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NCAA Week 14 Late Games

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3:30 pm #25 Tulsa (-12 1/2, 49 1/2) at Navy - Tulsa is 5-1 and unbeaten in the American Athletic Conference, setting up a showdown with undefeated #7 Cincinnati for next Saturday (12/12). The Hurricanes have had a number of cancellations, but have hung together well and have one of the top defenses in the country.

Navy comes in at just 3-5 and has only played one game since the end of October, that, a 10-7 loss to Memphis, 11/28, suggesting that the defense has been tuned up. Navy's had an up and mostly down season, but appear to be improved, so an upset cannot be ruled out. They have nothing to lose except possible bowl game positioning, and they meet Army next week.

Coin Flip: Tulsa

Prediction: Tulsa 24 Navy 17

3:30 pm #6 Florida (-17, 61 1/2) at Tennessee - The Vols have lost five straight and have not recovered since the second half of their loss at Georgia, 44-21, back on October 10. The offense just doesn't click and the defense gives up big plays all too often.

Florida's Kyle Trask has emerged as a Heisman candidate, leading the nation TD passes with 34 and just three picks. The Gators only loss was a 41-38 setback at Texas A&M, in October. Winners of five straight, the Gators are on a collision course with Alabama for the SEC championship, December 19. Florida should roll it up against the struggling Vols.

Coin Flip: Florida

Prediction: Gators 45 Volunteers 13

3:30 pm #12 Indiana at #16 Wisconsin (-14, 45 1/2) - Sadly, Michael Penix Jr., QB for the Hoosiers, tore his ACL last week in Indiana's 27-11 win over Maryland and is gone for the season. His replacement, sophomore Jack Tuttle, was 5-for-5 mopping up, but only threw for 31 yards. He'll benefit with a full week's practice with the starting offense.

Indiana's only loss in six games was to Ohio State, 42-35.

With three cancelled games, Wisconsin enters at 2-1. Northwestern handed them their only loss, 17-7, two weeks back. Their game last week with Minnesota was cancelled, so they're healthy and ready, but giving Indiana 2 TDs, even without Penix, seems a bit much.

Coin Flip: Wisconsin

Prediction: Badgers 28 Hoosiers 21

3:30 pm West Virginia at #13 Iowa State (-7, 48 1/2) - By beating Texas, 23-20 last Friday, the Cyclones secured a spot in the Big 12 championship, ostensibly against the Oklahoma Sooners. Iowa State has the best defense in the conference and the backfield of QB Brock Purdy and Breece Hall gives them a balanced offensive attack.

West Virginia, with a 4-3 conference mark, has no chances of reaching the championship game, unless they win here and defeat Oklahoma next week and Texas loses again, so there's reason to believe that the Mountaineers aren't going to mail this one in. They've had three weeks off to prepare after their 24-6 win over TCU, November 14. They're a solid bunch, and should be in this until the end.

Coin Flip: West Virginia

Prediction: Cyclones 24 Mountaineers 20

4:00 pm Stanford at Washington (-11, 50 1/2) - The Huskies haven't done anything wrong to get to 3-0 in the shortened PAC-12 schedule and they should put a serious hurt on the Cardinal, who defeated 0-3 Cal last week for their only win in three tries, 24-23.

Don't be surprised if this game gets cancelled. The PAC-12 season is a real bust thus far and California teams must play all of their games on the road and can't even practice in the Golden State due to extreme COVID restrictions. It's total BS and the Cardinal players would probably just rather opt out and try again next year.

Coin Flip: Stanford

Prediction: Huskies 30 Cardinal 14

7:00 pm #15 Oregon (-10, 57 1/2) at California - Cal may not be as bad as their 0-3 record suggests. After a 34-10 loss at UCLA, they dropped a road contest at Oregon State, 31-27, and got nipped by Stanford last week, 24-23.

The Ducks were upended at Oregon State last week, 41-38, and despite their 3-1 mark, are fairly disorganized defensively. The offense should put up a solid 40 or more, but the defense can't be relied upon for any stops.

Coin Flip: California

Prediction: Golden Bears 44 Ducks 41

7:30 pm #3 Clemson (-22, 67) at Virginia Tech - The Hokies have lost four of their last five, to Wake Forest, Liberty, Miami, and finally, last time, the wheels fell off at Pitt, 47-14. They are ill-suited to face the Tigers, who are still upset about their only loss of the season, a 47-40, double overtime loss to Notre Dame without start Qb Trevor Lawrence.

The Tigers hammered Pitt last week, 52-17, and are poised to end their regular season with a prime time showcase of Lawrence and some future NFL players.

Coin Flip: Virginia Tech

Prediction: Tigers 56 Hokies 20

8:00 pm #1 Alabama (-28, 66 1/2) at LSU - No contest. The reigning national champions are a small shadow of their former self. #1 Alabama is undefeated (8-0), hammered Auburn last week, 42-13, and has the look of a clear national champion. This one could be over by half time.

Coin Flip: LSU

Prediction: Crimson Tide 48 Tigers 13

8:00 pm Baylor at #11 Oklahoma (-22, 62) - Baylor is just 2-5, but that doesn't mean they're not a danger to upend the Sooners. Knocking off Kansas State last week, 32-31, was a confidence booster, and some of their losses - 24-23 to Texas Tech, 38-31 at Iowa State, and 27-21 in overtime to West Virginia, all road games - may be an indicator that they're going to show up big time. Their worst loss of the season was 27-16, to Texas.

The Sooners have won five straight and have been doing it with aplomb. After defeating Texas in overtime, 53-45, back in October all of their wins - over TCU, Texas Tech, Kansas and Oklahoma State - have been blowouts. The defense has improved, but they may come into this contest a little overconfident. Baylor could conceivably win, though it's not likely. The Bears may just hang around enough, though.

Coin Flip: Baylor

Prediction: Sooners 38 Bears 27

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