Week 12 - All The SEC vs. FCS Games
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Sam Houston State RB Tim Flanders
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Posted Nov 16, 2012


Week 12 Fearless Predictions - The SEC vs. FCS Games

Western Carolina (1-9) at Alabama (9-1) Nov. 17, 12:21, SEC Network

Here’s The Deal: Alabama gets to lick its wounds from a rocky loss to Texas A&M by blowing up a bad Western Carolina team that started off the season with a win over Mars Hill before losing the last nine games. The Catamounts were obliterated by Marshall 52-24 and have allowed 42 points or more in every game but two the rest of the way. This is the last game of the year for WCU, while the Tide tunes up for Auburn needing to win the Iron Bowl to play Georgia for the SEC championship.

What Will Happen: There might not be a bigger disparity in talent level in any game this college football season than between the Alabama offensive line and the Western Carolina defensive front that’s giving up 332 rushing yards per game and 33 touchdowns. The Tide will run at will.

CFN Prediction: Alabama 58 … Western Carolina 0
ATS Consultants Line (Click for more lines and picks) No Line O/U: No Line
Must Watch Rating (5 – Killing Them Softly, 1 – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2): 1

Jacksonville State (6-4) at Florida (9-1) Nov. 17, 1:00, ESPN3

Here’s The Deal: If ever a team needed a date against an FCS team, it’s a Florida squad that struggled way too much to get by Missouri and Louisiana-Lafayette over the last two weeks. It took a late defensive stand to get by the Tigers, and a blocked punt for a score to beat the Ragin’ Cajuns, so is there any sort of a chance for a Gamecock team that opened up the season with a 49-24 loss to Arkansas? The Gator offense has been sputtering, but the JSU attack hasn’t had any sort of issue with a near-perfect balance on offense while scoring 31 points or more in six of the last seven games. However …

What Will Happen: The Gamecock defense is about to get beaten up. Florida won’t do anything crazy, and it won’t have to with the ground attack going to pound, pound and pound some more, but with Florida State coming up next week, and with starting quarterback Jeff Driskel hurting with an ankle injury, the offense will get Jacoby Brissett ready.

CFN Prediction: Florida 38 … Jacksonville State 16
ATS Consultants Line (Click for more lines and picks) No Line O/U: No Line
Must Watch Rating (5 – Killing Them Softly, 1 – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2): 1

Wofford (8-2) at South Carolina (8-2) Nov. 17, 1:00, ESPN3

Here’s The Deal: The Gamecocks can’t play down to their competition. It might not seem like a dangerous week against an FCSer, but Wofford is a dangerous team with its option offense a pain in the butt to prepare for. In a perfect SEC world, the USC would get a team that could throw a bit to prepare for Clemson, but instead the USC defensive front will get a workout against the run. Wofford is No. 2 in the FCS in rushing averaging 357 yards per game, but this is the first time all year it has dealt with an FBS team.

What Will Happen: Wofford can play a little bit of defense, too, but it’s going to be the ground game that controls the clock and keeps it interesting. However, the USC defense, ranked 12th in the nation, will quickly adjust and get out with an easy win after a rocky first quarter.

CFN Prediction: South Carolina 41 … Wofford 10
ATS Consultants Line (Click for more lines and picks) No Line O/U: No Line
Must Watch Rating (5 – Killing Them Softly, 1 – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2): 1

Georgia Southern (8-2) at Georgia (9-1) Nov. 17,

Here’s The Deal: Georgia is getting the perfect team at the perfect time. While it might be easy to start looking ahead to the SEC championship, the Bulldogs have to keep their foot on the gas to stay in the national title chase. Style points are going to count from here on, and that means there has to be a solid win over Georgia Tech next week. To prepare for the Yellow Jacket option attack, the Dawgs get the best rushing team in the FCS, an Eagle attack that averages 401 yards per game to go along with a solid defense and terrific special teams. GSU will be more than a light scrimmage if Georgia isn’t focused.

What Will Happen: The active Georgia defensive back seven will keep the big running plays to a minimum, but it’ll get beaten by at least one big deep ball. GSU has an efficient passing game, but it won’t be able to do enough to offset the problems it’ll have on the defensive front against a good day from the Georgia ground attack.

CFN Prediction: Georgia 45 … Georgia Southern 14
ATS Consultants Line (Click for more lines and picks) No Line O/U: No Line
Must Watch Rating (5 – Killing Them Softly, 1 – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2): 1

Alabama A&M (7-3) at Auburn (2-8) Nov. 17, 2:00, ESPN3

Here’s The Deal: Auburn can’t be bad enough to lose to a SWAC team, can it? The Tigers are 0-7 in the SEC, but they get one last moment of happy before going to Alabama for a potential nightmare of an Iron Bowl to close out the miserable campaign. Alabama A&M started out the season 6-0 rolling through the Southwestern Athletic Conference before losing a heartbreaker to Alcorn State to kick off a run of three losses in the last four week. The Bulldogs have a nice defense that’s a rock against the pass, and considering Auburn has been a year-long disaster throwing the ball.

What Will Happen: A&M’s running game has had major problems lately getting stuffed by Alabama State for 29 yards, and it’s not going to kick it into high gear this weekend. Auburn will beat Alabama, just now the one it wants to get past.

CFN Prediction: Auburn 45 … Alabama A&M 7
ATS Consultants Line (Click for more lines and picks) No Line O/U: No Line
Must Watch Rating (5 – Killing Them Softly, 1 – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2): 1

Sam Houston State (8-2) at Texas A&M (8-2) Nov. 17, 3:30, ESPN3

Here’s The Deal: The Aggies are riding high after throwing the 2012 season into a tizzy with their stunning win over Alabama, and now it’s time to cruise … maybe. With home games against Sam Houston State and Missouri to close, A&M should be able to get to 10-2 and make the rest of the regular season all about getting Johnny Manziel to New York as a Heisman finalist. He might get the chance to put up some big numbers in what might be a bit of a fight. Sam Houston State is on a seven-game winning streak thanks to the No. 1 scoring offense in the FCS averaging 46.2 points and 490 yards per game. The rushing attack is ripping apart everyone, while QB Brian Bell is third in the FCS in passing efficiency.

What Will Happen: Be very, very careful, A&M. The Bearkats gave Baylor a game in a 48-23 loss in mid-September, and they have the firepower and the ability to hang around for a little while in a fun shootout.

CFN Prediction: Texas A&M 51 … Sam Houston State 20
ATS Consultants Line (Click for more lines and picks) No Line O/U: No Line
Must Watch Rating (5 – Killing Them Softly, 1 – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2): 2

Samford (7-3) at Kentucky (1-9) Nov. 17, 7:30, ESPN3

Here’s The Deal: Kentucky gets an honest shot at a second win this season before losing to Tennessee and diving knee-deep into its coaching search. The Cats are dead last in the SEC in just about every major offensive category, and now they get to deal with a Samford defense that’s aggressive at getting to the quarterback and strong against the pass. This is the final game of the year for a Bulldog team that went 5-3 in Southern Conference play.

What Will Happen: Samford is going to be a tough out because of its pass rush, but the offensive pop isn’t there. After a long year, Kentucky is going to enjoy itself for one afternoon.

CFN Prediction: Kentucky 34 … Samford 13
ATS Consultants Line (Click for more lines and picks) No Line O/U: No Line
Must Watch Rating (5 – Killing Them Softly, 1 – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2): 1