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2009 College Football Previews - Week 12

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Thursday November 19, 2009

Colorado Buffaloes (3-7) @ # 12 Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-2)
Time: 7:30pm EST
Spread: Oklahoma State -15.5
Preview: The Colorado Buffaloes will head to Stillwater to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys in a week 12 battle. Colorado comes in 3-7, and 2-4 in Big 12 play. The Buffaloes are coming off a 17-10 on the road in Ames Iowa to Iowa State. The Buffaloes have scored just 219 points and allowed 287 on the season. Colorado is using quarterback Tyler Hansen in place of Cody Hawkins. Since Hansen has come into action he has thrown for 1000 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Cowboys come in at 8-2 and 5-1 in conference play. The Cowboys are just one game behind Texas in the South Division. Oklahoma State is coming off a 24-17 win over Texas Tech in which they forced the Red Raiders to throw three interceptions. Zach Robinson leads the Cowboys offense with 15 touchdown passes. The Cowboys will play this game with Colorado, and then finish the season on November 28th against rival Oklahoma.

Friday, November 20, 2009

# 6 Boise State Broncos (10-0) @ Utah State Aggies (3-7)
Time: 9:30pm EST
Spread: Boise State - 24
Preview: The Broncos will look for their 11th straight win, when they head on the road to take on the Utah State Aggies. Boise State is coming off a 63-25 win over the Idaho Vandals. In the win, quarterback Kellen Moore tossed for 299 yards and five touchdowns. On the season, Moore has thrown for over 2,500 yards and 32 touchdowns. The Broncos are averaging 43.6 points per game offensively, and allowing just under 17. Boise State is tied with Nevada at the top of the Western Athletic Conference. The Broncos and Wolf pack will play on November 27th for the conference title. The Aggies are coming off a 24-9 win over San Jose State, which snapped a two game losing streak. The Aggies are 3-7 overall, and 2-4 in conference play. Utah State is led by quarterback Diondre Borel, who has thrown for 2,315 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Florida International Golden Panthers (3-7) @ # 1 Florida Gators (10-0)
Time: 12:30pm EST
Spread: Florida - 41.5
Preview: In what appears to be a lopsided affair, the Florida International Golden Panthers will head to Gainesville to take on the unbeaten Florida Gators. Florida International has been extremely inconsistent winning just three of ten games. The latest win for the Golden Panthers was a 35-28 win over North Texas. The Gators will hope not to look ahead to their final two games; at home with Florida State, and then in the SEC title game against Alabama. The Gators wrapped up the SEC East title with their 4-3 record, ahead of Georgia, at 4-3 and South Carolina at 3-5. The most recent win for Florida was a 24-14 win at Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks. Quarterback Tim Tebow has thrown for 1730 yards, rushed for 604 yards and combined for 22 touchdowns on the season. The Florida defense on the season is averaging just 10 points per game.

Chattanooga Mocs (6-4) @ # 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (10-0)
Time: 12:21pm EST
Spread: N/A
Preview: The Chattanooga Mocs would love to be the first to upend the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2009. The chances are unlikely, but Chattanooga can dream. The Mocs are 6-4 overall and 4-4 in Southern Conference play. The Mocs are coming off a 31-28 win over The Citadel in which quarterback B.J. Coleman threw for 356 yards. Coleman, on the season, has tossed for 2312 yards and 17 touchdowns. The Mocs are averaging 23.6 points per game, and allowing 23.8 points per game. Alabama comes in winners of ten straight games, and already have the SEC - West wrapped up. After this battle with Chattanooga, the Crimson Tide will travel to Auburn, and then play in the SEC title game on December 5th against the Florida Gators. The winner of that  game will most likely play in the national championship game. Mark Ingram is getting serious looks at Heisman, as he has garnered 1297 yards and 10 touchdowns. Quarterback Greg McElroy has also been sharp completing 153 of 254 passes for 1913 yards and 13 touchdowns. The Crimson Tide have out scored opponents 309 - 109 on the season.

Kansas Jay Hawks (5-5) @ # 3 Texas Longhorns (10-0)
Time: 8:00pm EST
Spread: Texas - 26
Preview: The Kansas Jay Hawks will look to be the first team this season to beat the Texas Longhorns. Tough task, especially for a team that has lost five straight games, and yet to win a Big 12 game this season. The Jay Hawks, who were once 5-0 on the season now need a win in one of their last two games, either over Texas or Missouri to become bowl eligible. The Jay Hawks most recent loss was a 31-17 defeat at the hands of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. In Kansas’ wins this season, they have scored 34 points, or more in each of them. In their losses, they are averaging only 22 points per game. For Texas, the Longhorns look to be a team on a mission. Out scoring opponents 416 - 126 on the season, they have won four straight in blow-out fashion. Texas’ most recent win was a 47-14 pasting of Baylor. Colt McCoy tied the FBS record for most career wins, as he threw for two early touchdowns in the win. The Longhorns defense allowed just 0.2 yards per carry in the win. Texas will play in the Big 12 title game against either Nebraska or Kansas State, and with three wins, the Longhorns will play in the national title game.

# 4 TCU Horned Frogs (10-0) @ Wyoming Cowboys (5-5)
Time: 2:00pm EST
Spread: TCU - 31
Preview: The TCU Horned Frogs will go on the road, and look to stay unbeaten. After their 55-28 pasting of Utah, the Horned Frogs moved to 10-0 on the season and 6-0 in Mountain West play. In the win over the Utes, the Horned Frogs scored 3 touchdowns in a span of 2.5 minutes. The offense for TCU gained 549 total yards in the win, with 342 of them coming via  the rushing game. Andy Dalton, the TCU quarterback has put up solid numbers, throwing for 2088 yards and 17 touchdowns. Running back Joseph Turner has picked up over 600 yards on the season, along with 9 touchdowns. The Wyoming Cowboys are look to finish the season and become bowl eligible. Wyoming is 5-5 overall, and 3-3 in Mountain West Conference play. The Cowboys are coming off a 30-27 win at San Diego State, which snapped their three game losing streak. During that streak of three games, the Cowboys offense was only able to score 10 points total. Wyoming has won three of five games at home this season.

# 8 LSU Tigers (8-2) @ Mississippi Rebels (7-3)
Time: 3:30pm EST
Spread: Mississippi - 3.5
Preview: The LSU Tigers will look to play a little better  in week twelve than they did in their week eleven 24-16 win over Louisiana Tech. The offense struggle for the Tigers, as the Bulldogs controlled the clock; to the tune of 36:20 of total time. The Tigers are 8-2 overall and 4-2 in SEC play. The Tigers can finish second place in the SEC - West with a win at Mississippi and a home win over Arkansas to finish the season. The Tigers are 3-1 on the road this season, with their lone loss coming at Alabama. The Rebels are 7-3 overall, and 3-3 in the SEC - West. Mississippi is coming off a 42-17 win over Lane Kiffin and the Tennessee Volunteers. The Rebels are led by Jevon Snead and his 1983 passing yards, along with 17 touchdown passes. Mississippi is averaging 31.1 points per game offensively, while their defense is yielding 15.9 points per game. The Rebels have won five of six games at home this season, with their lone loss coming also to Alabama.

# 10 Ohio State Buckeyes (9-2) @ Michigan Wolverines (5-6)
Time: 12:00pm EST
Spread: Ohio State - 12.5
Preview: The Buckeyes are Rose Bowl Bound, but would love to finish the season with their fifth straight win. Ohio State won the Big Ten with their 27-24 overtime win over Iowa on Saturday. Ohio State is 6-1 in conference play, ahead of Iowa, Penn State and Wisconsin; all at 5-2, and all teams the Buckeyes have beat. Ohio State’s two losses this season came at home to USC, and on the road at Purdue. Ohio State is out scoring opponents 330 - 136 on the season. The Buckeyes have won three of their four road games this season. The Michigan Wolverines, under Rich Rodriguez are under heavy fire, after losing their fourth straight game, and fifth in their last six games on Saturday. The Wolverines were downed 45-24 at the hands of the Wisconsin Badgers. Michigan has lost six straight Big Ten games for the first time since 1958-1959. The Wolverines have won five of seven games at home this year, with their losses coming to Penn State and Purdue. Tate Forcier has had a solid freshman season passing for 1824 yards and 12 touchdowns.

# 11 Oregon Ducks (8-2) @ Arizona Wildcats (6-3)
Time: 8:00pm EST
Spread: Oregon - 5.5
Preview: The Oregon Ducks are two wins away from advancing to the Rose Bowl against Ohio State; as the Pac Ten champions. Oregon will have to beat Arizona on the road, and then come home next week and beat rival Oregon State to win the conference outright. Oregon is coming off a 44-21 win over Arizona State in which LaMichael James ran for 150 yards. Oregon overall ran for 268 yards. Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has thrown for 1581 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season. The Wildcats lost their chance to stay right in the mix for the Pac-Ten title. With the 24-16 loss to California, the Wildcats fell to 4-2, and now have a very tough road. The Wildcats will play two road games to end the season; at Arizona State and USC. The Wildcats are led by quarterback Nick Foles, who has thrown for 1736 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season.

Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-5) @ # 13 Iowa Hawkeyes (9-2)
Time: 12:00pm EST
Spread: Iowa - 10
Preview: The Golden Gophers will finish their season in Iowa City, taking on the Iowa Hawkeyes, following two straight losses. Minnesota is coming off their 16-13 win over South Dakota State, which made them bowl eligible. The Gophers are without top receiver Eric Decker. Decker led the team with 50 catches, 758 yards and 5 touchdowns on the season. Minnesota is 3-4 in Big Ten play, tied with Purdue in seventh place. Minnesota has won two of four games on the road this season. The Hawkeyes are coming in off their 24-21 loss to Ohio State in overtime. The loss eliminated the Hawkeyes from winning the Big Ten. Iowa played the final half against Northwestern and the entire game against Ohio State without quarterback Ricky Stanzi. Stanzi had thrown for 2186 yards and 15 touchdowns before going down to injury. Stanzi is unexpected to play in this home game, but appears to be slated for a bowl game appearance for Iowa. The Hawkeyes are 5-1 when playing at home this season.

# 14 Penn State Nittany Lions (9-2) @ Michigan State Spartans (6-5)
Time: 3:30pm EST
Spread: Penn State - 3
Preview: The Penn State Nittany Lions will look to pick up their 10th win of the season, but some still consider that a disappointment. With home losses to Iowa and Ohio State, the Nittany Lions will not be making a New Years trip to Pasadena. Instead, the Nittany Lions hope to finish the season strong, and pick up a solid bowl game. The Nittany Lions will travel to East Lansing to take on the Michigan State Spartans. Penn State is coming off a 31-20 win over Indiana, which follows the 24-7 loss to Ohio State. Darryl Clark has led the Nittany Lions, at the quarterback position, passing for 198 yards and a touchdown against Indiana, and on the season, throwing for 2477 yards and 19 touchdowns. The Nittany Lions are out scoring opponents 28.5 - 11.6 on average. The Spartans come into the game, looking for the seventh win of the season. Michigan State has won two straight games, to become bowl eligible. The Spartans beat Western Michigan 49-14 on November 7th, and then more recently beat Purdue on the road 40-37. Kirk Cousins has thrown for 2305 yards and 17 touchdown to lead the Spartans offense to 31 points per game.

North Carolina State Wolfpack (4-6) @ # 15 Virginia Tech Hokies (7-3)
Time: 3:30pm EST
Spread: Virginia Tech - 20
Preview: The Wolfpack with their 43-23 have put themselves under the eight ball at reaching the .500 mark by seasons end. North Carolina State will need to win their final two  games; at Virginia Tech, and with North Carolina to finish the season at 6-6. North Carolina State started the season 3-1, before falling in 4 straight decisions. In the Atlantic Coast Conference; North Carolina State is 1-5, tied with Maryland at the bottom of the Atlantic Division. The Wolfpack have out scored opponents 326 - 309 on the season. The Virginia Tech Hokies, despite being eliminated from the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division title will look to finish their season strong, and pad their resume for a bowl game. The Hokies are coming off a 36-9 win at Maryland, which followed their 16-3 win at East Carolina. Tyrod Taylor, the quarterback for the Hokies has completed 109 of 194 passes for 1720 yards and 12 touchdowns. Virginia Tech’s three losses this season have came to Alabama, Georgia Tech and North Carolina.

# 16 Wisconsin Badgers (8-2) @ Northwestern Wildcats (7-4)
Time: 3:30pm EST
Spread: Wisconsin - 7
Preview: Wisconsin will wrap up it’s Big Ten schedule on the road in Evanston Illinois against the Northwestern Wildcats. Wisconsin is 8-2 overall and 5-2 within Big Ten conference play. The Badgers picked up a 45-24 win over Michigan to extend their winning streak to three. In the win, quarterback Scott Tolzien threw for 240 yards and four touchdowns. On the season, Tolzien has thrown for 1957 yards and 14 touchdowns. Northwestern is bowl eligible and seeking it’s 8th win of the season. The Wildcats have wins at Iowa and Illinois in their last two games. The Wildcats are averaging 24.5 points per  game, and allowing 22.6. Northwestern has won four of six games at home this season.

# 25 California Golden Bears (7-3) @ # 17 Stanford Cardinals (7-3)
Time: 7:30pm EST
Spread: Stanford - 7
Preview: A pair of 7-3 teams hook up in a huge Pac-Ten affair. The Golden Bears picked up a 24-16 win over the Arizona Wildcats to move to 4-3 in conference play. The Bears are led by Jahvid Best and his 867 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, but his availability is in question, after suffering a concussion in the 31-14 loss to Oregon State. The Golden Bears also have seen solid production from quarterback Kevin Riley. Riley has completed 158 of 238 passes for 2186 yards and 15 touchdowns on the season. The Golden Bears offense is averaging 30.7 points per game. The Cardinals have made their way into the Pac-Ten title race. Stanford has won three straight; including back-to-back wins over Oregon and USC. The Cardinals now only trail Oregon by ½ game in the race to Pasadena. The Cardinals will need to beat Stanford, and hope for a some help from Oregon, Oregon State and Arizona opponents. The Cardinals, in the win over USC, put up 55 points, which was the most allowed by a Trojans team, ever. The Cardinals have one of the most dynamic offenses in the country, scoring just over 36 points per  game. 

# 19 Oregon State Beavers (7-3) @ Washington State Cougars (1-9)
Time: 5:05pm EST
Spread: Oregon State - 31
Preview: The high powered Oregon State offense will head to Washington State to take on the putrid Cougars. Oregon State is averaging over 30 points per game this season, while the Cougars defense is yielding 39 points per  game.  Oregon State is coming off a 48-21 win over Washington, in which Jacquizz and James Rodgers both scored two touchdowns. Oregon State is in the mix for the Pac-Ten title, with a 5-2 record, trailing Oregon (6-1) and Stanford (6-2). The Beavers losses this season have come to Cincinnati, Arizona and USC. The Cougars lone win came on September 19th over Southern Methodist 30-27. Every loss for Washington State on the season has come by double digits, with the closest being a 13 point loss to Arizona State. The Cougars are seeking their first Pac-Ten win since beating Washington in the 2008 season. 

Duke Blue Devils (5-5) @ # 20 Miami Hurricanes (7-3)
Time: 12:00pm EST
Spread: Miami - 19
Preview: The Duke Blue Devils will look to snap their two game losing streak when they head south to take on the Miami Hurricanes. Duke is coming off a 49-10 pasting at the hands of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. That loss followed the 19-6 rivalry loss at Chapel Hill. Duke is 5-5 overall, and looking for a win on the road, or a home win next week over Wake Forest to become bowl eligible. The Blue Devils have won three of five games on the road this season, with wins at Army, North Carolina State and Virginia. The Hurricanes will also look to bounce back on Saturday, following their 33-24 loss to North Carolina. The loss for Miami snapped their two game winning streak, and sent them to 4-3 in conference play. In the loss, the Tar Heels forced Miami to turn the ball over four times. The Hurricanes have scored 315 points on the season, and allowed 242. Miami is 4-1 when playing at home this season, with their lone loss coming on October 24th to Clemson

San Diego State Aztecs (4-6) @ # 21 Utah Utes (8-2)
Time: 4:00pm EST
Spread: Utah - 17.5
Preview: In what appears to be a huge stretch, the San Diego State Aztecs will look to gain bowl eligibility in their last two games, at Utah and UNLV. The Aztecs are coming off two straight losses; to TCU and Wyoming, in which they were out scored 85 - 39. The Aztecs have fallen to 2-4 in Mountain West play. Quarterback Ryan Lindley has been instrumental in the offense for the Aztecs, as he has thrown for 2,506 yards and 21 touchdowns on the season. San Diego State is scoring just under 25 points per game on the season. Utah comes in, after their disappointing 55-28 loss to TCU. The Utes offense was consistent, scoring a touchdown in each and every quarter, but the defense was a problem; allowing 55 points. The loss for the Utes was the first in conference play, and dropped them into a second place tie with Brigham Young. The other loss for Utah this season came on September 19th at Oregon. The Utes have out scored opponents 290 - 203 on the season. Utah is 5-0 when playing at home this season.

Air Force Falcons (7-4) @ # 22 Brigham Young Cougars (8-2)
Time: 3:30pm EST
Spread: BYU - 9.5
Preview: The Air Force Falcons will finish their regular season schedule on the road at Brigham Young, in an effort to win their 8th of the season. The Falcons have won three straight games, and moved to fourth place in the Mountain West Conference. Air Force trails TCU, who is unbeaten, along with Utah and Brigham Young, with just a lone loss. The Falcons are scoring just under 29 points per game, and their defense has been stellar, allowing just 13.3 points per game. The Falcons three losses have come at Navy, with TCU, and at Utah. The Brigham Young Cougars narrowly escaped a 24-19 decision over winless New Mexico. The Cougars picked up 314 passing yards from quarterback Max Hall in the win. Hall on the season has thrown for 2857 yards and 23 touchdowns. The Cougars are scoring 35.3 points per game.

Virginia Cavaliers (3-7) @ # 23 Clemson Tigers (7-3)
Time: 3:30pm EST
Spread: Clemson - 20.5
Preview: The Virginia Cavaliers will look to end their four game losing streak, and make a storyline out of a disappointing season, by attempting to knock Clemson out of the ACC title game. The Cavaliers have taken losses to Georgia Tech, Duke, Miami and Boston College and fallen to 2-4 in the Atlantic Coast - Coastal Division. The Cavaliers three wins have come over North Carolina, Indiana and Maryland. The Tigers will look to put a final stamp on the Atlantic Coast Conference - Atlantic Division with a win. Clemson leads the division with a 5-2 mark, while Boston College is at 4-2. The Tigers have a 25-7 win at hand over the Eagles. C.J. Spiller has put up Heisman like numbers, rushing 153 times for 836 yards and 6 touchdowns for a Tigers team that is averaging 33 points per game.

Memphis Tigers (2-8) @ # 24 Houston Cougars (8-2)
Time: 1:00pm EST
Spread: Houston - 23.5
Preview: The Memphis Tigers will look to snap their season high four game losing streak when they head to Houston on Saturday. The Tigers are coming off losses at Southern Miss, home with East Carolina, at Tennessee, and with UAB. The Tigers have been outscored 330 - 218 on the season. Memphis has yet to win in four tries on the road this season. For Houston, their disappointing 37-32 loss to Central Florida knocked them out of first place in the Conference USA - West Division. The Cougars now trail Southern Methodist by one game. The Cougars beat Southern Methodist 38-15 on October 24th. The Cougars are led by Case Keenum and his 4192 yards and 31 touchdown passes. Houston is scoring 41.1 points per game, and allowing just over 30.


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