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The Spun's 2018 College Football Staff Picks: Week 12

College Football Week 12 Staff Picks

The Spun

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:

1.

Matt Hladik

319-92

2.

Chris Rosvoglou

315-96

3.

Matt Lombardi

313-98

4.

Andrew McCarty

312-99

5.

Dan Lyons

311-100

6.

Tzvi Machlin

298-113

7.

Steve Driscoll

296-115

8.

Andrew Holleran

295-116

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.

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Game

Lombardi

Holleran

Lyons

Hladik

Driscoll

McCarty

Rosvoglou

Machlin

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

Season Record

313-98

295-116

311-100

319-92

296-115

312-99

315-96

298-113