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NCAA College Football Week 15 Early Games

All times Eastern

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Friday, December 6

8:00 pm Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California: #5 Utah (-6 1/2, 46) vs. #13 Oregon - After Auburn upended Alabama last week, the door opened for the Utes to make their way into the national championship playoff, but they'll need a win by LSU and possibly a loss by Oklahoma to do so.

Of course, they have to knock off the Ducks first, and that's not a gimme. It's also difficult to gauge how good the PAC-12 was this season. These two, along with USC, dominated the conference. Of all 12 teams, only these three had winning conference records and just seven will be bowl-bound.

As for the game itself, at a neutral site, the Ducks are good enough to upset. They won nine straight before losing at Arizona State, November 23. They bounced back with a 24-10 win over Oregon State and are ready for all the Utes will bring. Utah and Oregon were 1-2 in defense in the conference and 2-3 in offense. Little separating these two and it could go either way.

Coin Flip: Oregon

Prediction: Ducks 24 Utes 22

Saturday, December 7

12:00 pm - AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas: #7 Baylor vs. #6 Oklahoma (-8 1/2, 64 1/2) - These two met just weeks ago, with Oklahoma pulling out a 34-31 win, after Baylor led, 31-10, at half time. The Sooners scored 24 second half points while holding the Bears scoreless in the second frame.

If Utah loses to Oregon, and LSU defeats Georgia, the winner of this game is likely to be the #4 seed in the national championship playoff, probably meeting up with Ohio State. That's a lot to hope for, but both of these 11-1 teams are deserving.

It's amazing to think that Baylor is going to fold up their tent and go home without one hellacious fight. Taking the points would seem to be the only logical route.

Coin Flip: Oklahoma

Prediction: Bears 38 Sooners 30

12:00 pm - Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, North Carolina: Louisiana at #21 Appalachian State (-6 1/2, 56) - While the Mountaineers are ranked, this is no lock for them to win the Sun Belt championship, because the Ragin' Cajuns were 7-1 in the conference and 10-2 overall. The only conference loss for Louisiana was a 17-7 defeat at the hands of the Mountaineers.

Can the Ragin' Cajuns win a rematch? Naturally, they're capable, but in their loss to Appalachian State, Louisiana QB Levi Lewis turned in his worst performance of the season, throwing for a season-low 131 yards. Credit the Mountaineer defense. Appalachian State didn't seal the win until the final two minutes of the game and it took a 19-pay, 97-yard drive to do so.

These same two met in the 2018 Sun Belt championship and it was the Mountaineers taking a 30-19 win. They appear to have the Cajuns' number, but this one will be closer.

Coin Flip: Louisiana

Prediction: Mountaineers 21 Rain' Cajuns 17

3:30 pm - Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee: #20 Cincinnati at #17 Memphis (-9 1/2, 57 1/2) - These two met just a week ago, in Memphis, and the result was a 34-24 win by the Tigers. Other than a 30-28 loss to Temple, Memphis has not lost a game this season. At 11-1, they're probably the best team to come out of a small conference and will likely end up, after the inevitable bowl game, somewhere around #10-12 in the final rankings.

The Memphis offense is the story here. They've scored 40 or more points in eight of their 11 wins. Their season opener was a 15-10 win over Ole Miss, proving they can play with the big boys. Cincinnati's only top conference test was a dismal 42-0 defeat put on them by Ohio State.

Coin Flip: Memphis

Prediction: Tigers 42 Bearcats 24

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