It is the second-to-last week of the college football season, which means a less-than-excellent set of games. The main culprit for College Football Week 12 is the SEC, from which most members have tune-ups for next week’s rivalry clashes.
That means we have a bunch of SEC vs. FCS and Group of Five games, and not a ton of apparent upset risks, although as we know, college football will surprise us more often than not.
Even beyond the league where it “means more,” there aren’t a ton of flashy games.
The headliner is probably the Top 12 game between College Football Playoff aspirant Notre Dame, the No. 3 team in the country once again this week, and newly-minted No. 12 Syracuse.
The Fighting Irish and Orange face off in Notre Dame’s “Shamrock Series” for the season at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Notre Dame is a solid favorite, but analysts have been pointing to this game as a final challenge for ND for weeks.
After that, this week’s College GameDay game between No. 11 UCF and No. 24 Cincinnati, and No. 15 Texas vs. No. 16 Iowa State in the Big 12 are the only other two games between ranked teams.
After 11 weeks, here are the staff pick standings:
Matt Hladik remains in first place, and extended his lead last week. There are eight games separating the top five, but only two full weeks left for picks.
Here are our picks for the upcoming week. We choose every game involving a Power Five/Top 25 team.
(*On mobile, our College Football Week 12 picks are best viewed in landscape mode.)
|25 Boise State at New Mexico|
|The Citadel at 1 Alabama|
|10 Ohio State at Maryland|
|Idaho at 15 Florida|
|14 Penn State at Rutgers|
|Middle Tennessee at 17 Kentucky|
|Arkansas at 21 Mississippi State|
|22 Northwestern at Minnesota|
|Michigan State at Nebraska|
|TCU at Baylor|
|Pitt at Wake Forest|
|NC State at Louisville|
|19 Utah at Colorado|
|23 Utah State at Colorado State|
|12 Syracuse at 3 Notre Dame (in Bronx, NY)|
|Western Carolina at North Carolina|
|9 West Virginia at Oklahoma State|
|20 Boston College at Florida State|
|Wisconsin at Purdue|
|Virginia at Georgia Tech|
|Miami at Virginia Tech|
|Texas Tech at Kansas State|
|Iowa at Illinois|
|Missouri at Tennessee|
|USC at UCLA|
|Indiana at 4 Michigan|
|UMass at 5 Georgia|
|Liberty at Auburn|
|Oregon State at 18 Washington|
|Duke at 2 Clemson|
|UAB at Texas A&M|
|Kansas at 6 Oklahoma|
|Rice at 7 LSU|
|Ole Miss at Vanderbilt|
|Stanford at Cal|
|Chattanooga at South Carolina|
|24 Cincinnati at 11 UCF|
|16 Iowa State at 15 Texas|
|Arizona at 8 Washington State|
|Arizona State at Oregon|