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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

SportPundit College Football Predictions for Week 14 of the 2019 FBS Season

College Football Predictions for Week 14 of the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS Season

Our cumulative FBS prognostication record for 2019 after Week 13 stands at:
585-186 in calling the winner (76%)
386-370-15 against the spread, and
376-373-11 against the over/under ("total").


If possible, we compete against the quoted opening odds ("the line", "the spread") as available online (e.g. Vegas Insider, OddsShark, Sportsline, 5Dimes, CFPT), and which can vary, so we have no fixed system of which portals we use. We do our predictions for fun and we are not affiliated with any service or institution. However, if online services differ as to the opening line, we pick the "half odds" so as to avoid ties.

Caveat Emptor! Please do not use our predictions for wagering. We disclaim any and all liability for anyone's use of our materials and prognostications, nor do we make any warranties as to accuracy. Our prognostication hobby helps us to keep track of news and sports all over America. We are not in this for the money. May the best team win.

Our prognostications here are based on our own rankings of all FBS football teams, as made after the 13th week of play. Our ranking for each team is given in parentheses next to the team name.


We repeat: We compete against the opening line, if possible, not the updated line. If services differ as to the opening line, we pick the "half odds" so as to avoid ties of our predictions with the spread. This can be a more updated line.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Ohio (100) at Akron (130)
The Bobcats were favored over the Zips by 27.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 50.5 points.
Our Call: 37-13 for Ohio.
Result: ?? won ??.

Western Michigan (84) at Northern Illinois (110)
The Broncos were favored over the Huskies by 6.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 60.5 points.
Our Call: 31-27 for Western Michigan.
Result: ?? won ??.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Mississippi (40) at Mississippi State (36)
The Bulldogs were favored over the Rebels by 2.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 60.5 points.
Our Call: 34-30 for Mississippi State.
Result: ?? won ??.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Kent State (101) at Eastern Michigan (108)
The Eagles were favored over the Golden Flashes by 5.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 65 points.
Our Call: 31-30 for Eastern Michigan.
Result: ?? won ??.

Bowling Green (125) at Buffalo (102)
The Bulls were favored over the Falcons by 27 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 52 points.
Our Call: 42-13 for Buffalo.
Result: ?? won ??.

Miami of Ohio (99) at Ball State (103)
The Cardinals were favored over the RedHawks by 2.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 56 points.
Our Call: 27-24 for Ball State.
Result: ?? won ??.

Toledo (106) at Central Michigan (94)
The Chippewas were favored over the Rockets by 8.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 62.5 points.
Our Call: 38-24 for Central Michigan.
Result: ?? won ??.

Virginia Tech (47) at Virginia (49)
The Hokies were favored over the Cavaliers by 2 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 49 points.
Our Call: 23-20 for Virginia Tech.
Result: ?? won ??.

Texas Tech (62) at Texas (26)
The Longhorns were favored over the Red Raiders by 8 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 66 points.
Our Call: 38-27 for Texas.
Result: ?? won ??.

Iowa (18) at Nebraska (46)
The Hawkeyes were favored over the Cornhuskers by 5.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 48.5 points.
Our Call: 27-26 for Nebraska. As a Nebraska undergraduate and Stanford University Law School alum, we have had a tough year as a football fan, as the Huskers and Cardinal both have had down years. We are hoping for some redemption in this game. GBR, Frost and team! The future is coming!
Result: ?? won ??.

Missouri (51) at Arkansas (96)
The Tigers were favored over the Razorbacks by 13.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 56 points.
Our Call: 34-20 for Missouri.
Result: ?? won ??.

Boise State (22) at Colorado State (91)
The Broncos were favored over the Rams by 13.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 58 points.
Our Call: 34-20 for Boise State.
Result: ?? won ??.

Cincinnati (23) at Memphis (24)
The Tigers were favored over the Bearcats by 8.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 56 points.
Our Call: 30-27 for Memphis. We rank these two teams 23rd and 24th respectively. Kambour calculates a 7.1243 home field advantage for Memphis, but we halved that for our prognostication.
Result: ?? won ??.

Washington State (44) at Washington (28)
The Huskies were favored over the Cougars by 6.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 65.5 points.
Our Call: 38-30 for Washington.
Result: ?? won ??.

West Virginia (53) at TCU (29)
The Horned Frogs were favored over the Mountaineers by 12.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 46.5 points.
Our Call: 24-20 for TCU.
Result: ?? won ??.

Arkansas State (75) at South Alabama (121)
The Red Wolves were favored over the Jaguars by 12.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 55 points.
Our Call: 34-20 for Arkansas State.
Result: ?? won ??.

Appalachian State (25) at Troy (114)
The Mountaineers were favored over the Trojans by 11.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 65 points.
Our Call: 44-17 for Appalachian State. Louisiana-Lafayette routed Troy in their last outing 53-3, so that this is a tough game to prognosticate.
Result: ?? won ??.

South Florida (80) at UCF (37)
The Knights were favored over the Bulls by 24.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 62.5 points.
Our Call: 34-20 for UCF. UCF is the top-ranked school in the USA for on-campus undergraduate enrollment. It is no wonder that UCF recently became the Cinderella of the college football world. The Knights have the resources!
Result: ?? won ??.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Indiana (42) at Purdue (67)
The Hoosiers were favored over the Boilermakers by 7 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 56.5 points.
Our Call: 34-23 for Indiana.
Result: ?? won ??.

Florida International FIU (107) at Marshall (76)
The Thundering Herd were favored over the Golden Panthers by 8 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 51.5 points.
Our Call: 24-23 for Florida International. Former Miami football head coach Butch Davis, now the head coach at FIU, pulled off a stunner last weekend with a 30-24 upset against the Hurricanes, who were a 3-TD favorite.
Result: ?? won ??.

Clemson (5) at South Carolina (34)
The Tigers were favored over the Gamecocks by 26 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 49.5 points.
Our Call: 38-17 for Clemson. Last season Clemson prevailed 56-35 over the Gamecocks, who in that same season lost early to Georgia 41-17. This year South Carolina upset Georgia in 2 overtimes 20-17, so it is not as if the Dawgs did not have plenty of chances to win that game this year. That's a 27-point turnaround, or a 24-point turnaround in regulation time. Hence, a Gamecocks win here is not impossible, but unlikely, as our stats favor Clemson by 24, minus the South Carolina home field advantage, which Kambour calculates as 1.9874 points. In any case, if they can beat Georgia, why not also Clemson? Unlikely.
Result: ?? won ??.

Louisville (43) at Kentucky (68)
The Wildcats were favored over the Cardinals by 3.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 51 points.
Our Call: 31-27 for Louisville.
Result: ?? won ??.

Northwestern (87) at Illinois (59)
The Illini were favored over the Wildcats by 8.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 45 points.
Our Call: 27-17 for Illinois.
Result: ?? won ??.

Texas State (118) at Coastal Carolina (113)
The Chanticleers were favored over the Bobcats by 6.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 52 points.
Our Call: 31-23 for Coastal Carolina.
Result: ?? won ??.

Tulsa (66) at East Carolina (116)
The Golden Hurricane were favored over the Pirates by 6 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 62 points.
Our Call: 35-24 for Tulsa.
Result: ?? won ??.

Georgia (8) at Georgia Tech (83)
The Dawgs were favored over the Yellow Jackets by 29.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 44.5 points.
Our Call: 34-7 for Georgia.
Result: ?? won ??.

Ohio State (1) at Michigan (6)
The Buckeyes were favored over the Wolverines by 8.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 55.5 points.
Our Call: 27-26 for Michigan. A matchup of two tradition-rich football schools, whose undergraduate enrollments both rank in the top 7 nationally. Ohio State clearly has one of the best teams ever. The most optimal result for Michigan that our stats would allow, pushing everything to the limit, and taking a home field advantage in the Big House that Kambour this season calculates as 7.9935 points, would be a 3-point loss. However, given a Michigan grad in the family (where the Nebraska and Stanford grad, yours truly, has pretty much thrown in the towel for this 2019 season for those two teams) and hoping for a small miracle, we go with the Blue for a big upset win by a point. If we were to stay neutral, mind you, we would favor Ohio State by 9 points. Just sayin'. Hoping for a great game and good media coverage of the marvelous pageantry that attaches to this college football game in particular (and is often neglected by the media and by sponsors and advertisers), and also hoping for some coverage of the great marching bands of both schools (thank you for the big band link, relatives in Tennessee!), may the best team win.
Result: ?? won ??.

Wake Forest (57) at Syracuse (90)
The Demon Deacons were favored over the Orange by 5.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 65 points.
Our Call: 34-24 for Wake Forest.
Result: ?? won ??.

Middle Tennessee (104) at Western Kentucky (85)
The Hilltoppers were favored over the Blue Raiders by 9.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 52.5 points.
Our Call: 33-24 for Western Kentucky.
Result: ?? won ??.

New Mexico State (124) at Liberty (97)
The Flames were favored over the Aggies by 13.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 69 points.
Our Call: 41-24 for Liberty.
Result: ?? won ??.

Wyoming (70) at Air Force (45)
The Falcons were favored over the Cowboys by 11.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 44.5 points.
Our Call: 24-23 for Wyoming. Wyoming has lost 4 games this season, none by more than 5 points, including a 3-point loss to Boise State in overtime. Craig Bohl is on track to turn the Wyoming football team into a team that can win 10 games or more next year.
Result: ?? won ??.

Charlotte (109) at Old Dominion (127)
The 49ers were favored over the Monarchs by 7.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 48.5 points.
Our Call: 31-20 for Charlotte.
Result: ?? won ??.

UNLV (117) at Nevada (82)
The Wolf Pack were favored over the Rebels by 6.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 52.5 points.
Our Call: 34-24 for Nevada. Tony Sanchez will still coach this last game, but has been fired as the Rebels head football coach effective at season's end.
Result: ?? won ??.

Rice (123) at UTEP Texas El Paso (128)
The Owls were favored over the Miners by 4.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 43.5 points.
Our Call: 30-24 for Rice.
Result: ?? won ??.

Maryland (74) at Michigan State (35)
The Spartans were favored over the Terrapins by 17.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 52.5 points.
Our Call: 31-20 for Michigan State.
Result: ?? won ??.

Boston College (77) at Pittsburgh (50)
The Panthers were favored over the Eagles by 8.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 53.5 points.
Our Call: 27-17 for Pittsburgh.
Result: ?? won ??.

Alabama (4) at Auburn (13)
The Crimson Tide were favored over the Tigers by 3.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 49.5 points.
Our Call: 17-13 for Alabama. Due to a season-ending injury to Crimson Tide starting QB Tua Tagovailoa in the game against Mississippi State, backup QB Mac Jones ran the 'Bama offense well against Western Carolina last weekend, but playing against the Auburn defense will be a different matter, as no team has scored more than 24 points against Auburn this season. However, in its three losses, the Auburn offense scored only 13, 20 and 14 points against Florida, LSU and Georgia respectively. Hence, even a diminished Alabama offense should score enough points to vanquish the offensively weak Tigers.
Result: ?? won ??.

Miami of Florida (41) at Duke (92)
The Hurricanes were favored over the Blue Devils by 5.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 47.5 points.
Our Call: 27-20 for Miami of Florida. The Hurricanes, a 3 TD favorite, lost 30-24 against Florida International last weekend.  Duke has one of the weakest offenses in FBS, so no upset is expected here.
Result: ?? won ??.

Baylor (15) at Kansas (61)
The Bears were favored over the Jayhawks by 14 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 56 points.
Our Call: 34-24 for Baylor. It has been a "promising for the future" season for the Jayhawks with "Miles to Go". Baylor has had a top year and would be undefeated except for an epic 25-point comeback win by Oklahoma, the largest comeback in Sooner history. Our stats are in line with the line of 14 points, so do we go over or under? Let's "Go with Miles" in "Miles to Go".
Result: ?? won ??.

Rutgers (119) at Penn State (10)
The Nittany Lions were favored over the Scarlet Knights by 41 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 53 points.
Our Call: 45-7 for Penn State.
Result: ?? won ??.

Wisconsin (12) at Minnesota (21)
The Badgers were favored over the Golden Gophers by 3 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 48.5 points.
Our Call: 27-23 for Wisconsin. Kambour calculates Minnesota's home field advantage as 7.4753 points. Minnesota has had a great season, but despite that cushion we go with Wisconsin by 4.
Result: ?? won ??.

Connecticut (126) at Temple (54)
The Owls were favored over the Huskies by 29.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 50.5 points.
Our Call: 41-7 for Temple.
Result: ?? won ??.

Southern Mississippi (88) at Florida Atlantic FAU (78)
The Owls were favored over the Golden Eagles by 8.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 56.5 points.
Our Call: 34-24 for FAU.
Result: ?? won ??.

UTSA Texas San Antonio (120) at Louisiana Tech (81)
The Bulldogs were favored over the Roadrunners by 19.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 57.5 points.
Our Call: 40-16 for Louisiana Tech.
Result: ?? won ??.

Oregon State (56) at Oregon (11)
The Ducks were favored over the Beavers by 20.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 66 points.
Our Call: 41-17 for Oregon.
Result: ?? won ??.

Notre Dame (14) at Stanford (60)
The Fighting Irish were favored over the Cardinal by 14.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 53 points.
Our Call: 34-17 for Notre Dame. It might be time at Stanford to consider a change of the head football coach. A mediocre football team does not fit in with the rest of the university. Stanford should have a younger coach at the forefront of new football trends. Innovative, futuristic, a leading football role model, etc.
Result: ?? won ??.

UAB (93) at North Texas (111)
The Blazers were favored over the Mean Green by 1 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 52.5 points.
Our Call: 27-24 for North Texas. Woahh! Kambour calculates the Mean Green home field advantage as 9.0277 pointsl
Result: ?? won ??.

Tulane (55) at SMU (39)
The Mustangs were favored over the Green Wave by 5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 70 points.
Our Call: 34-30 for SMU.
Result: ?? won ??.

Utah State (69) at New Mexico (122)
The Aggies were favored over the Lobos by 13.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 62 points.
Our Call: 41-24 for Utah State.
Result: ?? won ??.

Vanderbilt (95) at Tennessee (27)
The Volunteers were favored over the Commodores by 20 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 50 points.
Our Call: 38-17 for Tennessee.
Result: ?? won ??.

Georgia State (105) at Georgia Southern (98)
The Eagles were favored over the Panthers by 7 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 59 points.
Our Call: 35-27 for Georgia Southern.
Result: ?? won ??.

Navy (32) at Houston (79)
The Midshipmen were favored over the Cougars by 7.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 55 points.
Our Call: 34-24 for Navy.
Result: ?? won ??.

Texas A&M (17) at LSU (2)
The Tigers were favored over the Aggies by 15 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 60.5 points.
Our Call: 44-20 for LSU.
Result: ?? won ??.

Iowa State (20) at Kansas State (48)
The Cyclones were favored over the Wildcats by 3.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 53.5 points.
Our Call: 24-23 for Kansas State. It can be tough to win in Manhattan.
Result: ?? won ??.

North Carolina (33) at North Carolina State (89)
The Tar Heels were favored over the Wolfpack by 6.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 53.5 points.
Our Call: 31-21 for North Carolina.
Result: ?? won ??.

Florida State (52) at Florida (9)
The Gators were favored over the Seminoles by 17 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 55 points.
Our Call: 37-17 for Florida.
Result: ?? won ??.

Colorado (73) at Utah (7)
The Utes were favored over the Buffaloes by 27.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 50.5 points.
Our Call: 34-24 for Utah.
Result: ?? won ??.

Louisiana Monroe ULM (112) at Louisiana Lafayette ULL (38)
The Ragin' Cajuns were favored over the Warhawks by 21 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 71 points.
Our Call: 38-24 for Louisiana-Lafayette.
Result: ?? won ??.

Oklahoma (3) at Oklahoma State (19)
The Sooners were favored over the Cowboys by 12.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 71 points.
Our Call: 45-27 for Oklahoma.
Result: ?? won ??.

BYU (31) at San Diego State (65)
The Cougars were favored over the Aztecs by 2.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 39.5 points.
Our Call: 24-17 for BYU.
Result: ?? won ??.

Arizona (71) at Arizona State (30)
The Sun Devils were favored over the Wildcats by 12.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 61 points.
Our Call: 40-20 for Arizona State.
Result: ?? won ??.

California (58) at UCLA (63)
The Bruins were favored over the Bears by 2.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 48.5 points.
Our Call: 26-24 for UCLA.
Result: ?? won ??.

Fresno State (72) at San Jose State (86)
The Bulldogs were favored over the Spartans by 2.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 68 points.
Our Call: 34-31 for Fresno State.
Result: ?? won ??.

Army (115) at Hawaii (64)
The Warriors were favored over the Black Knights by 3.5 points.
The over/under (predicted total score) was 56.5 points.
Our Call: 31-27 for Hawai'i.
Result: ?? won ??.