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Fearless Rick's 2013-14 College Football Week 15 - Early Games

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Rick Gagliano | December 5-14, 2013

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.


Saturday, December 14

3:00 pm Army vs. Navy (-13, 64) - The only game in week 16, we're putting it here just in case anybody has a need to follow this non-event.

Navy gets the big edge here for a couple of reasons. First their record of 7-4 is far better than Army's disgraceful 3-8 mark; second, the Middies have owned the Black Knights for almost the entire century, having won 11 straight times and 12 of the last 13, the sole Army victory coming in 2001, when Army won, 26-17.

Close calls in the last two meetings have made Navy a losing proposition, even though they won in 2011 (27-21) and 2012 (17-13), though the Midshipmen were 14-point-or-better winners from 2007-2010.

Both teams run varieties of the triple option offense, meaning there may be fewer than 20 posses thrown in the entire game, and lots of opportunities for crucial third-and-fourth down situations. Navy has won three straight coming in, including a 58-52 win at San Jose State in triple overtime, November 22.

The reasons to side with the Black Knights are based on the close scores the past two years and the depth of rivalry. Army could win if they can finds ways to force a turnover or two, though it's equally likely that Navy could turn this into a rout. We'll opt for a Navy win by a touchdown.

Prediction: Midshipmen 31 Black Knights 24

Thursday, December 5

7:30 pm Louisville (-3 1/2, 51) at Cincinnati - The Cardinals haven't been the dominant team in the American Athletic conference since losing to UCF back in October. Their last two wins have each come by a touchdown over Houston and relative push-over, Memphis.

Now they're on the road against the Bearcats, who have won six in a row and could gain at least a share of the conference title with a win, as could Louisville, making this a vitally important game for both teams. Cincy has momentum and home field on their side and Louisville will have to play one of the best games of their lives if they intend to win because they've encountered issues in Queen City before, losing their last two meetings.

Emotion may be the biggest determining factor here, and the Bearcats have been playing very well defensively. The offense has never been questioned and they'll find a way to win.

Prediction: Bearcats 38 Cardinals 30

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Friday, December 6

8:00 pm Bowling Green at Northern Illinois (-3, 57 1/2) (MAC Championship) - The Huskies of Northern Illinois has run the table in the MAC, going 8-0 and 12-0 overall, so, winning the conference championship is next on the to-do list.

Bowling Green has accounted well for themselves, going 7-1 in conference with a 9-3 overall record. The Falcons have won their last four in conference by a combined score of 176-17, shutting out Ohio, 49-0 along the way. Those numbers lead one to believe that the Falcons are on a par with the Huskies, making for an exciting, close game.

Momentum seems to be on the side of Bowling Green, though the Huskies will not go down easily, especially at home. Overtime is a distinct possibility.

Prediction: Falcons 34 Huskies 31

Saturday, December 7

12:00 pm UCF (-14, 56 1/2) at SMU - Since their victory over Louisville, other teams in the American Athletic conference have taken their best shots at UCF, but the Knights have been able to survive unbeaten in the conference with close calls against Houston (19-14), Temple (39-36) and South Florida (23-20, last Friday).

SMU is just 5-6, but have shown some grit, though last week's 34-0 loss at Houston was a watershed event. QB Garrett Gilbert is listed as questionable and may not play at all, thus, no line until further notice, though one has to lean toward Central Florida in any case.

Update: Gilbert is out. UCF is the pick.

Prediction: Knights 34 Mustangs 14

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12:00 pm Oklahoma at Oklahoma State (-9 1/2, 58) - By virtue of their win over Baylor two weeks ago, the Cowboys can clinch the Big 12 with a win over arch-rival Oklahoma, a team that has re-jiggered their offense mid-season and is gaining momentum heading into bowl season.

The Sooners have just two losses, to Texas (36-20) and at Baylor (41-12), but since the Baylor loss hammered Iowa State, 48-10 and whipped Kansas State, 41-31, both wins coming on the road.

This is, however, a bigger test for Oklahoma and the Cowboys are determined not be be cordial hosts, as they are looking at a BCS bowl game and the conference title all wrapped up in this one game.

The last meeting in Stillwater - in 2011 - produced a 44-10 rout by the Cowboys, and, while the score may not mirror that image, the result will be much the same.

Prediction: Cowboys 35 Sooners 21

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