College football week 11 picks

Movie Quote of the Day:

“Where’d you get those clothes? At the toilet store?”

– Brick Tamland, Anchorman (2004)

Here are the intriguing match-ups for week 11:

Week 10 record: 8-4 (66.7 percent)
All-time record: 85-35 (70.8 percent)

Saturday:

Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk.
Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk.

Pitt (6-3) vs. Duke (6-3)
Wallace Wade Stadium
Durham, N.C.
Line: Duke -3

Both of these teams are looking to end two-game losing streaks. Duke is coming off an embarrassing loss to North Carolina last week. In my opinion, the Blue Devils have the better coach. I expect David Cutcliffe to have his team ready to play after last week. I hate Pitt, so I have to pick Duke.

Prediction: Duke 27, Pitt 24

Georgia head coach Mark Richt.
Georgia head coach Mark Richt.

Georgia (6-3) vs. Auburn (5-4)
Jordan-Hare Stadium
Auburn, Ala.
Line: AUB -2

Both of these teams have been similar this season. Both have been disappointments and lack a decent quarterback. I think Auburn has the better coach, but Georgia has the better roster. I expect Gus Malzahn to find a way to score enough points to win. I think the Tigers pull off the win due to home field advantage.

Prediction: Auburn 28, Georgia 24

Ohio State wide receiver Braxton Miller.
Ohio State wide receiver Braxton Miller.

No. 3 Ohio State (9-0) vs. Illinois (5-4)
Memorial Stadium
Champaign, Ill.
Line: OSU -16.5

J.T. Barrett is back at quarterback for Ohio State for this game after getting arrested a few weeks ago. When Barrett is at quarterback for Ohio State, this team is much better and looks like they could be the best team in the country. Illinois lacks a head coach, and I doubt their interim coach will be able to outcoach Urban Meyer. I have to go with the Buckeyes.

Prediction: Ohio State 35, Illinois 14

NC State head coach Dave Doeren.
NC State head coach Dave Doeren.

NC State (6-3) vs. No. 16 Florida State (7-2)
Doak Campbell Stadium
Tallahassee, Fla.
Line: FSU -9.5

NC State has an impressive record, but they haven’t beaten a team remotely good all season. The Wolfpack’s best win has probably been Wake Forest last month. Florida State suffered a tough loss to Clemson last week. I expect the Seminoles to be ready to play for this game. I think Florida State wins comfortably.

Prediction: Florida State 34, NC State 17

North Carolina wide receiver Ryan Switzer.
North Carolina wide receiver Ryan Switzer.

Miami (6-3) vs. No. 23 North Carolina (8-1)
Kenan Stadium
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Line: UNC -13

Miami has won two games in a row after firing Al Golden last month. North Carolina keeps getting better every week. At first I thought the Tar Heels were winning because of a weak schedule, but the win last week against Duke was impressive. I don’t see Miami winning this game. North Carolina has been hot since week one.

Prediction: North Carolina 31, Miami 20

Alabama running back Derrick Henry.
Alabama running back Derrick Henry.

No. 2 Alabama (8-1) vs. No. 17 Mississippi State (7-2)
Davis Wade Stadium
Starkville, Miss.
Line: BAMA -8

Alabama had an impressive win last week against LSU. The Crimson Tide looked like the best team in the country. Mississippi State has an impressive record, but haven’t beat anyone good. The Bulldogs’ best win came against Auburn in September. Despite a weak schedule, Mississippi State has at least dominated the competition. I’m not sold on Mississippi State, and I can’t pick against Alabama.

Prediction: Alabama 27, Mississippi State 17

Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch.
Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch.

No. 21 Memphis (8-1) vs. No. 24 Houston (9-0)
TDECU Stadium
Houston, Texas
Line: HOU -7

Of all the games on the college football game slate, this game is under the radar. Both of these teams have head coaches whose names will probably be mentioned for every head coaching vacancy in the country. They also have high-powered offenses. Houston is the home team, but I’m going with Memphis. I think the Tigers will play well after getting embarrassed by Navy last week.

Prediction: Memphis 41, Houston 38

Arkansas running back Alex Collins.
Arkansas running back Alex Collins.

Arkansas (5-4) vs. No. 9 LSU
Tiger Stadium
Baton Rouge, La.
Line: LSU -7.5

Arkansas surprised me last week and knocked off Ole Miss in overtime. LSU got beat pretty good by Alabama. These teams are similar. They can run the ball effectively, but struggle throwing the ball. The Tigers are the home team for this game. Baton Rouge is one of the toughest places to play in the country. I’m going with LSU.

Prediction: LSU 24, Arkansas 19

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey.
Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey.

Oregon (6-3) vs. No. 7 Stanford (8-1)
Stanford Stadium
Stanford, Calif.
Line: STAN -10

Once upon a time this was a matchup that I always looked forward to. In the last two seasons this game has gone downhill. Oregon seems to have got back on track after starting the season 3-3. Stanford has looked like one of the top teams in the country in recent weeks. I don’t think Oregon has the defense to stay with Stanford. I’m going with the Cardinal to pull away later in the game.

Prediction: Stanford 42, Oregon 24

Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright.
Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright.

No. 10 Utah (8-1) vs. Arizona (5-5)
Arizona Stadium
Tucson, Ariz.
Line: UTAH -6

Ever since losing to USC in late October, Utah has played better but they’re not as impressive as they were earlier in the season. Arizona has struggled recently and have lost three straight games. I expect the Wildcats to be excited for this game and keep the game close. However, I think Utah will get it done.

Prediction: Utah 33, Arizona 23

Washington State head coach Mike Leach.
Washington State head coach Mike Leach.

Washington State (6-3) vs. No. 19 UCLA (7-2)
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, Calif.
Line: UCLA -10.5

Both of these teams have played well recently. Washington State has won four out of their last five games. UCLA has won three straight games. The Bruins have more talent on their roster and I think Jim Mora is the better coach. I’m not sold on Washington State yet; I’m going with UCLA.

Prediction: UCLA 35, Washington State 30

Game of the Week:

Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman.
Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman.

No. 12 Oklahoma (8-1) vs. No. 6 Baylor (8-0)
McLane Stadium
Waco, Texas
Line: BAY -2.5

I can’t wait for this game. I just wish Seth Russell was still Baylor’s quarterback. However, Jarrett Stidham filled in nicely for Russell last week against Kansas State (23/33, 419 yards, three TD). Oklahoma has one of the better defenses in the Big 12. The Sooners can get after the passer very well and I think they will be able to affect how well Stidham throws the ball in this game. Baylor doesn’t have as good of a defense as Oklahoma. I expect Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma’s offense to score points. I going with the upset and pick Oklahoma.

Prediction: Oklahoma 42, Baylor 37

Thanks for reading

Shane Price
Follow me on Twitter – @priceisright53

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