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Fearless Rick's 2012-13 College Football Week 12 - late Games

Rick Gagliano | November 15-17

All times Eastern - Click here for early games.

3:30 pm Duke at Georgia Tech (-12 1/2, 68 1/2) - There are four teams in the ACC Coastal division with three losses, so it's anyone's guess who will take the division title, but a win here by either of these 4-3 (conference) teams should lock it up.

Georgia Tech looks mighty good coming off their huge win at North Carolina last week (68-50), but have little to offer defensively. Duke has lost three of their last four, but those losses were to Birginia Tech, Florida State and Clemson, hardly knock-overs, so look for them to gut it up and at least make this game competitive enough to cover and possibly pull off the upset of the weekend.

Prediction: Yellow Jackets 38 Blue Devils 30

3:30 pm Ohio State at Wisconsin (-3, 52 1/2) - Even with a loss at home, the Badgers would still be in line to play in the Big Ten championship game because Ohio State and Penn State (along with Wisconsin, currently 4-2 in the conference) are ineligible due to sanctions, and the next closest in the Leaders Division is 2-4 Indiana, so, will the Badgers actually be up for this game against the 10-0 Buckeyes?

It would seem a matter of pride for both sides, though the line appears out of whack, since Wisconsin has three losses. Despite being at home, they almost always struggle against the Buckeyes, but the games are generally close.

Look for the Badgers to rise to the occasion, having almost no pressure to win.

Prediction: Badgers 31 Buckeyes 24

3:30 Wake Forest at Notre Dame (23 1/2, 44 1/2) - This looks like another walk-over for the Fighting Irish, but so did Pitt, which went into triple overtime, and Boston College, where the Irish did not cover. In fact, the only game the Irish have covered the spread was when they were underdogs at Oklahoma, coming up with one of the huge wins of the season.

Notre Dame will notch another win and go 11-0, but they'll find scoring difficult against the Demon Deacons, who don't show much offense, but have a defense that comes to play.

Prediction: Fighting Irish 27 Demon Deacons 16

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3:30 pm North Carolina State at Clemson (-16 1/2, 64) - Clemson has been absolutely pulverizing opponents, scoring 42.9 points per outing, but the Wolfpack is the one team that has registered a win over Florida State, denying them a perfect season, though that win was at home.

Can NC State pull off another stunner? A bit dicey, but they should keep matters close, as two of their three conference losses have been by eight points or less.

Prediction: Tigers 38 Wolfpack 29

4:00 pm Utah State (-3, 70 1/2) at Louisiana Tech - This game should decide the WAC, as both teams are 4-0, though San Jose State is right in the mix at 4-1, their lone conference loss to Utah State and the Spartans will host Louisiana Tech in their season finale on November 24, so the importance of this game cannot be underestimated.

Oddly enough, the Bulldogs are ranked, but underdogs at home, probably because the Aggies are 8-2 and have won four straight, but are 1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS their last seven against La-Tech. Trend breaker? You betcha. Go with the upset-minded Aggies in a close call.

Prediction: Aggies 28 Bulldogs 24

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7:00 pm Oklahoma (-10 1/2, 73) at West Virginia - The Sooners have had their typical season, losing a big game early on to destroy their national championship dreams, but coming back to pummel lesser foes - except Notre Dame, notably - and will be tested on the road by the Mountaineers, who have lost four straight after a 6-0 start.

West Virginia has a potent offense, as do the Sooners, so this could easily turn into a shoot-out, as neither team exhibits much in the way of defense, as is the case for many Big 12 teams. West Virginia allows 41.4 points per game, which is why they're home dogs, but they're turning things around gradually and need a win to become bowl eligible.

Another wild one which could end up in overtime, advantage Mountaineers.

Prediction: Mountaineers 48 Sooners 45

8:00 pm Kansas State (-11 1/2, 53) at Baylor - The Bears actually are scoring at a little better clip than the Wildcats - 42.7 per game to 42.2 - but it's the defense of K-State that's going to win this one. The Wildcats are allowing a mere 17.7 points per game, best in the conference and 14th best in the country, which is saying a lot, since the Big 12 is loaded with high-octane offenses.

Kansas State won this meeting last year at home, 36-35, but that was when Baylor had RG3 running the offense, so, despite being on the road, the Bears are unlikely to stop the Wildcats' run to a place in the national championship.

Prediction: Wildcats 42 Bears 24

8:00 pm Stanford at Oregon (-20 1/2, 64) - Tough to take a stand against the highest-scoring offense in the country, even though Stanford is very good defensively, so give up three touchdowns to a ranked opponent and see how long it takes the Ducks to cover the line. Should be over by half time.

Prediction: Ducks 48 Cardinal 14

All times Eastern - Click here for early games

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