By Chad Cooper
We roll into Championship Week on a 91-52 against the spread run after an 11-7 week to finish the regular season. Conference titles are now on the line and most of these games will have a direct impact on the CFP Committee when these hacks meet this weekend to determine 1-2-3-4. Let’s hope for chaos just to piss them off.
Record ATS: 121-93
Friday, Dec. 6
#5 Utah (-6.5, 47) v. #13 Oregon
Scoop: Utah has been disrespected all season long, yet they have one of the best defenses in the game. Concern in this one is the weather and the shitty surface at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
Pick: Utah -6.5 & Under 47
Saturday, Dec. 7
Louisiana-Lafayette @ #21 App St (-6, 56)
Scoop: Rematch from earlier in the season when App St won 17-7. Sun Belt title is on the line and we lean ULL and bet the Under.
Pick: Under 56
Miami-OH v. Central Michigan (-6.5, 55)
Scoop: MAC title game indoors in Detroit. CMU has the better coach and the better offense.
Pick: CMU -6.5
UAB @ Florida Atlantic (-8, 49.5)
Scoop: Conference USA title game. I’ve been on UAB’s coattails all season long, but they have played a weak-ass schedule. FAU is the better team but rumors all week that their head coach Lane Kiffin is leaving. Going with the under with 2 good running teams.
Pick: Under 49.5
#20 Cincinnati @ #17 Memphis (-9, 57.5)
Scoop: Cincy returns to Memphis against this week after losing to the Tigers 34-24 some 7 days ago. Memphis maintained a 2 TD lead until their defense forgot to tackle and failed to cover the spread by .5. Well, I know it’s tough to beat a team twice, I think Memphis rolls and heads to a New Years 6 Bowl.
Pick: Memphis -9
#2 LSU (-7, 55.5) v. #4 Georgia
Scoop: If Georgia wins, we must sit through a CFP with 2 SEC teams…NO! Yes, Georgia has a legit defense, but they really haven’t played a good offense all year except for Notre Dame. If LSU chokes, I’ll never forgive them, but Joe Burrow puts a bow on the Heisman.
Pick: LSU -7
Hawaii @ #19 Boise St (-13.5, 64.5)
Scoop: Rematch. Hawaii was throttled in Boise earlier in the year 54-37…Now it’s going to be really cold.
Pick: Boise -13.5
#3 Clemson (-28, 57) v. #23 Virginia
Scoop: Virginia comes to town after a heroic effort to beat their rival Va Tech last week. Yes, 28 is a ton of points in a conference title game, but to quote the great Eric B & Rakim – Clemson ain’t no joke.
Pick: Clemson -28
#1 Ohio St (-16, 57) v. #8 Wisconsin
Scoop: Another rematch. Earlier in the year, Wisky hung close @ Ohio St down 10-7 at half then got outscored 28-0 in second half. I expect the same here…Close game, then the Buckeyes blow it open in the 2H.
Pick: OSU -16