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Fearless Rick's 2010-11 College Football Week 11 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | November 9-13, 2010

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Tuesday, Nov. 9

Toledo at Northern Illinois (-11, 50 1/2), 7:00 pm - A couple of things we know: N. Illinois is home and is the class of the Mid-American conference. They are 5-0 and have a 31-17 win over Temple to their credit. Toledo is another high-quality program, also, 5-0 in conference play along with the Huskies. This game is for 1st place in the MAC West and last year the Rockets beat Northern Illinois, 20-19, in Toledo. we should expect a close, low-scoring affair here. Take the points.

Prediction: Huskies 27 Rockets 23

Wednesday, Nov. 10

Miami (Ohio) (-2 1/2, 50) at Bowling Green, 8:00 pm - Another MAC mash-up, though this one is more predictable. Bowling Green has lost its luster as the former standard-bearer of the conference and is 1-4 in MAC play, a 17-14 win over Central Michigan on October 30. Miami RedHawks are 5-4 overall, but 4-1 in the conference with front-running Temple on November 23. This is the second of three straight road games for the Redhawks, who have won their other two prior MAC road games by seven and 12 points. Bowling Green has played a lot of close games, but lost most of them.

Prediction: RedHawks 34 Falcons 27

Thursday, Nov. 11

Pittsnurgh (-5 1/2, 47) at Connecticut, 7:30 pm - After a slow start, including losses to Utah, Miami (FL) and Notre Dame, the Panthers have begun conference play with three consecutive wins and are the team to beat in the Big East. A win here probably gets them ranked for the first time since preseason. They are winning their conference games by an average of 22.6 points per game and should fare well against the offensively-challenged Huskies, allowing just 19 points and 299 yards (10th, nationally) per game, and are especially proficient at stuffing the run.

Prediction: Panthers 31 Huskies 17

East Carolina at UAB (-2, 67), 8:00 pm - Somehow, the UAB Blazers managed to win, 50-49, at Southern Miss., and then lose, 31-17, at marshall, last week. They are 3-6, and two of those wins were by a mere point. Can't see them even beating the Pirates, much less by more than a point. East Carolina has been steamrolled the past two weeks, losing 49-35 at UCF and then 76-35 by Navy, but they still have a strong offense. The final score in this one will probably be somewhere close to 80 points total, so that's the logical play. Sticking with East Carolina on reputation and the belief that they'll bounce back.

Prediction: Pirates 44 Blazers 38

Friday, Nov. 12

Boise State (-34 1/2, 63) at Idaho, 9:00 pm - The Vandals haven't exactly been terrorizing opponents, losing their last two games - Hawaii and Nevada - by a combined 81 points, so their hopes of upending the Broncos are somewhere between slim and none. Boise may exceed their high-point total of the season (59) with an absolute blowout win. Despite their perfect, 8-0 mark, the Broncos have been taking it easy on opponents this year. That's about to change.

Prediction: Broncos 65 Vandals 13

Saturday, Nov. 13

Southern Miss at UCF (-10, 54), 12:00 pm - Central Florida is on its way to the Conference-USA championship after whacking both East Carolina and Houston. Southern Miss, 3-2 in the conference, poses some challenge to the Knights' defense, but they have no way to stop the UCF offensive juggernaut.

Prediction: Knights 41 Golden Eagles 24

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Texas Tech at Oklahoma (-15, 64), 12:30 pm - The Sooners seemed to have everything going their way in the Big 12, until they hit the road against Missouri on October 23, and again, at Texas A&M, last week, both times coming home unhappily with losses.

Back on their home field, where they look to extend the nation's longest home win streak, they're a different team, though not by as much as people would like to think. The Red Raiders have enough offense to keep this one close, and the Sooners better not be down on themselves or they'll find that unbeaten home streak a thing of the past.

Prediction: Sooners 34 Red Raiders 31

Kansas State at Missouri (-12 1/2, 55), 12:30 pm - Despite a 3-3 record in the Big 12, Kansas State is still a team to be reckoned with, and Missouri hasn't been the same since losing to Nebraska a two weeks back. The Tigers were unable to produce in the second half after leading at Texas Tech, 17-3, eventually losing 24-17 for their second straight loss.

With Kansas State busting up Texas big time last week, this line looks like the worst one on the board. The Wildcats have enough in the tank to win this one outright.

Prediction: Wildcats 34 Tigers 24

Utah (-5 1/2, 53 1/2) at Notre Dame, 3:30 pm - Poor Notre Dame must face the Utes after they were unmercifully crushed by TCU last week, 47-7, and that's not a recipe for a good time. Utah has huge statistical advantages over the Irish on both sides of the ball and will be unrelenting in their efforts to erase last week's embarrassing defeat.

Prediction: Utes 40 Fighting Irish 20

Syracuse (-3, 41) at Rutgers, 3:30 pm - Syracuse is 3-2 in the conference, with all of their wins coming on the road, so it makes sense that they're favored (though it seems unbelievable) at Rutgers, suffering through a 4-4 season and a 1-2 record in the Big East. The Orange have been playing quite well on defense, and most of the squad is feeling pretty good about the upside for this team. They need just one more win to get to a bowl game and this could be it. The Big East, along with the ACC and Big 12 have been handicapping challenges this season, as many of the teams are deficient in one or more areas and special teams and turnovers have provided many a margin of victory.

Rutgers' defense is not particularly sound, though they are getting great play from freshman QB Chas Dodd. Syraucse will turn up the pressure on the frosh and come away with a win.

Prediction: Orange 27 Scarlet Knights 21

Virginia Tech (-4, 51 1/2) at North Carolina, 3:30 pm - When the season began, many an ACC fan had this game circled as a key match-up which could determine the ultimate conference champion. However, Virginia Tech has simply tuned on the after-burners since an 0-2 start to the season and have won seven straight. They're 5-0 in the conference, surviving a scare against Georgia Tech with a 28-21 win last Thursday. The additional time off to prepare for the Tar Heels should serve them well.

The Tar Heels, likewise began their campaign with two losses, but are 6-1 since then and still have hopes of making the ACC title game, though two of their losses are in the conference. Last week's gutsy win at Florida State, 37-35, displayed the kind of talent and desire this team possesses and they will not go lightly against the Hokies. North Carolina beat V-Tech last season, 20-17, and a similarly-close contest should be anticipated here.

Prediction: Tar Heels 26 Hokies 24

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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