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A special edition of sizing up the top 25 as we take a look at rivalry games this Saturday. Here's seven matchups to keep your eye on.
Alabama: (10-1, 6-1 SEC)
Auburn: (7-4, 4-3 SEC)
Alabama leads the all-time series 40-34-1
Prediction: The Iron Bowl has been tightly contested the last few years with Auburn pulling off the mammoth comeback last year in Tuscaloosa. But the Tigers don't have Cam Newton this year and frankly, they'll be lucky to keep this game within 20 points. Alabama "rolls" 37-14.
#5 Virginia Tech @ Virginia
Virginia Tech: (10-1, 6-1 ACC)
Virginia: (8-3, 5-2 ACC)
Virginia Tech -4.5
Virginia Tech leads the all-time series 50-37-5
Prediction: Virginia Tech has played one of the easiest schedules in the country en route to a 10-1 record. Their lone loss came to Clemson at home in an extremely one-sided affair. Expect the same thing at Virginia as the Cavs take the lead in the Coastal division to play Clemson in the ACC Championship game. 27-21.
Oregon State @ #10 Oregon
Oregon State: (3-8, 3-5 Pac-12)
Oregon: (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12)
Oregon leads the all-time series 58-46-10
Prediction: The Ducks will be up three touchdowns before the end of the first quarter. Mark that down. The Beavers just can't keep up with the speed of Darron Thomas and LaMichael James. 45-13.
#17 Clemson @ #12 South Carolina
Clemson: (9-2, 6-2 ACC)
South Carolina: (9-2, 6-2 SEC)
South Carolina -2.5
Clemson leads the all-time series 65-39-4
Prediction: Perhaps the most intriguing rivalry game of the weekend as Clemson travels to South Carolina in an out of league matchup. For both teams, the game means nothing as far as conference standings go, but everything in terms of bragging rights in the state. The Tigers tricked me into thinking they were legit national contenders this year but I still think they'll get the best of the Cocks Saturday in a close game, 31-28.
#13 Georgia @ #23 Georgia Tech
Georgia: (9-2, 7-1 SEC)
Georgia Tech: (8-3, 5-3 ACC)
Georgia leads the all-time series 41-17-4
Prediction: Yet another SEC-ACC rivalry game but this one's for the state of Georgia as the Bulldogs roll into Atlanta. With the SEC East crown all locked up, Georgia may just be trying to get through this game unscathed on the injury front in an attempt to get the best of LSU next week. Nah, who am I kidding, they're going balls out to win the Peach State crown, 28-24.
Ohio State @ #15 Michigan
Ohio State: (6-5, 3-4 Big Ten)
Michigan: (9-2, 5-2 Big Ten)
Michigan leads the all-time series 57-44-6
Prediction: Is this the year the Wolverines finally break the losing streak? Their last win against the Buckeyes came on 10-23-2002, an eternity in college football. If they can't win this year with all the shenanigans in Columbus with sanctions and coaching vacancies, then, well, shame on them. 23-13.
UCLA @ USC
UCLA: (6-5, 5-3 Pac-12)
USC: (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12)
USC leads the all-time series 43-28-7
Prediction: Outside of that loss to Arizona State earlier in the year, the Trojans have arguably been one of the best teams in college football outside of the top 5. They took Stanford to three overtimes as the Cardinals needed some serious "Luck" to win that game. This week's rivalry game is pretty blah as the Bruins have mailed it in this year with several disappointing and disgusting losses on national TV. Expect this one to be more of the same as the Trojans lay the wood to the Bruins, 38-17.