Let’s pick the weekend football games
It's time again to make some college football predictions for our local teams. Please share your picks in the comment section.
SMU vs. Marshall (2 p.m., Saturday): The Mustangs (5-5) need a win to become bowl eligible and still control their own destiny in Conference USA's West Division. If SMU can win its last two games, they'll play for the C-USA title. It's a "white out" at SMU. The Mustangs are at home and ready. They'll take care of business. Prediction: SMU 28, Marshall 17
Weber State at Texas Tech (2 p.m., Saturday): If there was ever a time for the Red Raiders to get a Big 12 breather, it's this week. Texas Tech was crushed by Oklahoma, 45-7, last week and is 3-5 in conference. Weber State shouldn't provide much of a problem. Houston comes to town next week. Prediction: Texas Tech 45, Weber State 10
Florida Atlantic at Texas (2:30 p.m., Saturday): The Longhorns offense continues to sputter, but the Longhorns should have some chances to score against Florida Atlantic. Texas needs a win Saturday and a victory over Texas A&M on Thanksgiving night just to finish .500. Prediction: Texas 31, Florida Atlantic 13
North Texas at Louisiana-Monroe (2:30 p.m., Saturday): This should be a good game between two pretty even teams. It's on the road, which might normally suggest some struggles for UNT. But I'm going with the Mean Green in a close one. Prediction: North Texas 31, Louisiana-Monroe 28
Nebraska at Texas A&M (7 p.m., Saturday, ABC): The Aggies are sure excited about this one. As of today, 29,520 students have put in for tickets and the university is arranging to have chairs on the track to get everyone in the stadium they possibly can. And why not? Texas A&M has won four straight and is No. 19 in the country. Nebraska better be ready. The Cornhuskers want to clinch the Big 12 North and continue their march toward a BCS bowl. I think the Aggies come to play at home on Saturday. Prediction: Texas A&M 24, Nebraska 21
Oklahoma at Baylor (7 p.m., ESPN2): The Bears had things going after a win over Texas put them at 7-2 and tied for the top spot in the Big 12 South. But losses to Oklahoma State and Texas A&M mean Saturday's game isn't to keep the Bears near the top of the division anymore. They are bowl eligible and hoping for a chance to beat Texas and Oklahoma in the same season. But I don't see that happening Saturday. Prediction: Oklahoma 34, Baylor 21
Oklahoma State at Kansas (11 a.m., Saturday): I can't see the Cowboys having trouble here, even on the road. They want to be sure they keep that Bedlam clash one that would decide the Big 12 South. Prediction: Oklahoma State 38, Kansas 17
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