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Weekend Watch: Week Eleven

Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M will try to upset #1 Alabama on Saturday

10 weeks down, six weeks to go. It’s amazing how fast this season has flown by. We’ve seen contenders turn into pretenders (hey, USC), teams come out of nowhere (this one’s for you A&M) and Bill Snyder is still the most underrated coach in the nation (that one was pretty direct). After all these weeks we’ve seen some conference races have seismic shifts, we’ve seen some already just about clinched and we’ve seen others that will come down to the final game of the season. It goes without saying that every game remaining is incredibly important, whether a team is trying to keep alive its National Title hopes, make it to a bowl game or even just beat a rival. With that, let’s take a look at this week’s picks. You should know by now but just as a reminder, the rankings reflect my own poll, not the BCS or any of that garbage.

Kansas @ #21 Texas Tech, 11:00, FSN
More and more it seems that the Jayhawks are going to go the entire year without winning a conference game. They’ve had their chances here and there, but I’m about 99 percent sure Charlie Weis and the gang aren’t going to take this one Saturday. Texas Tech might be coming off two losses, but they are a lot better than Kansas in every aspect of the game.
Prediction: Texas Tech 48, Kansas 17

Missouri @ Tennessee, 11:21, KSMO (Channel 10)
Although this game won’t settle anything in the SEC East division, it is huge for both teams. Both are 4-5 and a bowl game might give Derek Dooley an argument to keep his job while Missouri’s streak of seven consecutive bowl games is on the line. It’s a shame that these teams are polar opposites. Tennessee has a great offense but anĀ atrociousĀ defense while the Tigers boast a very good defense but an awful offense. This one really is a toss-up, but I’ll give it to the Tigers.
Prediction: Missouri 23, Tennessee 16

#13 Oregon State @ #15 Stanford, 2:00, FOX
This game might get overlooked because it’s not quite as sexy as last week’s Oregon-USC match-up but make no mistake, this will be a great football game. This Pac-12 match-up features two well coached teams who still control their own fate to win the conference. The winner will remain with one conference loss and still has Oregon to play. While it’s an outside shot, it’s possible. As far as Saturday’s contest goes, I’ll give the edge to the Beavers on the road.
Prediction: Oregon State 26, Stanford 20

#14 Texas A&M @ #1 Alabama, 2:30, CBS
Johnny Manziel has been arguably the best freshman in all of college football this year, right up there with Oregon’s Marcus Mariotta. The Aggies have surprised everyone with their 7-2 start and have played well in their losses, both close games to Florida and LSU. While they’ve been great this year, they won’t find a more focused squad than Alabama this weekend. ‘Bama is coming off their only close game all year and will look to reassert their dominance. Oh, and Nick Saban is the head coach of this team.
Prediction: Alabama 27, Texas A&M 10

#20 Mississippi State @ #8 LSU, 6:00, ESPN
The Bulldogs have now lost two in a row after being embarrassed by Alabama and Texas A&M in successive weeks. Meanwhile, the Tigers are coming off a near upset of the top team in college football. Maybe we’ll see a better Mississippi State team come out this weekend. I doubt it. LSU should be roaring to go for this one as they look to get back to their winning ways. It looks to be another bad week to be a Bulldog fan.
Prediction: LSU 33, Mississippi State 7

#3 Kansas State @ TCU, 6:00, FOX
I’ve been saying it every week for what seems like months, but this looks to be Kansas State’s toughest remaining game. I would easily give it to the Wildcats but Heisman Trophy front runner Collin Klein suffered an injury against Oklahoma State and his status for Saturday isn’t yet certain. If Klein plays, I’d expect the same old dominating football from K-State; however, if he’s out then this will be very tough for Kansas State to win. I’m going to assume he’ll suit up.
Prediction: Kansas State 35, TCU 20

Overall I’d say I’ve had a very good year with my predictions on Weekend Watch; however, just like the real college season, there are plenty of weeks left. I’m very confident in this week’s picks due to the lack of real toss-up games but we’ll just have to wait and see. Enjoy the action this weekend.

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