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The Book - Week 15 - December 6, 2014

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Eagles finish regular season at #41. Georgia Tech favored by 7 in ACC title game!

Ian Silberman ponders the Eagles' season and the Book's selection of GT in the ACC Title Game
Ian Silberman ponders the Eagles' season and the Book's selection of GT in the ACC Title Game
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Florida State simply gets no respect. At least that is what a semi-typical Tallahassee resident would tell you.

We saw it this week with the College Football Playoff committee, and we see it in the vast majority of the computer polls, where the Noles are ranked #1 by only 21 of the 113 listed in the weekly Massey aggregate. 35 of those polls list FSU outside the top 10, while nearly half of those have them ranked in the 20s and believe it or not, several have them in the 30s...with the lowest being #32.

So, when I tell you that The Book lists the Seminoles at #11 this week and has them a full TD and successful PAT (remember those?) underdog in the ACC Championship game this week, perhaps it is not overly surprising. Their opponent, on the other hand, is #6!! Georgia Tech has been on a steady climb and is ranked in the top 10 of 19 of those same polls.

Personally, although everyone is jumping on the Tech wagon, I think FSU finds a way to win once again and moves into the college football playoff.

Other teams that the Book would have in there would then include #1 Oregon, #2 TCU, #3 Michigan State (yikes...how did that happen) and #4 Alabama. It is doubtful that even a big FSU win this week would be enough to vault them into the Book top 4.

BC on the other hand is riding high. The win over Syracuse lifted the Eagles to their highest ranking of the year, both in the ACC (#5) and the country (#41) as they await their bowl selection. The Book was on the right side of the SU game last week, lifting its record of picking BC games to 8-3 on the season.

Unfortunately, we weren't so lucky with the rest of the picks, struggling to a slightly below .500 week at 27-30-2 .475 with 2 the same as Vegas. This leaves us in fairly desperate straits heading into the last week of the regular season and the bowls at 312-325-9 .490 with 37 the same for the year.

With there being a limited slate of games this week, I have posted spreads for all of them as well as next week's Army-Navy game. The Book will return the week of December 15 with Bowl Selections.

Check out the polls and the spreads and of course, enjoy your Championship Saturday.

Go Eagles!

THE NATIONAL RANKINGS 1-20 (ADJUSTED)
RANK TEAM REC MASSEY
1 Oregon Ducks 11-1 2
2 TCU Horned Frogs 10-1 3
3 Michigan State Spartans 10-2 9
4 Alabama Crimson Tide 11-1 1
5 Ole Miss Rebels 9-3 6
6 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 10-2 13
7 Georgia Bulldogs 9-3 10
8 Ohio State Buckeyes 11-1 4
9 Mississippi State Bulldogs 10-2 7
10 Missouri Tigers 10-2 16
11 Florida State Seminoles 12-0 5
12 Wisconsin Badgers 10-2 12
13 Baylor Bears 10-1 8
14 Kansas State Wildcats 9-2 11
15 Arizona Wildcats 10-2 14
16 USC Trojans 8-4 23
17 LSU Tigers 8-4 19
18 Oklahoma Sooners 8-3 18
19 UCLA Bruins 9-3 17
20 Arkansas Razorbacks 6-6 26

Others receiving votes: Auburn, Stanford, Arizona St, Boise St, Marshall

THE ACC RANKINGS (ADJUSTED)
RANK TEAM REC NATIONAL RANK
1 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 10-2 6
2 Florida State Seminoles 12-0 11
3 Clemson Tigers 9-3 26
4 Louisville Cardinals 9-3 29
5 Boston College Eagles 7-5 41
6 Duke Blue Devils 9-3 45
7 Virginia Cavaliers 5-7 47
8 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 6-6 49
9 Pittsburgh Panthers 6-6 53
10 North Carolina State Wolfpack 7-5 55
11 Virginia Tech Hokies 6-6 61
12 North Carolina Tar Heels 6-6 65
13 Syracuse Orange 3-9 92
14 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 3-9 106

THE WEEKLY NATIONAL AND ACC SPREADS
FAVORITE SPREAD UNDERDOG
at East Carolina 4 1/2 UCF
No Illinois 9 Bowling Green
Oregon 12 Arizona
at TCU 38 Iowa St
at Marshall 10 Louisiana Tech
at Cincinnati 9 Houston
at Connecticut 13 SMU
at Oklahoma 24 1/2 Oklahoma St
Alabama 2 Missouri
Temple 6 1/2 at Tulane
at Baylor 4 Kansas St
Georgia Tech 7 Florida St
Wisconsin E Ohio St
at Boise St 21 1/2 Fresno St
Navy 15 Army