UCLA vs. ASU picks, predictions for Pac-12 college football game

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The UCLA Bruins (2-2) and ASU Sun Devils (0-1) are scheduled to face off on Saturday in a Pac-12 Conference game in Tempe.

Which team will win the game?

Check out these picks and predictions for the contest, which is scheduled to kick off at 8:30 p.m. and can be seen on FS1.

ASU is a 3-point favorite in the game.

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ESPN: ASU favored to win over UCLA

The site’s Football Performance Index gives Arizona State a 52.6% chance to win the game. UCLA has a 47.4% chance to get the victory.

Andrew Jett writes: “UCLA is 5-1-2 ATS in the last eight after an ATS win and 3-1-2 ATS in the last six after a straight-up win. The Bruins are 1-4 ATS in their last five in December and 2-5 ATS versus a team with a losing record. Meanwhile, the Devils are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 after a straight-up loss and 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight home games. Arizona State is 1-5 ATS in their last six after an ATS win and 1-5 ATS in the last six in December. I’m going to stick with UCLA here. This one’s tough though, as we have almost zero sample size to base anything off of when it comes to the Sun Devils. That said, the Bruins have posted some nice scoring totals this year, with at least 27 in each of their first four games. The rushing attack was working well in the Arizona game, so UCLA will likely try that strategy again here. If the Bruins can get a rhythm down on offense I like them to get into a cover.”

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It writes: “UCLA is 1-2 this season and they face an Arizona State that has not played since Nov. 7 due to COVID issues. Apparently, Herm Edwards and company are ready to go on Saturday night against a Bruins team that has their own (injury) issues. Last season, UCLA was victorious over ASU 42-23 at home. UCLA should be the favorite here, though maybe they are an underdog due to the status of Thompson-Robinson. I think he’ll play, but even if he doesn’t, the Bruins can survive with Chase Griffin, who has 324 passing yards. They also have Felton, who was sensational last week against Arizona. It’s hard to believe that ASU will be sharp after missing three games and playing just one. Take the points.

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Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Herm Edwards (left) and UCLA Bruins head coach Chip Kelly are scheduled to face off on Saturday in Tempe. (Photo: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

It writes: “UCLA is coming off a 27-10 victory over Arizona. The Bruins

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Colorado vs. Arizona picks, predictions Pac-12 college football game

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The Colorado Buffaloes (3-0) and Arizona Wildcats (0-3) are scheduled to face off on Saturday in a Pac-12 Conference game in Tucson.

Which team will win the game?

Check out these picks and predictions for the contest, which is scheduled to kick off at 5 p.m. and can be seen on FS1.

Colorado is a 7-point favorite in the game.

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ESPN: Colorado favored to beat Arizona

The site’s Football Performance Index gives the Buffaloes a 54.6% chance to win the game and the Wildcats a 45.4% chance to get the victory.

Sports Chat Place: Go with the Buffaloes over the Wildcats

Chris Ruffolo writes: “Colorado is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. Arizona is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Colorado is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams. A home dog is usually worth at least a look, but the issue is that the Arizona Wildcats just can’t seem to figure it out. When the offense plays well, the defense doesn’t stop anything and when the defense plays remotely well like it kind of did against UCLA, the offense puts up just 10 points. On the other hand, Colorado is just clicking right now, with the offense doing its part if a shootout happens, or the defense stepping up like it did against San Diego State. Only being asked to lay 4 points on the road is too good to pass up, so I’ll lay the points with the Buffaloes in this spot.”

It writes: “Colorado is 3-0 straight up against the spread through its first three games of this season. The Buffaloes have covered the number in six of their last seven and in four the last five against an opponent from the Pac-12 Conference. Arizona struggled to end last season and has had the same results this season as the Wildcats have failed to cover the number in eight of the last 10 and have lost each of the last 10 SU.”

Kevin Sumlin and his Arizona Wildcats football team could really use a victory Saturday in their scheduled game against Colorado. Will they get it? (Photo: The Associated Press)

Scott Reichel writes: “These two teams have looked very different all season long so I have to side with the much better team in this spot. Colorado is still undefeated as it has won each of its first three games while Arizona has lost each of its first three games so there is a serious talent disparity present within this matchup. Plus, Arizona has been extremely inconsistent offensively as

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What college football coach’s daughter will be on ‘Jeopardy!’ on Friday?

Fans on social media have been known to have fun at the expense of “Jeopardy!” contestants for whom sports knowledge might not have been a strong suit.

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That isn’t likely to be the case for one of Friday’s contestants should a football-related category happen to come up in her game.

Katherine Ryan, a non-profit executive and the daughter of North Carolina football coach Mack Brown, will try her hand at the game of answers and questions. She’s sure to have a lot of support from Tar Heels’ followers.

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Even if there isn’t a full sports category, there is usually a question or two related to athletic endeavors within the game material. Sometimes the clues go for something as simple as terminology but they also can include the intersection of sports with popular culture.



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College Football Odds Week 14: Picks Against the Spread for Updated Top 25 Games | Bleacher Report

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Friday, Dec. 4

No. 25 Louisiana-Lafayette at Appalachian State (-2.5), 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

                  

Saturday, Dec. 5

No. 4 Ohio State (-24) at Michigan State, noon ET, ABC

No. 5 Texas A&M (-7) at Auburn, noon ET, ESPN

No. 15 Oklahoma State (-2.5) at TCU, noon ET, ESPN2

Western Carolina at No. 17 North Carolina (-49.5), noon ET, ACC Network

Rice at No. 21 Marshall (-23.5), noon ET, ESPN+

Liberty at No. 18 Coastal Carolina (-10.5), 2 p.m. ET, ESPNU

Syracuse at No. 2 Notre Dame (-33.5), 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC

No. 6 Florida (-17.5) at Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS

West Virginia at No. 9 Iowa State (-6.5), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 12 Indiana at No. 16 Wisconsin (-14.5), 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC

No. 19 Iowa (-14) at Illinois, 3:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

No. 24 Tulsa (-12.5) at Navy, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Vanderbilt at No. 8 Georgia (-35.5), 4 p.m. ET, SEC Network

Stanford at No. 22 Washington (-11.5), 4 p.m. ET, Fox

No. 23 Oregon (-9.5) at California, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 3 Clemson (-22.5) at Virginia Tech, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC

No. 1 Alabama (-29.5) at LSU, 8 p.m. ET, CBS

No. 10 Miami (-14.5) at Duke, 8 p.m. ET, ACC Network

Baylor at No. 11 Oklahoma (-22.5), 8 p.m. ET, Fox

                  

Sunday, Dec. 6

Washington State at No. 20 USC (-14.5), 7:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

Picks in bold against the spread. Odds via DraftKings.

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TCU football: LB Garret Wallow reflects on stellar career

When TCU linebacker Garret Wallow met with reporters this week, the expectation was Saturday’s game against No. 19 Oklahoma State would be Senior Day.

Wallow reflected back on his stellar college career, reminiscing about big games such as defeating Texas at home last season and what the school had meant to him.

“I grew from a boy to a man,” Wallow said. “It’s been one of the best experiences of my life. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

Coach Gary Patterson followed, raving about how much he enjoyed coaching a player such as Wallow.

“I judge kids by how much enjoyment I have getting a chance to get to coach them. He’s one of those guys that can be your son,” Patterson said. “Having a guy that plays like he does, studies like he does and how he holds himself in public and how he deals with people and what kind of person he is is just incredible. You’d want 100 Garret Wallows.”

As it turned out, the “Senior Day” talk was a tad premature. A few hours later, TCU announced it would be hosting Louisiana Tech on Dec. 12 in a 10th regular-season game.

Regardless, it’s hard to overstate Wallow’s importance to the team and program since he joined as a three-star safety prospect out of John Curtis Christian School in New Orleans. Wallow made a seamless transition from safety to linebacker and will go down as one of the greats to play under Patterson.

Wallow has 271 career tackles and counting, including a team-leading 66 tackles this season and a Big 12-leading 125 tackles last season. He’ll have a chance — if TCU is able to play the next two regular-season games and a bowl game — to become one of four players to reach the 300-tackle mark in the Patterson era.

Wallow has double-digit tackles in four of the last six games, including 10-tackle performances against West Virginia and Kansas the past two games.

As of now, Wallow is sixth in all-time tackles under Patterson, one behind fifth-place Robert Henson (272). Travin Howard (343), Ty Summers (319) and Jason Phillips (315) are the only players to reach 300 tackles under Patterson.

“It’s been a crazy experience,” Wallow said. “Coming as a safety, then playing linebacker and safety my sophomore year, and then straight to linebacker my junior year and this year. It’s actually helped me out a lot. I got to learn the defense from multiple positions. It just builds my IQ and it’s going to help me on so many levels intelligence-wise.

“It’s been a great experience for me being able to up my game from high school to here. Experiencing great coaching from Coach P and all his coaches. It’s been a great experience.”

An experience that Wallow would like to end on a winning note, especially in his last Big 12 game against Oklahoma State on Saturday.

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Can a Legitimate College Football Champion Be Crowned in a Season Marred by COVID-19?

College football’s unprecedented season has resulted in twists that might cause some to believe crowning a national champion might come with an asterisk. In a season where the health and safety of players and coaches are in flux, it has shifted the strength of schedule – making it harder to seed teams as we head into playoffs. Brendan Gulick of BuckeyesNow joined SI’s Robin Lundberg to share his insight into what the finish line might look like in this year’s college football season.

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Five biggest questions for Week 14 in college football

Note: This story was updated when Coastal Carolina’s schedule was changed to add BYU.

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There is drama in college football even when the weekend lacks major showdowns. Teams near the top of the rankings have to guard against overconfidence and handle the pressure of games that could determine if they make the playoff or have an opportunity to play for a conference championship. 



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Week 14 offers this scenario. Three teams in the top four are road favorites of more than three touchdowns. Notre Dame, the lone team playing at home, is favored by almost five touchdowns against Syracuse. 

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That doesn’t mean there is no mystery to what will happen Saturday. Could one of the favorites get tested?

What about below the top of the poll? Texas A&M and Indiana face challenging trips that could shape the outlook of their seasons. A matchup of unlikely unbeatens will take place at Coastal Carolina. And Texas coach Tom Herman faces possibly the largest game of his tenure.

A look at the five biggest questions for Week 14:

Does Clemson get tested by Virginia Tech?

Ha. How about: Does Clemson play starters in the fourth quarter? That’s a better question than if the Tigers will be tested by an opponent that has lost three in a row, four of five and five of seven since starting 2-0. While the Hokies limp to the end of the regular season, the Tigers will be looking to put an exclamation point on every win from here on out in order to secure a spot in the playoff. Given how Clemson has historically fared late in the season under Dabo Swinney, especially after already having suffered a loss, look for the Tigers to take a big lead at halftime and breeze to the final whistle.

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Jack Tuttle Talks Mentality Ahead of First-Career Start for Indiana Football

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Every week Jack Tuttle prepares like he’s the starter, whether he is or not.

Through the first six games of the season, Tuttle has not been the starter, but as Indiana gets set to head to No. 18 Wisconsin this Saturday, Tuttle’s preparation will now become a reality.

Tuttle will be getting his first-career start after Michael Penix Jr. suffered a torn ACL against Maryland last Saturday.

“Every week I try to prepare like I am the starter,” Tuttle said. “Every week we put earmuffs and blinders on to the outside to focus on the internal and our opponent.”

Tuttle came into last Saturday’s game after Penix went down in the third quarter.

In his first play from scrimmage, he was lined up as a wide receiver as Stevie Scott took a direct snap and scored a touchdown. But the Hoosiers elected to go for two to make it a 14-point game, and Tuttle found Peyton Hendershot in the end zone to convert it.

Indiana head coach Tom Allen said it wasn’t an easy throw for Tuttle to make because of the tough angle and window, but Tuttle had no issue doing so.

“Coming in and being prepared, I came in ready to go,” Tuttle said. “I did not feel like there was a lot of nerves coming in. The preparation really helped.”

Tuttle said he wasn’t sure what happened when Penix went down, and he was hoping that his teammate was going to get back up and be fine. But when Penix went back to the locker room, Tuttle said he felt ready to go in.

He didn’t need to do much, throwing the ball five times and completing each pass for a total of 31 yards. Indiana mainly used its rushing attack to close the game out and win 27-11.

But now Tuttle will be heading into Camp Randall Stadium for the first start of his career, and he’ll be tasked with leading Indiana’s offense that has a ton of weapons around him.

“I think our offense is phenomenal, and we have some guys that can really go,” Tuttle said. “I believe in that, they believe in themselves, and we believe in each other.”

Tuttle is entering a similar situation that former Indiana quarterback and current Northwestern starter Peyton Ramsey endured last season.

Tuttle was in the Hoosiers’ QB room with both Penix and Ramsey last season, and he was able to learn a lot from both of them.

“I think both of them are phenomenal quarterbacks and I learned a lot underneath them,” Tuttle said. “How they watch film sometimes, I implemented that into my routine. Stuff like how they do their pre-snap routine, things like that I took and implemented into my own.”

On Tuesday night, the second College Football Playoff rankings were released, and Indiana remained at No. 12 after knocking off Maryland. There are three teams in front of the Hoosiers that have more losses than them this season.

Tuttle said

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College football picks, predictions against the spread for every Week 14 top 25 game

There are just two weeks remaining in the 2020 college football season, which heads into December with a full slate of top 25 teams.  

There are just two matchups between ranked teams in Week 14. No. 8 BYU travels to No. 14 Coastal Carolina in a battle of unbeaten teams, and No. 10 Indiana faces No. 18 Wisconsin. There are sure to be more schedule changes along the way because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.  

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The second set of College Football Playoff rankings will be unveiled Tuesday, and that is sure to add to the excitement. SN picks every top 25 game against the spread each week. Here is a look at our track record this season:  

  • Last week: 11-2 S/U, 6-7 ATS 
  • Overall: 140-38 S/U, 92-77 ATS   
  • Top 25: 130-33 S/U, 87-73 ATS   

Now, a look at our picks against the spread for Week 14:  

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Week 14 picks against the spread  

Saturday, Dec. 5 

No. 5 Texas A&M (-6.5) at Auburn  

The line jumped 2.5 points from its open, and the Aggies are almost a touchdown favorite against the Tigers. Texas A&M is 2-3 ATS as a favorite this season, and the Tigers are in a rare spot of playing a regular-season game after the Iron Bowl. Auburn has won the past three meetings, so count on a close one that matches the early line.  

Pick: Texas A&M wins 27-23 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.  

No. 4 Ohio State (-22) at Michigan State  

There are doubts that this game will be played knowing the Buckeyes are dealing with COVID-19 issues. Ohio State has won the past three meetings by 20 points or more, however, and style points will matter with the short number of games.  

Pick: Ohio State wins 45-17 and COVERS the spread.  

No. 19 Oklahoma State (-2.5) at TCU  

The Cowboys have failed to cover in their past four games, but the Horned Frogs are just 1-3 at home this season. The teams have traded one-score victories the past two years. We’ll stick with the more consistent team.  

Pick: Oklahoma State wins 34-27 and COVERS the spread.  

Rice at No. 15 Marshall (-23.5)  

The Thundering Herd is 5-2 ATS this season, but that number drops to 2-2 when favored by more than 20 points. Rice has played three games this season, and that makes this a tough game to project. Take the home team.  

Pick: Marshall wins 38-13 and COVERS the spread.  

No. 8 BYU (-10) at No. 14 Coastal Carolina  

This is off-the-cuff-scheduling at its best. Quarterbacks Grayson McCall (20 TDs, 1 INT) and Zach Wilson (26 TDs, 2 INTs) should put on a show, but the Cougars improve to 10-0 in the process.  

Pick: BYU wins 35-28 but FAILS TO COVER the spread. 

Syracuse at No. 2 Notre Dame (-33.5)  

The Irish have covered in four of their past five victories, and this is a game that they should dominate

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