Six Pick: Week Twelve

Welcome everyone to Week 12, or as the SEC likes to call it, SoCon week. It's up to the rest of college football to shoulder the weight. ::GULP:: Buckle up, I feel another unbeaten succumbing to the pressure.

I know I mention GameDay a lot, but this week it's different. It's GameDawn. I love when the ESPN crew heads to Eugene. The broadcast starts out pitch black, then dawn pushes through the morning crowd, all the while throughout the morning the atmosphere is absolutely nuts. Autzen Stadium is on my very short list of stadiums to visit. I sure hope when I do it's on GameDawn. So tune in and enjoy the unique vibe of Pacific Northwest fans. They are all powered by the combo of weed, alcohol, and Red Bull.

Saturday, 11/17/2012

USC -3.5 at UCLA 3:00 pm FOX
for the Victory Bell at the Rose Bowl

Damn, I should have invented this at Tech

What a difference a year makes, just last season UCLA was a dumpster fire sparked by a flailing coaching staff, fueled with underperforming talent. Sure, the Bruins backed their way into the Pac-12 Championship Game against Oregon, but that was because USC wasn't eligible. This time around, the Bruins are playing like worthy champs, and have the chance to prove it on Saturday versus their bitter crosstown rivals. This year, to a lesser degree, it's the Trojans that have underperformed, and Lane Kiffin has not handled the results well at all. USC has won 11 of the last 12 games, so if you enjoy seeing a pissed off and pouting Kiffin, you'll be pulling for Powder Blue like me.

Pick: USC laying the points. I know it's tinsel town, but it would be too much of a movie ending for the Bruins to win this year, right? I think the Trojans win going away, their talent will rise up, but more importantly UCLA's spread isn't on par with Arizona's or Oregon's to really test Monte Kiffin's defense.

Texas Tech at Oklahoma State -10.5 3:30 pm FSN

Finger Guns Fun

The Big 12 is college football's version of Top-40 music. It's catchy and fun, but ultimately it has little redeeming value. If you watch to see scoring, hardly any defense, and mindless fun, then this is the game for you. Since neither team is on the national championship radar, I can sit and enjoy this sideshow a whole lot more.

Pick: Texas Tech getting the points. I have no damn idea how to pick the winner of Ping Pong, but when two teams look this evenly matched and the spread is that high ...

Ohio State at Wisconsin -2.5 3:30 pm ABC / ESPN2

Three yards and a cloud of dust. Rinse. Repeat. Don't look now, but Wisconsin has rebounded from an awful start, and will win their division. Although, they can't pass worth a shit (108th nationally), so good thing that's not Badger football. They like to pound the rock at Whisky (17th nationally). tOSU QB Braxton Miller is pretty limited throwing the ball as well, but he looks like Geno Smith in comparison to Joel Stave. What makes Miller special, and an early '13 Heisman hopeful, are his magical feet. His moves are sick, and his speed is elite. If Miller gets loose, the defense better have an angle or he is housing it. Somehow, I just made the game more exciting than it will be. My apologies.

Pick: Buckeyes getting the points. They are winning, it's a magical year in Columbus, much like Auburn's in 1993. Bittersweet.

Old Dominion at James Madison 7:00 pm NBCSN

Should be a very amped I-AA game

The best game between two Virginia schools will be played in Harrisonburg on Saturday. ODU is the most entertaining team in the commonwealth, and one of the top teams in the FCS. The Monarchs emply a no huddle spread that is pass happy, but they can run it as well. Monarchs' quarterback Taylor Heinicke is quite accomplished, and I highly recommend watching him ball out. The ODU defense is, well ... limited or perfectly acceptable if they were in the Big 12. JMU is also very good with slower tempo spread run offense. They'll look to shorten the game and let the crowd at Bridgeforth Stadium carry the defense.

Pick: ODU in a Pick Em. My "other" team bias is showing, but I don't think JMU can slow down the Monarch's aerial attack.

Kansas State -11.5 at Baylor 8:00 pm ESPN

Upset Alert #1. No question, the Wildcats are the better team by a long shot. However, upsets have a way of happening late in the season, often unexpectedly. Lose that edge, suffer injuries, buckle to internal pressure, or play a team jacked out of their minds, and a favorite might find itself on the ropes. Baylor has no defense, hell it could be negative defense, so it's virtually impossible for the Bears to stop the Wildcats. However, a couple of turnovers and fortuitous stops and maybe, just maybe, Baylor can keep it close late.

Pick: Baylor getting the points. This game will be close and we'll see what K-State is made of as the season tightens up.

Stanford at Oregon -20.5 8:00 pm ABC

Yeah, not all Oregon fans are hot

Upset Alert #2. Conventional wisdom says that Oregon 2012 > Oregon 2011, and Stanford 2011 > Stanford 2012. Last season at Palo Alto the Ducks boat raced the Tree 53-30. By that transitive logic, the Ducks win and cover. I know Stanford doesn't beat themselves often, but going against the Oregon offense, it might not matter. This is a really bad matchup for the Cardinal. Oregon will take what they want on the edge. It's the other side of the ball that has Oregon really nervous. Oregon is down two starting safeties for the year, and are banged up across the entire defensive line and at cornerback. It's so bad stud RB/WR De'Anthony Thomas may get some burn at corner. That's a difficult way to win a national championship, but can the limited Stanford offense capitalize?

Pick: Stanford covering. Oregon will score in waves, but can their defense get Stanford off the field or stop them from scoring ... I have doubts.

Beer of the Week

Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale is out and the clock is ticking on this limited release IPA. It's arguably their best beer with Up front bitterness, toasty malty body, finishing with citrusy and a hint of spicy.

Quick Recap

Remember, these picks are against the spread.

Trojans -3.5 at Bruins
Red Raiders at Cowboys -10.5
Buckeyes at Badgers -2.5
Monarchs at Dukes PK
Wildcats -11.5 at Bears
Cardinal at Ducks -20.5

At this point, drink heavily while picking. Cheers.

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Comments

Missed last week, this is a tough week.

Trojans
Red Raiders points
Badgers get the half point
Monarchs (not eligible for the conference title so have a chip to settle)
Bears
Ducks

You had to go FCS!

USC -3.5
Texas Tech +10.5
Buckeyes +2.5
Monarchs (no clue on this one!)
Klein State -11.5
Stanford +20.5

picks

Southern Cal -3.5
Texas Tech +10.5
Ohio State +2.5
ODU PK -- who gives a shit? Is this game on TV? Do they have lights in the stadium?
Kansas State -11.5
Stanford +20.5

I give a

shit.

don't watch then (if you had glanced at the writeup, you'd see the channel and time.) I guarantee you the game is better played and coached than the flagship schools.

A hurried selection

Gotta run in a bit, so can't take too much time...

USC
Texas Tech wins outright
OSU
ODU in a close one
Baylor gets the points, KSU wins
Stanford gets the points, keeps it too close for Chip Kelley's comfort, but Ducks win.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

Week 12

USC
Ok St
Ohio St
ODU
KSU
Quack Attack

UVA: Jefferson's biggest mistake

@pbowman6

UCLA covers Ohio State

UCLA covers
Ohio State wins
Texas Tech covers
JMU
Kansas State
Nike State Ducks

Viva El Guapo

Picks

USC
Texas Tech
Wisconsin
ODU
KSU
Oregon - when anyone tries to challenge Oregon... the ducks drop 60.

Logan 3:16

Back in this

UCLA
TT
tOSU
ODC
KSU
Stan

Mmmmm, Celebration Ale. I love it when I can find a good tasting, high ABV beer in my local grocery store.

Week 12

USC
Oklahoma St.
Badgers
ODU
Kansas State
Stanford

Another good week after 9-3 last two weeks?

USC
Texas Tech
Miller Time (Braxton Miller Time)
ODU (One of my friends from middle school plays on the O-Line, Connor Mewbourne)
Kansas State
Oregon

I believe in the Brew Crew.

UCLA Texas

UCLA
Texas Tech
Badgers
ODU
Kansas St
Stanford covers that giant spread

SPREADAPOTOMUS

I'm quickly zip lining back to .500, brutal.

UCLA -- covers by the skin of their teeth. The Pac 12 is as flip floppy as the ACC at times

Texas Tech -- Another good ol Big XII pull on the point slots.

Ohio State -- The B1G is just as drab as the states they occupy

ODU -- They are quickly gaining a lot of support in the Commonwealth. We often joked about them going nowhere, but they're chuggin along nicely.

Kansas St -- DONT F THIS UP KSTATE

Oregon -- No, Stanford you just can't.

12...

Trojans
Red Raiders
Buckeyes
Monarchs
Baylor
Ducks

So close to .500!!

Trojans -3.5
Red Raiders +10.5
Buckeyes +2.5
Monarchs
Bears +11.5
Ducks -20.5 : Quack, Quack, Quack

It started off so good

and now my picks have pretty much gone sour. Anyways,
USC
Texas Tech
OSU
ODU
KSU
Stanford

Bruins Texas

Bruins
Texas Tech
Whiskey
JMU
KState
Oregon

It's a great day to be a Hokie!

1. Trojans 2. Guns Up 3.

1. Trojans
2. Guns Up
3. Buckeyes
4. ODU
5. Wildcats
6. Cardinal

twitter.com/weavez22

Can't believe I forgot to pick last week -_-

Fighting Kiffins
TT
OSU
Monarchs
Wildcats
Quack Attack

Achievement unlocked: All of the Fullers

SeattleHokie Week 12 6picks

The season is winding down, moral is low and the Hokies are struggling big time. Well not big time, just a few missed plays here and there and some poor execution. But alas the wins are few. I am even going to sleep into to roughly 8:00am and watch the game at home. On to the picks, hopefully I can execute.

Bruins - I think the Trojans can cover this easy but the 1:58 mark of the Undie Run video seals my pick of the Bruins.

Red Raiders - I hear big spread with high scoring teams, take the points. Or maybe it was the opposite, whatevs.

Buckeyes - Braxton > Montay/Montee/Mantai/Manatee or whatever he is calling himself these days.

JMU - All I know is I drove by JMU stadium last Thursday so I am going with them. I will definitely check this game out though.

Baylor - An unbeaten is losing and I think it KState.

Ducks - Stanford's D is good but the Ducks wear you down.

Beer of the week is still to be decided. Holiday beers are out and a wise man once said if holiday beer is available then get them so I will be hitting up a local ghettomart tomorrow to pick up a few.

Go Hokies!

Picks

My Picks:
UCLA +3.5
Texas Tech +10.5
Ohio St +2.5
ODU
Kansas St -11.5
Stanford +20.5

Bodak's Picks:
UCLA +3.5
Oklahoma St -10.5
Ohio St +2.5
ODU
Kansas St -11.5
Stanford +20.5

Picks

USC
Texas Tech
Ohio State
Old Dominion
Kansas State
Stanford

Picks

Trojans
Texas Tech
tOSU
ODU
KState
Oregon

PICKS

BRUINS
Red Raiders
Buckeyes
Monarchs
Bears
Ducks

Picks

Bruins
Red Raiders
Badgers
Monarchs
Wildcats
Ducks

30 minutes late but I had no prior knowledge so don't laugh at me when I go 2-4.