Quickly – before we get too deep into the Thanksgiving weekend of football!

First, let’s get the game predictions out of the way and posted, and then we’ll go get the SBAC and Relegation League final standings and post-season up after that. (It’s already early Friday morning, so telling you we picked Miami-Ohio over Ball State isn’t very impressive after the fact!)

Here we go:

FRIDAY) 

  • Nebraska at IOWA (-8). We see it at -15.
  • HOUSTON (+8) at Memphis. We have the spread at two points.
  • Virginia at VIRGINIA TECH (+4). We think this will be an even game.

SATURDAY)

  • North Carolina State (-5.5) at North Carolina. The TarHeels are done for the year, I’ll wager. This could be ugly before UNC fires Fedora.
  • Pitt (+4) at Miami-FL. Pitt’s on the way up, and the Hurricanes are on the way down.
  • Notre Dame (-10.5) at USC. See North Carolina. USC”s last game “for” Clay Helton.
  • Oklahoma State (+1) at TCU. Who in their right mind thinks the Horned Frogs can beat any of the top teams in the Big Twelve? Cowboys big.
  • BYU at Utah (-13.5). The Utes are moving towards a Pac-12 title tilt; the Cougars are playing out the string. Even the rivalry won’t make enough of a difference.
  • Arizona State (-2.5) at Arizona. We see Herman’s Hermits by six.
  • Florida (-5) at Florida State. Higher, higher…
  • LSU (+2) at Texas A&M. Weird. We have the Tigers by three…
  • Arkansas at Missouri (-21). Higher…higher…higher…
  • Nevada at UNLV (+14). Hard to believe that this rivalry game will be a two-touchdown affair. We think it’ll be within single digits.

Here are our FCS playoff predictions – 

  • Montana State over Incarnate Word by ten.
  • James Madison over Delaware by 18, and WHY do the Dukes have to play in the first round?
  • Wofford over Elon by four. THIS is my game of the round!
  • Stony Brook over SE Missouri State by eight.
  • Towson over Duquesne (this year’s outmatched NEC team) by 18.
  • Northern Iowa over Lamar by 26. (Where are the rest of the Missouri Valley teams in the tourney? You should have six of THEM, not six CAA teams!)
  • Jacksonville State over E Tennessee State by 22. (And if JSU hadn’t lost in that FIFTH overtime to Kennessaw State, they’d have gotten a bye!)
  • Finally, Nicholls State by 21 over San Diego. USD has pulled the upset two straight years, but they’re not that great this year. 

We went 10-5 on our major prognostications last week; the teams that “failed us” were BC, VaTech (uh-oh), Air Force, Fresno State, and Tulane. 

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