At one of the most hostile stadiums in college football there will be a showdown for the PAC-12 North title. The Cardinal from the University of Stanford will travel to Autzen Stadium to take on the speedy Ducks of Oregon. Stanford is coming off of a lopsided victory over Oregon State in which puts them one step closer to the PAC-12 Championship. The only thing standing in their way to the high-flying Ducks coming out of Eugene. Last week Oregon had a tough time in the first half against a tough Cal team, but in the end came out swinging blowing the Golden Bears by over triple their points. Led by underrated Freshman Marcus Mariota, the Ducks have been banged up lately and have had a few different players hobble off the field, but Oregon is so deep that they have been able to fill in the gaps. Stanford is going to have a tough time defending the Ducks, because it doesn’t matter who you cover they will find a way to get around you. You can crowd the line of scrimmage and prevent Mariota from running, but then Kenjon Barner will break free. You can block Barner, but then Colt Lyerla will be open for a twenty yard gain up the middle. It does not matter who you try and cover, it is near impossible to keep tabs on every player on this offense. Since the USC game Nick Aliotti has beefed up the defense and they seem to be back in shutdown mode and ready for primetime. Do I even need to mention that since Chip Kelly has taken over only three teams have come into Eugene and left with a victory? Get ready for the Ducks to bring it and be prepared for a Quack Attack on the Cardinal this weekend.
Due South is the showdown for the PAC-12 South title. The Trojans of USC will travel to the Rose Bowl to take on the Bruins. On Thursday, ESPN reported that Tommy Trojan will not be able to do is pregame routine of stabbing the sword into the logo on the 50 yard line, because UCLA says if he does the Trojan Marching Band will not be able to perform at halftime. First of all why has UCLA let this happen every other year and all of the sudden they say no can do. A little ridiculous if you ask me. Anyways, back to the action happening at noon on Saturday. USC has lost two of its last three games, but last weeks victory over Arizona State proved that Matt Barkley can still lead his team and still has a chance at the Rose Bowl Game. In rival games it usually does not matter who has the better record, it matters who plays a better game. All UCLA has to do is hand off the ball to Johnathan Franklin and they should come out with a victory. If USC can find a way to shut Franklin down they could pull away with a victory. The Trojans have to get Marquise Lee and Robert Woods involved early and often if they want that victory. This season for the Bruins was not supposed to be too good and was supposed to be more of a rebuilding year, but instead they have a shot at the Rose Bowl. The Trojans, on the other hand, were supposed to be able to walk into the National Championship and for the of a better word, “Sucked.” Still will be a great game and the uniform selection is always interesting for this game, as both teams will be wearing their home jerseys.
Top dog Kanasas State will be playing the pass happy Baylor Bears in which could pose an upset if the Bears can play an once of defense. Oklahoma travels too Morgantown as they will take on Geno Smith and Mountaineers who have stepped off the gas a bit, but look to pull a huge upset aginast the Sooners. In the Big 10, dissapoiinting Iowa will take on the Michigan Wolverines in which Denard Robinson may still be sitting out due to a concussion he suffered two weeks ago. Texas Tech has been going up and down this year and right now they are up, but after their trip to Stillwater this weekend they will be back down.
College Gameday will be in Eugene, Oregon.
Week 12 Predictions:
North Carolina 33-21 Virgina
Wake Forest 25-27 Notre Dame
North Carolina State 39-45 Clemson
Oklahoma 55-42 West Virgina
California 25-45 Oregon State
Iowa 27-37 Michigan
Texas Tech 31-33 Oklahoma State
USC 47-44 UCLA
Stanford 31-55 Oregon
Upset of the Week
Kansas State 39-41 Baylor