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First things first, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!!!

FAU is off this week so the team with have time to enjoy the holiday and regroup before facing ULL next week. Even though minds are rightfully on family and turkey, I have some predictions for this week as it is big weekend for many teams as the season winds down.

#3 Georgia vs. Georgia Tech

Due to a collapse by Oregon and Kansas State last Saturday, Georgia suddenly is quietly in the National Championship picture. The Bulldogs need a win against rival Georgia Tech to keep the momentum going. Georgia Tech is a decent team at 6-5 and they will look to play spoiler in Athens.

Fearless Prediction: Georgia 35 Georgia Tech 20

#19 Michigan @ Ohio State

This is always a November classic. Ohio State is 11-0 and QB Braxton Miller is having a Heisman like season. Being on probation has virtually wiped all of this away. Michigan QB Denard Robinson was a pre-season Heisman favorite and has only managed 15 touchdowns in a relatively disappointing season for the 8-3 Wolverines. This game has the potential to be a good one if the weather holds and conditions are good.

Fearless Prediction: Ohio State 41 Michigan 27

#4 Florida @ #10 Florida State

This game has not meant much in recent years. This year it means everything both teams and their fans. Florida has an outside shot at the BCS title game and Florida State eyes a BCS bowl bid. Expect a sell out in the Swamp as two of the top defenses in the country battle for supremacy. I think the FSU offense surprises a Gators team that has struggled to score more than 27 points since putting up 44 against South Carolina more than a month ago.

Fearless Prediction: FSU 24 Florida 20

#1 Notre Dame @ USC

I have to admit it. I have become an Irish fan. It did not start this season. I remember back when Chris Zorich led an Irish defense to a National Championship under the direction of Lou Holtz in 1988. I watched the game on television from my childhood home in suburban Chicago. In 2006 I attended my first Notre Dame game when my sister, who was working South Bend at the time, bought me four tickets as a birthday present. I was sold. Notre Dame football is something special. Now Notre Dame is back on top in surprising fashion. The biggest star on Notre Dame is linebacker Manti Te'o and the Irish are #1 in the country. USC QB Matt Barkley came back for his senior season and a run at the Heisman Trophy and a National Championship. All Barkley can do now is play spoiler to Notre Dame's perfect season and Te'o's Heisman hopes. I will be watching this one in hopes of an Irish win and one more chapter written in a storied season.

Fearless Prediction: Notre Dame 28 USC 17

At this special time of the year I think about a lot of things. One thing is that I have never seen a bad a football game. Sure, I have seen sloppy play and poor performances. At times, my team has not performed up to my expectations. However, in all cases, I have been fortunate to watch the game I love with friends and family. At times we as fans lose focus on what really matters. A football game is about much more than the play on the field and the final tally on the scoreboard. I wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving and an enjoyable weekend of football!!


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