By Stewart Mandel
November 16, 2007
Week 12 Pickoff
No. 13 Hawaii (9-0) at Nevada (5-4)
What I'm predicting to be a weekend chock full of BCS-bending upsets will begin Friday night in Reno, where battered Warriors QB Colt Brennan is attempting to play on two days' practice. Nevada has averaged 43.2 points in its five WAC contests, and Hawaii has struggled on the road.
Nevada 42, Hawaii 37
The Bearcats' speedy defense can hold its own against Pat White and Steve Slaton. But Cincy has been up (winning at Rutgers and USF) and down (losing to Louisville and Pitt) this season. Last week they were up (routing ranked UConn); it's hard to see them replicating that this week.
West Virginia 27, Cincinnati 23
The Buckeyes are the better team in nearly all aspects. But the Wolverines are playing for redemption, and it's both the last home game and last crack at Ohio State for Mike Hart, Chad Henne, Jake Long and, most likely, coach Lloyd Carr. In a rivalry like this one, emotion goes a long way.
Michigan 24, Ohio State 20
It's been 16 long years since Clemson's last ACC title. The Eagles have never claimed an outright championship of any kind. The first step toward ending both droughts -- reaching the ACC's Dec. 1 championship game -- is sitting there for the taking. Who will reach out and grab it?
Clemson 30, Boston College 27
First, it was The Celebration against Florida. Then came The Blackout against Auburn. What psychological ploy will Georgia coach Mark Richt pull out for this next challenging game? How about, the whole sideline dances to Soulja Boy every time RB Knowshown Moreno busts a big run?
Georgia 37, Kentucky 23
No. 3 Oklahoma (9-1) at Texas Tech (7-4)
'Tis the season for BCS shake-ups. In the furor over which one-loss teams will end the season ahead of the others, people are overlooking the fact that nearly all those one-loss teams still have huge road challenges ahead of them. At least a few will stumble, beginning with the Sooners.
Texas Tech 31, Oklahoma 28
Duke (1-9) at Notre Dame (1-9)
Some are calling it the "Toilet Bowl." This highly clever Web site has been counting down to the "Duke Super Bowl." One of these teams is going to pick up its second win Saturday. The oddsmakers say it will be the Irish, by a touchdown. ND wins -- "closer than the experts think."
Notre Dame 21, Duke 20
Penn State (8-3) at Michigan State (6-5)
The Spartans have been playing much better football the past few weeks, and they've made it clear they don't want a bus trip to Detroit for their bowl game. There's only one way to improve their stock: Beat a Nittany Lions team that has lost three of its past four Big Ten road games.
Upset Special:
Michigan State 28, Penn State 24
Last week's record: 5-3. Season record: 55-33.

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