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Published: Dec. 3, 2014 at 01:40 p.m.
Updated: Dec. 3, 2014 at 01:45 p.m.

Predictions for top 10 college games of Week 15

The College Football Playoff picture will either become much clearer or be thrown into total chaos during the final week of play. Therefore, the climax to the 2014 college football season is a must-watch event.

CFB 24/7 experts Gil Brandt, Bucky Brooks, Daniel Jeremiah, Bryan Fischer, Chase Goodbread and Mike Huguenin have provided their predictions for each game.

Season records entering Week 15:
Brooks: 99-41
Goodbread: 95-45
Huguenin: 95-45
Jeremiah: 94-46
Fischer: 93-47
Brandt: 91-49

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  • <b>Details:</b> Saturday, 12 p.m. ET, ESPN2
<br><b>The skinny:</b> Marshall's mindset is important, as the Thundering Herd is coming off its first loss of the season. Both quarterbacks have had productive seasons; Louisiana Tech's Cody Sokol (above) -- who transferred from Iowa over the summer -- has thrown for 3,117 yards and 29 TDs, and Marshall's Rakeem Cato (above) -- who has thrown a TD pass in an FBS-record 44 consecutive games -- has thrown for 3,314 yards and 35 TDs. Those QBs will be going against the two best defenses in the league (Tech is first, Marshall second). It would help Marshall's cause if TB Devon Johnson (1,602 yards, 16 TDs) can play; he is considered day-to-day with a shoulder injury.
<br><b>Game picks:</b>
<br>Brandt: Marshall, 38-30
<br>Brooks: Marshall, 40-38
<br>Jeremiah: Marshall, 34-28
<br>Fischer: Marshall, 38-28
<br>Goodbread: Marshall, 35-28
<br>Huguenin: Marshall, 42-38 10

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    10. Conference USA Championship Game

    Details: Saturday, 12 p.m. ET, ESPN2
    The skinny: Marshall's mindset is important, as the Thundering Herd is coming off its first loss of the season. Both quarterbacks have had productive seasons; Louisiana Tech's Cody Sokol (above) -- who transferred from Iowa over the summer -- has thrown for 3,117 yards and 29 TDs, and Marshall's Rakeem Cato (above) -- who has thrown a TD pass in an FBS-record 44 consecutive games -- has thrown for 3,314 yards and 35 TDs. Those QBs will be going against the two best defenses in the league (Tech is first, Marshall second). It would help Marshall's cause if TB Devon Johnson (1,602 yards, 16 TDs) can play; he is considered day-to-day with a shoulder injury.
    Game picks:
    Brandt: Marshall, 38-30
    Brooks: Marshall, 40-38
    Jeremiah: Marshall, 34-28
    Fischer: Marshall, 38-28
    Goodbread: Marshall, 35-28
    Huguenin: Marshall, 42-38

  • <b>Details:</b> Saturday, 12 p.m. ET, ABC
<br><b>The skinny:</b> Can TCU make it into the College Football Playoff? Head coach Gary Patterson likely isn't focused on that just yet as a feisty Iowa State team rolls into town with quarterback Sam B. Richardson (above) and company. The Horned Frogs' defense will need to be prepared for the Cyclones to pull out all the stops while Heisman candidate and star signal-caller Trevone Boykin (above) will be looking to take advantage of a couple of juicy matchups in order to put up some points in the team's regular-season finale.
<br><b>Game picks:</b>
<br>Brandt: TCU, 58-17 
<br>Brooks: TCU, 35-30
<br>Jeremiah: TCU, 38-28
<br>Fischer: TCU, 45-13
<br>Goodbread: TCU, 41-17 
<br>Huguenin: TCU, 56-16 9

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    9. Iowa State at TCU

    Details: Saturday, 12 p.m. ET, ABC
    The skinny: Can TCU make it into the College Football Playoff? Head coach Gary Patterson likely isn't focused on that just yet as a feisty Iowa State team rolls into town with quarterback Sam B. Richardson (above) and company. The Horned Frogs' defense will need to be prepared for the Cyclones to pull out all the stops while Heisman candidate and star signal-caller Trevone Boykin (above) will be looking to take advantage of a couple of juicy matchups in order to put up some points in the team's regular-season finale.
    Game picks:
    Brandt: TCU, 58-17
    Brooks: TCU, 35-30
    Jeremiah: TCU, 38-28
    Fischer: TCU, 45-13
    Goodbread: TCU, 41-17
    Huguenin: TCU, 56-16

  • <b>Details:</b> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000439005/article/ucf-hits-hail-mary-to-beat-shane-carden-east-carolina">UCF 'Hail Mary' spoils Senior night for East Carolina</a>
<br><b>The skinny:</b> Senior LB Terrance Plummer (above), a likely third-day NFL draft pick (Rounds 4-7), heads a good Knights defense that also features a solid secondary led by CB Jacoby Glenn and SS Clayton Geathers. That secondary will be tested by ECU's passing game. Pirates QB Shane Carden has thrown for 3,912 yards and 25 TDs, and stud WR Justin Hardy (above) is the leading career receiver in FBS history. While UCF is a run-first team, it has a deep group of receivers, and they will need to make plays against an inconsistent ECU secondary.
<br><b>Game picks:</b>
<br>Brandt: East Carolina, 31-28
<br>Brooks: East Carolina, 34-31 
<br>Jeremiah: East Carolina, 28-24
<br>Fischer: East Carolina, 30-28
<br>Goodbread: East Carolina, 42-31  
<br>Huguenin: UCF, 27-24 8

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    8. UCF 32, East Carolina 30 (Thursday final)

    Details: UCF 'Hail Mary' spoils Senior night for East Carolina
    The skinny: Senior LB Terrance Plummer (above), a likely third-day NFL draft pick (Rounds 4-7), heads a good Knights defense that also features a solid secondary led by CB Jacoby Glenn and SS Clayton Geathers. That secondary will be tested by ECU's passing game. Pirates QB Shane Carden has thrown for 3,912 yards and 25 TDs, and stud WR Justin Hardy (above) is the leading career receiver in FBS history. While UCF is a run-first team, it has a deep group of receivers, and they will need to make plays against an inconsistent ECU secondary.
    Game picks:
    Brandt: East Carolina, 31-28
    Brooks: East Carolina, 34-31
    Jeremiah: East Carolina, 28-24
    Fischer: East Carolina, 30-28
    Goodbread: East Carolina, 42-31
    Huguenin: UCF, 27-24

  • <b>Details:</b> Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1
<br><b>The skinny:</b> The annual Bedlam game doesn't have the same high stakes it did in past years, but that won't hamper the interest from some in the state for this matchup. With quarterback Trevor Knight out once again, it will be up to freshman running back Samaje Perine (above) to carry the load for the Sooners offensively and take advantage of a young Cowboys defense. NFL scouts will have an eye on Tyreek Hill (above), as he's the game-breaking threat for OSU's offense that will be trying to make something happen vs. a stout front seven.
<br><b>Game picks:</b>
<br>Brandt: Oklahoma, 35-17   
<br>Brooks: Oklahoma, 41-35  
<br>Jeremiah: Oklahoma, 35-28  
<br>Fischer: Oklahoma, 42-20
<br>Goodbread: Oklahoma, 38-20 
<br>Huguenin: Oklahoma, 33-17 7

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    7. Oklahoma State at Oklahoma

    Details: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1
    The skinny: The annual Bedlam game doesn't have the same high stakes it did in past years, but that won't hamper the interest from some in the state for this matchup. With quarterback Trevor Knight out once again, it will be up to freshman running back Samaje Perine (above) to carry the load for the Sooners offensively and take advantage of a young Cowboys defense. NFL scouts will have an eye on Tyreek Hill (above), as he's the game-breaking threat for OSU's offense that will be trying to make something happen vs. a stout front seven.
    Game picks:
    Brandt: Oklahoma, 35-17
    Brooks: Oklahoma, 41-35
    Jeremiah: Oklahoma, 35-28
    Fischer: Oklahoma, 42-20
    Goodbread: Oklahoma, 38-20
    Huguenin: Oklahoma, 33-17

  • <b>Details:</b> Saturday, 10 p.m. ET, CBS
<br><b>The skinny:</b> Boise State (10-2) is the clear front-runner to nab the automatic bid to a playoff-affiliated bowl that will go to the highest-ranked non-Power Five team. With a win, the Broncos likely will head to the Fiesta Bowl. Fresno State has won three in a row and its best player is FS Derron Smith (above), who already has accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl. Boise State is led by junior TB Jay Ajayi (above), who has rushed for 1,619 yards and 24 TDs. Its defense has routinely been shredded, but Fresno State (6-6) is guaranteed a bowl bid even if it loses because it is a division champ.
<br><b>Game picks:</b>
<br>Brandt: Boise State, 49-28  
<br>Brooks: Boise State, 30-24
<br>Jeremiah: Boise State, 31-30  
<br>Fischer: Boise State, 38-21
<br>Goodbread: Boise State, 40-13  
<br>Huguenin: Boise State, 45-20 6

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    6. Mountain West Championship Game

    Details: Saturday, 10 p.m. ET, CBS
    The skinny: Boise State (10-2) is the clear front-runner to nab the automatic bid to a playoff-affiliated bowl that will go to the highest-ranked non-Power Five team. With a win, the Broncos likely will head to the Fiesta Bowl. Fresno State has won three in a row and its best player is FS Derron Smith (above), who already has accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl. Boise State is led by junior TB Jay Ajayi (above), who has rushed for 1,619 yards and 24 TDs. Its defense has routinely been shredded, but Fresno State (6-6) is guaranteed a bowl bid even if it loses because it is a division champ.
    Game picks:
    Brandt: Boise State, 49-28
    Brooks: Boise State, 30-24
    Jeremiah: Boise State, 31-30
    Fischer: Boise State, 38-21
    Goodbread: Boise State, 40-13
    Huguenin: Boise State, 45-20

  • <b>Details:</b> Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, CBS
<br><b>The skinny:</b> Despite inconsistent quarterback play, and a blowout loss to its toughest competition in the SEC East -- Georgia -- the Tigers found a way to win the division. A dynamic pass rush and excellent return units have helped get Missouri get back to the title game for the second year in a row. Shane Ray (above), who leads the SEC in sacks with 13.5, will go against an outstanding but banged up left tackle in Alabama freshman Cam Robinson (above). That matchup will be as important as any, although the Crimson Tide is likely to lean on its running game to mitigate Missouri's pass rush. Missouri will likely do the opposite: Challenge Alabama's secondary with deep vertical routes just as Auburn did successfully last week. 
<br><b>Game picks:</b>
<br>Brandt: Alabama, 35-17
<br>Brooks: Alabama, 30-20
<br>Jeremiah: Alabama, 28-24
<br>Fischer: Alabama, 33-23
<br>Goodbread: Alabama, 31-17
<br>Huguenin: Alabama, 38-17 5

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    5. SEC Championship Game

    Details: Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, CBS
    The skinny: Despite inconsistent quarterback play, and a blowout loss to its toughest competition in the SEC East -- Georgia -- the Tigers found a way to win the division. A dynamic pass rush and excellent return units have helped get Missouri get back to the title game for the second year in a row. Shane Ray (above), who leads the SEC in sacks with 13.5, will go against an outstanding but banged up left tackle in Alabama freshman Cam Robinson (above). That matchup will be as important as any, although the Crimson Tide is likely to lean on its running game to mitigate Missouri's pass rush. Missouri will likely do the opposite: Challenge Alabama's secondary with deep vertical routes just as Auburn did successfully last week.
    Game picks:
    Brandt: Alabama, 35-17
    Brooks: Alabama, 30-20
    Jeremiah: Alabama, 28-24
    Fischer: Alabama, 33-23
    Goodbread: Alabama, 31-17
    Huguenin: Alabama, 38-17

  • <b>Details:</b> Saturday, 7:45 p.m. ET, ESPN
<br><b>The skinny:</b> The Big 12 championship runs through Waco as both Kansas State and Baylor have aspirations of a title and even a spot in the playoff. Quarterback Bryce Petty's status is iffy after suffering a concussion (although Petty has said he expects to play), so the onus is on the Bears' defense, led by terrorizing pass rusher Shawn Oakman (above), to get some stops and win the field-position battle. Big-play receiver Tyler Lockett (above) and the Wildcats' offense likely won't be that cooperative. 
<br><b>Game picks:</b>
<br>Brandt: Baylor, 42-31     
<br>Brooks: Kansas State, 35-34     
<br>Jeremiah: Kansas State, 31-30    
<br>Fischer: Kansas State, 35-31
<br>Goodbread: Baylor, 38-17 
<br>Huguenin: Baylor, 38-33 4

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    4. Kansas State at Baylor

    Details: Saturday, 7:45 p.m. ET, ESPN
    The skinny: The Big 12 championship runs through Waco as both Kansas State and Baylor have aspirations of a title and even a spot in the playoff. Quarterback Bryce Petty's status is iffy after suffering a concussion (although Petty has said he expects to play), so the onus is on the Bears' defense, led by terrorizing pass rusher Shawn Oakman (above), to get some stops and win the field-position battle. Big-play receiver Tyler Lockett (above) and the Wildcats' offense likely won't be that cooperative.
    Game picks:
    Brandt: Baylor, 42-31
    Brooks: Kansas State, 35-34
    Jeremiah: Kansas State, 31-30
    Fischer: Kansas State, 35-31
    Goodbread: Baylor, 38-17
    Huguenin: Baylor, 38-33

  • <b>Details:</b> Saturday, 8 p.m. ET, ABC
<br><b>The skinny:</b> Florida State keeps winning -- and keeps <a href="/news/story/0ap3000000438035/article/college-football-playoff-rankings-tcu-leapfrogs-florida-state" target="new">dropping in the selection committee's top 25</a>. Still, a win and FSU is in the playoff. Jameis Winston (above) is coming off his worst game; one positive is that Georgia Tech's defense is not as good as Florida's, which picked off Winston four times last week. If Winston has time, he will slice and dice Tech's secondary. The Yellow Jackets' triple-option attack is tough to defend against, and speedy QB Justin Thomas (above) has played well. But this likely will end up being more about Tech's defense than Tech's offense.
<br><b>Game picks:</b>
<br>Brandt: Florida State, 38-31
<br>Brooks: Florida State, 24-23
<br>Jeremiah: Florida State, 38-24
<br>Fischer: Florida State, 30-28
<br>Goodbread: Florida State, 28-27    
<br>Huguenin: Florida State, 30-24 3

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    3. ACC Championship Game

    Details: Saturday, 8 p.m. ET, ABC
    The skinny: Florida State keeps winning -- and keeps dropping in the selection committee's top 25. Still, a win and FSU is in the playoff. Jameis Winston (above) is coming off his worst game; one positive is that Georgia Tech's defense is not as good as Florida's, which picked off Winston four times last week. If Winston has time, he will slice and dice Tech's secondary. The Yellow Jackets' triple-option attack is tough to defend against, and speedy QB Justin Thomas (above) has played well. But this likely will end up being more about Tech's defense than Tech's offense.
    Game picks:
    Brandt: Florida State, 38-31
    Brooks: Florida State, 24-23
    Jeremiah: Florida State, 38-24
    Fischer: Florida State, 30-28
    Goodbread: Florida State, 28-27
    Huguenin: Florida State, 30-24

  • <b>Details:</b> <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000439287/article/marcus-mariota-stout-defense-lead-oregon-to-pac12-title" target="_blank">Oregon rolls over Arizona to claim Pac-12 title</a>
<br><b>The skinny:</b> In a rematch against the only team to beat the Ducks this season, quarterback Marcus Mariota (above) and company are looking to bring a conference title home to Eugene and secure a berth in the playoffs with a win. It won't be easy, though, as they'll have to go through a tough Arizona team led by linebacker Scooby Wright III (above), who is up for every major defensive award after a terrific season.
<br><b>Game picks:</b>
<br>Brandt: Oregon, 41-31    
<br>Brooks: Arizona, 28-27 
<br>Jeremiah: Oregon, 45-31      
<br>Fischer: Oregon, 42-28
<br>Goodbread: Oregon, 35-24     
<br>Huguenin: Oregon, 44-31 2

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    Oregon 51, Arizona 13 (Friday final)

    Details: Oregon rolls over Arizona to claim Pac-12 title
    The skinny: In a rematch against the only team to beat the Ducks this season, quarterback Marcus Mariota (above) and company are looking to bring a conference title home to Eugene and secure a berth in the playoffs with a win. It won't be easy, though, as they'll have to go through a tough Arizona team led by linebacker Scooby Wright III (above), who is up for every major defensive award after a terrific season.
    Game picks:
    Brandt: Oregon, 41-31
    Brooks: Arizona, 28-27
    Jeremiah: Oregon, 45-31
    Fischer: Oregon, 42-28
    Goodbread: Oregon, 35-24
    Huguenin: Oregon, 44-31

  • <b>Details:</b> Saturday, 8:17 p.m. ET, FOX
<br><b>The skinny:</b> Ohio State sophomore QB Cardale Jones (above) makes his first start in a game the Buckeyes must win to keep their playoff hopes alive. While Ohio State certainly will miss injured QB J.T. Barrett, there is enough surrounding talent to ease the pressure on Jones. Actually, a bigger question might be whether the Buckeyes can slow Wisconsin TB Melvin Gordon (above). Wisconsin's defense has been overshadowed by Gordon's production, but the Badgers rank second nationally in total defense. Badgers QB Joel Stave has played well of late; will that continue? Buckeyes DE Joey Bosa is a guy Wisconsin must keep out of the backfield.
<br><b>Game picks:</b>
<br>Brandt: Wisconsin, 28-27  
<br>Brooks: Ohio State, 30-28 
<br>Jeremiah: Ohio State, 28-24    
<br>Fischer: Ohio State, 27-24 
<br>Goodbread: Wisconsin, 24-16 
<br>Huguenin: Ohio State, 24-21 1

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    1. Big Ten Championship Game

    Details: Saturday, 8:17 p.m. ET, FOX
    The skinny: Ohio State sophomore QB Cardale Jones (above) makes his first start in a game the Buckeyes must win to keep their playoff hopes alive. While Ohio State certainly will miss injured QB J.T. Barrett, there is enough surrounding talent to ease the pressure on Jones. Actually, a bigger question might be whether the Buckeyes can slow Wisconsin TB Melvin Gordon (above). Wisconsin's defense has been overshadowed by Gordon's production, but the Badgers rank second nationally in total defense. Badgers QB Joel Stave has played well of late; will that continue? Buckeyes DE Joey Bosa is a guy Wisconsin must keep out of the backfield.
    Game picks:
    Brandt: Wisconsin, 28-27
    Brooks: Ohio State, 30-28
    Jeremiah: Ohio State, 28-24
    Fischer: Ohio State, 27-24
    Goodbread: Wisconsin, 24-16
    Huguenin: Ohio State, 24-21