Championship Week College Football Picks

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MAC: Ohio vs. #17 Western Michigan (-19) (Detroit, MI)

The Fightin’ Soliches are never to be counted out, but c’mon, you think the boat is gonna stop rowing now? Western Michigan 44, Ohio 20

PAC-12: #8 Colorado vs. #4 Washington (-7.5) (Santa Clara, CA)

Jake Browning didn’t do so hot against the other good defense he faced, and Myles Gaskin has delivered some inconsistent performances . . . but Colorado will need a heroic effort from its defense. If the Buffs can force turnovers, and Sefo Liufau can grind out first downs, I can see it. But Chris Petersen is used to this stage, and will have his team ready. Washington 31, Colorado 24

AMERICAN: Temple at #19 Navy (-3)

One of the nation’s best offenses (Navy, which punted twice in the month of November) faces one of the nation’s best defenses (Temple, which allowed ten points in the month of November). As usual, my love affair with service academy ball and the tendency of triple option offenses to slant the field in their favor makes me lean Mids. Navy 34, Temple 27

C-USA: Louisiana Tech at Western Kentucky (-9.5)

The Hilltoppers: sneakily one of FBS’ most consistent programs, even with tons of turnover at the head coach and quarterback positions. Both teams have strong offenses. Only one has a strong defense. Western Kentucky 41, Louisiana Tech 27

B12, BASICALLY: #10 Oklahoma State at #9 Oklahoma (-11.5)

What happens when an unstoppable force meets a completely movable object? The Big 12 happens! Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph is criminally underrated, but Oklahoma has too many weapons to count. Oklahoma 45, Oklahoma State 31

(Can’t wait until next season when these two teams will get to play again in a week just so the Big 12 can have a championship game!)

SEC: #1 Alabama (-24) vs. #15 Florida (Atlanta, GA)

You are at liberty not to watch this game. Alabama 31, Florida 6

MWC: San Diego State (-6.5) at Wyoming

Craig “Ring For Each Finger At NDSU” Bohl’s Wyoming team got the better of the Aztecs in week twelve, but the Cowboys’ rush defense struggles come back to bite them for this rematch. San Diego State 35, Wyoming 25

ACC: #3 Clemson (-10) vs. #23 Virginia Tech (Orlando, FL)

While I wouldn’t put it past Justin Fuente to cook something up, Clemson has Deshaun Watson, who slants the field considerably in Clemson’s favor. And that defense won’t crack easily. Clemson 35, Virginia Tech 23

BIG TEN: Wisconsin (-2.5) vs. Penn State (Indianapolis, IN)

Man, these two teams are close. Trace McSorley has been an explosive passer, especially on third downs, and especially later on in games. I think the Badgers work their way down the field a few times to grab an early lead before the Nittany Lions come from behind late to steal a trophy. Penn State 27, Wisconsin 24

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