Oh, There Is a College Football Season: Week 11 Predictions

What with Joe Paterno getting fired and all the other stuff happening at Penn State this weekend, it's easy to forget that there's still a college football season and some intriguing match-ups.

While people will be mourning one of the school's greatest coaches (and don't think for a moment he won't be watching the game on TV yelling stuff like any other fan!), over 100,000 people will be filling Beaver Stadium for what should be an incredible (and incredibly weird) atmosphere for the visit of Nebraska.

But College Gameday is off out West (again) for Oregon's visit to Stanford. Hopefully the attendance to Gameday - and the game itself, will be plentiful, as Stanford's students and alum prefer to be talking about silicon that watching pigskin on a Saturday night.

But here are our predictions - that we make with a heavy heart - for this weekend:

THURSDAY

Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech


A good ACC showdown with a team that's just stopped one of its biggest rivals continuing an unbeaten season and a team that prides itself on special teams but has flattered to deceive all season long. We love Paul Johnson's triple offense, but we also love Virginia Tech's 'D'. PREDICTION: Virginia Tech wins by 3.


SATURDAY


Nebraska at Penn State


Same team, new coach, new administration. Tom Bradley takes over the Nittany Lions for his long-awaited first game in charge. This is going to feature Rex Burkhead against the Penn State defense, and Silas Redd against Nebraska's. And while we're going for Silas Redd to score points against Nebraska's (Bo Pellini's 'D' really isn't that good), we're taking Taylor Martinez on an emotional day in the Valley. PREDICTION: Huskers by 7.


Oregon at Stanford


Should be a crazy game out West, with Oregon's wonderful offense taking on Stanford's, er, wonderful offense. We predict 300 yards apiece for Andrew Luck and Darron Thomas, but the key's going to be the play of LaMichael James. If Oregon wins this, they destroy Stanford's National Championship bid and may well play themselves in. Think there's much riding on this? PREDICTION: Oregon by 4 in a last-minute drive cracker. 


Oklahoma State at Texas Tech


The last time Texas Tech played a team from Oklahoma, they ruined its National Championship hopes. Think this might happen again? Don't be against Tommy Tuberville's men - but we just think Oklahoma State is good at riding through adversity - and they did plenty of that last week at Kansas State. PREDICTION: Oklahoma State by 14.


Auburn at Georgia


Despite all the love for the Bulldogs lately, there's no way they should be a double-digit favourite over the Tigers. The Tigers have been one of college football's revelations this year, coming from a laughing stock-escape against Utah State to really surprise people as to how good this young team is. Georgia's defence has been incredible this season, but can they stop Michael Dyer? PREDICTION: Yes. Georgia by 7.


Florida at South Carolina


The battle for the SEC East rages on with these two battling each other in Columbia. Although Florida's got a hell of a lot of speed, they aren't good at quarterback and Charlie Weis' pro-schemes haven't convinced anyone of their validity this year. Having said that, they can still be a freight train. As for South Carolina, they lost last week at Arkansas narrowly in a game that they should have been blown out at half-time. Can Florida's offensive line stop Jadaveon Clowney? PREDICTION: This could be one of the games of the day (unpredictably). Florida by 3.


Miami at Florida State


For years it's been the biggest matches of the season, so it's more than a little bit sad that Miami and Florida State aren't part of anything interesting this week over the college football agenda. But it's still showing off some of the best athletic talent in the State of Florida, and in the US in general. PREDICTION: Florida State by 10.