TUCKER’S PICK ‘EM 2015: College football picks and previews for Week 14

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  • Record last week: 12-4
  • Record this season: 91-35

No. 22 Temple (10-2, 7-1 AAC) @ No. 19 Houston (11-1, 7-1 AAC)
Saturday, December 5 at 12 p.m. ABC
The American Athletic Conference holds its first championship game, and Houston gets to host it.

A home game is helpful:

Houston 30, Temple 24

Actual Score: Houston 24, Temple 13 (WIN)

Georgia State (5-6, 4-3 Sun Belt) @ Georgia Southern (8-3, 6-1 Sun Belt)
Saturday, December 5 at 2 p.m. ESPN3
The Panthers have won three straight and four of their last five, but it’s going to be tough to beat the Eagles in Statesboro:

Georgia Southern 38, Georgia State 21

Actual Score: Georgia State 34, Georgia Southern 7 (LOSS)

No. 18 Florida (10-2, 7-1 SEC) vs. No. 2 Alabama (11-1, 7-1 SEC)
Saturday, December 5 at 4 p.m. CBS
For the eighth time since the SEC Championship game began in 1992, Alabama and Florida will play to determine the league champion.

Florida is 5-2 in those meetings:

Alabama 31, Florida 10

Actual Score: Alabama 29, Florida 15 (WIN)

No. 20 USC (8-4, 6-3 Pac-12) vs. No. 7 Stanford (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12)
Saturday, December 5 at 7:45 p.m. ESPN
USC hasn’t won a Pac-12 title since 2008, while Stanford has won two of the last three.

The Trojans will fall short to a better team:

Stanford 31, USC 28

Actual Score: Stanford 41, USC 22 (WIN)

No. 5 Michigan State (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten) @ No. 4 Iowa (12-0, 8-0 Big Ten)
Saturday, December 5 at 8 p.m. FOX
A potential playoff spot is on the line in the Big Ten Championship game.

The Spartans will hand the Hawkeyes their first loss of 2015:

Michigan State 28, Iowa 21

Actual Score: Michigan State 16, Iowa 13 (WIN)

No. 10 North Carolina (11-1, 8-0 ACC) @ No. 1 Clemson (12-0, 8-0 ACC)
Saturday, December 5 at 8 p.m. ESPN
North Carolina went undefeated in ACC play for the first time since Jimmy Carter was in the White House.

If not for that awful red zone performance against South Carolina in the season opener, the Tar Heels would be undefeated:

North Carolina 38, Clemson 35

Actual Score: Clemson 45, North Carolina 37 (LOSS)

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