It’s time for the final column of the season, though I’ll be doing some picks on CBS Sportsline during Championship Week. This is also the last chance for several teams to win a sixth victory and qualify for the cup, not to mention all the trophies that are up for grabs. Below is an Old Oaken Bucket game between Indiana and Purdue.
Every week I will use this space to share with you some of the best weekend bets. I’ll also add to the disappointment of the week by choosing a team that is at least a touchdown underdog to win outright.
I’ll also tell you about other games featuring potential college football playoff teams. Now that the CFP rankings are released on a weekly basis, I’ll be picking games featuring teams that are either undefeated or have lost no more than once from a major conference.
Last week was another mixed situation, but I’m still in the black this season. I want to finish at a high level in a week where you never know what you’ll get. Teams have different motivations as the season draws to a close. Someone is losing, someone is trying to defeat an opponent, and someone is trying to stay alive to participate in the college football playoffs.
Week 13 selection
Iowa State TCU #4:
Iowa State has one of the best defenses in the nation, ranking eighth nationally and scoring defensively; however, they are almost as bad on the other side of the ball. TCU had a powerful offense in an undefeated season, but this time around they will have to rely more on their defense. To his credit, it was before. Iowa State did not allow more than 31 points in the game. If he can hold TCU no more than 35, a decline should occur. Choice: up to 47.5
No. 3 Michigan in Ohio No. 2
The game we’ve all been waiting for. These two, with rare exceptions, have been beating losers for weeks. It’s a contrast of styles, with the Buckeyes trying to blind you with offense and the Michigan hitting you with running play and defense. Wolverines running back Blake Corum thinks he’ll be ready to leave after last week’s victory against Illinois with an injury. If any team runs away with him, then it’s probably Ohio State, but it’s hard to imagine that this will happen to any of the teams. Pick: Michigan +7.5
Purdue in Indiana
This line isn’t as fun as last week’s Purdue-Northwestern line, but the Boilermakers’ lead in wins over FBS opponents is still just 5.8 points. In addition, Purdue may be without their best running back, Devin Mokoby. The Boilers should still win, but Indiana will stay away. Choice: Indiana +10
Upset of the week
Coastal Carolina at James Madison
The Chanticleers are without quarterback Grayson McCall, who lost the season in a win over Appalachian State on Nov. 3. A replacement for Jason Garrett and Coastal’s usual strong running game led them to victory over Southern Miss in the Chants’ first game without McCall. Now they’re on their way to James Madison for a conference title game. The Dukes had a good FBS debut, but the Coastal Carolinas are still the best team in the league. This line is too long. Choice: Coastal Carolina (+430)
Other CFP candidates
- Georgia Institute of Technology #1 in Georgia (O/U 49) Select: over 49 years old
- No. 5 LSU (-10) at Texas A&M Select: LSU
- Notre Dame at 6th USC (-5.5) Select: OSK
- No. 8 South Carolina Clemson (-14.5) Choice: South Carolina
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