This is the season to be grateful to family and friends, especially those who casually bet on college football.
With the majority of my plays not going well and the overall record being under . 500 in the last week of the regular season, it was time to give me some help.
I asked four people for their best bets and I’ll combine them with my picks. Hopefully this will be better than the first 12 weeks.
Let’s start in Columbus, Ohio for The Game between Michigan and Ohio State. The winner qualifies for the Big Ten Tournament and is in prime position to earn a spot in the College Football Playoff.
The Buckeyes are galvanized after falling to That Team Up North last season and haven’t lost at home to Michigan since 2000. Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud could put a hand on the Heisman Trophy with a big game in the national spotlight.
The total has gone eight straight games in this series, but my game is the other side.
Michigan fullbacks Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards have both been banged and will face an improved Buckeyes rushing defense that has allowed seven rushing touchdowns all season and yields 3.1 yards per carry.
That will put pressure on Wolverines quarterback JJ McCarthy, who has been inconsistent to begin with, especially the past five weeks.
Expect Michigan to rely on its defense, which ranks first in the nation in yards allowed and ranks second in goal defense. Linebacker Mike Morris, the team’s passing leader, is also expected to return after missing last week’s game against Illinois.
Take under the sum of 56 degrees.
Here are my family and friends’ plays for Saturday:
San Jose State -15 over Hawaii: This one comes from my dad, who spent three years as a student at San Jose State in the ’60s. During his time there, the Spartans went 14-16 all together and were known as the Crazy George Cheerleader. They’re a little better these days, and Dad thinks they’ll take on the Rainbow Warriors to snap a two-game losing streak.
Georgia-Georgia Tech O49: My friend Ryan made this choice. He’s a Star Wars guru, so he’s likely related to the Bulldogs that brought down Nick Saban’s empire. “The spread is 36…so if Georgia is covering the spread, it should be a tied 49,” he said. Shot, bulldogs may cover the figure themselves.
Michigan +7 degrees over Ohio: I thought my friend Mark would have a good perspective on what it takes to succeed in a hostile road environment because he’s such a competitive player. But when asked in our group chat why he likes Wolverines, Mark said, “Just figured I’d pick a big game, lol.” Oh oh.
Southern California -5 degrees over Notre Dame: The Trojans were pushed to the brink last week by UCLA, and this is a big stage for quarterback Caleb Williams in his Heisman Trophy campaign. I’d probably go with here, but my friend Bill thinks USC will win 10. Fight!
Last week: 2-3
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