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Fearless Rick's 2014-15 College Football Week 11 - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | November 5-8

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, November 6

7:30 pm Clemson (-22 1/2, 43) at Wake Forest - Winless in four conference games this season, the Demon Deacons are seeking one for the thumb as they host the Tigers, already bowl-eligible and looking to go to 6-1 in the ACC and 7-2 overall.

Clemson is rifding a five-game win streak and has had a week off after defeating Syracuse, 16-6 on October 25. Wake Forest's last four games all were losses, by a combined total of 116-37. Not looking pretty for the offensively-challenged Dekes.

Prediction: Tigers 45 Demon Deacons 13

Friday, November 7

7:30 pm Memphis (-7, 52 1/2) at Temple - This entry from the American Athletic Conference might actually be a solid game, as both teams are 5-3, though the Tigers of Memphis hold a 1/2 game edge in the AAC - 3-1 vs. 3-2 for the Owls.

After lopsided losses at Houston (31-10) and UCF (34-14), Temple stunned East Carolina, 20-10, last Saturday, but face an imposting offense in Memphis, which has put up 40 or more points in each of its last three wins, all blowouts.

The Tigers are also very good away from home. They topped Cincinnati, 41-14, and SMU, 48-10, on their last two road trips.

Prediction: Tigers 37 Owls 21

8:00 pm Utah State (-6 1/2, 46) at Wyoming - The Aggies of Utah State shook off a 38-7 defeat at Tennessee to open the season and have gone 6-2 since, their only losses to Arkansas State (21-14, in OT) and a 16-13 defeat at MWC powerhouse Colorado State. Their last two games have been wins, 34-20 over UNLV and 35-14 at Hawaii.

Wyoming is 4-5, but allows 30.6 points per game, which is not nearly enough defense to stop the invigorated Aggie offense.

Prediction: Aggies 34 Cowboys 17

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Saturday, November 8

12:00 pm Baylor at Oklahoma (-5 1/2, 73 1/2) - First of a slew of games featuring ranked opponents, kicks off noon on Saturday in the Big 12 with a contest that should boost the hopes of the winner while dashing the desire of the loser.

Baylor boasts the nation's most prolific offense, putting up an average of 50.4 points per outing, but the Sooners are not exactly indifferent bystanders. They score 41.3 per game, ninth overall, and their defense allows just 21.8, oen-tenth better than Baylor's defense.

This game is probably more about the prominence of home field in the college game, where the Sooners have a significant advantage. Baylor's only loss was on the road at West Virginia, and they hammered the Sooners last year, 41-12. Lessons learned, Oklahoma gets some revenge.

Prediction: Sooners 44 Bears 31

12:30 pm Duke (-3, 51) at Syracuse - Not quite ready for prime time, the 3-6 Syracuse Orange have not met the rigors of the ACC with much success, losing four of five conference games, the only win coming nearly a month ago at Wake Forest (30-7). Having lost last week to NC State, which hadn't won a conference game in two years, the Orange are up against the class of the Coastal Division in the Blue Devils.

Duke is ranked 13th nationally in points allowed, giving up, on average, just 19.3 per game. After losing at Miami, 22-10, to open conference play, the Blue Devils have won three straight, last week topping Pitt, 51-48, in overtime. Even though this will be played inside the Carrier Dome, Duke can and should contain the sporadic Orange attack and prevail easily.

Prediction: Blue Devils 28 Orange 14

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3:30 pm Notre Dame at Arizona State (-2 1/2, 59 1/2) - National implications abound in this meeting of 71- squads, each with an eye on a spot in January's version of the Final Four.

Likely to be one of the more contentious games of the season, the Irish have a slight statistical advantage on both offense and defense, though that gain may be negated by the Sun Devils' home field edge.

Arizona State was mauled by UCLA, 62-27, for its only loss of the season, but the defense has stepped into prominence the past three games, allowing a total of just 36 points in wins over Stanford, Washington and Utah. Chalk up a huge non-conference win for the Sun Devils.

Prediction: Sun Devils 24 Fighting Irish 17

3:30 pm Texas A&M at Auburn (-21, 66) - After a fast, 5-0 start, the Aggies have fallen far and fast, losing three straight SEC games to Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Alabama, the last a 59-0 smashing by the Crimson Tide.

7-1 Auburn continues to have the look of a serious contender for the national championship and should blow out the Aggies at home. Auburn scores 28.8 ppg, 14th nationally, and may put up half a century against the depleted A&M defense.

Prediction: Tigers 51 Aggies 17

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