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Fearless Rick's 2014-15 College Football Week 13 - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | November 20-22

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, November 20

7:00 pm Kansas State at West Virginia (-2 1/2, 57 1/2) - This should be a highly competitive game between a pair of Big 12 opponents that are both already bowl eligible (WV, 6-4, KSU, 7-2).

The Mountaineers have the big strike offense, but the Wildcats counter with a stingy defense, allowing just 21.1 points per game, right behind Baylor (21.0) for the best in the conference.

Kansas State has a better record and a potential shutdown defense which should produce a hard-fought win.

Prediction: Wildcats 27 Mountaineers 24

7:30 pm North Carolina at Duke (-6, 66 1/2) - 5-5 Tar Heels really need a win to become bowl-eligible, but that will be difficult against the heady Duke defense, ranked #11 nationally, allowing a mere 18.1 ppg.

The Blue Devils were stung by Virginia Tech last week, 17-16, and will have to shake off that loss and focus on this and next week's ACC finale vs. Wake Forest. Wins in both games would give duke the Coastal division title, having already beaten Georgia Tech, which is 6-2 and done with their conference commitment.

Prediction: Blue Devils 34 Tar Heels 24

Friday, November 21

9:30 pm Air Force at San Diego State (-4 1/2, 50) - Two games that feature the Mountain West conference Mountain division (yeah, confusing) with Air Force at 4-2 in conference chasing the 5-1 trio of Colorado State, Boise State and Utah State. The Falcons are 8-2 overall, enjoying a fine season, and they face Colorado State next week to close out the regular season. Air Force has a win over Boise State and a 34-16 loss to Utah State.

Odd that Air Force isn't favored here, but the game is a road trip for them, where both of their losses have occurred this season.

Prediction: Falcons 31 Aztecs 20

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9:30 pm San Jose State at Utah State (-12 1/2, 46 12) - The 8-3 Aggies are cruising and probably won't have much trouble with the Spartans, losers of four straight and owning a 3-7 mark overall.

Prediction: Aggies 41 Spartans 21

Saturday, November 22

12:00 pm Rutgers at Michigan State (-22 1/2, 58 1/2) - The Scarlet Knights have not fared well against ranked teams, losing to Ohio State, 56-17, Nebraska, 42-24 and Wisconsin, 37-0, before getting things right last week with a win over Indiana, 45-23.

The Spartans will be focused on maintaining their winning ways, their only conference loss was to the Buckeyes and they're still in the hunt for a major bowl appearance.

Prediction: Spartans 42 Scarlet Knights 14

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3:30 pm Boston College at Florida State (-19, 56 1/2) - Last season, Boston College came close to upsetting the Seminoles, eventually falling, 48-34, in Massachusetts.

The teams are the same, but the venue has changed to the sunny climes of Florida, but this one still looks like it could be closer than the boys in Vegas are predicting. The 'Noles are 10-0 and this would complete their ACC commitment with an 8-0 mark should they prevail, but, they haven't beaten many teams by more than two TDs, and BC is a respectable squad. Besides, Florida State is coming off a close call, winning at Miami last week, 30-26, and they may not be emotionally fit for this contest.

Prediction: Seminoles 38 Eagles 28

3:30 pm Arizona at Utah (-4, 53 1/2) - Both teams are still alive for the PAC-12 South title, so this game has major ramifications.

Neither team is possessive of a stalwart defense, and Arizona has the edge on offense, scoring 35.6 points per game, and, remember, the Wildcats already have a win over Oregon, and would love to get another lick at them in a conference championship match-up.

Look for the Wildcats to open up the playbook and swamp the Utes on their own turf.

Prediction: Wildcats 42 Utes 24

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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