College Football Picks Against the Spread for Week 14 features a slate of rivalry games including the Iron Bowl, the Territorial Cup, and the Egg Bowl. These games have huge implications not only for trash talking sake, but Conference and College Football Playoff appearances on the line.
While Week 13 was less than ideal, it still has been a strong season for my College Picks. I expect a bounce back week as we head into the Conference Championships and the Bowl Games.
>Season Total 38-23-2
>Upset Alert 8-7
Arizona State Sun Devils PK at University of Arizona Wildcats
The Territorial Cup is heading into its 88th contest featuring Arizona State University and the University of Arizona Wildcats. Not only does this match up featured interstate rivals but both teams are looking to notch their tenth win of the season. The winner of this game, also has the potential of meeting Oregon in the PAC 12 championship game, assuming Stanford can beat UCLA. Arizona State has a quarterback the is easier to trust, especially with Arizona’s Anu Solomon is battling injuries and remains questionable heading into this contest. The Sun Devil defense will need to play well and make a few plays to help the offense, but should win and win impressively.
Stanford Cardinal +5.5 at UCLA Bruins
Stanford’s offense is going to be the key to this game. The Cardinal offense has been hit and miss this season despite a strong effort from their defense a majority of the year. UCLA comes into this game after dismantling their crosstown rival and are a win away from representing the PAC 12 South in the PAC 12 Championship game. This feels like a let down spot for the Bruins after a win against crosstown rival USC. I expect the Cardinal defense to get quarterback Brett Hundley moving out of the pocket and frustrate him all day. The Cardinal will cover this game and should win outright.
Missouri Tigers +2 v Arkansas Razorbacks
The Missouri Tigers are a really good team that has a stacked defense and continue to be undervalued. They are in a prime position to represent the SEC East in Atlanta for the second year in a row. Before they can arrange travel plans they have to beat a Arkansas team that hasn’t allowed their opponent to score for six quarters. Bret Bielema has things going in the right direction in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks have covered in all but two games this season. Missouri is going to do what they need to do to get a win and a spot in the SEC Championship game.
Virginia Cavaliers +1 at Virginia Tech Hokies
Virginia Tech has been awful against the spread this season. They have failed to cover 7 of their last 9 games. Quarterback Michael Brewer has been frustration for Hokie fans. A week ago they were only able to muster a measly 3 points against Wake Forest, in a game that went into double over time. Both teams will be looking to get a 6th victory making them Bowl eligible. While Lane Stadium can be problem for the opponents at night, I expect the Cavaliers to keep up their strong play of late including covering against Florida State and beating Miami a week ago. It will likely be a close game, but Virginia should win this game on the road.
Alabama Crimson Tide -9.5 v Auburn Tigers
The Iron Bowl has been one of the best rivalry games in the past few seasons. Last years had the most dramatic, surprising, shocking, *insert phrase here* finish to game I have ever seen. What is now referred to as the Kick Six continued Auburns magical season and carried them into the BCS National Championship. Alabama has revenge on its mind in this game. This game feels like a Nick Saban, pull out all the stops affair. Blake Sims has been improving every week and Saban will unleash him this week. The Crimson Tide will win and win big in this game.
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Ohio State Buckeyes -21 v Michigan Wolverines
I generally don’t take this many points in any game, especially rivalry games, but The Ohio State Buckeyes will need to put on a show for committee. This will be their last regular season game before heading to Indianapolis for the Big 10 title game. Ohio State is trending up with JT Barrett under center. Michigan on the other hand has been a mess and this is likely the end for coach Brady Hoke. The Buckeyes will cover the 21 points and then some in this game.
Mississippi State -2.5 at the University of Mississippi
This is the biggest Egg Bowl in my lifetime and the implications are massive. A Mississippi State win could keep them sitting in the top four of the College Football Playoff. A win for Ole Miss could put a cap off a strong season in Oxford and knock their rival out of the College Football Playoff. Ole Miss has not looked as strong without Laquon Treadwell’s explosive plays. Bo Wallace is battling injuries and had to come off of the field a week ago against Arkansas. The Bulldogs will win and cover this game, likely cementing their spot in the final four.
Georgia Bulldogs -12.5 v Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
The Georgia Bulldogs will be glued to their televisions Friday when the Missouri Tigers take on the Arkansas Razorbacks. A win by Arkansas would set up an opportunity for the Bulldogs to play in the SEC championship game and an outside shot at ending up in the College Football Playoff. While i’d like the Bulldogs more if they had a chance to represent the SEC East in Atlanta, I still like them at home against their in state rival. Georgia will cover the spread comfortably in this game.
Florida Gators +7.5 at Florida State Seminoles
While this season has left a lot to be desired this season. This game has the potential to make up for this seasons short comings. Coach Will Muschamp will be coaching his last game for the Gators and I expect his team to show up for him. Florida State has flirted with disaster all season and this is the week it finally catches up with them. The Gators will run the ball, control the clock and make enough plays on defense to get a win. A Gator win would likely knock the Seminoles out of the College Football Playoff. Quarterback Jameis Winston will start and slow and not be able to work his late game magic in this game.