Originally posted on Crystal Ball Run  |  Last updated 11/14/13
Due to time constraints, we're going to jump right in to this week's picks. Let's go! Clemson vs. Georgia Tech Kevin M’s Take: Throw out that ugly loss to Florida State and Clemson has been pretty dominant this season. There have been some slow starts but Seminoles aside the Tigers have been difficult for anyone to stop in ACC play. That should continue again Thursday night against a Georgia Tech lacking the versatility to keep up with Clemson’s offense. Georgia Tech should thrive in shortening the game with their running game, but they will need to pull a few other tricks out of Paul Johnson’s playbook to top Clemson. Aaron: Clemson 37, Georgia Tech 21 Allen: Clemson 38, Georgia Tech 20 Andy: Clemson 33, Georgia Tech 17 David: Clemson 48, Georgia Tech 21 Jonathan: Clemson 28, Georgia Tech 21 Josh: Clemson 42, Georgia Tech 21 Kevin C: Clemson 34, Georgia Tech 31 Kevin M: Clemson 31, Georgia Tech 17 Tom:  Clemson 30, Georgia Tech 20 UCLA vs. Washington David’s Take: Last Saturday turned into the Myles Jack show, as the versatile freshman linebacker/running back played almost 115 plays in a victory for the Bruins over Arizona. Don't expect to see as much of Jack on offense, but he can make an impact on defense trying to stop Washington's tough ground game and senior Bishop Sankey. This will be a high scoring, close game, but the home field advantage at the Rose Bowl will be too tough for the Huskies to overcome. Aaron: UCLA 34, Washington 27 Allen: UCLA 31, Washington 24 Andy: Washington 34, UCLA 31 David: UCLA 45, Washington 38 Jonathan: UCLA 42, Washington 35 Josh: Washington 32, UCLA 24 Kevin C: UCLA 31, Washington 27 Kevin M: UCLA 33, Washington 30 Tom: UCLA 38, Washington 24   Georgia vs. Auburn Jonathan’s Take: In August this matchup would've been an afterthought, but with Georgia's injury problems and Auburn's meteoric rise this season, it should actually be a competitive game. The all-time record between the two teams is 54-54-8, so this game is obviously of incredible importance. If Auburn running back Tre Mason and quarterback Nick Marshall can continue their run of high quality, the Tigers can reach their bye week and focus their energy on beating Alabama and getting into the SEC Championship. Aaron: Georgia 28, Auburn 21 Allen: Georgia 38, Auburn 35 Andy: Georgia 34, Auburn 27 David: Auburn 42, Georgia 38 Jonathan: Auburn 31, Georgia 29 Josh: Auburn 31, Georgia 24 Kevin C: Auburn 27, Georgia 24 Kevin M: Auburn 30, Georgia 23 Tom: Auburn 27, Georgia 24   South Carolina vs. Florida Kevin C’s Take: This rivalry was once dominated by the Gators (they won every year from 1992 through 2004) but over the last few years the gap has closed. These teams are 2-2 over the last four years with Florida winning the last two. Last year, the Gamecocks got beat 44-11 because they repeatedly shot themselves in the foot. This year, I expect the Gamecocks to remember how that game went and play a much more intelligent game. The Gators are beat up and added Antonio Morrison to the list of season-ending injuries this week. The Gamecocks will just simply be too much for the beat up Gators. Aaron: South Carolina 24, Florida 7 Allen: South Carolina 20, Florida 10 Andy: South Carolina 37, Florida 17 David: South Carolina 31, Florida 17 Jonathan: South Carolina 27, Florida 12 Josh: South Carolina 31, Florida 7 Kevin C: South Carolina 31, Florida 13 Kevin M: South Carolina 27, Florida 13 Tom: South Carolina 34, Florida 7   Northwestern vs. Michigan Andy’s Take: Congrats to the prognosticators (myself included) for getting these two teams completely wrong at the start of the season. Fast-forward to this week and this is a battle between the two teams at the bottom of the Legends division. They got there in different ways, Northwestern by being a complete M.A.S.H. Unit on offense and Michigan by flat out stinking along the offensive line. So, who wins the battle as the most disappointing team? After two weeks of negative rushing yards by Michigan they at least gain some positive numbers, but they also turn the ball over too many times and the host Wildcats win this one. Aaron: Northwestern 24, Michigan 17 Allen: Northwestern 23, Michigan 18 Andy: Northwestern 31, Michigan 21 David: Michigan 27, Northwestern 17 Jonathan: Northwestern 31, Michigan 28 Josh: Michigan 23, Northwestern 17 Kevin C: Michigan 15, Northwestern 12 Kevin M: Northwestern 24, Michigan 23 Tom: Michigan 25, Northwestern 19   Duke vs. Miami Kevin C’s Take: After starting 7-0, the Hurricanes have now lost two straight. Duke is also 7-2 but they are working on a four game win streak with their best win coming at Virginia Tech. Sometimes, you catch teams at the right time and I think Duke gets this Canes squad at the right time. In 2012, Miami won a 52-45 shootout. I think we might see something like that again this season but with the Blue Devils winning in their stadium. Aaron: Duke 28, Miami 21 Allen: Duke 27, Miami 21 Andy: Duke 27, Miami 24 David: Duke 30, Miami 19 Jonathan: Miami 24, Duke 21 Josh: Duke 17, Miami 14 Kevin C:  Duke 42, Miami 38 Kevin M: Miami 23, Duke 20 Tom: Duke 27, Miami 24   Nebraska vs. Michigan State Kevin M’s Take: Michigan State has the best defense in the Big Ten and it seems as though their offense has arrive don the scene in East Lansing. But this weekend they head to Lincoln to take on a Nebraska team that continues to live on the edge in the Big Ten Legends Division race the past couple of weeks. Look for the Spartans to shut down Nebraska’s offense and control the tempo on the ground. Aaron: Michigan State 16, Nebraska 10 Allen: Michigan State 20, Nebraska 14 Andy: Michigan State 24, Nebraska 17 David: Michigan State 24, Nebraska 21 Jonathan: Michigan State 25, Nebraska 14 Josh: Michigan State 28, Nebraska 10 Kevin C: Michigan State 26, Nebraska 20 Kevin M: Michigan State 24, Nebraska 17 Tom: Michigan State 20, Nebraska 3   Texas vs. Oklahoma State Allen’s Take: Mack Brown was down to his last chip a few weeks ago, but he has built up a decent stack since then. Texas escaped Morgantown last week with a thrilling win, but it feels as though the Longhorns are tempting fate. The win came at a steep price as UT lost Chris Whaley and Jonathan Gray from an already depleted roster. Brown's undefeated Big 12 record is in serious danger this week. OSU is starting to round into form, and the Pokes have some extra motivation in this game after last year's controversial loss, too. Look for the Cowboys to stuff Texas' running game in the second half and put the game on Case McCoy's arm. A couple late offensive mistakes do in the shorthanded 'Horns. Aaron: Oklahoma State 41, Texas 35 Allen: Oklahoma State 28, Texas 23 Andy: Texas 31, Oklahoma State 27 David: Texas 35, Oklahoma State 31 Jonathan: Oklahoma State 45, Texas 35 Josh: Oklahoma State 34, Texas 24 Kevin C: Oklahoma State 34, Texas 27 Kevin M: Texas 30, Oklahoma State 27 Tom: Oklahoma State 42, Texas 30   Louisville vs. Houston Tom’s Take: The Cardinals were pulling for Houston last week against UCF, but the Cougars couldn't deliver. Louisville's shot at a second straight BCS Bowl are pretty much nil now, but Charlie Strong's team still has a lot to play for and they can't let this one slip by. Teddy Bridgewater is the difference in this game and he will make sure Louisville gets to 9-1. Houston's best shot at winning is controlling the ball behind a measured passing game. Freshman QB John O'Korn has been solid all season. Aaron: Louisville 34, Houston 17 Allen: Louisville 34, Houston 20 Andy: Louisville 31, Houston 27 David: Louisville 28, Houston 21 Jonathan: Louisville 42, Houston 32 Josh: Louisville 38, Houston 28 Kevin C: Louisville 35, Houston 21 Kevin M: Louisville 33, Houston 30 Tom:  Louisville 38, Houston 21   Baylor vs. Texas Tech Aaron’s Take: It was just three weeks ago that Kliff Kingsbury seemingly had the world in the palm of his hand. He was young. He was good looking. His team was 7-0. Only fast forward to the here and now, and… well, you know what, life still ain’t too bad for the King. He’s still young and he’s still good looking, although his team has lost three straight, which to some (although certainly not all), might be the only thing that matters. Those three losses are a nasty losing streak in the always tough Big XII, and a streak that’s not likely to end against Baylor this week. Not against a team averaging a college football best 61 points a game, especially when the Red Raiders have given up an average of 46 in each of their three losses. Baylor may get tripped up at some point down the stretch. Just don’t expect it to happen in Lubbock. Aaron: Baylor 48, Texas Tech 38 Allen: Baylor 52, Texas Tech 28 Andy: Baylor 37, Texas Tech 30 David: Baylor 52, Texas Tech 20 Jonathan: Baylor 42, Texas 35 Josh: Baylor 62, Texas Tech 35 Kevin C: Baylor 49, Texas Tech 35 Kevin M: Baylor 42, Texas Tech38 Tom: Baylor 58, Texas Tech 42   USC vs. Stanford Josh’s Take: The Trojans have a made a complete transformation under Ed Orgeron, but Stanford is a step up in class from the other opponents USC has faced since firing Lane Kiffin. This is a textbook letdown spot for the Cardinal following up one of the biggest wins in school history last Thursday against Oregon, but David Shaw should have this team focused from the jump with a Rose Bowl bid entirely in their control. The Trojans’ lack of depth will be a huge factor in this game as Stanford should control the clock with its powerful running game. Aaron: USC 24, Stanford 17 Allen: Stanford 24, USC 20 Andy: Stanford 30, USC 21 David: USC 31, Stanford 30 Jonathan: USC 34, Stanford 32 Josh: Stanford 24, USC 14 Kevin C: Stanford 21, USC 17 Kevin M: USC 24, Stanford 23 Tom: Stanford 29, USC 17   Arizona State vs. Oregon State David’s Take: Oregon State's highflying passing attack has been grounded in recent weeks. The Beavers play better away from home but they haven't faced an opponent like the Sun Devils. However, can Arizona State avoid peeking ahead to their divisional matchup against UCLA next week? In the past, the answer might have been no. But this is a different Arizona State team this year. The Sun Devils will give up some yards and points, but ultimately pull out another victory. Aaron: Arizona State 38, Oregon State 28 Allen: Arizona State 42, Oregon State 27 Andy: Arizona State 41, Oregon State 31 David: Arizona State 41, Oregon State 35 Jonathan: Arizona State 30, Oregon State 25 Josh: Arizona State 38, Oregon State 28 Kevin C: Arizona State 35, Oregon State 32Kevin M: Arizona State 43, Oregon State 36 Tom: Arizona State 41, Oregon State 38
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