By Stewart Mandel
November 30, 2007
Week 14 Pickoff
Since Pat White and Steve Slaton arrived on the scene, the Mountaineers have defeated their archrivals by scores of 45-13 and 45-27, with the pair combining for a ridiculous 834 rushing yards. No. 2 teams have been cursed this year -- but Pittsburgh needs a lot more than that.
West Virginia 52, Pittsburgh 21
No. 5 LSU (10-2) at No. 14 Tennessee (9-3)
LSU's Les Miles is expected to meet with Michigan officials after the game. If the folks in Ann Arbor still need convincing, here's recommending Miles deliver an actual, solid 60-minute performance (minus the mad-man play calls) in which his team actually plays to its potential.
LSU 31, Tennessee 20
No. 6 Virginia Tech (10-2) at No. 12 BC (10-2)
In its continued effort to masquerade as a football conference, the ACC will hold it's third championship game with an expected 20,000 empty seats at Jacksonville's Municipal Stadium. A crowd of 55,000 would only be about 35,000 fewer than at Alabama's spring game.
Virginia Tech 24, BC 17
UCLA (6-5) at No. 8 USC (9-2)
Two stories involving UCLA, USC and the Rose Bowl came out this week, and it's tough to decide which is stranger: That the Bruins can still reach the fabled Jan. 1 game, or that the Trojans are considering moving their home games to UCLA's venue. Prediction: Neither happens.
USC 38, UCLA 13
Oregon State (7-4) at No. 18 Oregon (8-3)
At this point, the Ducks are ranked purely out of courtesy. Even at home against their Civil War rival, Oregon's non-functioning offense -- down to a pair of fourth-string, redshirt freshman quarterbacks -- isn't likely to fare much better against the Beavers' defense than it did versus UCLA's.
Oregon State 14, Oregon 6
Tulsa (9-3) at UCF (9-3)
Yet another rematch -- and we know you've been champing at the bit for this one. Last time out, UCF star Kevin Smith dashed for 170 yards, Tulsa QB Paul Smith threw a season-high four interceptions and the Knights won 44-23. And they're even playing this one on the same field!
UCF 44, Tulsa 23
The stakes could not be higher for Miami, the MAC's East Division champion. Win this game, and the RedHawks claim their first conference title since 2003 and head to either the Motor City or GMAC Bowl. Lose -- and they finish 6-7. How do you suppose they would word that banner?
CMU 28, Miami (Ohio) 24
Army (3-8) at Navy (7-4)
There may be championships and title-game appearances at stake elsewhere Saturday, and this game may look like a mismatch on paper, but do yourself a favor and watch at least the beginning, end or all of this incomparable rivalry game. I promise, you will not regret it.
Navy 34, Army 14
No. 1 Missouri (11-1) at No. 9 Oklahoma (10-2)
I cannot think of a more fitting ending to this wacky regular season than an Upset Special that involves the No. 1 team in the country winning. Hey, Vegas says it's an upset. In a rematch of two highly potent offenses and highly suspect pass defenses, the hotter, healthier Tigers prevail.
Upset Special:
Missouri 41, Oklahoma 34
Last week's record: 9-6. Season record: 69-42.

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