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FTRS Picks: Championship Week

No GT, but plenty of fun games

NCAA Football: Georgia at Georgia Tech Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Week 13 has finished and we have had some changes in the pick standings. results from the week.

twhit had the top score last week with an impressive 19 out of 26 correct picks.

The top 5 on the season have finally seen a change in the top spot. Coin Flip is now on top with 97 correct picks (dang that’s a good coin), 2nd place is Ched C. with 95 picks, 3rd place is a tie between kjjrb555 and GTbadCarma with 94 correct picks, and in 5th we have EducationalEngineer with 91 correct picks. Good job everyone. We’ll see how the next 2 weeks play out.

NCAA Football: Georgia at Georgia Tech Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Last week didn’t go as well as it could have but I was happy to see us putting up a fight in COFH. We don’t have a game this week, we’ll have to wait a bit to figure out what bowl game we will be in. It’s nice to have some post season action to look forward to again.

It’s the championship week so we have plenty of big games to discuss as the playoffs are on the line for some, and last bragging rights in the conference are on the line for many others. I’m hoping for some close games this week and less of the one sided blowouts we saw last week.

picks:

Conference USA Championship:
New Mexico State Aggies @ #25 Liberty Flames (-10.0)

Logan: Early on Liberty had some struggles, but in the past few weeks Liberty has absolutely dominated their competition. Liberty has a better defense and an exceptional running game... I kind of want to avoid taking big spreads this week, but I think Liberty has this one.

Logan’s pick: Liberty

PAC-12 Championship:
#6 Oregon Ducks (-9.5) v #4 Washington Huskies
(played at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas)

Logan: Winner of this game is probably going to the playoffs. I am surprised at the spread given Washington won this matchup earlier in the year. Oregon definitely has the better defense and Bo Nix is doing great things on offense right now. I do think Oregon has the best shot at winning, but the spread is just too big in this case. I’ll take Washington to cover.

Logan’s pick: Washington

BIG 12 Championship:
#20 Oklahoma State Cowboys v #7 Texas Longhorns (-14.5)
(played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington)

Logan: Texas’s last official game in the BIG 12. I do think Texas is going to win this game unfortunately Oklahoma State has not done well the past few weeks. I actually don’t think this is an unreasonable spread... ugh, I hate breaking my own rules.

Logan’s pick: Texas

MAC Championship:
Miami of Ohio Redhawks v Toledo Rockets (-8.0)
(played at Ford Field Detroit)

Logan: Toledo has already won this match once by 4 points. Miami has done a better job winning through defense at the end of the season, whereas Toledo is reliant on their strong offense. I like defenses so I’ll take Miami of Ohio to cover.

Logan’s pick: Miami of Ohio

Mountain West Championship:
Boise State Broncos (-2.0) v UNLV Rebels
(played at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas)

Logan: UNLV has a better passing game and Boise State has a better running game. Difference is Boise State also has a better defense. I think Boise State is the better pick despite having a significantly worse record.

Logan’s pick: Boise State

SEC Championship:
#1 <I ran out of joke names> (-5.5) v #8 Alabama Crimson Tide
(played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta)

Logan: I have a few policies on this site, one is never pick against Bama and another is to never pick uga. So I’m picking Bama, but I do think a strong defense can give Bama the edge here. uga didn’t look impressive on defense last week so I think Bama can find some weaknesses to take advantage of.

Logan’s pick: Bama

AAC Championship Game:
SMU Mustangs @ Tulane Green Wave (-5.0)

Logan: SMU has their first chance to win the American Conference as the Mustangs are on their way out the door. Tulane struggled to get into gear last week against UTSA, but once they started going the Green Wave never slowed down. I’m hoping this is one of the most tightly fought contests of the weekend because it should mean a lot to both teams. I’m taking SMU to at least cover in what should be a close and fun game.

Logan’s pick: SMU

Sun Belt Championship:
Appalachian State Mountaineers @ Troy Trojans (-6.5)

Logan: Should I make another rule to never underestimate App State? The Mountaineers have made a habit of making the oddsmakers look silly, just like last week when they dominated Georgia State. I don’t really have much else to go on, so I’ll take App State to cover.

Logan’s pick: App State

BIG 10 Championship:
#3 Michigan Wolverines (-23.0) v #17 Iowa Hawkeyes
(played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis)

Logan: Michigan is going to win, so the question is can Iowa contain the Wolverines offense. Iowa has hit the under on points every week for the past 3 weeks, and the O/U on this game is 35.5. Assuming Iowa keeps the under, that gives some room for Michigan to potentially to score 24 points. ugh... someone else run the numbers, I’ll just say the spread seems to big in this one. Iowa covers.

Logan’s pick: Iowa

ACC Championship Game:
#10 Louisville Cardinals v #5 Florida State Seminoles (-2.5)
(played at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte)

Logan: FSU looked really rough last week with their second string QB at the helm... Am I crazy or is it reasonable to assume that Louisville can find a way to win this game. I think I will take Louisville to pull the upset despite their loss last week to Kentucky.

Logan’s pick: Louisville