Tucker’s Pick ‘Em: College football picks and previews for Week 11

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – 41NBC’s Tucker Sargent makes his picks in this week’s games of interest.

Record last week: 7-6
Record this year:  82-29

No. 12 Baylor (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) @ No. 15 Oklahoma (6-2, 3-2 Big 12)
Saturday, November 8 at 12 p.m. FOX SPORTS 1
Baylor has never won in Norman.

It has, however, won two of its last three games against Oklahoma. Last year in Waco, the Bears jumped out to a 24-5 halftime lead on their way to a 41-12 win that moved them to 8-0.

Oklahoma is at home this time and it should take care of business:

Oklahoma 45, Baylor 41

Actual Score: Baylor 48, Oklahoma 14 (LOSS)

No. 20 Georgia (6-2, 4-2 SEC) at Kentucky (5-4, 2-4 SEC)
Saturday, November 8 at 12 p.m. ESPN
What in the world happened against Florida?

Georgia was being looked at as a potential playoff contender and was caught sleeping against a team and a coach desperate for a win.

I guess that’s why they play the games. We’ll see if last week was a fluke:

Georgia 27, Kentucky 21

Actual Score: Georgia 63, Kentucky 31 (WIN)
 

No. 24 Georgia Tech (7-2, 4-2 ACC) @ NC State (5-4, 1-4 ACC)
Saturday, November 8 at 12:30 p.m. ESPN3
Georgia Tech finds itself inside the top 25 in the latest College Football Playoff selection committee poll.

The Yellow Jackets’ defense came up big again last week, holding Virginia to just 22 rushing yards in a 35-10 win.

After two close losses in the middle of October, Tech has dominated the last two weeks. A win in Raleigh makes it three in row:

Georgia Tech 38, NC State 20

Actual Score: Georgia Tech 56, NC State 23 (WIN)

Fort Valley State (6-3, 4-2 SIAC) @ Albany State (6-2, 6-0 SIAC)
Saturday, November 8 at 2 p.m.
Fort Valley State’s loss to Morehouse last week left the Wildcats no chance to win the SIAC East division.

They’ll face East leader Albany State Saturday in Columbus:

Albany State 31, Fort Valley State 12

Actual Score: Albany State 32, Fort Valley State 21 (WIN)

Texas A&M (6-3, 2-3 SEC) @ No. 3 Auburn (7-1, 4-1 SEC)
Saturday, November 8 at 3:30 p.m. CBS
The Tigers come home from their win in Oxford to play a team that seems to be in a downward spiral.

The Aggies have lost three of their last four after starting the season 5-0. They did win last week, but barely. Freshman Kyle Allen got his first start and led A&M to a 21-16 win.

Don’t expect him to play much better in Auburn’s last SEC home game:

Auburn 45, Texas A&M 23

Actual Score: Texas A&M 41, Auburn 38 (LOSS)

No. 10 Notre Dame (7-1) @ No. 9 Arizona State (7-1, 5-1 Pac-12)
Saturday, November 8 at 3:30 p.m. ABC
The Fighting Irish make the trip across the U.S. to play the Sun Devils.

Arizona State is getting a lot of love as a playoff contender, but I’m just not feeling it.

I like the Irish:

Notre Dame 31, Arizona State 24

Actual Score: Arizona State 55, Notre Dame 31 (LOSS)

No. 7 Kansas State (7-1, 5-0 Big 12) @ No. 6 TCU (7-1, 4-1 Big 12)
Saturday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. FOX
The Big 12 has been good to us this year.

It gives us another top ten matchup here, this one featuring Bill Snyder’s Wildcats and Gary Patterson’s Horned Frogs.

K-State steals a win:

Kansas State 35, TCU 34

Actual Score: TCU 41, Kansas State 20 (LOSS)

Florida (4-3, 3-3 SEC) @ Vanderbilt (3-6, 0-5 SEC)
Saturday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. SEC NETWORK
If Florida can win out and get some help, it could still win the SEC East.

Isn’t college football amazing?

It helps the Gators that they get Vanderbilt after such an emotional victory:

Florida 31, Vanderbilt 10

Actual Score: Florida 34, Vanderbilt 10 (WIN)

No. 5 Alabama (7-1, 4-1 SEC) @ No. 16 LSU (7-1, 3-2 SEC)
Saturday, November 8 at 8 p.m. CBS
Blake Sims and Alabama visit the Bengal Tigers in Death Valley in the SEC’s nightcap.

The Tide has struggled on the road this year, which is definitely worth noting, but Lane Kiffin’s offense just seems to be clicking right now.

Sims, Kiffin and Amari Cooper lead Alabama to a win in Baton Rouge:

Alabama 28, LSU 23

Actual Score: Alabama 20, LSU 13 – OT (WIN)

No. 14 Ohio State (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten) @ No. 8 Michigan State (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten)
Saturday, November 8 at 8 p.m. ABC/ESPN2
Spartan Stadium is about to host the first November night game in its history.

It will be against a solid opponent. Both the Spartans and Buckeyes are still very much in the hunt for a College Football Playoff bid, but a loss here would be devastating.

Sparty wins a nail biter:

Michigan State 28, Ohio State 27

Actual Score: Ohio State 49, Michigan State 37 (LOSS)

No. 4 Oregon (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12) @ No. 17 Utah (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12)
Saturday, November 8 at 10 p.m. ESPN
Fresh off a win over Stanford, Oregon visits Salt Lake City to face 17th-ranked Utah.

The Utes fell 19-16 in overtime last week at Arizona State, dropping their Pac-12 record to 3-2.

If they come out deflated against Marcus Mariota and the Ducks, they’re in trouble:

Oregon 41, Utah 31

Actual Score: Oregon 51, Utah 27 (WIN)

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