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: 9-3

Record this season: 89-29

All Times Eastern

All FBS rankings reflect latest College Football Playoff poll

 

 

Louisiana-Lafayette (3-5, 2-3 Sun Belt) @ Georgia Southern (4-5, 3-2 Sun Belt)
Thursday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m. ESPNU
The first ever meeting between the Ragin Cajuns’ and the Eagles will take place on a Thursday night.

Both programs need a win to keep their bowl chances alive:

Georgia Southern 28, Louisiana-Lafayette 24

Actual Score: Louisiana-Lafayette 33, Georgia Southern 26 (LOSS)

 

 

 

Mississippi State (4-5, 2-3 SEC) @ No. 1 Alabama (9-0, 6-0 SEC)
Saturday, November 12 at 12 p.m. ESPN
If Mississippi State hadn’t beaten Texas A&M, this one could have gotten pretty interesting, being an 11 a.m. (CT) start and all.

Nick Saban will make sure now that it won’t be:

Alabama 38, Mississippi State 16

Actual Score: Alabama 51, Mississippi State 3 (WIN)

 

 

 

South Carolina (5-4, 3-4 SEC) @ Florida (6-2, 4-2 SEC)
Saturday, November 12 at 12 p.m. CBS
Will Muschamp makes his return to Gainesville to face the school that gave him his first head coaching opportunity.

Can you believe the Gators still haven’t found a quarterback?

Florida 20, South Carolina 15

Actual Score: Florida 20, South Carolina 7 (WIN)

 

 

Kentucky (5-4, 4-3 SEC) @ Tennessee (6-3, 2-3 SEC)
Saturday, November 12 at 12 p.m. SEC NETWORK
One of these two will most likely end up the SEC East champion. (Who knows–South Carolina could have a shot too by upsetting Florida and getting a little help.)

UT has won 30 of its last 31 games against UK:

Tennessee 31, Kentucky 21

Actual Score: Tennessee 49, Kentucky 36 (WIN)

 

 

Mercer (5-4, 3-3 SoCon) @ Samford (6-3, 4-2 SoCon)
Saturday, November 12 at 3:30 p.m. ESPN3
Samford had a big day in Macon last season, racking up 654 yards of offense on its way to a 47-21 win.

The Bears will be looking to spoil the Bulldogs’ homecoming:

Samford 42, Mercer 28

Actual Score: Samford 24, Mercer 19 (WIN)

 

 

 

No. 9 Auburn (7-2, 5-1 SEC) @ Georgia (5-4, 3-4 SEC)
Saturday, November 12 at 3:30 p.m. CBS
Auburn got its “bad” performance out of the way against Vanderbilt, methinks.

Even if runningback Kamryn Pettway doesn’t play, the Tigers should win easily:

Auburn 30, Georgia 17

Actual Score: Georgia 13, Auburn 7 (LOSS)

 

 

 

Vanderbilt (4-5, 1-4 SEC) @ Missouri (2-7, 0-5 SEC)
Saturday, November 12 at 3:30 p.m. SEC NETWORK
All right, this is it: the battle to not be last place in one of the Power 5’s worst divisions.

Did you know four of Vanderbilt’s losses have come by an average of six points?

Vanderbilt 23, Missouri 19

Actual Score: Missouri 26, Vanderbilt 17 (LOSS)

 

 

 

Georgia Tech  (5-4, 2-4 ACC) @ No. 14 Virginia Tech (7-2, 5-1 ACC)
Saturday, November 12 at 3:30 p.m. ESPNU
A tough season just got even tougher for Georgia Tech.

The school announced Wednesday freshman runningback Dedrick Mills–the team’s leading rusher–is suspended for the next two games.

The Hokies were going to win this week anyway:

Virginia Tech 37, Georgia Tech 21

Actual Score: Georgia Tech 30, Virginia Tech 20 (LOSS)

 

 

 

Appalachian State (7-2, 5-0 Sun Belt) @ Troy (7-1, 4-0 Sun Belt)
Saturday, November 12 at 3:30 p.m. ESPN3
Second-year Troy coach Neal Brown “rebuilt the wall” much quicker than we expected.

The Trojans will essentially clinch the Sun Belt title with a win Saturday:

Troy 27, Appalachian State 24

Actual Score: Troy 28, Appalachian State 24 (WIN)

 

 

 

Fort Valley State (4-6, 4-3 SIAC) vs. Kentucky State (4-6, 4-3 SIAC) *Montgomery, Ala.
Saturday, November 12 at 7 p.m.
Apparently the SIAC chooses its division champions by division–not full conference–records.

FVSU and Kentucky State aren’t the “best” teams in the conference, but they’ll play for the SIAC title:

Kentucky State 21, Fort Valley State 17

Actual Score: Fort Valley State 33, Kentucky State 30 – 2OT (LOSS)

 

 

 

No. 24 LSU (5-3, 3-2 SEC) @ No. 25 Arkansas (6-3, 2-3 SEC)
Saturday, November 12 at 7 p.m. ESPN
Someone on the playoff committee hates LSU.

I mean, seriously. The Tigers have three losses, yes, but so does Florida State.

The Seminoles, who lost one of their games by 43 points, are six spots higher than LSU, which has lost all three of its games to top ten teams by a combined 17 points.

That’s garbage:

LSU 24, Arkansas 20

Actual Score: LSU 38, Arkansas 10 (WIN)

 

 

 

Ole Miss (4-5, 1-4 SEC) @ No. 8 Texas A&M (7-2, 4-2 SEC)
Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. SEC NETWORK
Texas A&M gets a chance to get back on track here after losing to Mississippi State.

MISSISSIPPI STATE! And the Aggies are still in the top ten. I just don’t get it.

Chad Kelly is done for the season, and so is Ole Miss:

Texas A&M 35, Ole Miss 21

Actual Score: Ole Miss 29, Texas A&M 28 (LOSS)

 

 

 

No. 20 USC (6-3, 5-2 Pac-12) @ No. 4 Washington (9-0, 6-0 Pac-12)
Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. FOX
One thing the playoff committee did get right is putting unbeaten Washington into the top four.

How far would the Huskies tumble with a loss here, though?

No one knows:

Washington 38, USC 28

Actual Score: USC 26, Washington 13 (LOSS)