Dallas Colleges: College football picks

Crystal ball: Alabama beats LSU at home

November, 4, 2011

After a hiatus of a few weeks (blame the baseball postseason), the Crystal Ball is back as we finish off the college football season. There are some good Big 12 games on the schedule, but let's be honest: This weekend is dominated by Alabama vs. LSU in the SEC. So here are a few games to look:

LSU at Alabama, 7 p.m., CBS: The top-2 defenses in the country meet at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama is No. 1 in points against and LSU is No. 2. It won't be easy for either offense to score. But I like Alabama's ability to run the football and wear down -- maybe a little, at least -- the LSU defense. Behind a home crowd and junior RB Trent Richardson, I think it will be just enough to outlast the Tigers. This should be a fun one. Prediction: Alabama 17, LSU 14

Texas Tech at Texas, 11 a.m., FX: The Red Raiders are always dangerous and the Longhorns know they've got to be ready for anything on defense. Texas Tech is fifth in the nation in passing yards (359 per game) and 16th in points for. But there's probably no team more baffling to predict from week to week. They post a huge upset on the road against Oklahoma and then get crushed, 41-7, by Iowa State. Go figure. Texas is at home. That should certainly help. Tech will make it interesting, but the Longhorns get it done. Prediction: Texas 38, Texas Tech 24

TCU at Wyoming, 1 p.m.: TCU has become a much better team over the past few weeks. They beat up on New Mexico (yes, winless New Mexico), but also handled BYU at Cowboys Stadium. It's not easy to travel to War Memorial Stadium, but the Horned Frogs can run the ball and put up points. Prediction: TCU 45, Wyoming 28

Texas A&M at Oklahoma, 2:30 p.m., ABC: The Aggies are coming off a rough loss to Missouri, where they blew yet another second-half lead. Finishing games has clearly been an issue for the Aggies this season. Oklahoma, meanwhile, wants to keep its hopes of a Big 12 title and even an outside shot at the BCS Championsnhip game intact with a win at home over Texas A&M. The Sooners are fifth in the nation in points and have the second-most passing yards. It's difficult to believe OU could lose two straight games at home. Prediction: Oklahoma 45, Texas A&M 31

Tulane at SMU, 2 p.m.: Something tells me SMU is going to take out a few weeks of frustration on Tulane at home. The Mustangs had a five-game winning streak snapped with two straight losses on the road (Southern Miss and Tulsa and neither game was particularly close). It's bounce back time and Tulane will have trouble stopping SMU's passing attack. Prediction: SMU 35, Tulane 17

Kansas State at Oklahoma State, 7 p.m., ABC: The schedule has certainly stiffened for Kansas State. After getting beat handily at home by Oklahoma, the Wildcats must travel to Stillwater. OSU must guard against any hint of looking ahead to the big clash with OU in a few weeks. They first must take care of business for any of that to matter. I think the Cowboys will be ready. Prediction: OSU 48, Kansas State 24

Let’s pick the weekend football games

November, 19, 2010

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