The stakes get higher and higher as the college football season winds down. There’s always unanticipated events and surprise performances that shake up the College Football Playoff race or impact conference races or bowl berths.
Week 12 in college football offers opportunities for surprises, especially with significant matchups in the Pac-12 and Big 12. Will the urgency of the playoff and conference chases cause teams to raise their level of play or stumble close to the finish line?
That’s why we’re here to make sense of things. The USA TODAY Sports college football staff – Scooby Axson, Jace Evans, Paul Myerberg, Erick Smith, Eddie Timanus and Dan Wolken – weigh in with bold predictions for Week 12 of the college football season.
Over the years, Iowa State has been known to ruin many Big 12 title and national championship hopefuls. On Saturday, they get a visit from the Texas Longhorns, who will be missing leading rusher Jonathon Brooks who is out with a torn ACL. Iowa State has the league’s best defense but has struggled at times to put the ball in the end zone. Texas has scored 30 points or more points in 9 of its first 10 games and will need that kind of effort to avoid the upset. The Longhorns keep their title hopes alive with a close victory. — Scooby Axson
Texas running back Keilan Robinson (7) is tripped while running the ball against Kansas State at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023 in Austin.
Washington finally falls off tightrope
No. 5 Washington has been walking a tightrope for a month now. The Huskies’ victory over No. 6 Oregon was impressive – the Ducks remain the College Football Playoff selection committee’s highest ranked one-loss team – but Washington has practically been begging for a loss with everything it’s done since. After escaping a series of close calls, I…
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Publish date : 2023-11-18 12:10:53
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