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Week 12 results: Rick: 7-7; Coin: 7-7
Cumulative: Rick: 73-78-1; Coin: 60-91-1

Friday, November 27

12:00 pm #15 Iowa State at #20 Texas (-1 1/2, 57) - At 6-1 in conference play, the Cyclones are on the precipice of an outright Big 12 championship while the 4-2 (5-2, overall) Longhorns are looking to grab a slice of the pie.

Iowa State's defense has managed to give the offense many opportunities via turnovers and they will be key to a Cyclone victory. Led by underrated QB Brock Purdy and the nation's leading rusher, Breece Hall (1,169 yards on 180 carries, 15 TDs), Iowa State may be able to dictate time of possession and field position on enemy turf.

Texas QB, Sam Ehlinger, will keep the Longhorns in the game, but the Texas defense is not likely to hold up for four quarters.

Coin Flip: Texas

Prediction: Cyclones 38 Longhorns 24

1:00 pm Nebraska at Iowa (-13 1/2, 52 1/2) - Despite this being college football's 13th week, the Big Ten is still just about at mid-season. 3-2 Iowa may win the rest of their games, after starting out 0-2 with losses at Purdue (24-20) and at home to Northwestern (21-20), who are now 5-0.

Nebraska can't seem to find any cohesion on offense. Their one win was over pushover Penn State (30-23), but last week they were smothered by Illinois, 41-23.

The Hawkeyes should run away early and offer some holiday nap time.

Coin Flip: Iowa

Prediction: Hawkeyes 37 Cornhuskers 10

3:30 pm #2 Notre Dame (-4 1/2, 66) at #25 North Carolina - Notre Dame center, Jarrett Patterson, is out for the season, and starting guard, Tommy Kraemer, is also out on the front line for the Fighting Irish. That may slow down the Irish offense, especially if the Tar Heels defensive front seven are on their game.

North Carolina has an outside chance at the ACC title game. At 6-2 their only losses were close scrapes, 44-41 at Virginia, and 31-28 at Florida State. They've been lighting it up all season, averaging 563.4 yards (4th) and 43.1 points per game (10th).

The Irish score at a rate of 37.6 points per outing and arguably have a better defense, suggesting that the point spread here might be a little short. Notre Dame's remaining schedule has Syracuse and Wake Forest, so a win here goes a very long way toward a national championship playoff invite.

Coin Flip: North Carolina

Prediction: Fighting Irish 44 Tar Heels 35

7:00 pm #9 Oregon (-14, 64) at Oregon State - Oregon has been tested twice this season, by Washington State (W, 43-29) and especially, last week by UCLA, in a 38-35 victory, but, at 3-0, they're beginning to have the look of a national title contender. The shortened PAC-12 season (six games) is already at the halfway point and it works against the Ducks because they can't develop fully.

Oregon is the 3-0 to lead the North division along with USC in the South. The two appear to be on a collision course for the championship game.

Oregon State beat Cal last week, 31-27, for their first win of the season. Losses to Washington State and Washington were not blowouts, so they have opportunity here. Considering the lack of preparation on both defenses, look for plenty of scoring a another close call for the Ducks.

Coin Flip: Oregon

Prediction: Ducks 38 Beavers 30

Saturday, November 28

12:00 pm #3 Ohio State (-28, 70 1/2) at Illinois - The Fighting Illini ripped Nebraska last week, 41-23, but that was only their second win of the season, the prior one a 23-20 ho-hum win at Rutgers.

Home field would offer some help, though this season, without fans, the players are on their own against one of the most potent offenses in the country. Ohio State puts up an average of 45.3 points per game (7th) and will likely go well beyond that in this walkover meeting.

Coin Flip: Illinois

Prediction: Buckeyes 56 Fighting Illini 24

12:00 pm Maryland at #12 Indiana (-11 1/2, 63) - Due to COVId-related issues (can we get past this already?), Maryland has played just three games, but they've won twice, defeating Minnesota and Penn State. The Terrapins opened the season a 43-3 loser at Northwestern. QB Taulia Tagovailoa is the younger brother of Tua, a star at Alabama and currently the starter for the Miami Dolphins, and he's a dangerous dual threat that will make this game interesting.

Indiana comes off a climactic, 42-35, loss at Ohio State, their first loss of the season, but the Hoosiers better not suffer a letdown here because Maryland is dangerous. This looks like an exciting match-up of two teams with plenty of talent on offense. Fireworks.

Coin Flip: Indiana

Prediction: Hoosiers 41 Terrapins 34

12:00 pm Texas Tech at #21 Oklahoma State (-10 1/2, 55) - The Cowboys' hopes for a Big 12 title went up in smoke last week in a 41-13 loss at Oklahoma, dropping them to 4-2 in the conference, the other loss to Texas (41-34). While Oklahoma State is the only team to top conference leader, Iowa State, their two losses put them in an unenviable position, though they should be able to handle the Red Raiders without many issues.

Texas Tech is 3-5 overall, but their conference wins were against West Virginia (34-27) and Baylor (24-23). Oklahoma beat them 62-28, and a 31-15 loss to Iowa State is indicative of their inability to slow down opposing offenses.

Coin Flip: Oklahoma State

Prediction: Cowboys 45 Red Raiders 13

12:00 pm #24 Tulsa at Houston (-1, 57) - The Golden Hurricane gutted out a 30-24 2OT win over Tulane, capped by a pick-six. It's unsure who will start at QB for Tulsa. Zach Smith left early against Tulane, but sophomore Davis Brin filled in admirably. Either way, Tulsa comes prepared.

Houston hosts at 3-2 in conference play, the losses to UCF (44-21) and Cincinnati (38-10). It's obvious that their offense can be shut down and the defense may not be up to task.

Coin Flip: Tulsa

Prediction: Golden Hurricane 35 Cougars 23

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