NCAA College Football Pick’em: Week 12

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It was another difficult weekend for us as TCU barely squeaked out a win at home and failed to cover, while the Arizona Wildcats and the USC Trojans treated us to a surprisingly low scoring game…well at least it was low scoring by their standards.  Thankfully, the Auburn Tigers were once again able to salvage a single correct pick for us as they dominated their SEC rival Georgia Bulldogs.

As a result, we were left with a disappointing, but not crushing 1-2 week once again. That leaves us at 16-13-1 on the season, as we look to bounce back in week 12. Here is a look at our picks.

Game: (7) Wisconsin @ Michigan
Spread: Wisconsin -4
Pick: Wisconsin
Reason: The Badgers currently find themselves in a three-way tie for first place in the Big 10 (along with Michigan State and Ohio State), and will be hungry for a win in Ann Arbour in order to keep their Rose Bowl hopes alive.  We think they will get that win.  Since losing to Michigan State in their Big 10 opener, Wisconsin has won it’s last five, including big victories at home against Ohio State and on the road in Iowa.  Don’t expect the Wolverines poor defense, which has allowed an average of 32.1 points against per game, to have an answer for the Badgers’ balanced attack in this one.

Game: (9) Ohio State @ (20) Iowa
Spread: Ohio State -3
Pick: Iowa
Reason: When these two teams met last year in Ohio, the Buckeyes needed overtime to beat a Hawkeyes team that was without their starting quarterback Ricky Stanzi.  This time around they will have their number one play-caller, and they will also have home field advantage.  That could be the difference between these two teams with balanced offenses and strong defenses.  Expect a tight contest on Saturday, with the Iowa Hawkeyes coming away with the cover, and the win at home.

Game: (16) Virginia Tech @ (24) Miami
Spread: Virginia Tech -1.5
Pick: Virginia Tech
Reason: After disappointing losses against Boise State and James Madison to kick off the season, the Virgina Tech Hookies have come on strong, winning their last eight games in a row, and remaining undefeated in ACC play.  They will face what should be their toughest test on Saturday as they visit Miami.  However, the Hurricanes will be without starting quarterback Jacory Harris, who is out with a concussion.  Miami will therefore rely on their defense to keep them in this game, but if recent struggles against the run are any indication, don’t expect them to do enough to keep the Hookies from winning this one.

Current Record: 16-13-1 (Last Week: 1-2)

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