carolina, and Chattanooga. The Citadel’s losses have been to Clemson, Appalachian State, Elon, Furman, Samford, Georgia Southern, and Wofford. The Bulldogs are 2-6 in the Southern Conference. Citadel have scored 309 points, and allowed 324 on the year. In the five road games the Bulldogs have played in, the Citadel have lost every on of them. The Citadel’s quarterback Bart Blanchard has thrown for 2,420 yards and 19 touchdowns in 11 games played this season. This will be the last game of the season for the Bulldogs. For Florida, the Gators have been one of America’s hottest teams since their September 27th loss to Mississippi. The Gators since that game have won games 38-7, 51-21, 63-5, 49-10, 42-14 and 56-6 Saturday against South Carolina. On the year the Gators have scored 441 points and allowing 113. The Gators lone loss was at home, where they will be on Saturday; Florida is 5-1 at home. Tim Tebow leads the team completing 139 of 214 passes for 1913 yards and 19 touchdowns. Florida will take on Florida State after the Citadel meeting, and then are already locked into the SEC title game on December 6th.
# 14 Brigham Young Cougars (10-1) @ # 7 Utah Utes (11-0)
Time: 6:00pm ET
Spread: Utah -6.5
Preview: The Mountain West Conference title is on the line. Brigham Young, along with Texas Christian University sit one game back of the Utah Utes in the conference standings. A win for the Cougars on Saturday would force a tie between BYU and Utah, and with a TCU win, three teams would hold the tie. The Cougars of BYU, 10-1 on the year have won four straight games since their October 16th loss at TCU. In their last four games, the Cougars have scored 41 points per game, while allowing 28. Max Hall, the Cougars quarterback has had a solid season completing 279 of 380 passes for 3424 yards and 34 touchdowns thrown. The Cougars have scored 400 points and allowed 206 on the year. In road games played this season, Brigham Young is 4-1. For Utah, the Utes continue to climb up the BCS ladder, and will look to complete their 2008 regular season unbeaten. A win on Saturday would not only lock up the Mountain West Conference, but would seemingly put the Utes in a BCS bowl. Utah is coming off a 63-14 win over San Diego State, a week after their 13-10 win over TCU. Utah is outscoring opponents by an average of 36.5 – 16.6 on the year. Quarterback Brian Johnson has completed 211 of 317 passes for 2333 yards and 20 touchdowns on the year.
# 15 Michigan State Spartans (9-2) @ # 8 Penn State Nittany Lions (10-1)
Time: 3:30pm ET
Spread: Penn State – 14.5
Preview: The Big Ten title is on the line in Happy Valley. With both teams coming in at 6-1 in the conference, Saturday will be the season finale for both teams. Michigan State, with losses at California, and a conference loss to Ohio State have won three straight games. The Spartans running back Javon Ringer has ran for 1548 yards on 353 carries, and picking up 20 touchdowns. The Spartans have outscored opponents 296-214 on the season. In four road games played this season, the Spartans have won three and lost one. For Penn State, their lone loss came in week 11 when the Iowa Hawkeyes knocked the Nittany Lions from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 24-23 decision. Penn State has a won over Ohio State, so a win on Saturday would clinch the Big Ten title for the Nittany Lions. Penn State’s quarterback Darryl Clark has completed 155 of 259 passes for 1978 yards and 13 touchdowns.
# 9 Boise State Broncos (10-0) @ Nevada Wolfpack (6-4)
Time: 4:05pm ET
Spread: Boise State – 6
Preview: The Boise State Broncos will take their perfect 10-0 mark on the road Saturday and take on the 6-4 Wolfpack of Nevada. Boise State is coming off a 45-10 win over conference foe Idaho on Saturday. The Broncos have not played a game in which an opponent is come within less than 10 points of them all season. On the year Boise State is outscoring opponents 371-103. Boise State has played in five road games, winning all five; at Oregon, Southern Miss, San Jose State, New Mexico State, and Idaho. For Nevada, the Wolfpack would love to spoil the Broncos hope of a BCS bowl game bid. A win on Saturday would do just that. The Wolfpack have won six of ten games this season, and have won two straight games; over Fresno State and San Jose State. The Wolfpack four losses this season came with Texas Tech at Missouri, with New Mexico State and at Hawaii. The Wolfpack are 3-2 in home games this season.
Michigan Wolverines (3-8) @ #11 Ohio State Buckeyes (9-2)
Time: 12:00pm ET
Spread: Ohio State – 20.5
Preview: The Michigan Wolverines have had an extremely rough 2008 season. Nothing could help heal their wounds more than a win on the road on Saturday over their rival – Ohio State Buckeyes. Michigan, just 3-8 on the year, has wins over Miami Ohio, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Michigan has been outscored on the season by a 305-236 margin. The Wolverines are 2-5 in the Big Ten, which places them in ninth place, just a game ahead of last place. For the Buckeyes after the loss to Penn State, have won two straight; at Northwestern and Illinois. The Buckeyes, with a win on Saturday will hope for a Michigan State win over Penn State; giving Ohio State the tiebreaker, and the Big Ten title. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor has completed 90 of 139 passes for 1125 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has also ran for 560 yards and six touchdowns.
Air Force Falcons (8-3) @ # 16 Texas Christian Horned Frogs (9-2)
Time: 3:30pm ET
Spread: TCU – 18
Preview: Air Force, coming off a 38-24 loss to BYU on Saturday will take on the 9-2 Texas Christian University Horned frogs. This will be the final regular season game for both Air Force, and TCU. Air Force is 8-3 overall, and 5-2 in the Mountain West Conference. The three losses this season for Air Force have come to Utah, Navy and Brigham Young. Air Force has scored 310 points and allowed 211 on the year. In games played on the road this season, the Falcons are 5-0. For TCU, the Horned Frogs are looking to win their final regular season game and look for a BYU over Utah to force a three way tie atop the Mountain West Conference. The Horned Frogs have scored 376 points and allowed 121 on the season. TCU’s two losses this season have come to Oklahoma and Utah.
Mississippi Bulldogs (6-4) @ # 18 LSU Tigers (7-3)
Time: 3:30pm ET
Spread: LSU – 4.5
Preview: The Mississippi Bulldogs have won the six games needed to be eligible for a 2008 bowl game. They would love to pick up another one or two and strengthen their bid for a juicy bowl game. The Bulldogs have won three straight games; over Arkansas, Auburn and Louisiana Monroe. The Bulldogs are 3-3 in conference play, and sit tied in second place in the SEC West. Jevon Snead, the Bulldogs quarterback has completed 136 of 254 passes for 1983 yards and 17 touchdowns. The LSU Tigers come in after quite the scare on Saturday when the Troy Trojans led 31-10 after three quarters. Brandon LaFell caught 12 passes for 126 yards on Saturday, including the first touchdown of the fourth quarter to spark the Tigers. The Tigers are 3-3 in the SEC West, and tied with Mississippi for second place. LSU’s three losses this year have come at Florida, with Georgia, and with Alabama, all teams in the Top 15. Jarrett Lee, the Tigers quarterback has completed 139 of 257 passes for 1800+ yards and 14 touchdowns. LSU is 5-2 when playing at home this season.
# 20 Pittsburgh Panthers (7-2) @ # 19 Cincinnati Bearcats (8-2)
Time: 7:00pm ET
Spread: Cincinnati – 4.5
Preview: The Pittsburgh Panthers were able to take Saturday off, and in the meantime saw their week 13 opponent take a ½ game lead in the Big East Conference. Pittsburgh is 7-2 overall, and 3-1 in the conference. The Panthers are coming off two straight wins; at Notre Dame, and at home with Louisville. Pittsburgh, on the season has outscored opponents 278-223. Pittsburgh is 4-0 when playing in road games this season with wins at Syracuse, South Florida, Navy and Notre Dame. The Panthers are led by LeSean McCoy, who has ran for over 1000+ yards and 16 touchdowns. The Cincinnati Bearcats are coming off a 28-20 win over Louisville, and have won three straight games. The Bearcats currently lead the Big East by ½ game over Pittsburgh, and West Virginia. Cincinnati’s quarterback Tony Pike has thrown for 12 touchdowns on the year, in the ten games played.
# 21 Oregon State Beavers (7-3) @ Arizona Wildcats (6-4)
Time: 7:00pm ET
Spread: Arizona – 3
Preview: The Oregon State Beavers moved into the top 25, after their 34-21 win over California, which was their fifth straight overall. After an 0-2 start, the Beavers have won 7 of 8 games, with their lone loss in that span to Utah on October 2nd. The Beavers are sitting atop the Pac Ten Conference, in a virtual tie with USC. The Beavers currently hold the tiebreaker over USC with their 27-21 win. Oregon State has scored 337 points and allowed 218 on the year. In road games played this season Oregon State has lost 3 of 5. Their three road losses were at Stanford, Penn State, and Utah. The Arizona Wildcats have six wins, which makes them bowl eligible on the season. The Wildcats would like to pick up another win to make sure they are going to get a bowl bid. After a 4-1 start, the Wildcats have lost three of five, with losses to Stanford, USC and Oregon. The Wildcats are 4-3 inside the Pac Ten Conference.
North Carolina St. Wolfpack (4-6) @ # 22 North Carolina Tar Heels (7-3)
Time: 12:00pm ET
Spread: North Carolina – 11
Preview: The North Carolina State Wolf pack have two games remaining, and both games will be against current Top 25 teams. North Carolina State must win both games to have any chance at a 2008 bowl game. North Carolina State has won two straight games; at Duke and at home over Wake Forest. On the year the Wolf pack are 2-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. On the year, the Wolf pack have been outscored 275-203. North Carolina State is 1-3 in road games this year; with their lone win coming over Duke, with their losses to South Carolina, Clemson, and Maryland. The Tar Heels had a chance to wrap up a chance to solidify the Atlantic Coast Conference, but fell on Saturday at Maryland 17-15. The Tar Heels are 7-3 overall and 3-3 within the Atlantic Coast Conference – Coastal Division. The Tar Heels three losses have been to Virginia Tech, Virginia and Maryland. North Carolina has outscored 292 – 183 on the season.
Florida State Seminoles (7-3) @ # 25 Maryland Terrapins (7-3)
Time: 7:45pm ET
Spread: Maryland – 1.5
Preview: In a battle between two solid Atlantic Coast Conference, the Florida State Seminoles will travel to College Park Maryland to take on the Terrapins. The Seminoles are coming off a loss 27-17 to Boston College, and have dropped two of t three overall. Florida State is 4-3 within the Atlantic Coast Conference – Atlantic Division. The Seminoles top running back Antone Smith has ran for 13 touchdowns on the year, to lead the team. Quarterback Christian Ponder has completed 135 of 249 passes for 1604 yards and 11 touchdowns. The negative part of Ponder has been his 11 interceptions thrown. The home team; the Maryland Terrapins are coming off a 17-15 home upset over the North Carolina Tar Heels. Maryland is atop the ACC – Atlantic Division with their 4-2 mark. A win over FSU on Saturday would put them a full game ahead of the rest of the division with just one game to play (November 29th at Boston College). The Terps are ran by their quarterback Chris Turner, who has thrown for 1809 yards and nine touchdowns on the year. On the season, Maryland has outscored opponents 217 – 192. Maryland is 6-0 when playing at home.