Season Record: 111-38
Last Week’s Record: 14-4
Welcome back to The Campus Game and Week 12 of the 2010 college football season.
Each week, predictions for all SEC games and a selected number of national games will be posted here.
Comment: Ten games over .500 for the week sets up for a strong finish to the semester. This weekend the slate is below average as many teams await rivalry games during the Thanksgiving holidays.
Best Pick: Finally, Irish fans were able to cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame with a (professor-predicted) big win over Utah.
Worst Pick: Florida finally got knocked out of an SEC championship game when South Carolina gutted the Gators.
Here are this week’s SEC picks and national picks of interest.
Note: XM and Sirius channels are listed after time and television.
Georgia State (6-4) at Alabama (8-2, 5-2)
6:30 p.m. CT ESPNU 199 (UA) 216 (UA)
Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821)
Comment: Tide rolled over first-year Panther program 63-7 on Thursday night.
Troy (5-4) at South Carolina (7-3, 5-3)
12:21 p.m. ET SEC Network 199 (USC) 214 (USC)
Columbia, S.C. • Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)
Comment: Giddy Gamecocks play a Troy team that is typically tough. SC preps for Clemson on way to SEC championship game for the first time.
Professor’s Pick: South Carolina
Appalachian State (9-1) at Florida (6-4, 4-4)
12:30 p.m. ET Florida PPV 200 (UF) 215 (UF)
Gainesville, Fla. • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (88,548)
Comment: Appy State did win at the Big House a few years ago and if there was ever a year to handle Florida this is it. Not happening though.
Professor’s Pick: Florida
Ole Miss (4-6, 1-5) at LSU (9-1, 5-1)
2:30 p.m. CT CBS Sports 201 (LSU) 219 (LSU)
Baton Rouge, La. • Tiger Stadium (92,400)
Comment: The only people more hammered than LSU fans will be the Ole Miss Rebels, struggling in fresh from a 52-14 pounding at Tennessee. LSU is still in contention for BCS bowls and even a potential title shot.
Professor’s Pick: LSU
Arkansas (8-2, 4-2) at Mississippi State (7-3, 3-3)
6 p.m. CT ESPN 141/121 (UA); 199/214 (MSU)
Starkville, Miss. • Davis Wade Stadium (55,082)
Comment: An outstanding game between two hot teams. Arkansas has won four in a row, averaging well over 40 points per game. MSU won six of seven before getting throttled at Alabama. I think Arkansas is just a little too good.
Professor’s Pick: Arkansas
Tennessee (4-6, 1-5) at Vanderbilt (2-8, 1-6)
6:30 p.m. CT CSS 200 (VU) 215 (VU)
Nashville, Tenn. • Vanderbilt Stadium (39,773)
Comment: Tennessee needs to close with wins over rivals Vanderbilt and Kentucky to even the season record and assure a bowl berth. The Vols accomplish the first part of the mission in Music City.
Professor’s Pick: Tenneseee
Auburn (11-0, 7-0)
Georgia (5-6, 3-5)
Kentucky (6-5, 2-5)
(all games Eastern)
Wisconsin at Michigan (12:00 Noon ESPN) … Bucky Badgers are top team in the nation in my opinion right now. They still have a chance to get to national title game, but must win at the Big House against explosive Michigan. Professor’s Pick: Wisconsin
Pitt at South Florida (12:00 Noon ESPN2) … A significant game that may well determine the Big East champ. While the league does not deserve a team in the BCS bowls this season it will get one. Professor’s Pick: South Florida
Ohio State at Iowa (3:30 ABC) … Winner stays alive in Big Ten race. Let’s say the Hawkeyes pull a moderate upset of the Bucks. Professor’s Pick: Iowa
Virginia Tech at Miami (3:30 ESPN) … The Hokies have come a long way since losing to Boise and James Madison to start the season. Hurricanes must win and hope Va Tech loses to Virginia next week to stay in ACC Coastal contention. Unlikely. Professor’s Pick: Virginia Tech
Nebraska at Texas A&M (8:00 ABC) … This is a potential preview of the Big 12 title game, although A&M needs Kansas and Oklahoma to whip OK State. Cornhuskers will most likely eliminate that possibility regardless. Professor’s Pick: Nebraska
Enjoy the games.