ESPN College GameDay 2020: Week 14 Location Hosts, TV Schedule and Predictions | Bleacher Report

Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall hands the ball off to CJ Marable during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Appalachian State Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Conway, S.C. Coastal Carolina won 34-23. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

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It’s been a historic 2020 season for Coastal Carolina. After becoming an FBS program when they joined the Sun Belt Conference in 2017, the Chanticleers had three straight losing seasons, never finishing better than 5-7 (which they did in 2018 and 2019).

This season, though, the team has not only already secured a winning record, but it’s also looking to go undefeated. But first, it will make more history on Saturday.

For the first time in school history, it will be the host of ESPN’s College GameDay, the popular weekly college football kickoff show that sets the stage for the day’s action.

College GameDay will begin at 9 a.m. ET at Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C.

Originally, Coastal Carolina was set to host Liberty on Saturday afternoon, but that matchup was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns within the Flames’ program. The Chanticleers are now set to host BYU in a matchup that was made official on Thursday and could lead to one of these teams getting an opportunity to play in a New Year’s Six bowl game.

Here’s the full Top 25 schedule for this week, along with picks for each game, followed by a closer look at this spontaneous BYU-Coastal Carolina matchup that could be the most exciting game of the day.

           

Week 14 Top 25 Schedule, Predictions

Friday, Dec. 4

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

                

Saturday, Dec. 5

No. 4 Ohio State at Michigan State, noon ET, ABC

No. 5 Texas A&M at Auburn, noon ET, ESPN

No. 15 Oklahoma State at TCU, noon ET, ESPN2

Western Carolina at No. 17 North Carolina, noon ET, ACC Network

Rice at No. 21 Marshall, noon ET, ESPN+

Syracuse at No. 2 Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC

No. 6 Florida at Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS

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

No. 12 Indiana at No. 16 Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC

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

No. 24 Tulsa at Navy, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Vanderbilt at No. 8 Georgia, 4 p.m. ET, SEC Network

Stanford at No. 22 Washington, 4 p.m. ET, Fox

No. 13 BYU at No. 18 Coastal Carolina, 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU

No. 23 Oregon at California, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 3 Clemson at Virginia Tech, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC

No. 1 Alabama at LSU, 8 p.m. ET, CBS

No. 10 Miami at Duke, 8 p.m. ET, ACC Network

Baylor at No. 11 Oklahoma, 8 p.m. ET, Fox

        

Sunday, Dec. 6

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

Picks in bold.

           

BYU-Coastal Carolina Preview, Prediction

By agreeing to travel across the country to Coastal Carolina, BYU is putting its undefeated season on the line.

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Eastern Illinois vs. Chicago State odds: 2020 college basketball picks, Dec. 3 predictions from proven model

The Eastern Illinois Panthers will take on the Chicago State Cougars at 3 p.m. ET Thursday at Lantz Arena. EIU is 0-3 and is playing its first home game, while Chicago State is 0-3 and 0-1 on the road. Chicago State was 4-25 last season and winless in the WAC. Eastern Illinois went 17-15 overall with a 9-9 mark in the OVC. 

The Panthers are favored by 24 points in the latest Eastern Illinois vs. Chicago State odds from William Hill Sportsbook. The over-under for total points expected is set at 134. Before entering any Chicago State vs. Eastern Illinois picks, you’ll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS 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 Eastern Illinois vs. Chicago State. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college basketball odds for Chicago State vs. Eastern Illinois:

  • Eastern Illinois vs. Chicago State spread: Eastern Illinois -24
  • Eastern Illinois vs. Chicago State over-under: 134 points
  • Eastern Illinois vs. Chicago State money line: Eastern Illinois -10000, Chicago State 2000

Latest Odds:

Panthers
-26

What you need to know about Eastern Illinois

The Panthers fell 66-63 to the Dayton Flyers on Tuesday. One thing holding EIU back was the play of guard Josiah Wallace, who struggled from the floor. He played for 29 minutes but put up just six points on 3-for-14 shooting.

Though EIU is winless, it has played a tough schedule and has been able to cover in two out of three matchups. The Panthers easily stayed within the 14.5-point spread against Dayton and the 20.5-point spread against Wisconsin in a 77-67 loss. 

What you need to know about Chicago State

Chicago State, meanwhile, has struggled to be competitive thus far. The Cougars are 0-3 against the spread and are coming off a 74-44 loss to North Carolina A&T. 

They’ll need to improve on both ends of the court, and it will start with more accurate shooting. The Cougars are hitting just 31.2 percent of their shots from the field and only 19.7 percent from 3-point range. Jordan Polynice (10.7 ppg) is the only player scoring more than 7.0 ppg.

How to make Eastern Illinois vs. Chicago State picks

The model has simulated Eastern Illinois vs. Chicago State 10,000 times and the results are in. It is leaning under on the total, and it’s also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in over 70 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

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NC State vs. UMass Lowell odds, line: 2020 college basketball picks, Dec 3. predictions from proven model

The UMass Lowell River Hawks will take on the NC State Wolfpack at 4:30 p.m. ET on Thursday at Mohegan Sun Arena. The River Hawks are 1-2 while NC State is 2-0. The programs have never played before but both are exceeding the expectations of oddsmakers early in the 2020-21 college basketball season.

The River Hawks have covered in two of three games so far and NC State has covered comfortably as sizable favorites in each of its first two games. The Wolfpack are favored by 17 points in the latest NC State vs. UMass Lowell odds from William Hill Sportsbook and the over-under is set at 152. Before entering any UMass Lowell vs. NC State picks, you’ll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I 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 NC State vs. UMass Lowell. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college basketball odds for UMass Lowell vs. NC State:

  • NC State vs. UMass Lowell spread: NC State -17
  • NC State vs. UMass Lowell over-under: 152 points
  • NC State vs. UMass Lowell money line: NC State -2400, UMass Lowell +1100

What you need to know about NC State

NC State played well at home against the North Florida Ospreys last Friday as the team secured an 86-51 win. NC State got double-digit scoring from four players: F Jericole Hellems (17), G Cam Hayes (13), F D.J. Funderburk (11), and F Manny Bates (10).

Funderburk averaged 12.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game a season ago. He and Bates will be a particularly difficult matchup for the River Hawks. UMass Lowell doesn’t have anybody on the roster who measures taller than 6-foot-8 and Funderburk is 6-foot-10, while Bates is 6-foot-11. 

What you need to know about UMass Lowell

Meanwhile, UMass Lowell came up short against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday, falling 74-64. Guard Obadiah Noel had a tough game, finishing with 15 points on 5-for-21 shooting and turning the ball over four times in his 40 minutes on the court. However, Noel has still averaged 24.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game and poured in 35 on just 19 shot attempts in a hard-fought loss to Illinois State last week.

How to make NC State vs. UMass Lowell picks

The model has simulated NC State vs. UMass Lowell 10,000 times and the results are in. It model is leaning over on the total and it’s also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in almost 70 percent of simulations. You can only

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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 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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#2 Baylor vs. #5 Illinois live stream, NCAA college basketball, TV channel, start time, odds, predictions

The No. 2 ranked Baylor Bears will face the No. 5 ranked Illinois Fighting Illini on Wednesday from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indy.



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Baylor is coming off a 86-52 win over Washington on Sunday to improve to 2-0 on the season. Baylor is averaging 99 points over their last two games and will look to continue that against the Fighting Illini tonight in a showcase matchup. Illinois is averaging 98.7 points per game and will look to improve to 4-0 on the season with a win tonight.

This will be a fun one, it has the signs of a high scoring affair that you will not want to miss. Here is everything you need to know to tune in to tonight’s college basketball action:

#2 Baylor vs. #5 Illinois

When: Wednesday, December 2 Time: 10:00 p.m. ET TV Channel: ESPN Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free) 

Prediction: Both of these teams have no problem scoring and would expect a high scoring game. I think Baylor is the better team but expect to see a lot of three-point scoring at the end of the game with Illinois fighting to come back. Stay safe and take the over.

Bet: Over 142.5

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NCAA Basketball odds courtesy of BetMGM Sportsbook. Odds updated Monday at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Baylor (-4.5) vs. Illinois

O/U: 142.5

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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)

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Which college football picks can you make with confidence in Week 14? Visit SportsLine to see which teams will win and cover the spread — all from a proven computer model that has returned over $3,500

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