Thursday, November 19, 2015

Week 12 Games of the Week, FBS, FCS, D2 Playoff picks

Week 12 Games of the Week

Cincinnati (6-4) at USF (6-4)
In an improbable scenario, USF could possibly claim the east crown by beating Cincinnati (and winning out) if Temple falls to Memphis, which could happen. The Bulls are surging at the right time, but they must get some work done. Cincinnati is bowl eligible, but not in a divisional race any longer.

Memphis (8-2) at Temple (8-2)
Memphis has been sliding for two weeks now, and Temple is coming off a week in which they got man handled by USF on the road. Both are looking for bounce back opportunities, but for the Owls, the East is at stake.

North Carolina (9-1) at Virginia Tech (5-5)
UNC can lock up the Coastal Division with a win this week, and that would send them to play Clemson in the ACC title game. Virginia Tech has nothing to play for with the exception of locking up one final bowl bid for Frank Beamer, so they have some vested interest in playing spoiler.

Big 12
Baylor (8-1) at Oklahoma State (10-0)
Oklahoma State is still getting no love from the playoff committee, as they rank just 6th this week. The Cowboys barely escaped from Iowa State last week, so they have to be on their best behavior this week with the Bears coming to town off a loss to Oklahoma, and the Sooners would just love for the Cowboys to fall flat the week before Bedlam.

TCU (9-1) at Oklahoma (9-1)
On the other side of the Big 12 playoff bracket, you have this gem of a matchup that just got smudged as both QB Trevone Boykin and WR Josh Doctson are questionable for the Frogs. If neither player goes this week, TCU cannot hope to beat OU on the road, and TCU needs this win desperately. With an Oklahoma State loss, OU could claim the league title next week.

Big 10
Michigan State (9-1) at Ohio State (10-0)
Neither club has been near perfect this season, but then again, nobody has dominated anywhere in 2015. The Spartans have been wobbly for weeks now, and that loss to Nebraska is still cutting fresh. If Michigan State can upset the Buckeyes in Columbus, the Spartans can walk away with a divisional crown by winning out. If the Buckeyes win this game, and then beat Michigan next week, the Buckeyes take it.

Michigan (8-2) at Penn State (7-3)
Michigan is still alive in the conference race, but they absolutely need to win out to get there, and that includes winning at always tough State College before taking on Ohio State next week. Penn State will be in super spoiler mode this Saturday.

Conference USA
There are no high profile games this week, just a series of tune up contests before next week’s divisional title games. Western Kentucky will take on FIU, while Marshall is idle heading into the Herd/Hilltopper Eastern Divisional title tilt next week. Louisiana Tech visits UTEP, while Southern Miss hosts Old Dominion before the Bulldogs and Eagles do battle next week as well for the West title.

Western Michigan (6-4) at Northern Illinois (7-3)
Both Broncos and Huskies are still in the mix in the MAC race, but both need the win this week to stay there. NIU is playing just a shade better, and could eliminate the Broncos this week.

Toledo 44, Bowling Green 28
The Rockets stayed alive in the race for the West title, as Bowling Green had already locked up the East. The Falcons came out flat, and the Rockets took advantage jumping out to an early lead off a turnover. The Rockets do not control their own destiny, and need a loss by NIU.

Mountain West
Air Force (7-3) at Boise State (7-3)
Boise State is in trouble for the first time in a long while after losing to New Mexico. A win by Air Force this week would all but ensure a shot at the Mountain Division title for the Falcons, but they must win at Boise, and then travel to New Mexico next week in order to do so. A win here combined with a new Mexico loss would certainly ease things up for Air Force.

California (6-4) at Stanford (8-2)
Coming off a loss to Oregon, Stanford has to hope that they are not out of gas. A win over the reeling Bears (losers of 4 of last 5) would ensure a North crown for the Cardinal despite last week’s setback.

UCLA (7-3) at Utah (8-2)
Both clubs are coming off devastating losses last week, but both are alive and well in the race. Only UCLA can control their own destiny without help, however, as Utah already has a loss to USC. The Bruins need to beat Utah this week, and USC next week and they win the South, despite some really sloppy play lately.

USC (7-3) at Oregon (7-3)
This game has some serious clout for USC. Oregon needs some help from unlikely candidate Cal this week, but USC can still outright win the South by beating Oregon and UCLA in the next two weeks. There is still plenty of opportunity for two clubs who were lost just weeks ago.

LSU (7-2) at Ole Miss (7-3)
As bad as LSU has been the last two weeks, they are still barely alive in the SEC West. They may need some improbable help to get there, but Ole Miss is falling flat, and LSU can help themselves and Alabama out with a win here. Will the Tigers lose three straight?

Georgia Southern (7-2) at Georgia (7-3)
You may laugh all you want, but just a couple of seasons ago, GSU walked into the swamp and beat Florida, and they were still an FCS program then. If the Bulldogs don’t watch their backs and play some serious run defense, Matt Breida and company can make things miserable for the Dawgs at home.

Mississippi State (7-3) at Arkansas (6-4)
After a very rough start, the Razorbacks still have an outside shot in the SEC West. They need a ton of help, but they are not dead yet despite their missteps earlier this season. Mississippi State would like to eliminate them for good.

Sun Belt
There are no marquee games in the SBC this week, as Appalachian State and Arkansas State are both idle, while Georgia Southern heads out of conference to play Georgia.

The only game worth mention here is Notre Dame’s trip to Boston College at Fenway Park this week. The Irish should more than win this, but an upset loss would certainly get them bounced from the playoff for good.

FCS Top Games
Northern Arizona (7-3) at Southern Utah (7-3)
Portland State (8-2) at Eastern Washington (6-4)
Coastal Carolina (9-1) at Liberty (5-5)
William & Mary (7-3) at Richmond (7-3)
Villanova (6-4) at James Madison (8-2)
Harvard (8-1) at Yale (7-3)
NC Central (7-3) at North Carolina A&T (9-1)
St. Francis (7-3) at Duquesne (7-3)
Eastern Kentucky (6-4) at Eastern Illinois (6-4)
Sam Houston State (7-3) at Central Arkansas (7-3)

D2 Playoffs, 1st Round
Virginia Union (8-1) at Slippery Rock (10-1)
Bowie State (9-1) at Assumption (10-1)
Grand Valley State (9-2) at Ashland (10-0)
Texas A&M Commerce (8-2) at Ferris State (10-0)
Indiana (PA) (8-2) at Charleston (WV) (10-1)
Carson-Newman (8-2) at Valdosta State (7-2)
Tuskegee (8-2) at Catawba (8-2)
Sioux Falls (9-2) at Henderson State (10-1)
Emporia State (9-2) at Mankato State (10-1)
Newberry (7-3) at North Alabama (8-2)
Indianapolis (10-0) at Colorado State Pueblo (10-1)
Augustana (9-2) at Humboldt State (9-1)
Four Number One Seeds Are Idle


East Carolina over UCF
USF over Cincinnati
Navy over Tulsa
Houston over U Conn
Memphis over Temple
Tulane over SMU
Clemson over Wake Forest
Notre Dame over Boston College
Florida State over Chattanooga
North Carolina over Virginia Tech
NC State over Syracuse
Miami over Georgia Tech
Duke over Virginia
Pittsburgh over Louisville
Oklahoma State over Baylor
Oklahoma over TCU
West Virginia over Kansas
Kansas State over Iowa State
Ohio State over Michigan State
Iowa over Purdue
Michigan over Penn State
Wisconsin over Northwestern
Indiana over Maryland
Rutgers over Army
Minnesota over Illinois
Florida over FAU
Middle Tennessee over North Texas
Western Kentucky over FIU
Southern Miss over Old Dominion
Louisiana Tech over UTEP
Rice over UTSA
Kentucky over Charlotte
Central Michigan over Kent State
Northern Illinois over Western Michigan
U Mass over Miami (Ohio)
Buffalo over Akron
Boise State over Air Force
BYU over Fresno State
Utah State over Nevada
New Mexico over Colorado State
San Diego State over UNLV
San Jose State over Hawaii
Stanford over California
Utah over UCLA
Oregon over USC
Arizona over Arizona State
Washington over Oregon State
Washington State over Colorado
Alabama over Charleston Southern
LSU over Ole Miss
South Carolina over Citadel
Auburn over Idaho
Georgia over Georgia Southern
Mississippi State over Arkansas
Tennessee over Missouri
Texas A&M over Vanderbilt
UL-Monroe over Texas State
South Alabama over Georgia State
UL-Lafayette over New Mexico State
Northern Colorado over Abilene Christian
Montana State over Montana
Weber State over Idaho State
Southern Utah over Northern Arizona
Eastern Washington over Portland State
Sacramento State over UC Davis
Cal Poly over North Dakota
Coastal Carolina over Liberty
Gardner-Webb over Monmouth
Kennesaw State over Presbyterian
Richmond over William & Mary
James Madison over Villanova
Elon over Delaware
Stony Brook over Albany
New Hampshire over Maine
Towson over Rhode Island
Brown over Columbia
Dartmouth over Princeton
Penn over Cornell
Harvard over Yale
North Carolina A&T over NC Central
Morgan State over Norfolk State
South Carolina State over Savannah State
Howard over Delaware State
bethune-Cookman over Florida A&M
Illinois State over South Dakota
Youngstown State over Indiana State
South Dakota State over Western Illinois
North Dakota State over Missouri State
Northern Iowa over Southern Illinois
Bryant over Robert Morris
Sacred Heart over Wagner
Duquesne over St. Francis
UT Martin over SE Missouri State
Jacksonville State over Murray State
Eastern Kentucky over Eastern Illinois
Tennessee State over Tennessee Tech
Holy Cross over Georgetown
Lehigh over Lafayette
Colgate over Bucknell
Stetson over Davidson
Morehead State over Marist
Jacksonville over Valporaiso
Dayton over Drake
San Diego over Butler
UA Pine Bluff over Mississippi Valley State
Prairie View over Jackson State
Alcorn State over Alabama A&M
Alabama State over Miles
Western Carolina over VMI
Samford over Mercer
Furman over Wofford
SE Louisiana over Nicholls State
Incarnate Word over Houston Baptist
Stephen F Austin over Northwestern State
McNeese State over Lamar
Central Arkansas over Sam Hosuton State
East Tennessee State over Kentucky Wesleyan
D2 Playoffs
Slipper Rock over Virginia Union
Assumption over Bowie State
Grand Valley State over Ashland
Ferris State over Texas A&M Commerce
Charleston over IUP
Carson-Newman over Valdosta State
Catwaba over Tuskegee
Henderson State over Sioux Falls
Mankato State over Emporia State
North Alabama over Newberry
CSU Pueblo over Indianapolis
Augustana over Humboldt State


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