Stanford hosted Oregon State last week, and the game resulted in the crew’s second push of the year. I added a third push when Virginia benefited from one of the worst phantom pass interference calls in recent memory against Miami. Ties are no fun, and with a push, no one wins. So here’s hoping that week 12 will be a bit more definitive. I’ve often wondered why all spreads don’t end in .5…
After the first 11 weeks we’re holding steady around the .500 mark:
Zach Bigalke: 47-47-2 (4-4-1)
John Mitchell: 44-50-2 (4-4-1)
Matt Strobl: 44-49-3 (4–3-2)
Week 12 Picks
Week 12 looks pretty anemic in comparison to recent events. Other than the Stanford-Oregon and USC-UCLA games, there isn’t a whole lot of top-end football to be found. Ohio State at Wisconsin could have been huge, but the Bucks’ bowl ban effectively spoils the magnitude.
Still, there are games worth picking. If nothing else, we’ll get to see Louisiana Tech try to extend its bid to bust the BCS. We’ll see whether or not the Big East is likely to end in a multi-team tie. We’ll see which team will stake its claim to a hotly-contested MAC North. Ok, ok…so this isn’t exactly Alabama-LSU, but there is a lot riding on some of these matchups.
Here’s what the Tailgater crew is predicting in college football this week. Rankings are according to the AP Top 25 poll. All times are eastern. All picks are against the spread as defined by Yahoo! Sports’ final lines.
Saturday, 12:00pm. Bowling Green, OH
Kent State Golden Flashes @ Bowling Green Falcons (-2.5)
USC Trojans @ UCLA Bruins (+3.5)
Oklahoma Sooners @ West Virginia Mountaineers (+11)
Saturday, 8:00pm. Eugene, OR
Stanford Cardinal @ Oregon Ducks (-20.5)