Week 14

Championship Week Final Thoughts, Predictions, Investment Advice, Playoff, Bowl Picks

Championship Week Final Thoughts, Predictions, Advice, Playoff, Bowl Picks


Check out the final thoughts, a few predictions, some investment advice and playoff and bowl picks for Championship Week – because you have to.


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Championship Fearless Predictions & Game Previews 
MAC: WMU vs. Ohio | Pac-12: Colorado vs. Washington
AAC: Temple vs. Navy | SEC: Alabama vs. Florida
B1G: PSU vs. UW | MW: SDSU vs. Wyo | C-USA: LT vs. WKU
Kansas State vs. TCU | OSU vs. OU | Baylor vs. WVU

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How could this possibly be any more fun? (If it was acceptable to use the word funner, that would fit this final run into Championship Week.)

There’s controversy, rampant speculation, and lots and lots of guessing going on when it comes to trying to figure out the College Football Playoff committee’s mindset. That’s actually the easy part.

It’s possible to know all the inside information possible, and then from out of leftfield comes Old Dominion and Eastern Michigan jumping the gun – they needed to announce early to move the equipment to the Bahamas.

Fortunately, I’m about to tell you everything that’s about to happen to make you looker smarter – and funner – at parties.

This is all just for spits, giggles, and entertainment purposes only. However, just in case you dabble …

Look, I actually know most of the people who put the bowl into bowl projections, and without telling any tales out of school, everyone is trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together. So for the millions of bowl projections being slapped together around the web at the moment, accept them for the paper they’re printed on.

Ohio State will end up in the College Football Playoff. I don’t know that for a fact, but sort of like a man in suspenders standing outside a store spinning a sign, I made you look.

I’m guessing Ohio State is going to end up in the playoff no matter what. But if I had to be pinned down – and boy do I ever want that – and I had to pick a team to watch out for to blow it so the Buckeyes can slip in: Washington.

Be really, really, really careful of Colorado. The Huskies have a better deep passing game, but that’s really the only thing separating the two teams. Colorado played Michigan at Michigan, Washington played Rutgers. Switch around those two B1G opponents, and we’re talking about the No. 4 Buffaloes and their shot to get into the playoff.

I hate three things: 1) Leftover Thanksgiving anything, 2) people, 3) picking teams to lose-but-cover getting only a touchdown. But I’ll make the exception considering Colorado is getting 7.5.

If the Huskies come up with a good performance tonight and beat Colorado, they’re in. Don’t pass go. Don’t collect $200. The resume sucks overall, but the CFP isn’t going to leave out a 12-1 Power Five champion.

At least, I think the College Football Playoff committee isn’t going to leave out a 12-1 Power Five champion.

At least, I think the College Football Playoff committee isn’t going to leave out Ohio State. HOWEVER – and this keeps getting lost in the shuffle in terms of precedent – in 2014 at this time, TCU was No. 3, and the big debate was about whether or not No. 5 Ohio State could possibly get in, and unbeaten, defending national champion No. 4 Florida State – who, if you recall, was playing like dogmeat – could possibly be left out. And what happened? TCU got left out because it wasn’t the true conference champion. So …

Ohio State fans, to be safe, get your Colorado and Virginia Tech pom-poms out, if you haven’t already.

I’ve been hurt before by being definitive about CFP speculation, but there’s no path for Michigan. None. The CFP would likely put in a Big 12 conference champ ahead of the Wolverines, and no way, no how, will there be 1) three Big Ten teams in or 2) two Big Ten teams that didn’t win their own division, much less a conference championship, ahead of the Big Ten conference champ, even if Michigan won the head-to-head matchup.

Once again, putting the coin into the slot machine that isn’t paying off … I’m going against Western Michigan again. It’s stupid, and I know I got pantsed by my Toledo pick last week, but Ohio will cover the 17.5 with a good enough defensive performance to keep this close. Weird things occasionally happen in the MAC championship – think unbeaten 2008 Ball State losing to Buffalo.

Once again, putting the coin into the slot machine that’s sort of paying off … Kansas State. TCU is awful at home, flaky overall, wildly-inconsistent, and banged up in the backfield with QB Kenny Hill (probably playing) and RB Kyle Hicks (questionable) likely to keep the O from blowing up. You can set your watch to that haircut – Kansas State is going to come up with the right defensive performance and keep the ball for almost 40 minutes.

Of course South Alabama is going to win, because it needs a victory to get bowling. But this is the last game of the rest of New Mexico State’s FBS life – at least for now. If you’re not scared of that, you should be.

Speaking of scared, always fear the last game in a team’s season, especially at home. Troy might be gunning for a possible Sun Belt title, but this is Georgia Southern’s season finale.

Speaking of scared, always fear the last game in a team’s season, and make that a double if it’s a rivalry game at home for the team about to finish up its season. Louisiana-Lafayette needs this win over ULM to go bowling – likely to the New Orleans – ULM getting seven at home is a spicy pot of something.

Over 77, easy, there’s a reason the line has been jumping up, and it’s partly because Oklahoma State is good enough to roar back and keep it tight late against Oklahoma. Don’t forget, Oklahoma State kinda sorta is in this playoff thing, too.

How now Big 12? Virginia Tech beats Clemson, Colorado beats Washington, the Bedlam winner obliterates the loser.

The last time Texas State lost a game by fewer than 23 points? A 40-34 loss to ULM back on October 15th. TXST is getting outscored 41.5 to 19 on the year, and Arkansas State is pushing for a possible piece of a Sun Belt title with a win.

Last FBS game for Idaho in the Kibbie Dome? And you only want the Vandals to give away 6.5 points to a Georgia State team travelling to Moscow and under transition with an interim head coach? Naughty, naughty, you silly linesmakers.

Even if it doesn’t work, you gotta do it. Don’t think, just throw. Louisiana Tech vs. WKU over. I know, I know, you missed out on Goldman Sachs, and you missed on the 73.5 opener – now it’s at 80. Do it anyway. It’s going to be the wildest, most fun – sorry, funnest – game of the weekend.

You know this whole potential Navy Cotton Bowl fiasco all the kids are groovin’ to? Yeah, forget about it. Temple is going to win your 2016 American Athletic Conference championship. The Owl defense is the absolute real deal, and it’s about to prove it.

I KNOW you want to, but just stay away. Really. Florida might score a touchdown and a field goal or something, and that could be enough to cover the 24. Alabama will coast, but there’s a good chance it won’t pull away. Florida’s D – despite being kept together with spit and duct tape – tends to keep things from getting too insane.

You want to try to figure out Wyoming and San Diego State? These two couldn’t be limping into the Mountain West Championship more if they each had one leg cut off. SDSU quit playing defense and quit running Donnel Pumphrey enough after clinching the West, and Wyoming gave up 5 gajillion rushing yards to New Mexico. I guess go with the veteran, talented Aztec D. Again, I guess.

Whenever I do the game previews and fearless predictions, I never look at the lines until I’m done, and then I add them in. For what it’s worth, the original prediction on the ACC Championship? Clemson 34, Virginia Tech 24. The line? Clemson -10, o/u. 58. Do with that what you must.

Here’s the problem with the Big Ten Championship. Penn State can come back on Wisconsin, but Wisconsin can’t come back on Penn State. I think the Badgers are better, they’re going to hold on to the ball for 59 minutes, and they’re going to crank up that D to a whole other level. But if the Nittany Lions can finally put together a good first half with a few early big plays, scratch all that other stuff.

AND FINALLY …

Alright, alright … puttin’ ‘em on the glass.

Chick-fil-A Peach – No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Washington
Playstation Fiesta – No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Ohio State.
Rose – Wisconsin vs. USC
Sugar – Oklahoma vs. Auburn
Orange – Michigan vs. Florida State
Cotton – Penn State vs. Western Michigan

Championship Fearless Predictions & Game Previews 
MAC: WMU vs. Ohio | Pac-12: Colorado vs. Washington
AAC: Temple vs. Navy | SEC: Alabama vs. Florida
B1G: PSU vs. UW | MW: SDSU vs. Wyo | C-USA: LT vs. WKU
Kansas State vs. TCU | OSU vs. OU | Baylor vs. WVU