College Football Picks Against the Spread: Week 15, 2014

Marcus Mariota against Arizona

We have arrived at the end of the College Football season and my College Football Picks Against the Spread has you covered.

This weekend is full of conference championship games and whatever the Big 12 is doing. The Big 12 preached about having one true champion with every team playing each other in conference play, but could end with a tie between Baylor and TCU. The games this weekend will be compelling, chalked full of playoff implications.

The PAC 12, Big 10 and ACC championships are all covered. Can Jameis Winston keep Florida State undefeated and in the College Football Playoff? Can Cardale Jones keep Ohio State on track replacing J.T. Barrett? Will the Tide continue to roll? All these questions and more will be answered.

>Season Total 41-29-2
>Upset Alert 8-8

Oregon Ducks -13.5 vs Arizona Wildcats

The Arizona Wildcats come into this game off an impressive win a week ago in the Territorial Cup. They also come into this game after beating Oregon in their last two matchups, including one this season at Autzen. Oregon needs to win this game to remain in the College Football Playoff. This game being on Friday before all the other games could give Oregon a boost as well, knowing that a win could pressure on the other teams playing on Saturday. Oregon has got it rolling since their loss to Arizona and have fixed some of the issues along the offensive line. I expect the Ducks to win this game and win big. They have revenge on their mind and will put in on the Wildcats. Freshman Anu Solomon has been inconsistent

Kansas State Wildcats +9 at Baylor Bears

Kansas State comes into this game with the ability to knock Baylor out of the College Football Playoff. Bill Snyder coached teams are always disciplined and tend to play well even on the road. The Wildcats have only failed to cover one of their last nine games. Jake Waters will need to play well and get the ball into the hands of Curry Sexton and Tyler Lockett. For Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty was knocked out of their game last week against Texas Tech. He is expect to play but can’t be expected to be at 100%. I expect this game to much closer than the 9 point spread and Kansas State should have a shot at the outright win.

Bud Sasser Missouri

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Missouri Tigers +14.5 v Alabama Crimson Tide

The Crimson Tide head into the SEC title game after dismantling Auburn a week ago in the Iron Bowl. The win made even more impressive considering quarterback Blake Sims threw three interceptions and the Tide were down almost two touchdowns in the second half. Despite that game, Missouri is the right side in this game. The Tigers have been criminally underrated all year. Maty Mauk and company are headed to their second straight SEC title game. They feature a talented defense led by Shane Ray who should be able to get to Blake Sims and force a turnover or two. While I expect Alabama to win this game. this game will finish inside the two touchdown plus spread. Amari Cooper is a monster and could score a late touchdown to help the Crimson Tide cover, but the Tigers will cover the spread and will lose by less than 10 points.

Ohio State Buckeyes +4 v Wisconsin Badgers

The Ohio State Buckeyes come into this game still having a shot at the finishing in the College Football Playoff despite losing their starting quarterback, JT Barrett last week to a broken leg. Third string quarterback Cardale Jones will start for the Buckeyes. While Jones doesn’t feature the running ability of Barrett or Braxton Miller who was penciled in as the starter before a season ending injury prior to this season. Jones has a week to get ready for Wisconsin, but he has seen time this season playing in mop up duty for Barrett. Wisconsin will lean on Melvin Gordon who will carry the load in this game. The Buckeye defense has issues stopping the run but if they can slow Gordon enough to keep it close. This game was Ohio State -3 before Barrett went down to being a four point dog after Barrett’s injury is far too much movement on the line. Jones will do enough with Ezekiel Elliott to score and a talented defense led by Joey Bosa will contain the Badger offense to help Ohio State not only cover but win outright.

**Upset Alert**

Deon Hill

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Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets +3.5 v Florida State Seminoles

The Seminoles come into this game after failing to cover another game, this time to in state rival Florida. If Florida had anything at quarterback they could have won the game outright. I expect a impressive performance for the Yellow Jacket defense. Georgia Tech also runs the triple option giving teams issues especially only one week to prepare. They will be without wide receiver DeAndre Semlter, which is a huge concern and limits the Yellow Jackets offense. Florida State needs to win this game to remain in the playoffs. This game, like all their other games will probably be ugly to start, figure it out in the second half and win by 3. The Yellow Jackets will cover but can win outright.

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