TEM’s College Football Predictions-Week 15

This weekend is the last weekend in the regular season. There aren't many games on the schedule this week, so I picked out the Top 5 games that will be affecting the BCS. Without further adieu, here's the last regular season edition of TEM's College Predictions.

Auburn vs. South Carolina
SEC East meets SEC West meet as Auburn and South Carolina meet in the SEC championship. These two teams met earlier in the season in what was a thriller on the Plains. QB Cam Newton has taken the SEC by storm and he has improved since last seeing the Gamecocks. Newton should give the Gamecock defense fits, but he will also need RB Ontario McCaleb and company to win this game. QB Stephen Garcia must play with his head and make smart decisions. He must also use WR Alshon Jeffrey. Jeffrey is a mismatch for the Auburn secondary. If Auburn is able to at least disrupt Garcia's rhythm, they can win the game and keep South Carolina at bay. This game should come down to the wire.
Prediction: Auburn 34, South Carolina 31

Oklahoma vs. Nebraska
The Sooners and the Huskers meet for the last time as members of the Big 12 conference in this big game. QB Taylor Martinez is still questionable, so the Huskers may be starting backup QB Cody Green. Martinez gives the Huskers the added dimension of a homerun threat at QB, so with him, Oklahoma would have to spy him with a LB. If Green is in there, Oklahoma would need to ratchet up the pressure to rattle Green. RB Roy Helu will need to be big in this game. For Oklahoma, QB Landry Jones has been as advertised and then some all year. He must continue to spread the ball around to his myriad of weapons. The most important weapon that the Huskers would need to pay attention to is RB DeMarco Murray. He can be a serious threat in the running and passing game. This game will be a close contest as well, but the Sooners have too many playmakers for the Huskers.
Prediction: Oklahoma 38, Nebraska 24

Oregon vs. Oregon State
The Civil War takes on added significance in the battle of the state of Oregon. Oregon will bring its fast-paced offense to the table and the Beavers will not be able to keep up. RB LaMichael James will slice and dice the Oregon State defense and WR Jeff Maehl should be able to have a field day in the Beaver secondary. For Oregon State, they would like nothing more than to destroy Oregon's perfect season. They will have to depend on RB Jaquizz Rodgers to win this game. If Rodgers is special, then Oregon State can stay in the game. Oregon should win this game, but when rivalries are involved, anything can happen.
Prediction: Oregon 45, Oregon State 21

Florida State vs. Virginia Tech
The ACC Championship and a BCS berth are on the line when these two historic football schools meet. QB Tyrod Taylor has been excellent for the Hokies during their winning streak. He must continue to make plays with his legs and his arm to make the Seminole defense play the Hokies honest. If he isn't effective, then the Seminoles will creep more people into the box to stop RBs Darren Evans and Ryan Williams. QB Christian Ponder has had a great season this year and he must continue to get help from the running game to be effective. If the running game is effective, then Ponder will have time to hit all his deep threat targets. This game will go back and forth. The difference will be that the Hokies have more explosive players.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 31, Florida State 27

Connecticut vs. South Florida
UConn travels to Tampa to take on a injury-riddled South Florida team. QB BJ Daniels is questionable for this game bit I expect him to play. He may be limited this game, but I still expect him to run around and make plays for the Bulls. He and WR Mario Bogans are the keys to this team. As they go, so goes the Bulls team. RB Jordan Todman is leading the country in rushing. He is the Huskies' offense. If the Bulls are able to stop him, QB Zach Fraser should not be able to beat them with his arm. In the end, I don't think Todman will be able to be stopped.
Prediction: Connecticut 24, South Florida 20

These are my predictions for the week. Hopefully everyone will enjoy the games!

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