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Fearless Rick's 2015-16 College Football Week 12 - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | November 19-21, 2015

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, November 19

7:30 pm East Carolina (-15, 54 1/2) at Central Florida - Not the greatest Thursday night fare, because the Central Florida Knights are 0-10 and the Pirates enter this game at 4-6. The only saving grace is that East Carolina could become bowl eligible with a win here and another next week against Cincinnati, which is somewhat unlikely.

Nonetheless, the Knights are simply awful, and probably so is this game, but, as bad as UCF is, East Carolina, losers of three straight, isn't far behind. The Knights have beaten only one team by more than 15 points - SMU. UCF at home + 2 TDs = W.

Prediction: Pirates 31 Knights 24


Friday, November 20

8:00 pm Cincinnati (-2 1/2, 63 1/2) at South Florida - Both teams are 6-4, but only the South Florida Bulls have any hope of capturing the AA East division, and, being at home gives them a huge edge.

The Bulls have won five of six after a 1-3 start (losses to Florida State, Maryland and Memphis) and last week upended Temple, making the Owls 5-1 in the conference. A win here and next week at 0-10 UCF, and a Temple loss to either Memphis on Saturday or next week against UConn, and the Bulls win the division.

That's more than enough incentive for a team that's pulled together all season long.

Prediction: Bulls 30 Bearcats 26


9:30 pm Air Force at Boise State (-12, 56 1/2) - Both of these teams hail from the Mountain West - Mountain division, where the Falcons hold the lead at 5-1 in conference play. Boise State is 4-2 and heavily favored on the blue turf.

The Broncos have been stunned before, like their 52-26 loss at Utah State and last week's 31-24 defeat by New Mexico, even though the Broncos were at home, so this one is not cast in stone.

Air Force has won four straight and won't go down easily. In fact, they should win this game. The teams are very evenly matched. Vegas line makes little sense here.

Prediction: Falcons 33 Broncos 24


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Saturday, November 21

12:00 pm Memphis (-1 1/2, 62) at Temple - This game looked like a blockbuster a few weeks ago, but, after identical 8-0 starts, both Memphis and Temple have lost two straight.

The Owls were defeated by Notre Dame and last week by South Florida, while the Tigers were taken down by Navy and Houston, the two teams with 6-0 marks in the AA West. The 45-20 loss by Memphis to Navy on Nov. 7 can be excused because Navy is just a powerhouse, and last week's one-point loss at Houston came on a final-play field goal, so the Tigers are probably a little riled up and should take it out on the Owls.

This will be a solid viewing experience for fans. The American Athletic conference is largely overlooked, but offers plenty of talent.

Prediction: Tigers 28 Owls 20


12:00 pm Purdue at Iowa (-21, 57 1/2) - 10-0 Hawkeyes are steaming toward the Big Ten championship, and the Boilermakers are not about to spoil that, as they are 2-8 on the year.

The only concern is by how many points Iowa wins. Purdue battled Northwestern last week, losing 21-14, on the road, and they're away again, so look for the Hawkeyes to take advantage of a tired defense in the second half and win big.

Prediction: Hawkeyes 45 Boilermakers 10


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12:00 pm Michigan (-4, 42 1/2) at Penn State - As a famous announcer might say about this game, "not so fast, my friend." Michigan has had a very successful season thus far with an 8-2 mark, but the Nittany Lions aren't far behind, at 7-3. The Wolverines hope to win here and see Michigan State play Ohio State later in the day, setting up a true showdown in the season finale next week, when they host the Buckeyes.

Penn State may have other plans for their visitors, however. The Lions are 4-2 in the conference after losing, 23-21, at Northwestern last week, ending their hopes of winning the division. The other two Penn State losses were to Temple and Ohio State, so, they are a solid squad all around. With nothing to gain or lose, the Nittany Lions may have some surprises for the Wolverines.

Both teams sport exceptionally good defenses, so the scoring should be sparse.

Prediction: Nittany Lions 17 Wolverines 14

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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