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Fearless Football Forecast, Week 12

Both Phillip and Bryan are coming off strong 16-4 weeks, with Bryan still holding a slim lead over Phillip in the overall standings 152-64 to 151-65.

Just one game separates our fearless forecasters with two weeks of the regular season remaining.


Ole Miss (4-6, 1-5 SEC) at No. 5 LSU (9-1, 5-1)

Phillip’s take: Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt has had LSU’s number in recent seasons, and the Rebels are at home. But there’s a problem. Ole Miss has a bad team. LSU has a good team. That’s bad news for the reeling Rebels.

LSU 31, Ole Miss 20

Bryan’s take: That was an embarrassing loss to Tennessee and I wasn’t impressed with Houston Nutt’s comments this week. I think his team is about to get taken to the woodshed again.

LSU 46, Ole Miss 13

No. 13 Arkansas (8-2, 4-2) at No. 21 Mississippi State (7-3, 3-3)

Bryan’s take: It’s been a nice season for Mississippi State and they should get their eighth win in the Egg Bowl next week. But this week, I think Arkansas’ offense is just to potent for the Bulldogs. The Razorbacks can still finish second in the SEC West with a win Saturday and a win over LSU next week.

Arkansas 34, Mississippi State 17

Phillip’s take: The Bulldogs’ dream season took a big hit in a 30-10 loss at Alabama last Saturday. It’ll take another hit at home this Saturday. The Razorbacks are playing at a high level, too high for Mississippi State.

Arkansas 38, Mississippi State 20

Tennessee (4-6, 1-5) at Vanderbilt (2-8, 1-6)

Phillip’s take: Tennessee has suddenly come to life. Vanderbilt? Well, it’s Vanderbilt. The Vols are playing to get bowl eligible, and the Commodores won’t get in their way.

Tennessee 41, Vanderbilt 17

Bryan’s take: Vandy has beaten Tennessee just once in the last 26 years but this Saturday at home is a great opportunity for the Dores to show their gold. The Vols are coming off a big win and still have a chance to play in a bowl game. There will be plenty of puke orange in Vanderbilt Stadium.

Tennessee 31, Vanderbilt 21

Troy (5-4) at No. 17 South Carolina (7-3, 5-3)

Bryan’s take: After winning the SEC East championship at Florida last week, South Carolina may be in for a little letdown. The Trojans could make it interesting but will have a hard time stopping a balanced Gamecock offense.

South Carolina 42, Troy 28

Phillip’s take: Troy makes a habit of almost winning games like this. It almost beat Oklahoma State earlier this season. It will almost beat South Carolina.

South Carolina 30, Troy 27

Appalachian State (9-1) at Florida (6-4, 4-4)

Phillip’s take: Can Appalachian pull off another Michigan miracle? The Gators would seem ripe for the taking, but they aren’t in so much disarray that they will lose to even the best of FCS teams.

Florida 34, Appalachian State 14

Bryan’s take: Appalachian State’s only loss this year was in overtime to Georgia Southern. Their second loss won’t be near as close.

Florida 35, Appalachian State 10


Phillip’s picks: Stanford 31, California 21; USC 28, Oregon State 20; San Diego State 31, Utah 24; Wisconsin 35, Michigan 20; Ohio State 23, Iowa 21; Nebraska 24, Texas A&M 21; Oklahoma 49, Baylor 31; Missouri 28, Iowa State 17; Kansas State 28, Colorado 10; Virginia Tech 31, Miami 17; Florida State 28, Maryland 21; North Carolina State 31, North Carolina 28; South Florida 27, Pittsburgh 23; Cincinnati 30, Rutgers 28; Notre Dame 34, Army 21.

Bryan’s picks: Stanford 34, California 13; USC 24, Oregon State 21; San Diego State 23, Utah 21; Wisconsin 24, MIchigan 21; Iowa 18, Ohio State 17; Nebraska 30, Texas A&M 24; Oklahoma 38, Baylor 24; Iowa State 17, Missouri 16; Kansas State 10, Colorado 3; Virginia Tech 27, Miami 20; Maryland 20, Florida State 17; North Carolina 24, N.C. State 22; South Florida 28, Pittsburgh 24; Cincinnati 38, Rutgers 35; Notre Dame 21, Army 17.

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