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2012 college football picks & predictions week 14

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sadly, the final week of the regular college football season is here. the only thing left are the bowl games but, more on them next week. although i may as well just re-run one of my old bowl game rundowns. or maybe not. at any rate, i hope i do better this week as last weeks picks were a hurricane of a train wreck. 4 for 10 making my over all now a pretty crappy, 64 for 130. unless i pick things up this week the 2012 season will officially be my worst ever. ouch. yes, well, exactly what i’ve been telling you for years now. using anything you read here and taking it to some legal or illegal betting spot would be totally stupid. leave your money where it belongs, in your wallet, and nobody gets hurt. i suppose there’s no point in belaboring this any longer. other than the fact our time in vegas was outstanding and lane kiffin needs to go. away. soon. hint. hint.

the point spreads used here are what i determine my wins and losses for the week. the points may change before game time. i don’t care. what is here is what i use. simple as that.

rock ‘n’ roll.

11/29 louisville @ rutgers. rutgers favored by 2.5 points. i guess whoever wins this game gets the big east nod at the best available turkey bowl spot the BCS bowl boys can conjure up for them. with the ruckus caused by rutgers bailing on the league in favor of the big ten there’s going to be a ripple effect that may effect the very existence of the big east. wait and see. all that being said, watching this one may be a nice way to spend a thursday evening in late november. fire place. hot toddy. decent teams with good records against other also rans. pretty much a toss up. take rutgers with the home field and crowd.

11/30 PAC 12 championship. ucla @ stanford. stanford favored by 9.5 points. yeah, one of those rematch thingys that no sane person wants to see. let’s face it, the bruins didn’t play well last week at home. this week they travel up to the trees home court to do it all over again and probably in the rain as well for a shot at the rose bowl or something. anticlimactic for my money especially when the game is only a week apart from their last meeting. that’s the brave new world of college football. with the reality of big time TV money i don’t see how these set ups can be avoided if most teams in the league are playing well and end up beating on each other. at least we won’t have an SEC only big dance game this year but, i digress. if coach mora can get a handle on the foolish and stupid penalty thing the bruins may have a shot at winning. i’m taking ucla to, at the least, get inside the spread. yes, homer stupidity.

11/30 MAC championship. kent st @ northern illinois. n. illinois favored by 5 points. for someone of my generation it seems odd to be writing about kent st and football. then there’s the fact i hardly watch or care about the MAC. yes, tis true. sue me. though with the rematch factor of the PAC 12 game this big MAC attack, sorry, may garner higher TV ratings as they are both on at the same time. the only thing i know about the two schools is the fact the national guard screwed up long ago at kent st. take n. illinois to win and cover the spread.

12/1 texas @ kansas st. no lines. both teams are coming off disappointing losses and both teams need the win here for a shot at a decent bowling berth. take kansas st to win at home.

12/1 oklahoma st @ baylor. oklahoma st favored by 4.5 points. the cowboys don’t play well on the road. though they did manage to cover the spread last week in losing to the sooners. baylor has been up and down in streaks all season. their latest winning streak was against two very good teams. take baylor to somehow win or cover the points.

12/1 oklahoma @ tcu. oklahoma favored by 6.5 points. a statement game for the sooners. take oklahoma to win and cover the points.

12/1 boise st @ nevada. boise st favored by 8.5 points. hopefully, i have this game on the correct day this time around. the easy thing being i can just copy and paste what i wrote last week. this game was supposed to be boise’s big game of the year. they were also supposed to be undefeated at this point. the best of plans often go awry. nevada was also supposed to be much better than they’ve turned out to be. they’re doing ok and even going bowling. or have a shot at it anyway. nevada might surprise but they haven’t done well against better teams. take boise st to win.

12/1 SEC championship. alabama @ georgia. alabama favored by 7.5 points. both teams with identical records. say what you want but as far as their schedules went this year i think georgia played a slightly tougher one. this could be a close game. however, take alabama to win and cover the spread.

12/1 ACC championship. florida st @ georgia tech. florida st favored by 13.5 points. both schools lost last week. this week is for florida st to get it together in order to beat a semi decent team and take the ACC title. take florida st to win and cover the spread.

12/1 BIG 10 championship. nebraska @ wisconsin. no lines. both teams lost to ohio st. the trouble being ohio st isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. the cornhuskers are on a six game winning streak though they play much better at home than on the road. wisconsin’s home field advantage gets muddied by their mediocre record and recent losses. take nebraska to win.

there it is, the last week of the college football season. we’ll have to sit and wait for months until the season rolls around once again. as always, seared red meat and red wine pair well with college football saturdays. enjoy your week and the final regular season games of the year. no, you can’t count next weeks army navy game. be safe. be semi sane.

jmh

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  1. Yaaaaawwwwnnn. Another college football season in the can, followed by a myriad of who cares or what was the name of that bowl games set up by folks only interested in how many people they can draw to a stadium and how much money they can make doing so while schools scramble to be included in the money grab. And after all the deals are done and the games played, there is still no clear cut winner in the BCS championship claims. Well, with any real luck, college football win someday return to some assemblance of the “glory days” they once enjoyed. Then again, some fool kid will screw it all up for the top team by taking money or cars or some such, or doing illegal drugs or ‘roids and the powers that be will remove the title and place them on probation for umpteen years destroying their system and boring the rest of us to death with all the details.

    You had a tough year, pal, but it isn’t entirely your fault. How can anyone stand a chance of picking winners when the teams themselves are such losers? After all, it isn’t about the game to them anymore, it’s about the money and the exposure.

    Now, get back to writing some decent stories and forget football for another year. Oh, and tell the brown-eyed girl I said HEY!

    Cherokee Parks

    November 28, 2012 at 5:37 am

  2. yah ta hey, compadre. haha. yeah, what a year. you, my friend, are spot on with your comments. i’ll have my bowl picks next week then i’m done with college football for the year. maybe. lol. with any luck i’ll get back to some stories the first of the new year. i’ll pass your greeting along to the girl. who by the way, is still doing well. we’re thankful for every day she is.

    john hauge

    November 28, 2012 at 6:25 am


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