Friday, November 17, 2006

week 12

The Chameleon's Picks

west virginia @ pitt over 51(lock)

texas tech -6 over ok state

fsu -16 over western mich

Prowler's Picks

Still in the running, I need to keep pace with JC or go another season without a title (Much like the Less than Mighty Spartans and Nick Saban's Dolphins). The Pac-10 has been good to me this season, let's keep it going.

UCLA @ ASU (over 52)

Fun in the desert.

Beavers -14.5 at Stanford [lock]

No way The Cardinal plays well two weeks in a row. No way OSU plays like crap two weeks in a row.

Notre Shame -29 over The Black Knights of the Hudson

The Doomers need style points

Spartan Brian's Picks

Thank God basketball season has returned to Least Lansing. Thursday night’s gritty win against the Shorthorns gives Spartan Brian hope in a rebuilding year.
Can Tom Izzo coach the football team too?

Da U -3 [Lock]
Where have you gone Vinny Testicle?

Michigan Mafia +7
Does anyone else see a UM-ND rematch in the BCS final?

Auburn Tigers/Plainsmen/War Eagles -3
Tracy Rocker will shut down Major Ogilvie in this one.

The Roche Motel's Picks

Air Force +1.5 over Utah

Virginia Tech -1.5 over Weak Forest

Louisville -16.5 over South Florida (lock)

Renegade's Picks

Miss ST +14.5 over Arkansas LOCK

Kentucky -17 over La Monroe

Alabama + 3 over Auburn

Special K's Picks

LSU -27.5 vs Ole Piss (lock)

USC -5.5 vs Cal

Ohio St -7 vs Meeeechigan


Will somebody (Cal, Notre Dame or UCLA) please beat “Hollywood” Pete and the Toe-jams … PLEASE! Once again, OMAC, in desperation, heaves picks up from the cellar.

Week 12:

BC (-7.0) vs. Terps (Lock):

I would never have guessed that at this point in the season you’d see an 8-2 BC squad meet an 8-2 Terps squad with the Terps ahead of BC in the ACC title race. If the Terps want to continue their dream run they’ll have to stay focused on BC & not look forward to the Wake game. BC, in the past, has been hard to beat in Beantowne; Go Eagles!

Bama (+3.0) vs. Auburn:

Bama couldn’t handle LSU but, I did see a flicker-n-glimmer, here & there, of how potentially explosive their passing game can be. Auburn, on paper, should put a beating on Bama but, their offense needs to show up for this one. Bama, Tuscaloosa, The ghost of the Bear and a need
to regain a little pride … OMAC is whacked but, I’m pulling for the Tide!

Arkansas (-14.5) vs. Miss State

Not much has changed since last week; you can still pass on the Arkansas secondary. If the Bulldog’s front protect Henig, who is getting better with every snap, it could be “shocksville” in Starkville. On the other hand not much has changed since last week; the Hogs seem to be able to run at will and their defense is starting to set-up camp in opponent’s backfields. Go Hogs!

Scotty B's Picks

Who would have thought that, in Week 12, three teams from the Big East would be in Top Ten? Who would have thought that, in Week 10 and Week 11, Big East match-ups would provide thoroughly exciting football—and score HUGE television ratings? Not many in the sports commentariat, I’d wager—and certainly not me. I’ll admit that I’m not entirely sold on the idea that the Big East is now a football power on par with the SEC, the Big 12, and the Pac-10 (I know, “There he goes again.”).

Although this weekend boasts a number of storied rivalries—e.g., the Iron Bowl—I’m exclusively picking Big East games, specifically the three games that have major implications for the BCS and, perhaps, the National Championship. So, my fellow Road Warriors, on this weekend before Thanksgiving, you’re invited to gather around the table for Scotty B’s Big East Feast.

West Virginia (-11) at Pittsburgh
Happily, the Big East Feast serves up one rivalry game: the Backyard Brawl. The Mountaineers may be out of the hunt for Number One, but they still can land in a big bowl. West Virginia’s offense is stunning; racking up 467 yards per game, it is the fourth best in the nation. Pitt’s major weapon in QB Tyler Panko who has passed for 2,223 yards and 22 TDs. Unfortunately, he is about the only weapon in the Panthers’ arsenal. Look for West Virginia’s often-ferocious defense to get to Pitt’s backfield and for its balanced offensive to keep Pitt off balance.

Rutgers (-6.5) at Cincinnati (Lock)
It only took almost 140 years, but Rutgers is again a leader in college football, igniting interest in it in an area long thought the exclusive preserve of the NFL. Cincinnati is tough at home and, on paper, the Bearcats are Rutgers’ better, leading in many statistical categories—except point differential (-6 for the Bearcats, +164 for the Scarlet Knights) and, oh, yes, win-loss. With Rutgers allowing 10.9 points per game and winning on the road as well as at home, the Scarlet Knights continue their climb upward.

South Florida at (-16.5) Louisville
At 7-3, South Florida will be no pushover; however, the Cardinals will be aiming at redemption and a BCS appearance before the hometown crowd. Louisville’s defense plays tough (opponents score an average of 16 points per game) and its offense is a proven commodity. If the Bulls are taken out of the game early, either by strong Louisville defense or an offensive show, then the Cardinals hang on in the BCS—and hang around in the Top Ten.