Marc My Words: Week 12 College Football Picks

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November 15, 2019 - 6:00 pm
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Week Twelve Picks

 

1. Minnesota at Iowa

The Line: Iowa -3

Minnesota has not won at Iowa in 20 years. Twenty. I’m not one of those throwing shade at the Gophers. They’ve truly been golden this season. But back to back weeks against established Big Ten benehmoths? On the road? Take the Hawkeyes in a close one.

The pick: Iowa, 21-17

 

2. Georgia at Auburn

The Line: Georgia -3

The Bulldogs are living a charmed life. Clemson beats North Carolina, and is treated as they lost that game. UGA actually does fall to South Carolina (whom North Carolina also beat), and the playoff committee forgets about that; the worst loss of all true contenders.

There’s something in the water on the plains. Auburn is coming off a bye week. And Derrick Brown is going to have a little sumthin’ sumthin’ for Jake from State Fromm. The home crowd gets it done.

The pick: Auburn, 30-27

 

3. Oklahoma at Baylor

The Line: Oklahoma -10.5

No betting line has been as disrespectful as this one over the entirety of this season. Baylor is unbeaten. Oklahoma is not. In the same conference. Oklahoma needed a two-point conversion stop to hold off Iowa State last week.

Baylor is legit, folks, but Oklahoma is better. Barely.

The pick: Oklahoma, 34-31

 

4. Wake Forest at Clemson

The Line: Clemson -34

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had it about up to here with the national disrespect of what is clearly one of the best teams in the nation. Clemson to the rest of the country: “Don’t hate us because we’re beautiful,”

Las Vegas says the Tigers are 34 points better than the next best team in the All Cupcakes Conference. That would be false.

They’re even better.

The pick: Clemson, 51-10

 

5. South Carolina at Texas A&M

The Line: Texas A&M -11

It’s not that SC doesn’t have the talent to win this game. They do. It’s not that SC can’t win a league game on the road. They have. It’s not that the quarterback play isn’t comparably mediocre. It has been.

For whatever reason, SC isn’t as good as the sum of its parts. Forever to thee? This season, it’s forever melancholy.

Coaching is the difference. Texas A&M is organized. South Carolina is a pig sty.

The pick: Texas A&M, 36-17

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