Michigan State vs Pitt Prediction, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Game Preview

Michigan State vs Pitt: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might or might not win.

Michigan State vs Pitt: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch, Thursday, December 30


Michigan State vs Pitt: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl How To Watch

Date: Thursday, December 30
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
How To Watch: ESPN, Live stream on ESPN+
Record: Michigan State (10-2), Pitt (11-2)
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Michigan State vs Pitt Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Preview

This is what an expanded College Football Playoff matchup would be. Take one of the best teams from the Big Ten against the ACC champion and let it roll. Instead it’s a fun matchup between two programs that rose up in surprising seasons and now want to use this has a launching pad.

– Michigan State was awful in Mel Tucker’s first year. It was 2020 so all could be forgiven in a 2-5 year – especially with a win over Michigan – but this wasn’t exactly a team on everyone’s radar going into 2021. With the running of Kenneth Walker, a defense that was more timely than sensational, and an attitude that fed off of momentum, the Spartans went 10-2 as one of the season’s biggest surprises.

– Western Michigan 44, Pitt 41. It’s not fair or fun to look at the one big negative instead of the overwhelming positives, but had that wild shootout gone the other way the Panthers are probably playing Alabama in the College Football Playoff.

– Whatever … Pitt won the ACC Championship, and that’s amazing no matter what. The Panthers were able to survive a slew of shootouts with a high-powered attack guided by Heisman-caliber QB Kenny Pickett in an amazing year, they beat Wake Forest for the conference championship, and they were the first team since 2014 Georgia Tech to beat Clemson by double-digits in the regular season. However …

– Kenny Pickett and Kenneth Walker have opted out of the game. There are still several good players on both sides of the ball, but the missing parts are going to be glaring.

Along with Pickett, offensive coordinator Mark Whipple left for Nebraska, and Pitt WR Taysir Mack opted out – he was third on the team in receiving – so this is a showcase for all the parts still around before USC transfer Kedon Slovis likely takes over the offense.

For Michigan State, the future is bright helped by the transfer portal – former Wisconsin top running back recruit Jalen Berger is on the way – but Walker really was the signature star everyone wanted to see. On the plus side, star receiver Jalen Nailor is a full go.

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Bryce Young Wins 2021 Heisman Trophy: He Checked All The Boxes

Bryce Young won the 2021 Heisman Trophy. He checked all the boxes with a Heisman-caliber season in every way.

Bryce Young won the 2021 Heisman Trophy. The Alabama quarterback rose above the field by checking all the boxes.


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Bryce Young Wins The Heisman Trophy

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There wasn’t another option.

Others might have received first place votes, but there really isn’t an argument for anyone other than Bryce Young to be the 2021 Heisman Trophy winner.

There wasn’t a box left unchecked as he had a Heisman-caliber season in every way. In a college football season without any obvious options until the very end, he took over when he had to.


2021 Heisman Trophy Voting
1. QB Bryce Young, Alabama, 684 1st, 2311 points
2. DE Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan, 78 1st, 954 points
3. QB Kenny Pickett, Pitt, 28 1st, 631 points
4. QB CJ Stroud, Ohio State, 12 1st, 399 points
5. DE Will Anderson, Alabama 31 1st, 325 points


Was he the star player for the national championship-level team? Check.

Was he a quarterback or running back – after things went a wee bit off script last year with DeVonta Smith? Check.

Did he have a signature Heisman moment? Down 10-3 with just over 90 seconds to play, Young had 1st-and-97 against Auburn, took the team down the field, got through a few overtimes, saved the season. Check.

Did he show up large in the biggest and most important game of the season when everyone was paying attention? 26-of-44 for 421 yards and three touchdowns and, no picks, and a rushing touchdown against the biggest, baddest defense in the land. SEC Championship: Alabama 41, Georgia 24. Check.

Did he have the stats? WKU’s Bailey Zappe threw more touchdown passes (56), but Young had the most touchdown throws among all Power Five quarterbacks (43) with just four picks. And he did it against an SEC schedule. Check.

He threw multiple touchdown passes in every game and four or more in five games. Check.

Was he that bad in the down moment – he threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns with a pick in the loss to Texas A&M. Check.

Was he the MVP? Alabama is the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff partly because its quarterback got the job done in the big moments. Check.

Was he the MOP? He was outstanding in those moments, threw for 4,322 yards, and again, he was the standout player in the biggest moments that mattered to get to this point. Check.

But don’t take it all for granted.

Yeah, he’s the quarterback at Alabama. Yeah, it’s not like he was getting the job done without NFL talent around him.

Yeah, he’s the first Alabama quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy.

Now 2021 Heisman winner has two more boxes to check, starting with Cincinnati on New Year’s Eve.

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5 Best College Football Predictions Against The Spread: Championship Week

5 best predictions against the spread for college football’s Conference Championship Week. Which games appear to be the best bets against the spread?

5 best predictions for college football’s biggest regular season weekend – it’s Championship Week. What games appear to be the best bets and the best picks?


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Championship Week Predictions, Game Previews 
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Results So Far ATS: 82-60-2

It’s all about the bowl games coming up next – those require an entirely different skillset – but first, we close out with college football’s Championship Week.

There are just 11 games – normally there are 70+ games to pick and choose from – but you don’t care. You just want the magic to happen.

So let’s do this. Be bold. Be brave. Be …

Eh, whatever. I promised five picks, here’s seven, but with a twist.

Thanks so much for being a part of this fun and amazing college football season.

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5. Kent State vs Northern Illinois & Pitt vs Wake Forest point totals

LINE Kent State vs Northern Illinois 74.5, Pitt vs Wake Forest 71.5
Point Total Picks Over

I’m combining these two games together for one simple reason – it goes against everything I believe in.

If you’ve been with this piece all year, hopefully you did alright with the belief system of ALWAYS taking the under on a mid-70s point total, and go crazy if it’s in the high-70s or – if we’ve been good people who deserve something nice – in the 80s.

Too many things have to happen to get to over on a 70+. Bad weather, turnovers, a parachute not opening, it could be anything to keep two offenses from trading haymakers.

That’s why I’ll throw in a polite suggestion of under on the 73 in the Conference USA Championship between UTSA and WKU. Yeah, yeah, yeah they combined for 98 in the first meeting, but that Roadrunner defense will show up just enough to keep Bailey Zappe and friends from going off.

I won’t lie, the MAC Championship scares me because MAC Championships are weird.

They almost NEVER go according to any form or reason, one side always wets the bed and turns it over a gajillion times, and … this should be wild.

Kent State just doesn’t do defense against decent offenses. Forget that these two combined for 99 points in the first meeting, it’s indoors, the Golden Flash offense is going to be even quicker, and one of the two sides should take care of at least 50 of this by itself.

And the ACC Championship? Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but Wake Forest’s Sam Hartman and Pitt’s Kenny Pickett are about to put on a show.

Both defenses are coming off of oddly dominant performances, and Pitt hasn’t allowed more than 30 points in seven of its last nine games, but …

There’s no pressure. There’s no playoff spot on the line. These two are about to let it rip.

I’m doing the combined-pick thing again next, and then come the big calls …

CFN Championship Week Experts Picks: College

NEXT: College Football Pick Against The Spread No. 4 Georgia vs Alabama, Utah vs Oregon money lines

ACC Championship: Pitt vs Wake Forest Prediction, Game Preview

ACC Championship: Pitt vs Wake Forest prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Saturday.

ACC Championship: Pitt vs Wake Forest prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, December 4


ACC Championship: Pitt vs Wake Forest How To Watch

Date: Saturday, December 4
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
How To Watch: ABC
Record: Pitt (10-2), Wake Forest (10-2)
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ACC Championship: Pitt vs Wake Forest Game Preview


Why Pitt Will Win

The pass rush.

It gets overlooked with QB Kenny Pickett and the high-flying offensive fun show taking up most of the spotlight – and rightly so – but Pitt has just enough of a defense to be a problem for the Wake Forest attack.

In this – what’s sure to be a wild and crazy offensive show – merely holding serve might be enough.

The Panthers have gone back-and-forth with Oklahoma State throughout the late part of the season for the nation’s top spot in sacks, and they’re phenomenal at generating tackles for loss. Again, just coming up with one big sack might just be enough.

And then there’s the other big part of the Pitt puzzle – control.

Pickett and company might throw the ball a ton and put up a bazillion yards of total offense – fourth in the nation averaging 512 per game – but this is also an attack that owns the clock and is more measured than warp-speed.

Pitt leads the ACC in time of possession, and Wake Forest really, really doesn’t. The Panthers will have the ball for around ten minutes more, but …

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Why Wake Forest Will Win

You don’t need to control the clock and the tempo when you’re scoring 43 points per game with blinding speed.

The idea is to keep defenses on their heels and make them live in a constant backpedal.

Spread everyone out, let QB Sam Hartman – who only seems like he’s been there long enough to have been Tim Duncan’s recruiting chaperone – make the right read, and the brilliant Demon Deacon receivers will take it from there.

No, Wake Forest might not own the clock, but it controls games in a different way. There aren’t enough penalties to matter and there aren’t any turnovers – the team leads the ACC in turnover margin.

And yeah, no one’s going to confuse the Wake Forest defense for Georgia’s, but this group does get into the backfield to generate pressure and it’s phenomenal at taking the ball away.

The offense makes the other side press and take chances to keep up. That’s when the interceptions happen. However …

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What’s Going To Happen

Look, we all know you’re going to be watching the Big Ten Championship that’s going on at the same time. It’s Michigan, it’s for the College Football Playoff – it’s okay.

This game will be better.

The MAC Championship between Kent State and Northern Illinois will push this for the day’s most entertaining offensive fun-show, but it’ll be a back-and-forth fight full of big pass plays and lots of momentum swings.

Demand close to 800 passing yards between these two terrific quarterbacks, no safe leads, and expect the Pitt defense to close this out late with a few big plays in the backfield.

College Football Schedule: Championship Week Predictions, Lines

ACC Championship: Pitt vs Wake Forest Prediction, Lines

Pitt 44, Wake Forest 38
Line: Wake Forest -3, o/u: 71.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5

Must See Rating: 5

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5 Best College Football Predictions Against The Spread: Week 13. Saturday Big Games

What are the 5 best college football predictions for the big Saturday games? It’s Rivalry Week, and here are some of the biggest calls on the biggest games of the season.

5 best predictions for Saturday. What college football games appear to be the best bets and the best picks among all the big rivalry week showdowns?


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Results So Far ATS: 81-57-1

No kidding around here.

These are the big games we’ve all been waiting for. This is the weekend that sets us up for Championship Week, and it’s when the biggest of the big rivalry games kick in.

No, I’m not touching the SEC showdowns – there’s too much happening with all of them. I will admit to liking Georgia Tech +35 over Georgia, but that’s too dangerous.

I will also admit to digging Auburn getting 20.5 at home against an Alabama team that has a bad habit of taking long naps, but again, that’s too volatile.

As I warned with the 5 Best Predictions piece for Friday, this is the toughest weekend of the year because it’s impossible to factor in the role desperation plays, especially when teams have no (bleeps) to give.

How long will coaches keep in their star players when the championship game next week means everything? How will players play and coaches coach when they know that this could be the last game of the season?

Flaky things happen on the last normal weekend of the regular season – like USF vs UCF yesterday, and don’t start on Nebraska and Iowa – so the idea here is to go mostly go with big games were both teams have something equally massive to lose

But I start and finish with two games that are all about the favorites and their attitudes, starting the 5 Best College Football Predictions for Rivalry Week Saturday with …

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5. Pitt at Syracuse

LINE Pitt -13
ATS PICK Syracuse

The doesn’t-matter theory worked on Friday taking Colorado -23.5 against Utah.

Ute head coach Kyle Whittingham inexplicably kept too many star players in for too long, but however it worked, it worked.

Utah didn’t need the win. It was already off to the Pac-12 Championship, the game had no playoff or bowl implications, and if anything, the last thing the team needed was to get banged up in any way.

Also, it wasn’t going to bring the high-end intensity and wasn’t going to open up the playbook considering the game that matters is a few days away.

It’s the exact same deal with Pitt and Syracuse, only better for the underdog. Utah was playing at home on Senior Day. Pitt is on the road.

The Panthers don’t need to do anything with this game. They’re off to the ACC Championship, and playing all of their backups and losing by 50 wouldn’t change a thing.

Of course, that’s not how football coaches think – they’re all about momentum, and players play, and blah blah blah. However, there will come a point when the Pitt coaching staff realizes it really doesn’t want QB Kenny Pickett getting blasted.

Even if everything was normal, Syracuse – even though the production has fallen off the map over the last few weeks – would be a good play, Throw in that it’s 5-6 and needs to win this to go bowling, and Pitt doesn’t need this at all, and it’s Senior Day, and the Orange running game is still good, and …

This isn’t a bad straight up play, much less with the 13.

CFN Week 13 Experts Picks: College

NEXT: College Football Pick Against The Spread No. 4 Wisconsin at Minnesota

5 Best College Football Predictions Against The Spread: Week 13. Friday Big Games

What are the 5 best college football predictions for the big Friday of games? These appear to be the most interesting.

What college football games appear to be the best bets and the best picks going into Week 13? To keep the football weekend going, here are the 5 best predictions for Friday.


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Results So Far ATS: 78-55-1

It might be the most underappreciated great sports day on the calendar – the Friday after Thanksgiving.

It’s not the big Saturday full of the biggest rivalry games, but it’s always a deep and interesting slate.

Warning, I’m in a punch-drunk state after consuming more calories in one day than I have over the entire season. The annual College Football 15 weight gain just kicked in over the last 45 minutes. If these picks are wrong, it’s because my too-fat fingers hit the wrong keys.

I’m also going to warn you that I’m not head over heels in love with these picks. I’m in deep like, but I’m not quite sure where this relationship is going, and there’s a reason.

Friday-after-Thanksgiving games are extremely weird and don’t often hold to form. I’ll get into that as we go.

I’ll do the regular 10 Best Predictions Against The Spread piece for all of the giant Saturday showdowns – that will come later on Friday. But for the giant Friday slate, here are the 5 Best Predictions for today.

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5. Colorado at Utah

LINE Utah -23.5
ATS PICK Colorado

When I say Friday-after-Thanksgiving games are weird, I primarily mean something like this.

Utah doesn’t need this- it already has the Pac-12 South won and is off to the conference title game next week. It would actually be a good thing if it just sat its starters to rest up for whatever comes from the Pac-12 North on Saturday, and it’s not going to show off anything quirky that anyone can use.

Oh, I think Utah will win – it’s Senior Day, and of course a Kyle Whittingham team will always try – but the one thing this team can’t do is get banged up or bruised with the Pac-12 Championship and Rose Bowl appearance there for the taking.

Meanwhile, Colorado is still battling.

It beat Washington last week, it wasn’t bad at UCLA until the game got a bit out of control, and the win over Oregon State was a game-changer for the conference.

If Utah needed this game in any way it would ramp up the intensity and take this by the 23.5, but that’s not the case.

Call this a guess that the Utes will be more business-like and win this comfortably – like the 38-29 win over Arizona two weeks ago, with a letdown coming late – and won’t have half of the intensity it showed against Oregon six days ago.

By the way, call this a test-case theory for Pitt at Syracuse on Saturday. Pitt doesn’t need the win with the ACC Championship coming up, Syracuse at home has to win to go bowling,

CFN Week 13 Experts Picks: College

NEXT: College Football Pick Against The Spread No. 4 Cincinnati at East Carolina

ACC Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, How To Watch: Week 13

ACC Week 13 college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings:

ACC college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings for Week 13 of the season.


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ACC Results So Far
SU: 67-33, ATS: 57-42-1, Point Total: 53-45-1

ACC College Football Schedule, Predictions: Week 13

Friday, November 26

North Carolina at NC State

7:00, ESPN
Line: NC State -6, o/u: 62.5

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Saturday, November 27

Clemson at South Carolina

7:30, SEC Network
Line: Clemson -11.5, o/u: 42.5

Florida State at Florida

12:00, ESPN
Line: Florida -2.5, o/u: 59

Georgia at Georgia Tech

12:00, ABC
Line: Georgia -35, o/u: 54.5

Wake Forest at Boston College

12:00, ESPN2
Line: Wake Forest -5, o/u: 64.5

Miami at Duke

12:30, ESPN3
Line: Miami -21.5, o/u: 68

Virginia Tech at Virginia

3:45, ACC Network
Line: Virginia -7, o/u: 63.5

Kentucky at Louisville

7:30, ESPN2
Line: Louisville -3, o/u: 57

Pitt at Syracuse

7:30, ACC Network
Line: Pitt -13, o/u: 57.5

College Football Schedule: Week 13 Predictions, Lines

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Pittsburgh vs. Syracuse Prediction, Game Preview

Pitt vs Syracuse prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win this Saturday.

Pitt vs Syracuse prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, November 27


Pitt vs Syracuse How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 27
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
How To Watch: ACC Network
Record: Pitt (9-2), Syracuse (5-6)
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Pitt vs Syracuse Game Preview


Why Pitt Will Win

The Syracuse running game has hit a bit of a wall.

There’s no passing game whatsoever with Garrett Shrader at quarterback, but star RB Sean Tucker keeps on rumbling – it’s not enough. The Orange have amassed just 420 yards of total offense over the last two games – road losses to Louisville and NC State – and the defense isn’t picking up the slack.

The Cardinals scored 41, the Wolfpack scored 41, and now the Orange D has to deal with the second-best offense in college football behind Ohio State. But that’s not the real issue.

The Panther defense continues to be amazing at getting into the backfield, the run D is allowing fewer than 100 yards per game, and the entire formula should equal a blowout win over a tam that’s flailing at the exact worst time.

However …

College Football Expert Picks, CFN Week 13

Why Syracuse Will Win

Pitt doesn’t need this game at all.

It already has the Coastal Division wrapped up and is off to the ACC Championship next week, and the last thing it wants to do is tax itself or put any key parts at risk.

The team will go through the motion and will want to win to keep the winning momentum going, but again, there’s no point in doing anything but use this game as a chance for the reserves to get in some good work.

Even with the starters in, it’s not like the offense is going to show anything funky or risk getting star QB Kenny Pickett popped or banged up in any way.

On the flip side, Syracuse needs this to go bowling.

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What’s Going To Happen

A bad 2019 Syracuse team ended the season with a thrilling win over Wake Forest. The 2018 team close out string with a regular season finale win over Boston College.

The defense might have crashed, and the offense has lost its mojo, but back at home in the dome and with the season on the line – and again, with nothing for Pitt to play for other than pride – the Orange will push ahead and pull this off.

If Pitt needed this in any way it would be a blowout for the best team in the ACC. In this, the Panthers will – and should – be more interested in how the Atlantic Division race played out to know what to prepare for.

College Football Schedule: Week 13 Predictions, Lines

Pitt vs Syracuse Prediction, Lines

Syracuse 30, Pitt 27
Line: Pitt -13, o/u: 57.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1

Must See Rating: 3

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10 Best College Football Predictions Against The Spread: Week 12. Big Week, Big Games, Big Picks

There’s no messing around with the 10 best college football predictions against the spread. These are the biggest games in the biggest week so far.

What college football games appear to be the best bets and the best picks going into Week 12? The 10 best predictions against the spread are the biggest games in the biggest week so far. 


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Results So Far ATS: 69-53-1

No goofing around

No gimmicks – the Kansas train finally came to a crashing halt, and in spectacular fashion. However, that was an overall plus to save my bacon after an offseason lobbying effort to get everyone to go over on the KU season win total of 1 or 1.5.

No obscure Group of Five on Group of Five action – because, to be honest, I couldn’t find anything.

No, it’s time to gear up and get in shape for what’s coming with the monster Thanksgiving Week around the corner – I’ll do this Wednesday before the Thursday and Friday games and then another version Friday night – leading into the conference championships leading into the bowl games.

But first, a bonus pick because I can’t resist, and because I’m not messing with a streak after falling into last week’s calls of Utah State outright over San Jose State (48-17 Aggies) and Nevada covering the 3 against San Diego State (SDSU 23-21).

It’s arguably the biggest game of the weekend, and I’m not going with it because I’m compromised.

For nine months I picked Utah to beat Oregon outright, and now 1) I hate Utah giving away points, 2) the pick fits my narrative, and that’s not a good thing – forgive the nauseating pretentiousness; I just chugged a latte at 2 am – and 3) I was yelled at by Oregon people that it’s not going to be as obvious as Oregon loses to Utah, Oregon beats Oregon State, Oregon beats Utah for Pac-12 Championship and goes on to beat random-good Big Ten team in the Rose Bowl.

Whatever. Of course that’s what’s going to happen. Utah -3. (BTW, biggest badass game preview photo ever for that.)

10 biggest college football games, 10 biggest college football picks. Here we go, starting with …

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10. Virginia at Pitt

LINE Pitt -14.5
ATS PICK Virginia

Forgive me for doing this for a second week in a row.

Last week I loved the over in Virginia-Notre Dame, but that was based on Cavalier QB Brennan Armstrong playing. As it turned out, he couldn’t go with his injured rib and the team was a disaster in the 28-3 Irish win that didn’t come within ten miles of the total.

I might change this on the fly if news comes out about Armstrong one way or another, but at the moment the line is based on him not playing.

If he plays – and I’m guessing he tries everything to get out there with the Coastal Division still up for grabs – the line might plummet fast and the 14.5 should be a gift. However, that doesn’t quite jibe with the point total of 66.5.

If he’s not playing, UNDER if you can still get the 66.5. If he is playing, stay away from the total.

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9. SMU at Cincinnati

LINE Cincinnati -11
ATS PICK Cincinnati

I know this goes completely against my unwavering belief that Cincinnati not obliterating everyone with this schedule of meh is a disqualifier for the College Football Playoff, but I don’t believe in SMU at all.

No, Cincinnati hasn’t been as good as it should’ve been against awful teams, but yeah, Navy is quirky, and yeah, Tulsa is tough – and loses after bringing a decent fight – and the team did pull away from Tulane and USF.

SMU has been good enough over the last few years to get to the big stage, and then lose. Last year it was the 42-13 loss to Cincinnati. In 2019 it was the 54-48 loss to Memphis, and in 2018 – granted, that team was just okay – it was a 48-20 loss to UCF.

Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder is playing better lately than he’s getting credit for, the lack of a consistent running game shouldn’t matter in this, and …

If this 2021 Bearcat ride ends, I think it happens either at East Carolina next week or against Houston in the AAC Championship.

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8. Oklahoma State at Texas Tech

LINE Oklahoma State -10.5
ATS PICK Oklahoma State

Interim head man Sonny Cumbie is coaching up this Texas Tech team through a tough situation. It fought well in a loss to Kansas State, got picked apart by Oklahoma, and then pulled off a Big 12 game-changer with a win over Iowa State. However …

Oklahoma State is fabulous.

This defense is incredible – it has yet to allow more than 24 points and gave up just 23 total in the last three games – the offense is finding its stride, and for all of his Mike Gundyness, Mike Gundy is really, really good at this and has his team peaking at the right time.

Texas Tech freshman QB Donovan Smith looks like a superstar to build around after ripping up Iowa State. However, Iowa State doesn’t get into the backfield like Oklahoma State does.

Donovan, meet the No. 1 pass rush and No. 3 defense in college football.

NEXT: College Football Pick Against The Spread No. 7: Nebraska at Wisconsin

ACC Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, How To Watch: Week 12

ACC Week 11 college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings: Louisville at Duke, Wake Forest at Clemson, Wofford at North Carolina, Georgia Tech at Notre Dame, Virginia at Pitt, Syracuse at NC State, Virginia Tech at Miami

ACC college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings for Week 12 of the season.


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SU: 60-32, ATS: 54-37-1, Point Total: 46-44-1

College Football Expert Picks, CFN Week 12

Friday, November 19

Louisville at Duke

Prediction: Louisville 40, Duke 21
Line: Louisville -20, o/u: 60.5
Final Score: COMING

NFL Expert Picks, CFN Week 11

Saturday, November 20

Florida State at Boston College

12:00, ACC Network
Line: Boston College -1.5, o/u: 55

Wake Forest at Clemson

12:00, ESPN
Line: Clemson -4, o/u: 56.5

Wofford at North Carolina

12:00, EPSN3
Line: COMING, o/u: COMING

Georgia Tech at Notre Dame

2:30, NBC
Line: Notre Dame -17, o/u: 59

Virginia at Pitt

3:30, ESPN2
Line: Pitt -14.5, o/u: 66

Syracuse at NC State

4:00, ACC Network
Line: NC State -11.5, o/u: 50.5

Virginia Tech at Miami

7:30, ACC Network
Line: Miami -8, o/u: 56

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