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Week 13: Rick: 6-8; Coin: 5-9
Cumulative: Rick: 90-91-2; Coin: 97-84-2

Friday, November 29

12:00 pm #24 Virginia Tech (-2 1/2, 47) at Virginia - This is the game the Wahoos of Virginia have been awaiting all season. Winner goes to the championship against Clemson. Cavaliers have been consistently improving and are ready to ambush the Hokies.

Coin Flip: Virginia Tech

Prediction: Cavaliers 26 Hokies 14

2:30 pm #17 Iowa (-5 1/2, 44 1/2) at Nebraska - This is a huge game for the 'Huskers because it mean bowl eligibility (they're 5-6), but are they really bowl-caliber? QB Adrian Martinez gives them a shot, but Iowa's defense is going to be on him like an old suit. The Hawkeyes can't win the division, so they have little to gain here, but they do like winning.

Coin Flip: Iowa

Prediction: Hawkeyes 34 Cornhuskers 16

3:30 pm #19 Cincinnati at #18 Memphis (-11 1/2, 57 1/2) - Both teams are 10-1 and will meet in the American Athletic conference championship next week unless Memphis loses and Navy wins at Houston on Saturday. That said, the Bearcats have every right to be in this game right until the final gun. They have the best defense in the conference, though Memphis is nearly as good. The Tigers light it up at a rate of 42.2 points per game, eighth nationally, so take your pick, offense or defense? Memphis is likely to win at home, but not by much.

Coin Flip: Memphis

Prediction: Tigers 31 Bearcats 28

4:00 pm Washington State at Washington (-7, 63 1/2) - A meaningless game unless your'e an alum of one of the schools or have a kid or firend on one of the teams, but it's nationally televised (FOX), so it's included in this week's picks. Both squads are 3-5 in conference play, 6-5 overall. The Cougars thrive on their run and gun offense, ninth nationally at 41.4 ppg and lead the nation in passing offense, 456.7 yards per outing. Have to like their chances against a Husky team that fell short at Colorado last week, losing, 20-14, and is just 1-2 at home in conference games. However, the Huskies have won the last six in this annual series, and by big scores, including last year's 28-15 triumph.

Coin Flip: Washington

Prediction: Huskies 38 Cougars 21

Saturday, November 30

12:00 pm #1 Ohio State (-9, 49) at #13 Michigan - Ohio State was heavily favored last week against Penn State and looked like they were going to roll all over the Nittany Lions, but a series of turnovers and miscues by the Buckeyes made the game much closer than it should have been. Ohio State prevailed, 28-17, remained perfect on the season at 11-0, and earned the #1 ranking in the latest CFP Rankings over LSU. They're tops in points scored (49.4) and allowed (10.5) and remain on a path to a national championship.

The Wolverines are 6-2 in the Big Ten and cannot win the East division title. Ohio State sewed that up last week, but they are a threat any time these two rivals tangle. They've won four straight since their 28-21 loss to Penn State in October. Coach Harbaugh will have them ready for this, but he probably did too last season, when the Buckeyes pasted them 62-39. He's 0-4 against the Buckeyes and his luck is unlikely to change against a powerful Ohio State squad.

Coin Flip: Michigan

Prediction: Buckeyes 41 Wolverines 24

12:00 pm #3 Clemson (-27, 50 1/2) at South Carolina - The Gamecocks claim to fame this season is that they are the only team to beat the Georgia Bulldogs, which they did in a huge, 20-17 2OT road upset. They've since lost four of five, including back-to-back losses to Appalachian State, 20-15, and a slaughter at Texas A&M, 30-6. Their offense has vanished and the Tigers are unlikely to go easy on them. Clemson has already punched their ticket to the ACC championship game and may rest some starters, but they're not likely to give their in-state rivals anything easy. The Tigers are fourth in points scored (45.9 per game) and tied for second on defense with Georgia (10.7). This one is going to hurt.

Coin Flip: South Carolina

Prediction: Tigers 45 Gamecocks 10

12:00 pm #4 Georgia (-28, 46 1/2) at Georgia Tech - This should and probably will be an absolute romp for the Bulldogs. Tech is 3-8 overall and about to get steamrolled by one of the best teams in the country. Georgia will meet LSU next week in the SEC championship game, so they have to forget about that and focus here. If they do, this could be over by the middle of the third quarter for the offense, and some starters could see extended bench time. Among the Tech lowlights this season, a 52-14 loss at Clemson to open the season, a 27-24 OT loss to the Citadel, and a 45-0 whitewash by Virginia Tech two weeks ago.

Coin Flip: Georgia

Prediction: Bulldogs 42 Yellow Jackets 6

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