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WEEK 11 NCAA Footall Picks - late games

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3:30 pm Texas Tech at Oklahoma State (-12, 90) - Don't be fooled by the large spread here. Though just 4-5, the Red Raiders have an explosive offense and defense in the Big 12 has, for the past decade, been an afterthought for most programs. This one could go to the last team with the ball, so 12 points seems to be a nice cushion. The road team might force overtime and might even end up victorious.

Coin Flip: Oklahoma State

Rick's Pick: Red Raiders 41 Cowboys 38


3:30 pm Pittsburgh at Clemson (20 1/2, 66 1/2) - Going undefeated has been the goal of the #2 Tigers this season and they appear to be well on their way with an 9-0 mark heading into this home contest. While the Panthers have fought well within the ACC, they are going to come up well short against a team that is clearly superior. After what Clemson did to Syracuse last week (54-0), another home game for the Tigers offers an opportunity to fine-tune their offense and get some defensive subs extra playing time in preparation for the ACC championship and most likely a couple of January games.

Coin Flip: Pittsburgh

Rick's Pick: Tigers 45 Panthers 14


3:30 pm Auburn (-10, 48) at Georgia - Georgia's season went south when they lost to Ole Miss. Since then they are 2-3, the wins coming against South Carolina and Kentucky, two of the worst SEC squads, with losses to Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Florida.

After going 7-6 in 2015, Auburn has rebuilt quickly and are getting geared up for their annual tussle with the Crimson Tide in two weeks. All they have to do is continue to execute and remain focused on the task at hand.

Kudos to the Tigers' coaches for an excellent season of preparing young men for gridiron greatness. The Tigers have won six straight.

Coin Flip: Georgia

Rick's Pick: Tigers 34 Bulldogs 17


3:30 pm Army at Notre Dame (-14, 51) - A question for fans of the Fighting Irish, after losing to Navy last week, how the heck are they 14-point favorites over another military team? Notre Dame's season is and has been toast since their opening game loss to Texas. No bowl game for these non-Fighting Irish.

All Army has to do is get a few stops, control the clock with their run game (their 320.1 yards per game is second nationally), and score three TDs to cover. A win may be too much for which to hope, but the failing, flailing Irish should keep the game close.

Coin Flip: Army

Rick's Pick: Black Knights 37 Fighting Irish 35


7:00 pm South Florida (-3, 73 1/2) at Memphis - The American Athletic conference may not be the on a par with the SEC or the Big Ten, but it is highly competitive and offers entertaining games from a diverse variety of teams. Since both of the states from which these two hail voted for Donald Trump, we'll have to go with the underdog, which just so happens to be the home boys.

6-3 Memphis is still looking for respect while 7-2 South Florida has met the challenge almost every week this season. This should be a very competitive game. Even though the points are slim, they may come in handy.

Coin Flip: South Florida

Rick's Pick: Tigers 36 Bulls 34


7:30 pm USC at Washington (-8, 62 1/2) - Can the Trojans pull themselves together on the road to upend the Huskies? Stranger things have happened, even in the PAC-12. The 9-0 Huskies are ranked 4th in the current playoff rankings, so they need to keep winning in order to have a shot at a national championship. A stumble in the next three weeks by any of the current four (Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, Washington) could open the door for an Ohio State or Louisville or even Oklahoma.

The Trojans have reeled off five straight wins after a 1-3 start to the season, so they're already bowl-eligible and a win here would make them very attractive to selection committees, should that condition arise. USC is also 5-2 in the conference, including a win over 5-1 Colorado, giving them an outside chance to play for the conference title and an automatic Rose Bowl appearance, so expect a spirited effort from a team with considerable momentum.

Coin Flip: Washington

Rick's Pick: Huskies 30 Trojans 27



7:30 pm Ole Miss at Texas A&M (-10, 54 1/2) - Both of these teams are headed in the wrong diirection, but the Rebels more so than the Aggies. A&M has lost two of their last three, but one of those losses was at Alabama (33-14), the other a shocking 35-28 defeat at Mississippi State.

Mississippi has a 4-5 mark and lost three straight to Arkansas, LSU and Auburn before getting right in a 37-27 win against Georgia Southern, which doesn't really mean much. The Aggies should be more comfortable at home and take out some frustration against a somewhat defenseless Rebel squad.

Coin Flip: Texas A&M

Rick's Pick: Aggies 38 Rebels 24


8:00 pm Michigan (-21 1/2, 51) at Iowa - The Hawkeyes now have nothing to lose after being beaten by Wisconsin and Penn State back to back. For Michigan, this is an important opportunity. If they are to reach the national final four, the Wolverines need a top-shelf performance on the road. Against a team that may be pulling out all the trick plays they have and not backing down on fourth downs, Michigan will be fortunate to leave the Hawkeye state with a victory.

Coin Flip: Michigan

Rick's Pick: Wolverines 27 Hawkeyes 20


10:30 pm California at Washington State (-14 1/2, 83 1/2) - Lastly, if anyone is still awake late Saturday night, they won't have to get bleary-eyed for this one. Cal is not even close to the caliber of the Cougars in any regard and this one could be well over by halftime. Sleep well.

Coin Flip: Washington State

Rick's Pick: Cougars 48 Golden Bears 20

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