In the wild world of college football, shocking disappointments and unexpectedly good performances are expected every weekend. Even if everyone knows he is coming, it is difficult to guess when and where he is coming from.
The USA TODAY Sports College football staff – Jace Evans, Paul Myerberg, George Schroeder, Erick Smith, Eddie Timanus, and Dan Wolken – weigh in with some bold predictions for week 12 of the college football season:
For a few weeks, have I chosen Minnesota and Baylor to lose them just to continue their magical, unbeaten runs? Yes. Will I go after her again? Also yes. The No. 7 Golden Gophers will be sent to Iowa City to compete against No. 22 Hawkeyes, who hold Floyd of Rosedale since 2015 and are unwilling to give it up. The # 10 Bears – who have scored five matches, including two 9-0 overtime games – have a harder time of Oklahoma No. 8 coming into town. Obviously, it is difficult to stay unbeaten. The bet is that these teams will fall on ranked opponents to crystallize the image of the College Football playoffs for the future.
Minnesota narrowly loses to Iowa over the Gophers' first defeat of the season. The only defeat will not deter Minnesota from the College Football Playoff as a 12-1 team with victories over Penn State, Wisconsin and Ohio State would be a pretty good case for the top four. But a defeat against the Hawkeyes would make the Badgers' matchup on November 30 a winning all-rounder for the West Division.
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Despite the rally from a 14-0 home win against Kansas last week, there are still many doubts about this Texas team. For this reason, the Iowa state is preferred to win the Saturday (of course, the weather forecast could also play a role – it should be coooooooooo old). But the Longhorns will get another great game from Sam Ehlinger, who lights up Iowa State & # 39; s fighting secondary players. And the defense of Texas, which has fought similarly, will slow down Brock Purdy and the Cyclones just enough to give Texas his second win in a row.
Florida won the all-in SEC East and lost its rivalry with Georgia earlier this month. The Gators are now limited to playing the string and hoping to reach a New Year's Six Bowl when the pairings are announced in three weeks. But before that can happen, they have to play the remaining three games at the table.
Missouri looked terrible from home in the last three weeks, especially in offensive situations where the presence of quarterback Kelly Bryant was missing. Bryant will return due to a thigh injury and the return to Faurot Field should give the Tigers a boost.
Florida enters this game without the required urgency, noting that Missouri is much better than it was recognized. The Gators make their way home and miss the missed opportunity.
Some well-known sports tropics may have some predictors this week to decide against Minnesota.
First of all, I call the dreaded flop. The Golden Gophers have in the blink of an eye brought in probably the biggest win in modern programming history, defeating Penn State, who has made them outsiders challenger to the playoffs. Now they have to fill up the tanks and prepare for a rival in the neighborhood who wants nothing better than to bring them back to earth. Speaking of course, you've heard of Admiral Ackbar. "It's a trap!" Regardless of the ranking of the visiting team, it can be difficult to win in Iowa.
So will it happen to Minnesota? No, because the Gophers are playing something bigger No, not the Big Ten title and a playoff spot I'm talking about the biggest trophy in all sports Yes, my longtime readers, you know me well I could not afford a chance to mention Floyd of Rosedale The coveted one Bronzeschwein has been living in Iowa City for four years, but he'll return to the Twin Cities this weekend.
In all seriousness, Minnesota has clicked on his offense while the Hawkeyes just do not, the revised defense of Iowa showed signs last week A collapse in Wisconsin, and Minnesota has even more weapons than the Badgers No disappointment, no trap Gophers wins.
There are many reasons Baylors fare well To doubt their reputation as a 9-0 team, but the signs of Oklahoma have not been encouraging lately. The defense of the Sooners has recently taken the wrong direction, and I'm even a little worried about their offense, because the quarterback Jalen Hurts has so much to do to lead the ball. Baylor is one of the Big Bang's smartest and physically strongest defensive teams and will try to reach Oklahoma in many situations where Hurts has to play precise passes. The Sooners will score some points, but I'm not sure if their error rate is so high given their defensive injuries. As shaky as some of Baylor's victories were – they've won five one-ball games this season – I think they drive a crazy atmosphere and win convincingly against a team from Oklahoma that seems to be struggling with fumes.