RazorPicks — Week 12 My Picks

Here they are:

Maryland @ Florida State (Florida State by 7.5)
Talk about an up and down year for these two teams. They just can't seem to put back to back good games together. The Terps always have that possibility of pulling the upset……at home. On the road? Not so much. State beat Alabama earlier in the year and I think they can easily handle the Terps here.

Terps 14 Seminoles 27

#5 Missouri @ Kansas State (Missoura by 8.0)
One word for you Tiger fans….TRAP!!!! The Tigers are rolling along their merrily way at 9 – 1 and setting up a monster state-line game for Big 12 North supremacy next week with Kansas. Kansas State on the other hand has lost their last two games to Iowa State and Nebraska and were outscored in those games by a combined 53 points! Yikes! So, no-brainer, right? Missoura rolls. Well, maybe, but I kind of doubt it. They have to stay focused on the task at hand and not look ahead to Kansas, possibly OU, and a possible BCS Title Game. Take care of the here and now. They will, but not handily.

Tigers 45 Wildcats 35

#23 Kentucky @ #9 Georgia (JawJa by 7)
Ok, so Kentucky has hit some road bumps on its way to a great season this year. They lose to South Carolina in Columbia, beat LSU at home in Lexington, and then lose to Mississippi State at home in Lexington. Talk about up and down. But hey, at least maybe they are taking a little of the heat off Billy Clyde and the basketball team after urping on Rupp Arena floor with a loss to Gardner-Webb. JawJa on the other hand continues to get stronger and stronger. After falling Knoxville, the Dawgs have reeled off some impressive wins over Super Tebow and Muschamp's D. Look for that to continue this weekend between the hedges as the Dawgs roll one step closer to Atlanta.

Mildcats 31 Dawgs 45

Vanderbilt @ #20 Tennessee (Vols by 12)
Phat Phil is getting his team all on the same page for the first time this year it seems. They gave it all they had last weekend and slowed down McFadden and held him to 120 yards. They are a totally different team when playing at home. Bobby Johnson on the other hand has the Commodores playing great football. The Dores defense will keep it close for a little bit. However, in the end, the O just won't be enough to come back. The Vols play like a team needing a win.

Dores 14 Vols 31

Mississippi State @ Arkansas (Hawgs by 10)
So, how many opportunities is McFadden going to get for the Heisman? The leading candidate lost last night and didn't even make it out of the first quarter when Oregon's Dennis Dixon went down with a knee injury and watched as his team was man-handled by the Wildcats of Zona, again. He has 1429 yards thus far on the season. He needs a big performance in possibly his final home game in a Razorback uni in his hometown. If he can get to 1600 yards in 11 games and the Hogs win, he would set himself up for a great stage next Friday in Baton Rogue. I think the State defense is playing extremely well this year. They have made some amazing strides. I look for this to be a typical MSU vs ARK game. It will be close, but in the end, the Hogs pull away and McFadden takes yet another step closer to the Heisman.

Bulldogs 17 Hawgs 35

#1 LSU @ Mississippi (Tigers by 18)
Last year this was a barn burner with the Tigers pulling out a 23 – 20 victory down on the Bayou. This year the game is in Oxford. I don't expect this one to be close, but then again, Ole Mrs has been in every game this year save one. So, it will be close for a while and then LSU will pour it on. Orgeron remains winless in the SEC. Les continues his march toward Ann Arbor.

Tigers 35 Rebels 17

#6 West Virginia @ #22 Cincinnati (Mountaineers by 6)
I just have a feeling about this game. I think that Cincy D at home, at night, on ESPN national television is going to make a statement (if you can do that in the Big Least). I hope they show the country just how gimmicky the Big Least really is and have them go to the BCS bowl as a team ranked in the lower 15 in the country. Nice huh? There will probably be 3 SEC teams ahead of them in the final rankings, but only one of those is guaranteed a BCS bowl bid. Pat White tries, but can't do it. Bearcats stop the Mountaineers.

WVA 14 Cincy 27

#17 Boston College @ #15 Clemson (Clemson by 7)
So the Eagles are suffering the dreaded #2 Free Fall right now. Having dropped their last two games and falling way, way down in the polls and eliminating any hope Matt Ryan had of a Heisman Trophy. The Tigers are going in the other direction. Having won four in a row and tied with BC atop the ACC, this is a huge game for them. They haven't won a league title since 1991 and Tommy Bowden really needs this win to quite all those critics (doesn't he seem to live on the hot-seat?). I think the boys in Death Valley get it done. Lots of orange.

Eagles 17 Tigers 28

#4 Oklahoma @ Texas Tech (ZeroU by 10)
While I truly believe Tech might just have a shot at this game, I just don't know which Tech team will show up. Will it be the one that shut down A&M in Lubbock? Or will it be the team that imploded on defense to a very mediocre Colorado team in Lubbock? On the other side of the field you have an ZeroU team that started out like a house of fire and have since cooled considerably. They were leading the country in D for the longest (until they played someone). Texas Tech will score and score in bunches. However, if the same Tech D that went to Austin shows up this week, ZeroU will score early and often as well. ZeroU makes the plays late to steal the win.

ZeroU 52 Raiders 48

#7 Ohio State @ #21 Michigan (Buckeyes by 3)
This is your classic rivalry right here. It just doesn't get much bigger than these two schools. It isn't the marquee matchup it was last week as both teams were beaten in their latest games. However, it doesn't lose any luster to the fans of both schools. Michigan has had issues with teams that are bigger and faster then they are this year (see Oregon and Wisconsin … and oh yeah Appalachian State). Fortunately for them, Ohio State isn't either one of those. Plus this game is in Ann Arbor and what better way to send Lloyd Carr into retirement than to win the rivalry one more time. Right? I think the Big Blue handle things just fine and they walk away with a big victory and a trip to the Rose Bowl.

Buckeyes 21 Wolverines 27