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Week 14 Predictions - Holiday Special Edition

In this special Holiday edition, I look at select games on Thursday and Friday. The KU/Saturday predictions will be out tomorrow.

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Given that there are so many games on Thursday and Friday that should actually be fun to watch, I thought I would add an extra-special edition of the predictions to cover everything.

Kick-off times are listed in Jayhawk (Central) Standard Time.

#5 TCU (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) @ Texas (6-5, 5-3 Big 12)  Thursday 6:30pm  TV: FOX Sports 1

TCU needs this one to have a shot at sharing the title.  Texas has been turning it on lately, and should be deadly at home.  Unfortunately for the Horned Frogs, I see both their playoff and Big 12 title chances taking a huge hit.  Texas 34, TCU 30

LSU (7-4, 3-4 SEC) @ Texas A&M (7-4, 3-4 SEC)  Thursday 6:30pm  TV: ESPN

It's high-flying offense against lock-down defense.  Will LSU be able to overcome the sting of consecutive loses to get a win and remove all possibility of falling into last place in the SEC West?  Short Answer: Yes  LSU 13, Texas A&M 10.

Nebraska (8-3, 4-3 Big Ten) @ Iowa (7-4, 4-3 Big Ten) Friday 11:00am  TV: ABC

Interestingly, both of these teams lost close games at home last week, and scored 24 points in the losing effort.  Of course, that doesn't really mean much for the season finale for both teams.  This one is solely for bowl positioning, and Iowa has a great shot at home.  Iowa 17, Nebraska 14

Arkansas (6-5, 2-5 SEC) @ #17 Missouri (9-2, 6-1 SEC)  Friday 1:30pm  TV: CBS

Missouri needs this game to secure a berth in the SEC Championship game.  Arkansas has been absolutely dominant on D, shutting out two ranked opponents in their last two games.  Unfortunately for them (and Georgia fans)  those shutouts were at home, and Arkansas as a whole has not been very good on the road.  Missouri 40, Arkansas 20

#13 Arizona State (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12) @ #11 Arizona (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12)  Friday 2:30pm  TV: FOX

Evenly-matched teams? Check. In-state rivalry? Check.  Huge conference implications? Check.  This game has all the makings of an instant classic.  Hopefully it lives up to it on the field.  I think it will. Arizona 24, Arizona State 21

And now for something to make this extra special, I'm predicting the NFL games for today as well

Chicago Bears (5-6) @ Detroit Lions (7-4)  11:30am TV: CBS

Chicago has been the definition of inconsistency, looking great one week and then getting absolutely slaughtered the next.  The Lions have had their blips, but with the game at home, I expect them to pull this one out quite handily.  Detroit 35, Chicago 17

Philadelphia Eagles (8-3) @ Dallas Cowboys (8-3)  3:30pm  TV: FOX

The Eagles' Defense has been completely dominant recently and that has allowed the offense to pile up the numbers as well.  But this Cowboys' D is impressive as well, and the offense has been putting up big numbers pretty much the entire year.  Dallas in a squeaker.  Dallas 28, Philadelphia 27

Seattle Seahawks (7-4) @ San Francisco 49ers (7-4)  7:30pm  TV: NBC

At the beginning of the year, this was anticipated as a showdown for the division lead.  Instead, the winner has a chance to chase division-leading Arizona, and the loser will just be trying to hold on for a wildcard.  Seattle has more big names on their defense, but San Fran seems to step it up at home.  Should be a great nightcap  San Francisco 31, Seattle 21.