Originally posted on Crystal Ball Run  |  Last updated 11/27/13
One thing that is great about Thanksgiving is how it opens up an extra day for a full slate of college football action. While Friday's games may mostly serve as an appetizer for the main course on Saturday, some of the games we are paying attention to will be pretty important. Here is a look at how we have done this season with our predictions... Allen (110-46, 70.5%) Jonathan (108-48, 69.2%) David (107-49, 68.6%) Kevin C. (104-40, 72.2%) Tom (103-53, 66.0%) Kevin M. (102-54, 65.3%) Aaron (97-47, 67.4%) Andy (96-60, 61.5%) Josh (79-29, 73.1%) And now, on to our main course... No. 17 LSU (8-3, 4-3 SEC) vs. Arkansas (3-8, 0-7 SEC): Friday, 2:30 p.m. CBS Tom’s Take: We may have seen a little of the future of LSU football last week against Texas A&M and the future is bright for Les Miles' group. The same can't be said for Arkansas, which is suffering through one of its worst seasons in recent memory. Lose to the Tigers Saturday and the Razorbacks will finish 0-8 in the SEC in Bret Bielema's first season. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger will play his final home game for the Tigers and he should finish the regular season with more than 3,000 passing yards. He also has 22 touchdown passes. LSU faces a potential let down after a big win over Texas A&M, but it's hard to see how Arkansas can mount a serious threat. Aaron: LSU 41, Arkansas 14 Allen: LSU 31, Arkansas 21 Andy: LSU 33, Arkansas 17 David: LSU 37, Arkansas 13 Jonathan: LSU 40, Arkansas 14 Josh: LSU 42, Arkansas 10 Kevin C: LSU 38, Arkansas 17 Kevin M: LSU 32, Arkansas 13 Tom: LSU 31, Arkansas 14 San Jose State (5-6, 4-3 MWC) vs. No. 16 Fresno State (10-0, 7-0 MWC): Friday, 3:30 p.m. CBS Sports Network Andy’s Take: The Bulldogs have two games to go for an undefeated season and a possible BCS bowl birth. However, San Jose State won’t just roll over, especially since they know they can beat the Bulldogs. After all, the Spartans did beat them the last time around. However, San Jose State’s defense has really let them down this season, rank 100th in scoring D and that isn’t good news going up against Derrick Carr on the heels of his record setting performance last week. Carr went for 527 yards and 7 touchdowns in the 69-28 win over New Mexico. Look for something closer to that as the Bulldogs clear another hurdle towards an undefeated season. Aaron: Fresno State 41, San Jose State 28 Allen: Fresno State 42, San Jose State 35 Andy: Fresno State 45, San Jose State 31 David: Fresno State 55, San Jose State 30 Jonathan: Fresno State 32, San Jose State 28 Josh: Fresno State 59, San Jose State 28 Kevin C: Fresno State 55, San Jose State 38 Kevin M: Fresno State 60, San Jose State 37 Tom: Fresno State 49, San Jose State 32 No. 13 Oregon (9-2, 6-2 Pac 12) vs. Oregon State (6-5, 4-4 Pac 12): Friday, 7:00 p.m. FOX Sports 1 David’s Take: The stakes in the Civil War are not as high this as they have been recently, but don't tell that to these two teams. Oregon State's one dimensional passing attack has sputtered recently, and Oregon got manhandled last week in Arizona. Expect the diversity of the Ducks attack to be the difference. Aaron: Oregon 31, Oregon State 20 Allen: Oregon 44, Oregon State 30 Andy: Oregon 37, Oregon State 24 David: Oregon 52, Oregon State 20 Jonathan: Oregon 42, Oregon State 27 Josh: Oregon 52, Oregon State 31 Kevin C: Oregon 42, Oregon State 29 Kevin M: Oregon 47, Oregon State 24 Tom: Oregon 42, Oregon State 24 Florida (4-7, 3-5 SEC) vs. No. 2 Florida State (11-0, 8-0 ACC): Saturday, 12:00 p.m. ESPN Allen’s Take: What looked in August like a dandy Thanksgiving weekend game has turned into an appropriate finale for these Te'o teams. There's little reason to go too deep here: The Seminoles are going to pound Will Muschamp's flailing Gators. This will be vicious. Aaron: Florida State 31, Florida 6 Allen: Florida State 49, Florida 5 Andy: Florida State 37, Florida 17 David: Florida State 63, Florida 12 Jonathan: Florida State 60, Florida 7 Josh: Florida State 56, Florida 6 Kevin C: Florida State 48, Florida 5 Kevin M: Florida State 38, Florida 10 Tom: Florida State 58, Florida 10 Michigan (7-4, 3-4 B1G) vs. No. 3 Ohio State (11-0, 7-0 B1G): Saturday, 12:00 p.m. ABC Andy’s Take: Do the Wolverines honestly have a chance in “The Game?” The simple answer is hell no. Michigan has no run game, can’t block up front and are going up against the most underrated defensive line in the country. Freshman Joey Bosa has really transformed this unit into an attacking group and they’ll get after Devin Gardner early and often. Look for both Carlos Hyde and Braxton Miller to both go over 100 yards rushing as Michigan gets pounded. Aaron: Ohio State 31, Michigan 20 Allen: Ohio State 34, Michigan 14 Andy: Ohio State 45, Michigan 24 David: Ohio State 42, Michigan 27 Jonathan: Ohio State 38, Michigan 30 Josh: Ohio State 41, Michigan 21 Kevin C: Ohio State 35, Michigan 20 Kevin M: Ohio State 42, Michigan 24 Tom: Ohio State 38, Michigan 20 No. 4 Auburn (10-1, 6-1 SEC) vs. No. 1 Alabama (11-0, 7-0 SEC): Saturday, 3:30 p.m. CBS Jonathan’s Take: Ok, this one is important. Those other games on Saturday are nice but this year's Iron Bowl decides the SEC West champion and potentially the national champion. It's the first time that Alabama and Auburn will meet with both teams in the top 5, though the rivalry would be equally hostile if both teams were winless. This game always means something to the Alabamians. Gus Malzahn has resurrected Auburn with mostly players that he recruited during his previous tenure there and has them actually confident going up against Alabama. This game will mirror this year's Alabama-LSU game: Close at first, with a raucous crowd and plenty of nerves, but Alabama will eventually pull away and win handily. Aaron: Alabama 28, Auburn 14 Allen: Alabama 34, Auburn 17 Andy: Auburn 27, Alabama 20 David: Alabama 41, Auburn 38 Jonathan: Alabama 5, Auburn 21 Josh: Alabama 35, Auburn 21 Kevin C: Alabama 35, Auburn 24 Kevin M: Alabama 30, Auburn 28 Tom: Alabama 28, Auburn 10 TCU (4-7, 2-6 Big 12) vs. No. 9 Baylor (9-1, 6-1 Big 12): Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ESPN2 Allen’s Take: Talk about a motivation game. Whose morale is lower: Baylor after blowing its undefeated run or bowl non-qualifier TCU? If they're into it, the Horned Frogs have the kind of defense that can give the Bears' explosive offense problems. TCU can generate pressure with its defensive front, and the secondary has the talent to slow the Baylor receiving corps. Beating the Bears also requires an offense that can string together sustained drives and convert them into touchdowns. That is something that TCU doesn't have. Aaron: Baylor 56, TCU 14 Allen: Baylor 38, TCU 14 Andy: Baylor 45, TCU 17 David: Baylor 38, TCU 14 Jonathan: Baylor 42, TCU 20 Josh: Baylor 35, TCU 28 Kevin C: Baylor 55, TCU 24 Kevin M: Baylor 49, TCU 20 Tom: Baylor 60, TCU 14 No. 8 Stanford (9-2, 7-2 Pac 12) vs. No. 25 Notre Dame (8-3): Saturday, 7:00 p.m. FOX Josh’s Take: Five of Notre Dame's last six games have been decided by 10 points or fewer, but I think Stanford will overpower the Irish this weekend. Notre Dame's defense bent last Saturday, letting BYU run for a ridiculous 5.3 yards per carry, but it didn't break. The Irish kept the Cougars out of the end zone on two key second-half possessions to hold BYU to just 13 points. Can they do the same thing to Stanford? I have my doubts. The Cardinal will find the end zone enough to win by a couple scores. Aaron: Stanford 34, Notre Dame 24 Allen: Stanford 28, Notre Dame 20 Andy: Stanford 24, Notre Dame 13 David: Stanford 28, Notre Dame 24 Jonathan: Stanford 21, Clemson 20 Josh: Stanford 30, Notre Dame 17 Kevin C: Stanford 17, Notre Dame 13 Kevin M: Stanford 24, Notre Dame 13 Tom: Stanford 28, Notre Dame 17 No. 10 South Carolina (9-2, 6-2 SEC) vs. No. 6 Clemson (10-1, 7-1 ACC): Saturday, 7:00 p.m. EPSN2 Kevin C’s Take: Being that this is a game pitting two Carolina teams it's only fitting to quote someone who made a name for himself in that area of the country. "To be the man, you gotta beat the man". And Clemson hasn't proven they can beat Spurrier and the Gamecocks lately. Go with the Gamecocks until the Tigers prove they can win this game. Aaron: South Carolina 20, Clemson 14 Allen: Clemson 27, South Carolina 24 Andy: South Carolina 31, Clemson 27 David: South Carolina 28, Clemson 24 Jonathan: South Carolina 21, Clemson 20 Josh: Clemson 42, South Carolina 28 Kevin C: South Carolina 28, Clemson 24 Kevin M: South Carolina 30, Clemson 24 Tom: South Carolina 24, Clemson 17 No. 5 Missouri (10-1, 6-1 SEC) vs. No. 21 Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3 SEC): Saturday, 7:45 p.m. ESPN Kevin M’s Take: This is the biggest game of the year for Missouri. A win and the Tigers will head to Atlanta to represent the SEC East in the SEC Championship Game against Alabama or Auburn. Getting there will not be easy. Last week LSU shut down Johnny Manziel and the Aggies, so they could be looking to break out in a big way against their former Big 12 partners. Forcing Manziel to make some mistakes will be the key as Missouri has more interceptions than any team in the SEC. Taking advantage of those opportunities should be easy enough against the Aggies defense. Still, Missouri may not want to get in to a high scoring shootout with the Aggies. Aaron: Missouri 28, Texas A&M 24 Allen: Missouri 38, Texas A&M 30 Andy: Missouri 37, Texas A&M 30 David: Texas A&M 42, Missouri 35 Jonathan: Texas A&M 24, Missouri 21 Josh: Missouri 42, Texas A&M 35 Kevin C: Texas A&M 31, Missouri 28 Kevin M: Texas A&M 38, Missouri 35 Tom: Texas A&M 38, Missouri 34 No. 23 USC (9-3, 6-2 Pac 12) vs. No. 22 UCLA (8-3, 5-3 Pac 12): Saturday, 8:00 p.m. ABC Aaron’s Take: To quote those cheesy 30 for 30 commercials: “What if I told you the day Lane Kiffin got fired that UCLA-USC would eventually evolve into the single most compelling game of rivalry week?” Only, outside of the Iron Bowl, it probably is. On one sideline you’ve got the UCLA Bruins, who have been quite possibly the most freakishly consistent team in college football this season; simply put, UCLA beats up on the bad teams (think Colorado and Cal), wins close games against the good ones (think Arizona and Washington) and can’t beat the elite ones, losing all three games they played this season against Top 20 opponents. Well, the Trojans aren’t in the Top 20 (right now), but are playing like an elite club, and will pull out the victory here. Look, I could sit here and give you a million facts and figures to support my argument, but sometimes it really does go beyond looking at stats, and simply looking at the intangibles that come in college football. And right now USC has all the intangibles working for them. You don’t need me to tell you that they’re playing fast, loose and with nothing to lose under Ed Orgeron, something that won’t change this weekend. At home, with a chip on their shoulders from last year’s beat down at the Rose Bowl, look for the Trojans to pull out the win at home. Aaron: USC 24, UCLA 20 Allen: UCLA 19, USC 16 Andy: UCLA 27, USC 30 David: USC 30, UCLA 21 Jonathan: USC 31, UCLA 28 Josh: USC 30, UCLA 27 Kevin C: UCLA 24, USC 21 Kevin M: USC 31, UCLA 30 Tom: UCLA 20, USC 17 No. 12 Arizona State (9-2, 7-1 Pac 12) vs. Arizona (7-4, 4-4 Pac 12): Saturday, 9:30 p.m. Pac 12 Network David’s Take: The battle for the Territorial Cup has been a pretty close affair the last four seasons, and you can expect more of the same this year. Arizona State has already wrapped up the Pac-12 South title, and a win over the Wildcats would be the icing on the cake. Expect points galore in this game, but Arizona State will emerge victorious on the way to the Pac-12 title game. Aaron: Arizona State 34, Arizona 31 Allen: Arizona State 34, Arizona 28 Andy: Arizona State 33, Arizona 30 David: Arizona State 44, Arizona 42 Jonathan: Arizona State 25, Arizona 22 Josh: Arizona State 45, Arizona 38 Kevin C: Arizona State 42, Arizona 38 Kevin M: Arizona State 49, Arizona 41 Tom: Arizona State 35, Arizona 30 Follow Crystal Ball Run on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Subscribe to our newsletter, podcast and YouTube channel.
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