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Ol' Doc's Football Forecast Week 12
November 16, 2012 - Al Stephenson
The Doctor went three for three again last week as he correctly picked the border war contests involving Colorado/Arizona, Oregon/California and Missouri/Tennessee. Ol' Doc also suggested that the Mizzou game would be the most interesting and if four overtimes doesn't get your heart racing, well I guess your not that big a fan of college football.
With a 24-9 season record, Ol' Doc started looking at some marquee matchups for this weekend and was surprised to see some cupcakes appear. All of them seemed to be on SEC school schedules, as Alabama takes on the Catamounts of Western Carolina, South Carolina takes to the field to tangle with Wofford and Kentucky plays Samford. One can forgive the Wildcats. They need a win badly and should get one for Joker Phillips though it will be too little, too late for the coach as he will be replaced next year.
The Doctor did find three intriguing matchups and here's his prognostications.
#18 USC at #17 UCLA. The battle of Los Angeles should be a great game. USC's season has been a disappointment after such lofty expectations early on. UCLA has improved and finally has the talent to match up with the Trojans. My gut instinct suggests it's time for the Bruins to finally whip USC. Somehow I just can't make myself believe it.
USC 35 UCLA 27.
#13 Stanford at #2 Oregon. Stanford was the first university to change its nickname when it was determined that the term Indians was offensive to some people. The Cardinal (the color, not the bird - that's why there is no S on the end) have had a list of stars over the years. I watched in person as John Elway led Stanford to victory in Ohio Stadium over the Buckeyes. Last season Andrew Luck led the Cardinal to a winning season.
Stanford has plenty of talent left, but I love watching Oregon's offense march up and down the field. The Ducks will score again and again.
Oregon 51 Stanford 31.
Ohio State at Wisconsin. The Buckeyes would be in the hunt for the national title if they were eligible. They would be playing for the right to be in the first ever Big Ten Championship game, again IF they were eligible. But alas, all they have to shoot for is an undefeated season. Will it be incentive enough to defeat a talented Wisconsin team?
Camp Randall Stadium is a difficult place to play. Wisconsin played Ohio State tough even before the resurgence of their program. The week off may have helped some Bucks heal, but I think it will affect their timing. Wisconsin prevails.
Wisconsin 34 Ohio State 24.
The view from my seat suggests you tune into one of these three games. Alabama, South Carolina and Kentucky will win with ease.
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