If you're an Auburn fan, this has to be a nightmare--your team is having a dream season but now is awash in recruiting scandal talk swirling around Cam Newton. At what point does this all become a serious distraction, if it isn't already?
Here are our week eleven predictions:
Nebraska over Kansas. No surprise here--the Huskers have dominated this series, the longest-running consecutive series in college football which will end on Saturday. The big question is what we will see from Kansas--can they build on their record-breaking fourth quarter comeback performance of last weekend? Staying close with Nebraska until early in the second half could do wonders for this team's psyche heading into the final home game next week with Oklahoma State followed by the Border War clash with Missouri. Nebraska by 17.
Missouri over Kansas State. Mizzou returns home after an upset loss last week in Lubbock, TX where the storyline was Blaine Gabbert. Is Gabbert battling an undisclosed injury, just as Chase Daniel did in his senior season? Will the MU faithful stay confident in their first string QB or clamor early for James Franklin to be inserted, should Gabbert look shaky? I expect MU to win but this will be one of the more interesting games to follow this weekend.
Iowa State over Colorado. The Brian Cabral era starts at Colorado. Okay, I know, it's not an era, but Cabral will tend to the program until Mike Bohn can come to terms with Bill McCartney to return to the Folsom Field sideline. CU will continue its disastrous season by falling to ISU at home.
Oklahoma State over Texas. Yes, yes, yes--I learned my lesson. Don't pick the Longhorns to win, at all, this season. This is another home game and another home loss in this lost season for Texas.
Texas A&M over Baylor. The Bears return home after last week's humbling loss to Oklahoma State. And, in what may be the best game in the Big 12 this Saturday, the Bears will lose a close one to a surging Aggie squad.
Oklahoma over Texas Tech. A bunch of guys named "Freedom" beat Missouri last week in Lubbock. Oh, wait--those were special Red Raider uniforms and they were, shall we say, fashion-challenged. OU will cover the spread and win by 15.
Florida over South Carolina. The ol' ball coach returns to The Swamp in Gainesville, FL and leaves with his second straight loss.
Utah over Notre Dame. What's the cure for losing big to TCU last week? Why, beating Notre Dame on their home turf, of course. Utah by 12.
Ohio State over Penn State. These two traditional powers do battle in the Horseshoe. It won't be victory #401 for JoePa--look for Ohio State to win by two touchdowns.
Georgia over Auburn. Yep, my upset pick for the week. Newton-gate finally gets to the War Eagle Nation and they fall, on a late field goal, to Georgia.
Arizona over USC. Arizona hasn't won consecutive games in this series since 1999-2000. It'll happen ten years later as the Wildcats recover from last week's thrashing by Stanford.
Season predictions to date: 79-28