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Achieved Previews for week 11 (Nov 5th - November 8, 2008) NCAA football top 25 games

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Northern Illinois (5-3) @ # 17 Ball State Cardinals (8-0)
Time: 8:00pm ET
Spread: Ball State – 9.5
Preview: The Northern Illinois Huskies at 5-3 will make their season even extra special on Wednesday night with a win over Ball State. Not only will the Huskies then become bowl eligible, but also add a win over a top 20-team. The Huskies after starting 0-2 with losses to Minnesota and Western Michigan, have won five of six, with their lone loss coming October 4 at Tennessee. Northern Illinois is 4-1 inside the MAC Conference; Western Division. Northern Illinois has outscored opponents 218-109 on the year. The Huskies are 1-3 on the road so far this season. For Ball State, the Cardinals have started 8-0 on the season. The Cardinals have scored 300 points on the season, and allowed 124 on the year. Ball State has played four games at home, and four games on the road, winning all of them. The Cardinals have not been 9-0 since 1965. A win on Wednesday would put the Cardinals in a tie atop the MAC West with Central Michigan at 5-0.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

# 12 TCU Horned Frogs (9-1) @ # 8 Utah Utes (9-0)
Time: 8:00pm ET
Spread: TCU – 2.5
Preview: Not only will Thursday night be a huge Mountain West Conference battle, but also one of the top games in the nation. The TCU Horned Frogs are 9-1 with their lone loss coming on the road to Oklahoma. TCU leads the Mountain West with a 6-0 record, and just one game remaining after leaving Utah. In ten games this season, TCU is averaging 36.6 points per game. The Horned Frogs are coming off a 44-14 win on Saturday over UNLV. Joseph Turner, the TCU running back has ran for 444 yards and ten touchdowns on the year, look for him to be a huge key on Thursday night. The Utes are coming in with an undefeated 9-0 mark. Utah is coming off a 13-10 win over New Mexico on Saturday. Utah has outscored their opponents 325-159 on the season, and is averaging over 400 yards per game on offense. The Utes trail the Horned Frogs by just ½ game with a 5-0 mark. On Saturday quarterback Brian Johnson threw for 23 of 35 for 195 yards and a touchdown.

# 23 Maryland Terrapins (6-2) @ Virginia Tech Hokies (5-3)
Time: 7:30pm ET
Spread: pick’em
Preview: The Maryland Terrapins will look to continue leading the Atlantic Coast Conference – Atlantic Division on Thursday night. The ‘Terps will take the road and battle the Hokies of Virginia Tech. Maryland is 6-2 on the season, and coming off two straight wins over Wake Forest and North Carolina State. Maryland is outscored opponents 187-154 on the season. In three tries Maryland has won just one when playing on the road. Maryland leads Florida State in the conference by just ½ game. The home team, the Virginia Tech Hokies is 5-3 on the season. A win for Virginia Tech, would not only make them bowl eligible, but also snap their two game losing streak. The Hokies have lost their last two games to Boston College, and Florida State. On the season, the Hokies have scored 191 points, and allowed 169. Virginia Tech, on the year is 3-0 in games played at home.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

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# 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (9-0) @ # 16 LSU Tigers (6-2)
Time: 3:30pm ET
Spread: Alabama – 3.5
Preview: The Alabama Crimson Tide have moved up to the number one team in the nation. After winning nine straight games, along with a Texas loss on Saturday; the Crimson Tide get the chance to hold serve at the top. Coming off a 35-0 win over Arkansas State, Alabama is two full games ahead of the second place team in the SEC West- LSU. The Crimson Tide have scored 290 points and allowed 110 on the year. Alabama will have a tough task at hand on Saturday when they head to Baton Rouge. In Baton Rouge will be the 6-2 LSU Tigers. While the Tigers cannot win the national title this season, they do have a prime opportunity to spoil their former head coach’ national title chances. Nick Saban, Alabama’s head coach was the headman before Les Miles took over. LSU’s two losses this season have both come to teams that were in the top 10 at the time of the loss. LSU is 4-1 when playing at home this season.

# 9 Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-1) @ # 2 Texas Tech Red Raiders (9-0)
Time: 8:00pm ET
Spread: Texas Tech – 3
Preview: Jones SBC Stadium will be rocking once again on Saturday night. One week after the Red Raiders huge win over rival Texas; Texas Tech is back at it, this time against 8-1 Oklahoma State. For the Cowboys, their lone loss was a 28-24 defeat at the hands of Texas. Oklahoma State is in second place in the Big 12 South with a 4-1 mark, one full game behind Texas Tech. Quarterback Zac Robinson has thrown for over 2,000 yards and thrown for 20 touchdowns on the season. On the year, the Cowboys have scored 408 points and allowed just 189. Oklahoma State is 2-1 on the road this season. For the Red Raiders, quarterback Graham Harrell has been nothing short of outstanding this season. He has completed 292 of 413 passes for 3621 yards, and 30 touchdowns. On the year, the Red Raiders have scored 423 points and allowed just 202. Texas Tech is 5-0 when playing at home this year. The Red Raiders are currently at the top of the Big 12 South with a 5-0 mark, a loss on Saturday will result in a very messy clutter at the top of the division.

# 3 Penn State Nittany Lions (9-0) @ Iowa Hawkeyes (5-4)
Time: 3:30pm ET
Spread: Penn State – 7
Preview: The 9-0 Penn State Nittany Lions took last week off, and didn’t move up or down during the big mix up at top of the AP and BCS standings. Penn State has won all nine of their games this season, and all but one by double digits. Before the bye week, Penn State played in their closest game; a 13-6 win at Ohio State. The win for Penn State moved them to 5-0 in the Big Ten, a half game ahead of Michigan State. Evan Royster leads the Nittany Lions offense with nearly 1000 yards, and 10 touchdown runs. The Nittany Lions will travel to Iowa City and Kinnick Stadiun to battle the 5-4 Iowa Hawkeyes. Iowa is coming off a 27-24 at Illinois on Saturday. Iowa is currently 2-3; and seventh in the Big Ten conference. Iowa has scored 262 points in nine games this season; while allowing 119 on the year. The Hawkeyes have win four of five games at home this season; with their lone loss coming on September 27th to Northwestern.

Baylor Bears (3-6) @ # 4 Texas Longhorns (8-1)
Time: 12:00pm ET
Spread: Texas – 26
Preview: The Baylor Bears are in for a tough task on Saturday afternoon. Coming off a loss to Texas Tech; the Texas Longhorns are not going to be happy campers. Baylor, coming off three straight losses; Oklahoma State, Nebraska, and Missouri the Bears are looking to get back into the win column. With three games remaining, Baylor is looking to finish the season, possibly climbing back to .500. Baylor has gotten beat by an average of 13 points in their three games. The Bears three wins this season have come over Northwestern State, Washington State and Iowa State. Baylor is 1-4 in the Big 12 South; currently in last place. For Texas, after the last second loss to rival Texas Tech; they have fallen from the # 1 spot. In the loss, Colt McCoy threw for 294 yards, along with two touchdowns, and an interception, which was returned for a touchdown. The Longhorns have scored 398 points in nine games, and allowed just 186. In five games played at home this season; Texas is 5-0. A win on Saturday would keep the Longhorns in a decent position in the division with three teams currently trailing Texas Tech by just a game.

# 5 Florida Gators (7-1) @ # Vanderbilt Commodores (5-3)
Time: TBA
Spread: Florida – 23.5
Preview: The Florida Gators were huge winners on Saturday over another top 10 opponent; the Georgia Bulldogs. In the 49-10 win, quarterback Tim Tebow once again showed why he was the 2007 Heisman winner, throwing for two touchdowns, and running for three more. In eight games played this season, Florida has scored 343 points, while allowing just 93. The Gators lone loss this season was a September 27th home loss to Mississippi. The Gators have won all three of their road games this season; to Tennessee, Arkansas, and Georgia. For Vanderbilt, after a quick 5-0 start the Commodores have falling on tough times. Three straight losses have fans wondering if they will be bowl eligible by seasons end. With remaining games left with Kentucky, Tennessee, and Wake Forest that could most definitely be in jeopardy. The last three games; all losses; have come to Mississippi State, Georgia and Duke. In those three games, Vanderbilt has scored just 35 points, and allowed 51. The Commodores are 3-2 in the SEC East trailing both Florida, and Georgia.

# 6 Oklahoma Sooners (8-1) @ Texas A+M Aggies (4-5)
Time: TBA
Spread: Oklahoma – 25
Preview: The Oklahoma Sooners scored 62 points on Saturday, and fell in both the Associated Press and the Bowl Championship Series poll. The 62-28 win over Nebraska was highlighted by a 35-0 first quarter lead and a 49-14-halftime lead. The Sooners piled up 508 total yards of offense, along with Sam Bradford throwing for 311 yards and five touchdowns. In nine games this season, Oklahoma has scored 448 points, and allowed 208. Oklahoma is tied with Texas and Oklahoma State in the Big 12 South. For Texas A+M, the Aggies are doing whatever they can to try sneaking into a bowl game. Needing to win the next three to be assured of it will be a daunting task, starting on Saturday with a trip from the Sooners. The Aggies are coming off a 24-17 win over Colorado, and a 49-35 win over Iowa State. The Aggies ran into a tough stretch earlier in the season losing to Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Texas Tech in consecutive weeks. Aggies quarterback Jerrod Johnson has thrown for 2017 yards and 20 touchdowns on the year.

# 21 California Golden Bears (6-2) @ # 7 USC Trojans (7-1)
Time: 8:00pm ET
Spread: USC – 18.5
Preview: The California Bears are in the running atop the Pac Ten standings. The Bears are just ½ game behind USC at 4-1, and have a shot on Saturday of taking the lead within the conference. The Golden Bears have won two in a row since their lone conference loss to Arizona. In the wins over UCLA and Oregon, California has scored 33.5 points per game in those games. The other loss for California was a September 13th loss at Maryland. The Golden Bears have scored 291 points, and allowed 168 on the year. In three road games, California has won just one of those games; a 66-3 win at Washington State. For USC, the Trojans have won seven games in eight attempts this season, and in those games have completed four shutouts; including three of their last four. On Saturday, the Trojans beat Washington 56-0, and three weeks ago USC knocked around Washington State 69-0. In eight games, USC has allowed just 57 points. The Trojans are 4-0 when playing at home this season.

Utah State Aggies (2-7) @ # 10 Boise State Broncos (8-0)
Time: 2:00pm ET
Spread: Boise State – 32
Preview: The Utah State Aggies’ fans have not had a lot to cheer about in 2008. Winners of just two of nine games this season, the Aggies are coming off a 30-14 win on Saturday over Hawaii. Before the win, Utah State had lost four straight games; Brigham Young, San Jose State, Nevada, and Fresno State. In nine games, the Aggies have been outscored 189-320, including 66-24 to Oregon, and 58-10 to Utah. For Boise State, the Broncos continue to make a slight move up the BCS ladder, this week stopping at # 10.  The Broncos have won all eight of their games played this season, including a win on Saturday over New Mexico State 49-0. Boise State has allowed just 79 points in eight games this season. Broncos quarterback Kellen Moore has completed 146 of 233 passes for 2081 yards and 18 touchdowns, with just 5 interceptions. The Broncos lead the Western Athletic Conference with a 4-0 mark.

#11 Ohio State Buckeyes (7-2) @ # 24 Northwestern Wildcats (7-2)
Time: 12:00pm ET
Spread: Ohio State – 11
Preview: The Ohio State Buckeyes are behind the eight ball in their quest to win another Big Ten title. After falling to Penn State 13-6, the Buckeyes sit a game behind the Nittany Lions. With some help from Big Ten opponents, and the Buckeyes winning out they still hope for a shot at the end. This week Ohio State will face a tough task heading to Evanston Illinois to face the Northwestern Wildcats. The Wildcats are 7-2 as well on the season, and coming off a 24-17 upset win over Minnesota. The Wildcats two losses this season have come to Michigan State and Indiana. Northwestern has outscored opponents 236-163 on the season. In five home games this season, Northwestern has won four of them. After Saturday’s game, Northwestern will take on Michigan and state rival Illinois.

# 13 Georgia Bulldogs (7-2) @ Kentucky Wildcats (6-3)
Time: TBA
Spread: Georgia – 10.5
Preview: The Georgia Bulldogs were knocked around for the second time in nine games this year by a Southeastern Conference rival. The Florida Gators put it to Georgia with a 49-10 pounding, assisted by a 35-7 second half advantage. In the loss on Saturday, the Bulldogs turned the ball over, including three interceptions by quarterback Matthew Stafford. Georgia has outscored opponents 284-211 this season in their nine games played. In three true road games, the Bulldogs have won all three; wins over South Carolina, Arizona State, and LSU. The Kentucky Wildcats became bowl eligible on Saturday with a 14-13 win at Mississippi State. The Wildcats are looking to solidify their spot with an upset win at home on Saturday. Kentucky’s six wins have come over; Louisville, Norfolk State, Middle Tennessee State, Western Kentucky, Arkansas, and Mississippi State. The three Kentucky losses are to; Alabama, South Carolina and Florida. The loss to Florida was a 63-5 pounding taken on October 25th.

Kansas State Wildcats (4-5) @ # 14 Missouri Tigers (7-2)
Time: 12:00pm ET
Spread: Missouri – 26.5
Preview: With looming games at home with Nebraska and Iowa State, the Kansas State Wildcats would love to pull off an upset win and have a shot at finishing at 7-5. Kansas State has lost three straight games; to Colorado, Oklahoma, and Kansas. In those three losses the Wildcats have given up an average of 41.3 points per game. On the season, the Wildcats have allowed 303 points in nine games. The Wildcats four wins this season have come over North Texas, Montana State, Louisiana Lafayette, and Texas A+M. For Missouri, after a quick 5-0 start, two losses seemingly slowed the Tigers down. After two wins, the Tigers have started to show more signs of life, although a 31-28 win at Baylor put some doubt in the minds of Tiger backers. Quarterback Chase Daniel has thrown for nearly 3000 yards and thrown for 26 passing touchdowns. The Tigers offense has scored 45.5 points per game in their nine games this year. Missouri is 3-2 in the Big 12 North; tied with Kansas and a game ahead of Nebraska. The two games after Kansas State for the Tigers are at Iowa State, and then home with Kansas.

San Diego State Aztecs (1-8) @ # 15 Brigham Young Cougars (8-1)
Time: 2:00pm ET
Spread: BYU – 36.5
Preview: The Aztecs have just one win on the season, but as the old cliché goes Saturday would be “enough to salvage the season”. The 1-8 Aztecs will take to the road to Provo and take on the 8-1 BYU Cougars. For San Diego State; their lone win on September 27th was a 45-17 win over Idaho. On the season the Aztecs have allowed 321 points; including 70 in one game, October 18th at New Mexico. San Diego State has yet to win a Mountain West Conference game at 0-5. For BYU, the Cougars survived a week ten scare in which they trailed 28-24 to Colorado State only to come back and win 45-42. Quarterback Max Hall who has thrown for 29 touchdowns, and 2700+ yards leads the Cougars. The Cougars sit a game behind TCU and Utah in the Mountain West, but hope for some late season luck to sneak out a possible conference title. In nine games this season BYU has scored 321 points and allowed 170.

Purdue Boilermakers (3-6) @ # 18 Michigan State Spartans (8-2)
Time: 12:00pm ET
Spread: Michigan State – 10
Preview: The Purdue Boilermakers will take to the road and take on a Big Ten surprise on Saturday. Purdue, 3-6 on the year; coming off a 48-42 shootout win over Michigan on Saturday. Before Saturday’s game Purdue had lost five straight games to Notre Dame, Penn State, Ohio State, Northwestern, and Minnesota. The Boilermakers are 1-4 in the Big Ten, and will have two games remaining after Saturday’s game; at Iowa and home with Indiana. For Michigan State, the Spartans just look to keep winning, and hope for a Penn State loss. At 5-1, the Spartans trail the Nittany Lions by just a half game in the Big Ten. Michigan State and Penn State will meet in the last regular season game of the season on November 22nd. Michigan State is coming off a 25-24 win over Wisconsin on home Saturday. The win was aided by a Brett Swenson 44 yard field goal with just 7 seconds remaining.

# 20 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-2) @ # 19 UNC Tar Heels (6-2)
Time: TBA
Spread: North Carolina – 4.5
Preview: There is a mid November ACC battle between two ranked teams, and the Florida State Seminoles are not involved. That seems to be a rarity in recent years inside the Atlantic Coast Conference. The game will feature the 7-2 Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech and the 6-2 Tar Heels of North Carolina. Georgia Tech is coming off a 31-28 win over Florida State on Saturday. In week nine, the Yellow Jackets took one of their two losses of the year; a 24-17 loss to Virginia. Their other 2008 loss was a September 13th defeat at Virginia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are on top of the ACC Coastal Division with a 4-2 mark. For North Carolina, the Tar Heels are coming off a bye week in which the Tar Heels were able to watch positive film on a 45-24 win over Boston College. North Carolina’s two losses this season have come to Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Tar Heels have scored 249 points on the season, and allowed 159. North Carolina is 4-1 at home this season.

Clemson Tigers (4-4) @ # 22 Florida State Seminoles (6-2)
Time: 12:00pm ET
Spread: Florida State – 6.5
Preview: Inside the Atlantic Coast Conference- Coastal Division the Florida State Seminoles sit just ½ game behind the Maryland ‘Terps.  Clemson still looks to climb into a bowl game, sitting at a 4-4 mark currently. The Tigers have had a rough game after starting in the preseason top 10, before losing three straight in the middle of the season. Since the firing of head coach Tommy Bowden, the Tigers have knocked off Boston College, and fallen to Georgia Tech. Clemson is 2-3 in the ACC Atlantic. Florida State was a 31-28 loser on Saturday at Georgia Tech. The ‘Noles’ other 2008 loss was a September 20th defeat at the hands of Wake Forest. Florida State has scored 282 points, and allowed just 147 on the season. The Seminoles are 4-1 when playing at home this season. 

Cincinnati Bearcats (6-2) @ # 25 West Virginia Mountaineers (6-2)
Time: 7:00pm ET
Spread: West Virginia – 8
Preview: In what appears to be a very under looked game in week 11, the Cincinnati Bearcats will travel to West Virginia to take on the Mountaineers. Both teams come in with a 6-2 mark, with the Bearcats at 2-1 in the Big East, while West Virginia leads with a 3-0 mark. Cincinnati’s six wins have come over Eastern Kentucky, Miami (OH), Akron, Marshall, Rutgers, and South Florida. Their two losses this season have both been on the road; at Oklahoma and at Connecticut. Cincinnati has scored 214 points, and allowed 164 on the year. For West Virginia, the nation media finally took notice of the Mountaineers after a 35-13 blasting at Connecticut on Saturday. West Virginia started the season 1-2, but have won five straight since then. Wins over Marshall, Rutgers, Syracuse, Auburn and UConn have put the Mountaineers back in the national picture. Quarterback Pat White, who has thrown for just 885 yards, but completed 13 touchdown passes leads the Mountaineers.


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