College Football Picks
The Stanford Cardinal come to Memorial Stadium in Berkeley for a week 14 PAC-12 showdown with the California Golden Bears. It’s not much of a road trip, with Stanford about an hour from Cal and it should be a well-contested game between these 7-4 teams. Both teams have won two in a row, but the similarities end there. In what has been a wild and woolly PAC-12 this season, each season’s path to this spot has been very different. Read on to get Loot’s free college football pick.
The Big 12 Championship game goes on Saturday with the Texas Longhorns battling the Oklahoma Sooners at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX. The betting shops have listed OKL as a -7.5 point spread favorite with the total line on the board at 78 points. The Sooners have the better winning percentage losers of just one game, but that came against the Longhorns! Texas lost three games this season, but all three were decided by five or fewer points. Check out how college football prognosticator Keith Franks see this game will play out.
Late Saturday night the no. 2 ranked Clemson Tigers will look to maintain supremacy in the ACC when they seek their 4th straight ACC Championship against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. The Tigers have clearly been the class of the ACC this season and will be 25 point favorites to earn their 4th straight trip to the College Football Playoffs. For Pittsburgh, the Panthers had a 4 game winning streak snapped at the hands of Miami last week in a disappointing 24-3 loss. Despite the loss, the Panthers have been playing well and perhaps they can bounce back with a strong effort this weekend to make this ACC Championship Game entertaining at the least.
The stage is set for a rematch of the 2017 National Championship Game this weekend when the no. 5 Georgia Bulldogs meet the no. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the SEC Championship Game. This week’s SEC Title match-up features the same two teams from last year’s National Championship Game at the same exact venue in Atlanta; only this time it is for a conference championship with an opportunity to seal another bid to the College Football Playoffs. Last year, it was Alabama that captured glory fighting their way back from a 13-0 deficit in a game that sparked Tua Tagovailoa’s career. Can Alabama find the magic again in Atlanta or will Georgia play the spoiler role in the rematch?
Championship weekend has arrived in college football and one of the most popular non-Power 5 teams in the country will have a chance to keep their undefeated record intact when the no. 9 UCF Knights host the Memphis Tigers in the AAC Championship Game. The Knights became one of the most popular non-Power 5 teams after last year’s undefeated season and there self-proclaimed National Championship. While many considered it a joke, the Knights have backed up their 2017 season with another flawless season and the nation’s longest winning streak at 24 games. The Knights beat Memphis earlier this year in a 31-30 thriller and while we expect another exciting match-up; the Knights will have to find a way to win without quarterback McKenzie Milton
The Utah Utes take on the Washington Huskies on Friday in the Pac-12 Conference Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium. The 9-3 Utes have shown a lot of resolve this season and won the South division in the Pac-12. They beat the BYU Cougars on Saturday, 35-27. They will have to beat the North division champion Huskies; also 9-3, coming off a huge win over in-state rival Washington State, 28-15, to earn a spot in the conference title game. It hasn’t been an easy path here for either team. Get our handicappers take on who to bet on.
The Northern Illinois Huskies take on the Buffalo Bulls on Friday in Detroit in the MAC Championship Game. The Bulls were the MAC East division champs this season on the strength of a 10-win season and a 7-1 mark in-conference. The Huskies were only 7-5 this season, but their 6-2 MAC record allowed them to prevail in the West division. Check out Loot’s take on the game and get his predicted point spread winner.
Jay Horne breaks down the LSU Tigers at Texas A&M Aggies 11/24/18 match. Read his analysis and get his projected winner agains the point spread.
The greatest rivalry in college football will be renewed this Saturday with the 2018 edition of the Iron Bowl between the Auburn Tigers and top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide when both teams meet inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. Free college football pick inside.
The Georgia Bulldogs host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Week 13. Last season the Dawgs laid a beating on the Yellow Jackets crushing them 38-7 as a 11.5 point road dog. This time around they’re at home and the betting sites have posted a consensus line of Georgia -17. Will we see the same result this time around or will Georgia Tech be able to challenge them with their running game? Read on to get our prognosticator’s opinion.
The Maryland Terrapins (5-6 SU, 6-5 ATS) visit the Penn State Nittany Lions (8-3 SU, 6-5 ATS) in Week 13 NCAA Football action. On the betting front Penn State is a -13.5 point spread favorite with the total line being offered up at 54.5 points. Get CFB handicapper Keith Franks pick on the game and why he thinks their is value on betting this side.
Notre Dame heads west to take on USC for a Saturday night showdown at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The game is played for the Jeweled Shillelagh Trophy, with Notre Dame holding an all-time advantage 47-37-5. The Irish have won four of the last six games in the series, but it has been the Trojans with the upper hand of late when playing at home, as they have put up a 6-2 record in the last eight meetings in California.
It will be interesting to see how the Orange respond in this week’s match against the Boston College Eagles after their beat down last week by the Irish. The Eagles come into this game on a two-game slide and will certainly be motivated to end the season on a winning note. They have the running game to give Syracuse fits but can they extend the margin and cover a 7-point spread? Get Franks’ forecast ATS.
A big state battle on Friday night with Washington battling Wash. St. at Martin Stadium in Pullman, WA for the Apple Cup. Predictem handicapper Wilson is banking on the host continuing their profitable spread record. Read why.
In one of the better games this weekend it’s the South Carolina Gamecocks (+26) at No. 2 Clemson Tigers (-26). Predictem college football prognosticator Jay Horne breaks down the matchup and gives out his forecast on who he thinks gets the cover in this contest.
The battle of Florida takes place on Saturday with the Florida Gators vs. Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee. The betting board list the Gators as a -5.5 road favorite with the total line posted at 52. Can Florida State get their sixth straight win in this series or will Florida get some payback? Our handicapper thinks that the trend may continue – read why.