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Fearless Rick's 2015-16 College Football Week 11 - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | November 12-14, 2015

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, November 12

7:30 pm Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech (-3 1/2, 53 1/2) - No national implications here, but still plenty at stake for bowl placement. Both teams need wins to get to the requisite six wins.

The Hokies, at 4-5 are in better shape than the 3-6 Yellow Jackets, but, all things being equal in the wide-open, lower-tiers of the ACC, figure on Georgia Tech to hold serve at home, where all of their wins have occurred.

Virginia Tech is 2-2 on the road, which is just too good for a 4-5 team. This is all about parityŠ and maybe, recruiting.

Prediction: Yellow Jackets 29 Hokies 23

Friday, November 13

9:00 pm USC (-16 1/2, 61 1/2) at Colorado - As far as programming is concerned, at least cable watchers get to see the true sleeper in the PAC-12, and we're not talking about Colorado.

Despite a 6-3 mark, USC is still in the hunt for the South division title, having already handed Utah their only loss of the season. They trail the Utes by one game, so they'll need help from either Arizona, UCLA or the Buffs, which are the three remaining teams on Utah's schedule.

This ought to be an easy win for the Trojans. Colorado is coming off a 42-10 loss to Stanford, and USC is on, or close to, that level.

Prediction: Trojans 44 Buffaloes 23

Saturday, November 14

12:00 pm Pittsburgh at Duke (-3 1/2, 50 1/2) - The Blue Devils' season was short-circuited when they were robbed in the Miami game, but they certainly can't blame the refs for their 66-31 dismantling at the hands of North Carolina last week.

While their performance may have been partially attributed to the distractions caused by the Miami loss, the Duke players now know that a spot in the conference championship is history, as the Tar Heels are 5-0 in conference games.

Pitt has likewise lost two straight, though they were to North Carolina and Notre Dame, and their performance against the Tar Heels was far better than Duke's, a 26-19 defeat.

Football season's over for the Blue Devils. Hoops are now in session.

Prediction: Panthers 32 Blue Devils 24

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12:00 Ohio State (-16, 55) at Illinois - Not bowling over their opponents with regularity, the Buckeyes remain one of the six undefeated teams in division 1-A and should have few issues on the road against the 5-4 illini.

Illinois has a respectable defense, but it doesn't compare to Ohio State's, and, their offense is not nearly on the same level as that of the Buckeyes.

Prediction: Buckeyes 38 Fighting Illini 17

12:00 pm Florida (-7 1/2, 46) at South Carolina - Even though coach Steve Spurrier departed a few weeks ago, the Gamecocks haven't given up on their season, though this could be their death knell, as they are 3-6 and a loss would eliminate them from any bowl appearance.

Florida hasn't done anything wrong and should be able to coast to the SEC championship, but they have to focus on the road and not look ahead to their eventual meeting with Alabama.

Being that the Gators lost at home to South Carolina last season, 23-20, in overtime, there should be plenty of players who remmeber that game and will be looking for payback.

Prediction: Gators 31 Gamecocks 14

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12:00 pm Georgia at Auburn (-2, 51) - Tough to be Auburn this season, sitting at 2-4 in the SEC and 5-4 overall. The Tigers need a win to become bowl-eligible, but they'll be hard-pressed to get one against the stout Georgia defense, which is allowing just 18.4 ppg., tied with Temple at #19 nationally.

The Bulldogs had higher hopes this season, but, after their 27-3 loss to Florida on Halloween ended their SEC hopes, they went out the following week and beat Kentucky by the same score. Georgia is a heck of a lot better than 6-3 and will probably end up being in the Top 20 by season's end. This is a step towards that.

Prediction: Bulldogs 28 Tigers 24

3:30 pm Michigan (-13, 57 1/2) at Indiana - The Wolverines have had a solid season under coach Harbaugh and will likely continue to improve, but one has to question their motivation for this road test, as they must be looking ahead to their season-ender at home with Ohio State.

The Wolverines are not great on the road, where they are 2-1, and their last trip was a close call, a 29-26 win at Minnesota.

Indiana, 0-5 in the Big Ten, is still 4-5 overall and in need of a couple of wins to become bowl eligible. They are capable of playing quite well, having lost to Ohio state by seven, Rutgers by three, and Iowa by eight. They could spring the ultimate surprise on an unsuspecting Michigan.

Prediction: Hoosiers 34 Spartans 31

3:30 pm Alabama (-8, 50 1/2) at Mississippi State - After whipping up on LSU last week, 30-16, the Crimson Tide have to guard against complacency as they travel to meet the 7-2 Bulldogs.

While the SEC West is now Alabama's for the taking, the Bulldogs - with a 3-2 mark in the conference - have their opportunity, right here, and they get the Tide on their own turf, riding a four-game win streak.

Statistically, this is nearly an even game, and, Mississippi State's two losses were close calls: 21-19, to LSU, and 30-17 at Texas A&M.

Look for the Tide to prevail, but by a small margin.

Prediction: Crimson Tide 26 Bulldogs 23

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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