Tucker’s Pick ‘Em: College football picks and previews for Week 13

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – 41NBC’s Tucker Sargent makes his picks.

Record last week: 6-5
Record this year:  94-39

(ALL TIMES EASTERN)

Charleston Southern (8-3, 3-2 Big South) @ No. 10 Georgia (8-3, 6-2 SEC)
Saturday, November 22 at 12 p.m.
Todd Gurley’s out again, but as Nick Chubb proved last week against Auburn, it shouldn’t matter–especially this week.

The Buccaneers have won eight games, but they haven’t seen anything like what they’ll see Saturday:

Georgia 52, Charleston Southern 7

Actual Score: Georgia 55, Charleston Southern 9 (WIN)

Mercer (6-5, 1-5 SoCon) @ Wofford (5-5, 3-3 SoCon)
Saturday, November 22 at 1 p.m.
Mercer has a chance to finish its first season as a SoCon member with a winning record.

The Bears’ first season in the SoCon has been better than their record indicates. They’ve lost five games, but they’ve been competitive. Their average margin of loss in SoCon play is just six points.

The SoCon better watch out next year:

Wofford 35, Mercer 31

Actual Score: Wofford 34, Mercer 6 (WIN)

Boston College (6-4, 3-3 ACC) @ No. 3 Florida State (10-0, 7-0 ACC)
Saturday, November 22 at 3:30 p.m.
Florida State just won’t lose.

Yes, they’ve had to come back time and time again, but isn’t a team that proves it can win no matter the circumstance what defines a championship football team?

The ‘Noles get the win over Boston College, but don’t expect a blowout:

Florida State 38, Boston College 23

Actual Score: Florida State 20, Boston College 17 (WIN)

No. 8 Ole Miss (8-2, 4-2 SEC) @ Arkansas (5-5, 1-5 SEC)
Saturday, November 22 at 3:30 p.m.
Arkansas is probably still celebrating last week’s win over LSU. It was the first SEC victory for coach Bret Bielema since he took over the program last season.

We knew it was going to happen eventually. The Hogs were a point away from beating Alabama and a touchdown away from beating Mississippi State. Both those teams are in the top four this week.

Here’s another chance for the Hogs to show what they have against a top team. A win here would make them bowl eligible.

An Ole Miss win would make next week’s Egg Bowl the biggest ever:

Arkansas 20, Ole Miss 17

Actual Score: Arkansas 30, Ole Miss 0 (WIN)

No. 24 Louisville (7-3, 5-3 ACC) @ Notre Dame (7-3)
Saturday, November 22 at 3:30 p.m. 41NBC
Notre Dame will try to rebound from an embarrassing overtime loss to Northwestern with its last home game of the season when it welcomes Louisville to South Bend.

If the Irish can hold onto the football, they should sneak away with the win:

Notre Dame 34, Louisville 30

Actual Score: Louisville 31, Notre Dame 28 (LOSS)

Western Carolina (7-4, 5-2 SoCon) @ No. 1 Alabama (9-1, 6-1 SEC)
Saturday, November 22 at 4 p.m.
Bama’s back to No. 1 after handing Mississippi State its first loss of the season in Tuscaloosa.

The Tide should have an easy day against the Catamounts:

Alabama 55, Western Carolina 10

Actual Score: Alabama 48, Western Carolina 14 (WIN)

Samford (7-3, 5-2 SoCon) @ No. 14 Auburn (7-3, 4-3 SEC)
Saturday, November 22 at 7 p.m.
Auburn’s championship hopes went down the drain after its blowout loss at Georgia.

The Tigers could still finish the regular season 9-3, but they can kiss that goodbye if they play like they did against the Bulldogs.

Speaking of the Bulldogs, Auburn will see more Saturday:

Auburn 45, Samford 17

Actual Score: Auburn 31, Samford 7 (WIN)

Vanderbilt (3-7, 0-6 SEC) @ No. 4 Mississippi State (9-1, 5-1 SEC)
Saturday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Before Mississippi State meets up with Ole Miss, the Bulldogs must get past the worst team in the SEC.

Unlike the Rebels, State has an almost guaranteed win:

Mississippi State 38, Vanderbilt 7

Actual Score: Mississippi State 51, Vanderbilt 0 (WIN)

No. 20 Missouri (8-2, 5-1 SEC) @ Tennessee (5-5, 2-4 SEC)
Saturday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Georgia fans will be watching this one closely. A Missouri loss means the Bulldogs are SEC East champions for the second time in three years.

There’s a good chance it happens. Since Josh Dobbs took over at quarterback for Tennessee, the Vols are 2-0 and averaging 48 points a game:

Tennessee 41, Missouri 31

Actual Score: Missouri 29, Tennessee 21 (LOSS)

No. 19 USC (7-3, 6-2 Pac-12) @ No. 9 UCLA (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12)
Saturday, November 22 at 8 p.m.
USC and UCLA meet in the battle of Los Angeles.

This game will also have a huge bearing on which team will win the Pac-12 South title. Both teams, along with Arizona and Arizona State, have two losses.

The Bruins win for the third straight year:

UCLA 31, USC 28

Actual Score: UCLA 38, UCLA 20 (WIN)

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