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College Football Betting Picks, Week 12: Florida State-Miami, Virginia Tech-Duke And Auburn-Georgia

Weekly selections from the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC.

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Last week:

Jeff: 2-3 (28-27 on the year)
Brian: 3-2 (20-30 on the year)
ATL: 0-1 (3-6)

Brian: Road team special this week.

Washington Huskies (+9) at Arizona Wildcats - Arizona comes into this week's game ranked as the #14 team in the nation. The Wildcats have played well at home (4-1), but I just don't see Arizona's defense managing many stops here. This might be a high scoring affair and I like Washington to put enough points on the board to keep this a one-score game throughout.

Utah Utes (+7) at Stanford Cardinal - Stanford had an extra week to prepare to host the Utes, while Utah takes a break from a string of three consecutive games against ranked teams with a trip to the Farm. The Cardinal just hasn't looked great at any point this season. Stanford's defense is one of the best in the nation. That hasn't been the problem. Scoring points is. Like Stanford to win but for Utah to keep it close in a low-scoring affair.

Michigan State Spartans (-12) at Maryland Terrapins - We're getting into that time of year where motivations become a bit more murky. Ohio State only has to finish 7-1 or better to win the East, and with games remaining against Minnesota, Indiana and Michigan, that seems like a pretty sure bet at this point. So Michigan State doesn't have a whole lot to play for other than perhaps finding its way into a New Year's Six bowl. Still, Sparty is a team that has taken care of business against the bottom of the Big Ten and I expect this weekend to be no different against the Diggs-less Terps.

Florida State Seminoles (-2) at Miami Hurricanes - I understand why this line is so low--Florida State has looked vulnerable/beatable, Miami is rolling, Miami had the extra week off to prepare--but I'm still not buying it. I just can't see a true freshman QB ending the Seminoles' win streak, even in the 'Canes are playing in front of a full Sun Life Stadium crowd for the first time all season.

Arizona State Sun Devils (-9) at Oregon State Beavers - Oregon State has now lost four straight conference games and five of its last six. They haven't looked particularly good in those games either. Five teams are still alive for the Pac-12 South title but Arizona State is in the driver's seat. The pass-happy Sun Devils looked great last week against Notre Dame and, even though this game is in Corvallis, I like ASU to roll to keep pace in the Pac-12 South.


Virginia Tech Hokies at Duke Blue Devils (-5.5) - Duke continues to not get hardly any love at all despite only having one loss on the season.

Pittsburgh Panthers (+2.5) at North Carolina Tar Heels - North Carolina does not have much talent or size on defense so Pitt should be able to run the ball and easily control the game.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (+17) at N.C. State Wolfpack - N.C. State does have that big win at Syracuse now but why would they be favored by 17 points against anyone on their schedule this year?

Georgia Southern Eagles at Navy Midshipmen (-3) - Navy has given both Ohio State and Notre Dame all they can handle this season. Hopefully they can get this home win for me.

Auburn Tigers (+2.5) at Georgia Bulldogs - it might not be pretty but Auburn will win this game out right. The SEC West will continue to have the potential of a 2-loss champion.

Year Jeff Brian
2008 42-33 39-36
2009 36-34 40-30
2010 35-35 35-35
2011 37-33 31-39
2012 33-37 37-33
2013 40-35 36-39
08/03/14 1-4 3-2
09/06/14 4-1 2-3
09/13/14 1-4 2-3
09/20/14 2-3 2-3
09/27/14 0-5 2-3
10/04/14 5-0 2-3
10/11/14 4-1 2-3
10/18/14 3-2 1-4
10/25/14 2-3 1-4
11/01/14 4-1 3-2
11/08/14 2-3 3-2
2014 28-27 20-30
All-Time 251-234 241-244