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Fearless Rick's 2015-16 College Football Week 13 - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | November 26-28, 2015

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, November 26

7:30 pm Texas Tech at Texas (-1 1/2, 72 1/2) - One of just two games set for Turkey Day, the Longhorns are slight favorites in what should - if the Red Raiders have it their way - turn into an old West shoot-out.

The Longhorns are suffering through another miserable season (4-6) in which they will not play in a bowl unless they somehow manage to win here and next week at Baylor - highly unlikely.

Four of 6-5 Tech's losses have come against ranked teams. They snapped a three-game losing streak with a 59-44 victory over Kansas State. Sophomore Patrick Mahomes is third nationally with 3911 yards passing and has thrown 31 TDs. The Longhorns will be fortunate to keep him to five scores.

Prediction: Red Raiders 48 Longhorns 34

7:30 pm South Florida (NL, NL) at Central Florida - Combined record of these two teams is 7-15, but 11 of those losses belong to Central Florida, as the Knights have not won a single game all season and aren't expected to record a win here. No line, maybe because nobody can count high enough.

7-4 South Florida is coming off a Friday night, 65-27, rout of Cincinnati, and should post something similar here. Look for a 40-50 point slaughter.

Prediction: Bulls 54 Knights 6

Friday, November 27

12:00 pm Miami at Pittsburgh (-6, 56) - Both teams have already qualified for bowl games, with the Hurricanes at 7-4 and Pitt sporting an 8-3 record.

Miami is sneaky good here, their losses coming against the likes of Florida State, Clemson and North Carolina, ranked squads. The 'Canes have won three of their last four and will go toe-to-toe with the Panthers in a largely defensive struggle.

Pitt plays an up-tempo game, though losses to Iowa, NC, and Notre Dame show they can be slowed down. Maybe a home win to wrap up the regular season, but only by the slightest of margins.

Prediction: Panthers 28 Hurricanes 24

12:00 pm Navy at Houston (-1, 67) - Showdown in the American Athletic West, the winner advancing to the conference championship next week.

Navy has been nearly perfect, executing its spread offense to the tune of 348.4 yards per game rushing, second-best in the nation. Houston actually scores more per game - 41.1 vs. 38.2 - but overlooked is the defensive prowess of both squads. Navy allows just 18.7 ppg., Houston, 20.2.

Both teams have just one loss, Navy's coming against Notre Dame, while the Cougars were stunned at UConn last Saturday, 20-17. Look for the Middies to sail to a win, as Houston's defense has suffered recently.

Prediction: Midshipmen 39 Cougars 35

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3:30 pm Iowa (-2, 58) at Nebraska - The Cornhuskers have taken two straight, notably, their 39-38 win over Michigan State two weeks back and last week a win at Rutgers puts them in position to become bowl eligible, at 5-6, but downing the unbeaten Hawkeyes is a tall, tall order.

Vegas is calling for a close call, but this could be the easiest pick of the weekend. Iowa has answered the bell every time and are now in the mix for the national championship. They may sit some key players, which would help explain the short line, but can anybody doubt that Iowa wants to complete the regular season without a loss?

Iowa will play in the Big Ten championship next week, so they must guard against complacency here. Doubtful they take Nebraska lightly.

Prediction: Hawkeyes 38 Cornhuskers 24

7:30 pm Baylor (-1 1/2, 73) at TCU - Over-under not yet available (likely to be around 80), as Baylor looks for a win in their third straight game against ranked opponents. They're 1-1 so far, with a 44-34 loss to Oklahoma, prior to a 45-35 win at Oklahoma State last week.

TCU has nothing to lose, now that they're officially out of the race to the top of the Big 12, losing to both the Sooners (30-29, last week) and the Cowboys (49-29). The conference has been full of surprises and this one should be no different. 9-2 TCU hasn't lost at home this season and has no pressure, so an upset could easily be in the making.

Prediction: Horned Frogs 48 Bears 44

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Saturday, November 28

12:00 pm Georgia (-5, 48 1/2) at Georgia Tech - Nothing on the line for the Yellow Jackets except their pride. Tech is 3-8 and the coaches and players may be looking to just get the season of with.

If the 8-3 Bulldogs get an early lead, it could be lights out, as they can really bring it on defense, allowing just 17.8 points per game, 13th nationally.

While this may be a long-standing rivalry, Georgia had won six straight before being stung last season, 30-24, in overtime. Georgia upperclassmen won't let that happen again.

Prediction: Bulldogs 34 Yellow Jackets 21

12:00 pm Ohio State at Michigan (-1 1/2, 45) - A monster rivalry in the Big House has the Buckeyes on the road and the ropes after their chances for a second straight national championship went down in a 17-14 loss to Michigan State last week.

Ohio State just hasn't had the same consistency and fire in the belly as last year, and the loss to the Spartans seemed oddly overdue.

After losing in week one at Utah, 24-17, the Wolverines have done everything right except for one play, a fumbled snap by their punter, which resulted in a 27-23 Michigan State win, in probably the most significant play of the season.

At 9-2, the Wolverines have won four straight since then and are howling for a piece of the Buckeyes.

Prediction: Wolverines 23 Buckeyes 20

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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