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.

Athlon Sports: 2 of 3 experts pick ASU over UCLA

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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Heisman Watch, upset picks, predictions and more

Week 14 of the college football season is here — the next-to-last weekend of the regular season.   

The finish line is in sight in a season that continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. This week’s schedule features two matchups between teams ranked in the AP Top 25.  

MORE: Week 14 picks against the spread for every top 25 game

No. 10 Indiana faces No. 18 Wisconsin in a battle of one-loss Big Ten teams. No. 14 Coastal Carolina faces No. 8 BYU in a battle of unbeatens. That is the best game of the week. SEC rivalries between No. 1 Alabama and LSU and No. 6 Florida and Tennessee will only make headlines if there’s an upset.   

Every week, Sporting News surveys the landscape looking for Heisman contenders, coaches on the spot, upset alerts and other trends. With that in mind, get ready for Week 14.   

Heisman watch  

LSU’s Joe Burrow used last year’s stage against Alabama in the No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown to clinch the Heisman Trophy.  

A Crimson Tide player could return the favor this year knowing that they are 30.5-point favorites in the rematch, but the only question is which one?  

Mac Jones is second in the FBS with a 208.0 passer rating, and that’s the best mark among Power 5 quarterbacks. Najee Harris leads the FBS with 17 rushing touchdowns, and DeVonta Smith leads all Power 5 receivers with 12 TDs.  

The LSU game is where Derrick Henry — Alabama’s last Heisman winner — upstaged Leonard Fournette with 210 yards and three TDs. This is a chance for one of those three players to grab the spotlight.  

There’s a good chance that all three finish in the top 10 in the final voting.  

Coach on the spot   

Tennessee entered the season with momentum. The Vols had a top 10 recruiting class in 2020, and Jeremy Pruitt appeared to have the program in the right direction.   

Now, Tennesse is 2-5 and up against another rival in Florida. Pruitt is 15-17 the past three years, and an 0-8 record against Georgia, Alabama and Florida has not changed. It’s not just the losses. It’s the average margin of victory against those rivals.   

TEAM AVG MARGIN
Alabama 30
Florida 27
Georgia 26

Florida beat Tennessee 34-3 last season. If Saturday’s matchup is somehow worse, that could be big trouble for Pruitt. South Carolina and Vanderbilt have already fired their coaches. Would Tennessee be next in line?   

Upset alert   

A total of 13 unbeaten teams are left in the FBS. Here is a closer look at that list:  

UNBEATEN TEAMS AFTER WEEK 13
No. 1 Alabama (8-0)
No. 2 Notre Dame (9-0)
No. 3 Ohio State (4-0)
No. 7 Cincinnati (8-0)
No. 8 BYU (9-0)
No. 14 Coastal Carolina (9-0)
No. 15 Marshall (7-0)
No. 17 USC (3-0)
No. 23 Washington (3-0)
Colorado (3-0)
San Jose State (4-0)
Buffalo (4-0)
Western Michigan (4-0)

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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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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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Oregon vs. Missouri odds, line: 2020 college basketball picks, Dec. 2 predictions from proven computer model

Two of college basketball’s top teams square off on Wednesday when the No. 21 Oregon Ducks face the Missouri Tigers at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Neb. The Ducks are 11-1 against the spread in their last 12 neutral-site games. The Tigers, meanwhile, are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games.

Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET. The Ducks are four-point favorites in the latest Oregon vs. Missouri odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under is set at 138.5. Before making any Missouri vs. Oregon picks, check out the college basketball predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of almost $2,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. It’s also off to a fast start in the 2020-21 season, going 4-1 on its top-rated picks and returning over $300. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Oregon vs. Missouri on Wednesday. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college basketball lines and trends for Missouri vs. Oregon:

  • Oregon vs. Missouri spread: Oregon -4
  • Oregon vs. Missouri over-under: 138.5 points
  • Oregon vs. Missouri money line: Oregon -190, Missouri +160
  • ORE: The Ducks are 0-5 all time against Missouri.
  • MIZZ: The last time the Tigers played in Omaha, No. 15 seed Norfolk State upset them in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

What you need to know about Oregon

The Ducks pulled out of the Mohegan Sun multi-team event last week because they didn’t know who they would be playing there due to COVID-19 protocols, though Missouri was scheduled to be an opponent before also withdrawing from the event. Oregon hasn’t played a game after its season opener against Eastern Washington was postponed because of COVID-19 considerations within the EWU program.

Despite not playing a game in 2020, Oregon will enter Wednesday’s contest confident it can pull off the victory. That’s because the Ducks have been sensational against teams from the SEC. In fact, Oregon is 6-1 in its last seven games against a SEC opponent.

What you need to know about Missouri

The Tigers walloped Oral Roberts 91-64 on Nov. 25. Mark Smith scored 18 points, Xavier Pinson added 17 and Dru Smith chipped in 16 as Missouri shot 53 percent from the field and made 10 3-pointers. The win improved coach Counzo Martin to 4-0 in season openers since taking the helm.

The deeper Missouri bench dropped 27 points to 12 for Oral Roberts. The Tigers also enjoyed a 46-24 advantage on points in the paint.  

How to make Oregon vs. Missouri picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, with eight different players scoring double-digits in the simulations. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can

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College Football Picks: Alabama-LSU has decided lack of buzz

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) and wide receiver John Metchie III (8) celebrate Smith's touchdown against Auburn during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) and wide receiver John Metchie III (8) celebrate Smith’s touchdown against Auburn during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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Alabama-LSU has in 13 months gone from Game of the Century to not even as interesting as Liberty at Coastal Carolina.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide visit the defending national champion Tigers on Saturday for a game that is likely to be a name-the-score blowout for Alabama, which is favored by more than four touchdowns.

Looking for a game matching ranked teams this week? Try Conway, South Carolina. No. 14 Coastal Carolina puts its unbeaten record on the line against No. 25 Liberty in a game that was thrown together in August after the pandemic caused a rescheduling scramble across college football.

That’s where ESPN’s “College GameDay” will be Saturday, though everything is tentative in this season played in a pandemic.

As for the Tigers and Tide, it was a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in Tuscaloosa last season. Joe Burrow and LSU broke an eight-game losing streak in the series with a thrilling victory that vaulted LSU to a national title.

This matchup will be the first time that both teams are not ranked since 2006, when the Tide was out of the Top 25 and LSU was 12th. The Tigers won that 28-14.

The last time LSU faced Alabama as an unranked team was 2001, when neither was in the poll. An unranked LSU team last faced a ranked Alabama team in 1999 and the 12th-ranked Tide won 23-17.

The picks:

No. 1 Alabama (minus 29 1/2) at LSU

Largest margin of victory by ‘Bama in the series is 44 points back in 1922. Just in case you were wondering … ALABAMA 45-10.

Syracuse (plus 33 1/2) at No. 2 Notre Dame

Irish needed a win over the Orange to clinch a spot in the ACC title game until the league decided to eliminate the Irish’s last game; that should tell you how much of a forgone conclusion this one is … NOTRE DAME 45-7.

No. 3 Ohio State (minus 23 1/2) at Michigan State

If the Buckeyes can play, the next question is: What players are unavailable? … OHIO STATE 39-13.

No. 4 Clemson (minus 21 1/2) at Virginia Tech

One more loss for the Hokies means the first losing regular season since 1992 … CLEMSON 45-17.

No. 5 Texas A&M (minus 7) at Auburn

Tigers have won three straight and four of five in the series … AGGIES 24-19.

No. 6 Florida (minus 17) at Tennessee

Gators have won 14 of 15 against the Vols … FLORIDA 38-17.

No. 9 Miami (minus 14 1/2) at Duke

Hurricanes could still earn a spot in the ACC title game if Clemson loses … MIAMI 41-20.

No. 10 Indiana (plus 14) at No. 18 Wisconsin

Hoosiers turn to former blue chip recruit Jack Tuttle after QB Michael Penix Jr (knee) was lost for the season

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College football picks, odds for SEC in Week 14: Alabama romps past LSU, Florida smashes Tennessee

This is usually the week we’re all sitting back and preparing for one of the greatest spectacles in college football: the SEC Championship Game. COVID-19 has changed all of our lives, and in this case, that means we have to wait a few weeks before the winners of the East and West divisions tee it up in Atlanta. There’s still plenty of intrigue swirling around the SEC, though.

Top-ranked Alabama will head to Baton Rouge to take on an LSU team that’s a shell of its former self. Quarterback Mac Jones, wide receiver DeVonta Smith and running back Najee Harris all have Heisman Trophy hopes, and big performances on Saturday night could go a long way toward fulfilling those dreams. 

It isn’t the only rivalry in the conference, though, as No. 6 Florida will travel to Knoxville to take on a down-trodden Tennessee team that desperately needs some good news.

This week’s SEC Smothered and Covered takes a look around the conference and makes picks against the spread. 

Appetizer: Alabama back to the norm

I’m old enough to remember when we were all concerned about Alabama’s defense being a liability, not a strength. It was way back in October after it got torched to the tune of 7.52 yards per play and 647 total yards by Lane Kiffin and the high-octane Ole Miss Rebels. That was one week after Texas A&M rattled off 5.84 yards per play. 

Things have changed. 

The Crimson Tide gave up just 3.84 yards per play in November, one of only three SEC teams to give up less than 4 yards per play. They also led the conference in opponent red zone touchdown percentage in November at 33.3%. In addition, Alabama gave up just 20 plays of 10 or more yards in November — second fewest in the SEC.

It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. Alabama is the most complete team in college football again, and it isn’t even close. 

Main course: What to make of Texas A&M

Aggie fans get really mad when their team appears behind Florida in any kind of ranking since they beat the Gators earlier in the season. I get it. Heads-up results matter … but so does trajectory. 

Texas A&M has been buoyed by an incredible defense and stout running game with Isaiah Spiller to put it in contention for the College Football Playoff.

The problem is quarterback Kellen Mond. It’s hard to look beyond that 11-for-34 performance against a woefully bad LSU pass defense since we’ve seen inconsistency from Mond in the past. No, the committee shouldn’t factor in performances from previous seasons. Maybe those individuals won’t. But that’s a separate discussion than the one normal folks like us are having, and isn’t really relevant regarding the mid-season CFP Rankings. After all, those exist for programming the sport down the stretch. They’re not set in stone. 

Everybody who follows the sport knows that Texas A&M beat Florida. Sure, the Gators defense was beat up a bit,

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College football picks, predictions, odds for Week 14: Ohio State vs. Michigan State among the best bets

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This season is unlike anything we have ever experienced. Computer simulations — if that’s your thing — mean nothing with only a smattering of nonconference games between FBS schools scheduled and four of the leagues not playing any at all. Nevertheless, we’ve been working with our resources.

Each week, I use this space to tell you what I think are a few of the best bets heading into the weekend. I also throw in an upset of the week, which will feature a team that is at least a touchdown underdog that I am picking to win outright. I also give you picks on other games involving teams in College Football Playoff contention.

Last week I was 3-0 on the picks, and the upset special covered as well but lost outright. The picks are 13-13 for the season. The upset missed, so those picks are now 4-5 outright and 6-3 ATS. 

Week 14 picks

No. 3 Clemson at Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech has not been the same since the loss to Liberty. The Hokies had that game won and messed it up at the end. Clemson will be looking to keep the momentum going from last week’s thrashing of Pitt and clinch a spot in the ACC Championship Game. Pick: Clemson (-22)

No. 4 Ohio State at Michigan State 

Latest Odds:

Buckeyes
-23.5

The Buckeyes look like they will be able to play this game after sitting idle last week due to a COVID-19 outbreak but resuming team activities on Tuesday. They need to not just play, but win big in order to ease the minds of an increasingly skeptical College Football Playoff selection committee. That may not be easy against a Spartan team coming off an upset of Northwestern last week. Pick: Ohio State (-23.5)

Liberty at No. 18 Coastal Carolina

Latest Odds:

Chanticleers
-11

It’s been a terrific year for the Sun Belt, and Coastal Carolina is a big part of the reason. The Chanticleers opened the season with a win at Kansas and have beaten everyone it their path, including a win over former Sun Belt king Appalachian State. There are a lot of distractions this week, though, and 9-1 Liberty is an outstanding team as well. The Flames are a last-second blocked field goal from being undefeated also. Pick: Liberty (+8.5)

Upset of the week

Penn State at Rutgers

Look, I know it’s exciting that Penn State finally won a game. The Nittany Lions picked up their first win of the season last week at Michigan. Still, I fail to see how PSU can be a double-digit favorite against anyone, let alone a very feisty Rutgers squad. Greg Schiano’s bunch is not the doormat we are used to seeing out of the Scarlet Knights. Pick: Rutgers (+11.5)

Other CFP candidates

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College football odds, picks for Week 14 in ACC: Clemson dominates again as teams jockey for bowl positions

When it was announced that postseason eligibility rules would be waived for the 2020 season, it removed some of the stresses around these final weeks for teams fighting to make a bowl game. A program’s entire December calendar no longer hinges exclusively on what happens in the fourth quarter of a late-season conference game, for example, but that does not mean that teams aren’t fighting for bowl positioning as we come down the stretch. 

With eligibility requirements out the window, bowls may elect to invite a team with a losing record instead of a team with a .500 record or better for myriad reasons. On the business side, the bowls will be motivated to invite teams that will command support and attention from in-person attendees — where permitted — and in terms of television viewership for the entire country. There’s also complicated relationships and contracts with the conferences and the simple desire to put on the best game possible for your event. 

So this free-for-all has created an environment where teams are auditioning for better bowl placement with their play down the stretch of the regular season. Our Jerry Palm is the expert when it comes to predicting how the process will play out, but coaches are under the impression that with no strict rule about a 6-6 record in play, the best way to improve your bowl selection is to be playing your best football here in December. 

The ACC topped all conferences in 2019 with 10 teams in bowl games, but as the bowl schedule continues to change even this late in the process, there may not be that many spots available in 2020. There are currently 10 teams in the league with records of .500 or better heading into these final weeks of play. So while Notre Dame, Clemson and Miami are fighting for College Football Playoff and New Year’s Six positioning there are more than a half-dozen teams trying to put together the most attractive profile possible for remaining bowls looking for ACC teams. 

Week 14 odds, picks

Syracuse at No. 2 Notre Dame

Latest Odds:

Fighting Irish
-33.5

There are plenty of trends relating to conference underdogs of 30-plus points that would tell you to take a flyer on Syracuse, but don’t take the bait. The Orange are coming off heartbreak with a potential game-tying drive ending on a fourth-down spike, and that letdown is more suspect than Notre Dame’s potential hangover from a huge win at North Carolina. Even if the Irish are rusty, it will be on offense. Pick: Under 51.5

Boston College at Virginia

Latest Odds:

Cavaliers
-6

Not only has Boston College been forced to turn to a backup quarterback in this late stage of the season, but running back David Bailey was injured in the win against Louisville after scoring two touchdowns. This team on the field won’t be representative of the team Boston College has been for most of the year because of those injuries, so take a

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