CFB Week 11 Pick ‘Em

So here we go with Week 11 of the College Football season. The year is winding down, and the importance of the games are ramping up. The game slate isn’t nearly as bad as it was last week. On top of that, we’ve got several inter-conference games with big time implications. So without any further ado, last week, I went 17-2 while Kevin went 15-4. Let’s see if we can both improve this week.

Note- All teams in the Top 25 are playing this week.

Thursday:

#2 Baylor vs. Kansas State
Tyler: Baylor has their first game without Seth Russell, and that’s a damn shame. He was truly killing it this year. Jarrett Stidham, however, isn’t too big a step down though, despite the fact that he’s a freshman. He’s played every game this year, while throwing for 6 TD’s and no picks. It helps that he has Corey Coleman too. Bears by 17.
Kevin: Jarrett Stidham will be starting for the first time following the season ending injury to Seth Russell. He has played in every game this year with 6 TD’s, although all in meaningless time. He is still stepping into a talented offense with an exceptional scheme so he should perform well throughout the game. Baylor by 20.

#24 Mississippi State vs. Missouri
Tyler: I think Dak Prescott has his hands full with the 6th best passing defense in the country. I don’t think Mizzou has played a quarterback, however, that is as efficient as Prescott, who has thrown only one pick this year and completed almost 67% of his passes. Mississippi State by 10.
Kevin: Mississippi State has not had the same success they had at this time last season but they are still a very good team. Dak Prescott is a great runner and an efficient passer, but he will be going against a very good Missouri defense. Even with that though, Mississippi should still be able to pull out the win. Bulldogs by 7.

Friday:

#23 Temple vs. SMU
Tyler: Temple only lost by 4 last week against Notre Dame, and people are still on their bandwagon. Never mind the game was close because Notre Dame played bad and not because Temple played well, but history is history. They’re still not real in my eyes, but they’re more real than SMU… for whatever that’s worth. Owls by 7.
Kevin: Temple couldn’t manage to pull out a win last week in what was one of the worst performances for the Irish this year. I don’t think they should be ranked honestly but they are still better than SMU. Temple by 14.

Saturday:

Vanderbilt vs. #11 Florida
Tyler: Florida opens up as 21 point favorites. The Gators have a dominant defense. The Commodores have a crappy offense. Do the math. Florida by 21.
Kevin: Florida has one of the best defenses in the country. They suffocate opponents and for the most part take a teams best player out of the game. Vanderbilt’s offense has been useless since Jordan Mathews got drafted 2 years ago. Gators by 24.

Duke vs. #21 UNC
Tyler: College basketball season is right around the corner, and I’d be way more excited for this game if it was the other sport. Both teams have been on the fringes of being ranked all year long. As I’ve said, I like Duke’s versatility, but UNC is on a roll, especially after a convincing win in the Steel City last week. Look for a big game from Ryan Switzer, who really reminds me of Julian Edelman, except way less cool. Tar Heels by 10.
Kevin: I don’t think Duke should have been ranked at all this year. They’ve beaten some horrible teams, and they played some games that were too close. UNC is flying high right now as they are playing some great football. Expect them to keep it up this week. UNC by 10.

#8 Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh
Tyler: A preview from this game will be coming this week, as always. Not as always, I won’t be watching due to the fact that I have community service because of my write-up (#FreeTyler). Despite last week’s ugly game, I’m sticking with the Irish. ND by 10.
Kevin: Notre Dame played bad last week but still got the win. I think they will turn it around this week, and Jaylon Smith will have a big performance as he tries to stop Pittsburgh’s offense. Notre Dame by 14.

#9 Stanford vs. Colorado
Tyler: Stanford looks like the best team out of the PAC-12. I don’t think Colorado will be able to keep this one too close. Cardinals by 17.
Kevin: Colorado doesn’t really stand a chance in this game. Stanford by 17.

Arkansas vs. #19 Ole Miss
Tyler: Ole Miss has one of the best receiving cores in the country. That alone will be too much for Arkansas to handle. Rebels by 14.
Kevin: The Rebels have one of the top offenses in the country and no one can deny that. The only defense that’s been able to stop them this year is Florida, and Arkansas’ defense in nowhere near that level. Ole Miss by 17.

#17 Florida State vs. #3 Clemson
Tyler: I almost picked this game for my upset, but I thought it over and I picked a different one. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Seminoles win because it helps my Irish out. But realistically that’s not happening. If you can’t dominate at Georgia Tech, you can’t dominate in Death Valley. And dominate is key because that’s what you’ve got to do for 60 minutes to take down Clemson. Not to mention, this is a big game for Florida State. And after watching him at the helm of ND’s offense for two seasons, I can tell you that big games and Everett Golson don’t go well together. Tigers by 14.
Kevin: Clemson is really starting to make me think that they are the top team in the country. They are playing phenomenally. Florida State has struggled at times throughout the year and they have started making mistakes. They have no chance of winning if that continues this week. Clemson by 14.

#5 TCU vs. #12 Oklahoma State
Tyler: There’s bound to be some type of upset this weekend. As you all know by now, I utterly hate TCU with all of my heart. I don’t think they’ll be in the playoff, and I think this game is the reason why. Bold prediction of the weekend- Trevone Boykin throws 3 picks and fumbles once in a Horned Frogs loss. Oklahoma State by 7.
Kevin: Trevone Boykin has been playing great. He had a play that was so good against West Virginia that West Virginia’s coach had to dap him up after it happened. There is no denying his talent and I think him alone is just too much for the Cowboys to handle. TCU by 10.

#10 Iowa vs. Indiana
Tyler: Clean games, that’s the plan for the Hawkeyes. Going away to face a Hoosier team that gave Ohio State problems just around a month ago, they’ll need their trademark defense and ball security more than ever. Iowa by 5.
Kevin: Indiana is on a 4 game losing streak and is coming off a blowout loss to Michigan State. They’re going to come out hungry for a win and they’ll try whatever they have to. The problem with that is that Iowa plays with a mindset like the Patriots. Everyone does their job and they don’t mess up because of it. Iowa by 7.

Rutgers vs. #16 Michigan
Tyler: Michigan came out poorly against Minnesota last week. But coming back home to the Big House to play the worst team the Big 10 has to offer should be a nice bounce-back game. Wolverines by 14.
Kevin: Rutgers is straight trash. Michigan started off slow but still got the win, and they should be able to get rolling again this week. Michigan by 20.

Cincinnati vs. #18 Houston
Tyler: I’m a Xavier student. Irregardless (yes, I know, not a word) if Xavier doesn’t have a football team, I’ll never pick UC in anything… Even if there’s a fire! Cougars by 30.
Kevin: Cincinnati has played both Temple and Memphis really well and then had a tough loss to BYU. They have been good all year and are by far the best team Houston will play so far this season. Put Houston on upset alert this week. Cincinnati by 3.

#22 UCLA vs. Oregon State
Tyler: Oregon State is still rebuilding, and UCLA is rolling. Those two don’t typically mix well for the former. UCLA by 17.
Kevin: UCLA and Josh Rosen are back on fire and the Bruins are looking really good. OregonState has been horrible this year and that won’t change. UCLA by 21.

Iowa State vs. #14 Oklahoma
Tyler: Oklahoma takes on the Cyclones at home. The Sooners are way out of the playoff picture, but not out of the race for a solid bowl game. Oklahoma by 17.
Kevin: Oklahoma has a high powered offense and a good team overall. Iowa State cannot say the same. Sooners by 21.

#6 Michigan State vs. Nebraska
Tyler: Michigan State will need to win out to elevate them from the 7th ranking in the College Football Playoff. I don’t think they’ll be able to, but I don’t see Nebraska as the team that ruins their perfect mark. Michigan State by 10.
Kevin: Michigan State should look to stay undefeated as they take on Nebraska. They need to win from here on out if they have any hope of going undefeated. Michigan State by 14.

Navy vs. #15 Memphis
Tyler: Yet another game for Memphis that shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Memphis by 14.
Kevin: Easy win for Memphis. Tigers by 21.

Auburn vs. #25 Texas A&M
Tyler: Auburn is still not good at football. Aggies by 14.
Kevin: Kyler Murray looked great in his first start for the Aggies and he could look even better this week. Look out for what some people are saying is the next Johnny Football. Texas A&M by 17.

#12 Utah vs. Washington
Tyler: This game isn’t a cake walk for Utah. Washington came out and beat USC this year, so logic would suggest that the Huskies could beat Utah (since they lost to USC). But good thing the game itself still has to be played. Utah isn’t out of the PAC-12 picture quite yet, but they’ll need to keep winning. And I think they will. Utes by 10.
Kevin: Utah suffered a loss to USC a couple weeks ago and they didn’t play that well last week. This week however should have them bounce back against a mediocre Washington team. Utah by 10.

#4 LSU vs. #7 Alabama
Tyler: Best game of the weekend, hands down. Big time SEC football with playoff implications against two rivals with an extensive history. LSU has the best player in college football in Leonard Fournette. The Bayou Bengals have played in lots of tight games this year that they’ve won because they had Fournette while the other team didn’t. Obviously it’s not like that changes this week, but ‘Bama is the best team LSU has played, and I don’t think they’ll win in Tuscaloosa. Crimson Tide by 2 in an instant classic.
Kevin: LSU has a tough task ahead of them as they have to travel into Tuscaloosa and try to get a win. Leornard Fournette is a man playing among boys, and Alabama’s defense isn’t quite as intimidating as it has been. It is still good, but at times it has been exposed by stars. LSU’s offense outside of Fournette struggles and quarterback Brandon Harris will struggle with the complexity of Alabama’s defensive schemes. That will ultimately be the death of LSU in a great game. Bama by 4

Minnesota vs. #1 Ohio State:
Tyler: J.T. Barrett made a really big, really stupid mistake the other week. It sucks for OSU that he won’t start this week after the offense really clicked with him calling the shots. They take on a Minnesota team who gave Michigan a real run for their money. But way too much talent for OSU. Cardale Jones is still one of the better quarterbacks in the Big 10. Buckeyes by 14.
Kevin: Minnesota is a good team but they have to deal with their head coach stepping down and at times that can really turnout bad for the team. Ohio State will take advantage of this. Cardale is going to have a monster game this week reminding everyone just how talented he is. Ohio State by 21.

BONUS- NC State vs. Boston College
Tyler: This game will be a great defensive battle. The top-ranked BC defense (no, that’s not a typo. They’re the top-ranked defense) takes on a Wolfpack team that has the 10th best defense. The Eagles’ offense is incompetent, however. NC State by 3.
Kevin: BC can’t move the ball against high school defenses, it’s that bad. Their defense on the other hand is top in the country. NC State has the 10th best making this game defensive stand. Look for the most bizarre win in college football this year, as the worst kicker in the country (Yes, you Mike Knoll) will give BC the win. Eagles by 3.
Tuesday (Which is technically Week 12 but I digress)

#20 Toledo vs. Central Michigan
Tyler: Toledo took the lost last time out against Northern Illinois. Central Michigan might be mediocre, but they play less Tuesday games than Toledo, which are a pain in my ass. Chippewas (that’s fun to say) by 3.
Kevin: Toledo has made both me andy Tyler’s life harder and that’s a bad move. We predicted it last week and we’ll predict it again this week. Central Michigan by 7.

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