Wednesday, November 25, 2009

College football preview - week twelve

We'll have a separate preview of this weekend's Border War between Kansas and Missouri but, for now, here is your Thanksgiving edition preview of upcoming key games.

Texas at Texas A&M. Line: UT by 21. This traditional Thanksgiving Day rivalry would appear to be just one more step in the Longhorn's journey to a national championship match-up against Florida or Alabama. Not so fast--for A&M, this is their bowl game and chance to call this season a huge success. A&M's offense has been prolific under Offensive Coordinator Nolan Cromwell. And, UT's defense gave up a lot of yards last Saturday to Kansas. This game will be tighter than the three touchdown line--Texas will win by 10.

Nebraska at Colorado. Line: NU by 10. Remember when Colorado decided that they wanted to make this game a rivalry? It hasn't been much of one lately. This Friday match-up will be another Nebraska victory and the swan song for Colorado coach Dan Hawkins. NU by 8.

Alabama at Auburn. Line: Bama by 10.5. This big rivalry game is the only remaining roadblock for the Crimson Tide prior to a match-up against Florida in the SEC title game...or the game which some are calling the national championship game. Prediction: Alabama by 9.

Oklahoma State at Oklahoma. Line: OU by 9.5. Oklahoma State still has hopes of a BCS bid. To do that, they must beat the Sooners in Norman. It won't happen--Oklahoma by 7.

Texas Tech at Baylor. Line: Tech by 20.5. Prediction: Tech by 21.

Florida State at Florida. Line: Gators by 24.5. This line started at 21 and is now up to 24.5. Hmm--sounds like the bettors feel pretty confident about Florida in this one. So do I--and how sad that this great rivalry has deteriorated under the "Bobby Bowden should retire" watch. Florida by 27.

Arizona at Arizona State. Line: Arizona by 3. Prediction: Zona by 7.

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