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3:00 pm Coastal Carolina (12 1/2, 51 1/2) at Troy - Last season, Coastal Carolina defeated Troy, 36-35, at home, in one of the highlights of a 5-7 season. This year, the 10-0 Chanticleers are on the verge of something historic, an undefeated regular season, which they can complete with a win here. Next week they face Louisiana-Lafayette for the conference championship.

Coastal Carolina is 8-1-1 against the spread (ATS) this season. Troy is 4-6 ATS this season. Coastal Carolina dropped BYU, 22-17, at home last week while the Trojans dominated South Alabama, 29-0, on the road in Week 14. Troy is definitely not to be overlooked, but a 48-7 loss at BYU in September and a 47-10 defeat at Appalachian State two weeks ago speak volumes about the lack of depth. Carolina should bump them off with aplomb.

Coin Flip: Troy

Prediction: Chanticleers 38 Trojans 14

3:30 pm Navy at Army (-7, 39 1/2) - President Donald J. Trump will be in attendance at the 121st game between the two service academies. The game, to be played at the U.S. Military Academy's home field in West Point, New York, will mark the first time the storied rivalry will be held at an academy's field since 1943. Students from both schools will be at West Point's Michie Stadium, but no fans.

Army enters the game a touchdown favorite with a 7-2 record and is third in the nation in rushing yardage, averaging 296.7 yards per game. The Black Knights average 30.6 points per game. They also allow just 16.3 points, on average.

Navy's season hasn't been as successful. Averaging a mere 18.4 points per outing, the Middies are just 3-6, losers of four straight, most recently a 10-7 setback to Memphis and a 19-6 defeat by one-loss Tulsa. Navy's defense is horrible, giving u 32 ppg. Army's ground game will wear them down and out.

Coin Flip: Army

Prediction: Black Knights 34 Midshipmen 10

3:30 pm #20 North Carolina at #9 Miami (-3, 66) - Miami has been consistent all season, checking in with an 8-1 record, the only loss a serious, 42-17 setback at Clemson back in October. Last week they blew out Duke, 48-0, to go 7-1 in the ACC.

North Carolina has the ability to light up the scoreboard. They scored 59 points and 56 twice in wins over Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, and Duke, respectively, and have scored 40 or more in three other games. Their 7-3 record includes a pair of three point road losses, at Florida State and at Virginia, and a 31-17 defeat by Notre Dame. The Miami defense will have a difficult time containing these Tar Heels, but will also be able to score often. An offensive showcase.

Coin Flip: North Carolina

Prediction: Tar Heels 54 Hurricanes 45

3:30 pm Purdue at #8 Indiana (-10 1/2, 53) - Indiana surprised a lot of people this season and maybe kind of shocked themselves last week, upending Wisconsin, 14-6, after star QB Michael Penix, Jr. was lost for the season and replaced by Sophomore Jack Tuttle the week prior. Tuttle threw for 130 yards and both scores, as the Hoosier defense played one of their best games of the season. Indiana shut out Michigan State, 24-0, November 14. The 6-1 Hoosiers' only loss was a 42-35 defeat at Ohio State.

Purdue started out the season with a pair of wins, but since has dropped four straight. They'll be looking to upset the Hoosiers for a positive finish to the 2020 campaign. The Boilermakers haven't been blown out in any of their defeats, the worst of it last week's 37-27 loss to Nebraska. They can air it out pretty well, but will have to get a solid contribution from Zander Horvath, their leading rusher. Indiana should get the win, though the margin may be slim.

Coin Flip: Indiana

Prediction: Hoosiers 31 Boilermakers 27

3:30 pm #25 Wisconsin at #19 Iowa (-1 1/2, 44) - With three games cancelled this season, the Badgers are 2-2 with a pair of blowout wins - 45-7, Illinois; 49-11, Michigan - and two losses, 17-7 at Northwestern and 14-6 to Indiana.

The defense is solid as a rock, but the offense struggles against quality defenses, which Iowa has. After dropping their first two games, the Hawkeyes have won five straight and moved up in the national rankings.

This game shapes up as a defensive slug-fest. Look for the Badgers to end their offensive frustration with some timely passing and third down conversions.

Coin Flip: Iowa

Prediction: Badgers 20 Hawkeyes 18

CANCELLED 4:00 pm #7 Cincinnati (-11 1/2, 44) at #18 Tulsa - This is a re-scheduled game from earlier in the season and now it has been cancelled for a second time. These same two teams, both 6-0 in the American Athletic Conference will play for the championship next Saturday, December 19, the location as yet undetermined.

Coin Flip: XXXX

Prediction: XXXXX

7:00 pm LSU at #6 Florida (-23 1/2, 73) - Florida has been burying the opposition pretty much all season. Their only loss was a 41-38 setback at Texas A&M in October. Since then, they've won six straight. However, since their 44-28 win over Georgia, they have played milquetoast teams, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, and Tennessee, teams with a combined record of 9-26.

That said, LSU is just 3-5, and they're coming off a couple of tough games, losing, 20-7, at Texas A&M and 55-17, to #1 Alabama. Things are beginning to click for the reigning national champions. While they're unlikely to win, they may shave a few points here and there off Florida's margins victory.

Coin Flip: Florida

Prediction: Gators 39 Tigers 24

7:30 pm #16 USC (-3 1/2, 61 1/2) at UCLA - Of all the teams in the PAC-12 only Oregon, Oregon State and UCLA have managed to play all their scheduled games (5). The 3-2 Bruins are jelling as the season comes to a close, with wins over Arizona and Arizona State the past two weeks. A six-point loss at Colorado and a 38-35 defeat at Oregon aren't bad blemishes.

The Trojans can complete an unbeaten season with a win over their crosstown rival. They have loads of talent, as evidenced by wins over Utah, 33-17, and Washington State, 38-13. UCLA has a better offense and defense than either of these two and there's pride on the line as well. Expect a close one with the Bruins edging out for the win late. The Trojans won last year's meeting, 52-35, as Kedon Slovis threw for 515 yards.

Coin Flip: UCLA

Prediction: Bruins 31 Trojans 26

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