Last week we went 8-1 on our predictions and were exactly correct on zero games (again). The only miss was the ridiculous game between LSU and Texas A&M, a game that words really can’t describe. The closest we got to an exact prediction was the Iron Bowl which we missed by 14 points. It was a pretty wild week when it came to scoring and unexpected blowouts.
By Steve Wright
Last week’s record: 8-1
Overall record: 85-26
Exact score predicted: 0
Here are some score predictions for Week 14 of the SEC season and the rest of the Conference Title games:
Friday, November 30
Northern Illinois vs. Buffalo (MAC Championship Game in Detroit) – The days of high flying MACtion never kicked into gear this season as the two best defenses in the conference will fight it out for the crown. Buffalo wins this because the Bulls have at least shown some ability to score, but it will be one for the football purists. Buffalo 27, Northern Illinois, 17.
(17) Utah vs. (11) Washington (PAC 12 Championship Game in Santa Clara) – Utah and Washington are similar teams that are built on pressure from the defensive line and keeping offenses behind the chains with tackles for a loss. Washington QB Jake Browning has been a little disappointing this year, but the Huskies are healthier than a Utes team playing without its starting signal caller. Washington 27, Utah 20.
Saturday, December 1
(1) Alabama vs. (4) Georgia (SEC Championship Game in Atlanta) – These might be the best two teams in the country right now (with a nod to Clemson) and they will face off in Atlanta in a game that Georgia simply has to win. The problem for the Bulldogs is that the Crimson Tide is simply better in the trenches on both sides of the ball and if the pass rush can’t get to Tua Tagovailoa then he will take over the game. That is how we see it playing out. Alabama 38, Georgia 27.
Akron @ South Carolina – It a game happens and no one notices then does the result even matter? The Gamecocks have shoehorned this clash with the Zips into the only open weekend before Bowl season begins and they will pick up a nice bounce back win after the Clemson loss last Saturday. South Carolina 35, Akron 10.
(15) Texas vs. (5) Oklahoma (Big 12 Championship Game in Arlington) – The Longhorns beat the Sooners earlier in 2018 to hand Oklahoma its only loss of the season. Kyler Murray will have to have a big day as Oklahoma will be terrified of winning a close game here then watching Ohio State Stomp Northwestern on Saturday night. Texas head coach Tom Herman loves and upset and the Longhorns will be one here. Texas 32, Oklahoma 28.
Louisiana vs. Appalachian State (Sun Belt Championship Game in Boone, N.C.) – The Appy State defense is going to be too good for Louisiana to break down. They rank fourth in the entire nation, giving breathing room to an offense that will work behind an outstanding offensive line and deadly running game. Appalachian State 34, Louisiana 20.
UAB vs. Middle Tennessee (C-USA Championship Game in Murfreesboro, TN) – This is a rematch from a game that Middle Tennessee won 27-3 just last week. Either UAB was sandbagging and not showing off its best stuff or this is going to be a blowout. Blue Raiders QB Brent Stockstill will do enough damage through the air for Middle Tennessee to win twice in a row against the Blazers. Middle Tennessee 27, UAB 20.
Memphis vs. (8) UCF (AAC Championship Game in Orlando) – The gruesome leg injury suffered by McKenzie Milton last weekend takes some of the shine off of this game. He is a Heisman level quarterback who did literally everything for this team. Throw in the deadly Memphis pass rush and its 92 tackles for a loss on the season and it looks like a cruel way for the Knights to lose their undefeated season. Memphis 38, UCF 28.
(25) Fresno State vs. (22) Boise State (MWC Championship Game in Boise) – Fresno State has the No. defense in the league and they were up 17-3 on the Broncos earlier in the year before losing a close one. This game being in Boise is a massive advantage, and one that Brett Rypien and the Broncos offense will take full advantage of. They will continue to convert on third downs as one of the best in the nation, with their offensive balance being too much for the Bulldogs. Boise State 31, Fresno State 20.
(2) Clemson vs. Pittsburgh (ACC Championship Game in Charlotte) – This one looks like a mismatch on paper after Clemson rolled through the ACC. The 12-0 Tigers hammered South Carolina last time out, while the 7-5 Panthers fell 24-3 at Miami. Clemson cruises to 13-0 in the most one sided game of the day. Clemson 59, Pitt 10.
(21) Northwestern vs. (6) Ohio State (Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis) – If the Ohio State team that showed up last week against Michigan comes to play here then this will be a blowout in favor of the Buckeyes. The best Northwestern can hope for is that the disinterested version of Ohio State that came to play against Purdue rears its head. With Urban Meyer in charge though, it is hard to see that happening twice in a season. Dwayne Haskins will go off here. Ohio State 52, Northwestern 24.