NCAA Football Weekly Locks: Week 14

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Auburn couldn’t manage to keep things close against an over-powering Alabama team in the 2011 edition of the Iron Bowl, but we still managed to come away winners last weekend, thanks to some easy victories from Stanford and South Carolina. With only one week remaining, we will look to put the finishing touches on what has been a very successful 2011 season.

Here is a look at our picks for conference championship weekend.

Game: #1 LSU @ #14 Georgia
Pick: LSU -13.5
Reason: LSU is pegged as the home team in the SEC Championship Game, but with it taking place at the Georgia Dome, we don’t expect the crowd to reflect that. However, we won’t let that worry us. LSU has been fantastic all season, winning each of their 12 games and covering the spread in nine of them. Georgia has won its last 10 games, but none of them have come against any team in the top 20. As for LSU, they have played three teams ranked in the top 5 this season and they have beaten them all, with two of those victories coming by double-digit margins. Look for LSU to dominate, as they come away with the win and the cover.

Game: ##24 Southern Miss @ #6 Houston
Pick: Houston -13.5
Reason: When it comes to covering the spread, the Houston Cougars have been one of the most reliable teams in college football. Houston has covered the spread in ten of their 12 games this season, including each of their last five contests. As for Southern Miss, they have failed to cover the spread in each of their last three games. With a win, Houston will clinch a BCS Bowl berth. They will not want to let that opportunity slip away. Look for them to win big at home on Saturday.

Game: #5 Virginia Tech @ #20 Clemson
Pick: Virginia Tech -7
Reason: The Hokies enter the ACC Championship Game on a roll, as they have won their last seven games in a row. Their last loss came against the same Clemson Tiger team that they will take on Saturday. That loss turned out to be the Hokies only loss of the season. As for Clemson, they have struggled mightily down the stretch, losing three of their last four games and failing to cover the spread in all four of those games. The Hokies are playing much better football right now and they will be looking to avenge their loss to the Tigers from earlier this season. Look for them to get the win by more than a touchdown.

Last Week’s Record: (2-1), 2011 Record: (21-15)