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Fearless Rick's 2012-13 College Football Week 13 - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | November 23-24

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, November 22

7:30 pm TCU at Texas (-7, 58) - #16 Longhorns have exceeded expectations this season, going 9-2 and winning their last four straight after a blowout loss to Oklahoma.

The Horned Frogs have gone 6-4 but are 3-4 in their initial season in the Big 12 and have lost three of their last four, but are exceptional on the road, posting a record of 21-2 in their last 23 road games.

Texas is rolling, however, and has a shot at a solid bowl game with a win and should not disappoint the home fans, though the margin will be slight.

Prediction: Longhorns 34 Horned Frogs 31


Friday, November 23

12:00 pm Nebraska (-15, 53) at Iowa - By beating Michigan, 23-9, back in October, the Cornhuskers have a leg up in the Legends division of the Big Ten, but have to win in order to reach the conference championship, because Michigan is tied, at 6-1, for the lead and the result of their game against Ohio State won't be known until Saturday.

That should not deter Taylor Martinez and the Nebraska offense, especially against the 4-6 Hawkeyes, a team with too many holes at too many positions, especially on offense, where they are scoring just 20.5 points per outing.

Nebraska's defense is good enough to keep Iowa's offense off the field and tire out the defense, leading to a big score.

Prediction: Cornhuskers 38 Hawkeyes 13


2:30 pm LSU (-12, 51) at Arkansas - The Razorbacks never really turned things around after a 1-4 start to their season and have only two wins in the SEC, against Auburn and Kentucky, a combined 0-14 in the conference.

The 7th-ranked Tigers have a BCS bowl game locked up, unless they stumble and lose here, but that seems about the most unlikely of possibilities. LSU will roll over their border rivals.

Prediction: Tigers 34 Razorbacks 14


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3:30 pm West Virginia (-1, 68 1/2) at Iowa State - even though the Mountaineers are 5-5 and the Cyclones 6-5, this should prove an entertaining game.

West Virginia needs a win to become bowl eligible, though they will have another shot next week against Kansas. The Mountaineers specialize in scoring, putting up an average of 40.9 ppg, while the Cyclones are one of the Big 12's best defensive units, allowing a mere 22.6 per contest.

The two teams have never met, but give Iowa State the edge for being at home and the possible bounce by West Virginia after a tough, 50-49, loss to Oklahoma last week.

Prediction: Cyclones 41 Mountaineers 34


10:00 pm Arizona State at Arizona (-3, 68 1/2) - These two meet annually, and the Sun Devils hold a 6-4 edge SU in the series, but ATS, it's a 5-5 tie.

Arizona State ended a four-game losing skid - to Oregon, UCLA, Oregon State and USC - with a 46-7 pounding of Washington State last week and appear ready to handle their in-state opponent for the Territory Cup.

The home team has lost the last three games, a trend that should continue here, along with the bonus three points.

Prediction: Sun Devils 36 Wildcats 34


Saturday, November 24

12:00 Michigan at Ohio State (-4, 54 1/2) - Considering that Nebraska will probably beat Iowa on Friday, the Wolverines will likely have a letdown not being able to win the Legends division, even though they've gone 6-1, but this game has historic implications, not the least of which is Ohio State's 11-0 record and their ineligibility for post-season play.

The 8-3 Wolverines pose a very tough match-up for the unbeaten Buckeyes, with a solid defense and potent weapons on offense.

Ohio State is coming off an emotional, 21-14, OT win at Wisconsin, so there may be a letdown, even though they hold an 8-2 advantage over the last ten years in this series. Michigan has won three straight and the points may come in handy.

Prediction: Wolverines 27 Buckeyes 25


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12:00 pm Rutgers at Pittsburgh (-2, 43 1/2) - Believe it or not, Pitt, 1-4 in the Big East, is a two-point favorite in this must-win meeting for the Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers is 5-0 in conference play and meets 4-1 Louisville next week to determine the conference champion. Pitt is just 4-6 overall, with a loss to UConn in their last game, so the line makes even less sense, so somebody in Vegas thinks they know something.

We beg to differ. Rutgers will grind out another win.

Prediction: Scarlet Knights 24 Panthers 17


12:00 pm Georgia Tech at Georgia (-13, 64 1/2) - A great match-up of the determined Bulldogs and the high-scoring Yellow Jackets, who have put up 11- points in their last two games.

However, those wins were against UNC and Duke, not exactly the kind of team they're going to meet at high noon. The Bulldogs are 10-1, their only loss to South Carolina, and eyeing a SEC championship with Alabama next week.

Georgia has won nine of the last 10 in this annual series, including the last three, though only three of those nine wins have been by more than 13 points.

The Bulldogs won't keep Tech out of the end zone completely, so look for a close call, and take the points.

Prediction: Bulldogs 37 Yellow Jackets 29


2:30 pm Baylor (-2 1/2, 78) vs. Texas Tech - This rivalry takes place at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, a neutral site, and Baylor, despite knocking off Kansas State last week, still needs a win to achieve bowl eligibility.

Despite their 5-5 record, the Bears have arguably been playing better football of late than the Red Raiders, losers in three of their last four.

Texas Tech has won nine of the last ten meetings, though they lost badly last year, 66-42. Baylor's offense will carry the day here.

Prediction: Bears 42 Red Raiders 34

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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