By Stewart Mandel
November 11, 2011
College Football Pickoff: Week 11
Saturday, Nov. 12
8 p.m. ET (ABC) No. 6 Oregon (8-1) at No. 3 Stanford (9-0)
When these teams last met on Oct. 2, 2010, Oregon pulled away to win 52-31. The Cardinal haven't lost since. Oregon's speed will cause problems for Stanford's defense, but this is not quite the same seamless Ducks offense of a year ago. Stanford will make enough stops to keep pace, while its rushing attack will eventually wear down the Ducks' D-line.
Noon (ESPN) No. 19 Nebraska (7-2) at No. 12 Penn State (8-1)
Amid the scandal sweeping Penn State, a football game will be played Saturday. How will Nebraska deal with walking into a firestorm? How focused will Penn State's players be after losing their revered head coach and seeing their program become the center of a media circus? The guess here is that interim coach Tom Bradley will have the Nittany Lions ready to play.
Noon (ABC) No. 2 Oklahoma State (9-0) at Texas Tech (5-4)
Since their Oct. 22 upset of then third-ranked Oklahoma, the Red Raiders have lost 41-7 to Iowa State and 52-20 to Texas. Now that they're facing another top five team, however, Tommy Tuberville's squad will enjoy another inexplicable "up." The problem is, Oklahoma State's balanced offense can scorch Texas Tech's 118th-ranked rushing defense.
3:30 p.m. ET (Versus) TCU (7-2) at No. 5 Boise State (8-0)
Mountain West administrators craftily moved this game from Fort Worth to Boise after the Frogs decided to bolt (two conferences ago), thus spiting at TCU and helping Boise's BCS cause. The Broncos simply don't lose on the blue turf. Kellen Moore is poised to pick apart a TCU pass defense that's improved but still lags far behind the typical Gary Patterson unit.
Noon (ESPN2) No. 13 Michigan State (7-2) at Iowa (6-3)
Since their magical "Rocket" beat Wisconsin, the Spartans have fallen back into orbit, losing 24-3 at Nebraska and beating Minnesota by a touchdown. The Hawkeyes, meanwhile, are coming off a dramatic win over Michigan, and running back Marcus Coker (122.3 yards per game) is a beast. He'll work hard for his yards, but Iowa's defense will ease his burden by forcing turnovers.
3:30 p.m. ET (CBS) No. 24 Auburn (6-3) at No. 14 Georgia (7-2)
Coming off a bye week, expect Auburn offensive coordinator Guz Malzahn to come out with some new wrinkles to help spark the Tigers' 89th-ranked offense. But Georgia's seventh-ranked defense will eventually put the clamps on Auburn's young quarterbacks, while Dawgs signal-caller Aaron Murray will pick apart the Tigers to put Georgia one step closer to Atlanta.
3:45 p.m. ET (FX) Washington (6-3) at No. 18 USC (7-2)
Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said this week: "If I'm an NFL head coach right now, I'd pick Matt Barkley ahead of Andrew Luck." A clever mind game. Barkley and receiver Robert Woods may well have a huge game against Washington's shaky secondary, but USC's defensive front will key the win by getting pressure on Huskies quarterback Keith Price.
3:30 p.m. ET (ABC) No. 22 Michigan (7-2) at Illinois (6-3)
The Wolverines live and die by Denard Robinson, whose explosive rushing ability is offset by his erratic passing, which this season includes 12 interceptions. But his elusiveness will be key against Whitney Mercilus (11.5 sacks) and the Illini, who tend to get pressure on quarterbacks. Meanwhile, Michigan's opportunistic defense will exploit turnover-prone Illinois.
3:30 p.m. ET (ABC) Miami (5-4) at Florida State (6-3)
Miami's offensive tandem of quarterback Jacory Harris (the nation's sixth-ranked passer) and running back Lamar Miller (No. 17 rusher) has feasted against weaker opponents but has been limited against better defenses. FSU's fourth-ranked defense is the best Miami has faced. The rivalry game should be intense as always, but the 'Noles are a more polished group.
Noon (FX) No. 21 Texas (6-2) at Missouri (4-5)
UPSET SPECIAL: Mizzou has been all over the map this season. One week it goes on the road and beats Texas A&M, the next it falls to Baylor. Its offense is lethal, its defense often brutal. But the Tigers are certainly more talented than their record shows, while the 'Horns have been piling up rushing yards against overmatched foes. Mizzou will slow down Texas' runners this week.
Record Last Week: 8-2               Record This Season: 66-34
Week 11 Preview
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