Anyone noticed? FSU is playing UF . . .

Nov 21, 2012 -- 4:33pm


Where’s the buzz? Why hasn’t ESPN descended upon Tallahassee and Gainesville like crazed shoppers at a Black Friday sale? Where’s the trash talk from both camps?

Has anyone noticed both Florida State and Florida are 10-1?

It is remarkable that in such a hotbed for college football that two such storied programs and one of the nation’s best rivalries are barely moving the needle. The only explanation is that we are spoiled when it comes to football with the Seminoles and Gators. If the quest for a national championship isn’t involved, what’s the big deal?

That’s a shame because both schools obviously are having outstanding seasons. The Gators’ turnaround has been incredible. The Seminoles are playing their best in a decade and on the verge of winning the ACC title and a BCS bowl bid.

And it should be a hell of a game. FSU is favored by 7. That seems about right to me. I see two superb defenses battling and FSU winning 17-13. 

Crystal Ball, Week 12:

South Carolina (9-2) at Clemson (10-1) – This is one of those delightful offense (Clemson) vs. defense (South Carolina) games. The Tigers’ speed makes the difference. Clemson, favored by 4, wins 31-24.

Notre Dame (11-0) at Southern Cal (7-4) – The Irish are 60 minutes from playing for a national title. The Trojans are limping to the end of a disappointing regular season without their star quarterback. It’s the perfect scenario for an upset. USC, a 5½-point underdog, wins 21-20.

Michigan (8-3) at Ohio State 11-0) – It isn’t all that bad a thing the Buckeyes are on probation. They can brag about an unbeaten season and not be worried about being exposed as a fraud in the BCS National Championship Game. Ohio State, favored by 4, wins 31-28.

Titans (4-6) at Jaguars (1-9) – Yeah, I saw that offensive explosion by the Jaguars in Houston. I think it’s the right call to start Chad Henne at QB. But I’ve also seen the Jaguars outscored 153-44 in five home games. I can’t explain it but it’s real. Tennessee, favored by 3, wins 27-10.

Falcons 9-1) at Buccaneers (6-4) – Few teams have played better than Tampa Bay during the last month. I like the Bucs to stay hot. Tampa Bay, a 1-point underdog, wins 24-17.

49ers (7-2-1) at Saints (5-5) – When the 49ers are good, they are very good. But a short week and a QB controversy make a bad combination. Not to mention playing a hot team in New Orleans. The Saints, a 2½-point underdog, win 21-17.

Speaking of hot, that’s me. Last week I was 6-1 (44-33) picking winners and 5-2 (34-43) against the spread.

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