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The Big E College Football Picks: Week 14

Last week before the bowl games begin.

Kevin C. Cox


Welcome to the last week of the Big E College Football Picks before the bowl season begins.

We'll crown a regular season champ but this contest does extend through the national title game, and hey we're playing in that sucker too!

Let's do this.

AP Rankings used where appropriate.

UCF (+2.5) at Tulsa

12:00 PM ET

Pick: UCF

These teams played not to long ago and Tulsa won by two points. Typically in the rematch between similar teams the team that lost will take the second contest.

I'm going with that theory here.

No. 24 Oklahoma State (-4.5) at Baylor

12:00 PM ET

Pick: Baylor

Two explosive offenses but I'll take the points with the Bears playing at home.

Nice to see Oklahoma State ranked at 7-4? What's up with that?

No. 12 Oklahoma (-6.5) at TCU

12:00 PM ET

Pick: Oklahoma

TCU has been through some stuff this year so a 7-4 record is a pretty good coaching record by Gary Patterson. Does anyone think they see consistent 10-win seasons anymore now that they're in the Big 12?

Oklahoma really needs this game to keep their BCS hopes alive so they should be focused.

No. 25 Boise State (-8.5) at Nevada

3:30 PM ET

Pick: Boise State

I honestly had no idea that Boise State picked up their 2nd loss a few weeks ago. I guess that kind of speaks to the quiet season the Broncos have had huh?

Nevada has been owned in this series although the last time Boise visited their kicker missed like 14 field goals and the Wolf Pack ended up with the upset.

I'll take Boise with a solid 12-point win.

No. 2 Alabama (-7.5) at No. 3 Georgia

4:00 PM ET

Pick: Alabama

I just don't think Georgia is in Alabama's class. There's nothing from the past 3 years to convince me of that fact.

The Bulldogs are 1-10 against ranked teams since 2010. They were blown out this year by a ranked team. They were blown out in last year's SEC title game. Here are their wins over the past 3 years:

Idaho State (non-FBS)

Coastal Carolina (non-FBS)

Georgia Southern (non-FBS)

Vanderbilt (2-10)

Ole Miss (2-10)

Kentucky (2-10)

Louisiana-Lafayette (3-9)

Auburn (3-9)

Florida Atlantic (3-8)

New Mexico State (4-9)

Buffalo (4-8)

Missouri (5-7)

Tennessee (5-7)

Kentucky (5-7)

Tennessee (5-7)

Vanderbilt (6-7)

Tennessee (6-7)

Georgia Tech (6-7)

Ole Miss (6-6)

Georgia Tech (6-6)

Miss State (7-6)

Florida (7-6)

Auburn (8-5)

Georgia Tech (8-5)

Vanderbilt (8-4)

Florida (11-1)

I'm not saying Georgia is overrated or anything. But any team with this resume hasn't proved a whole lot. If these were Notre Dame wins every single soul outside of South Bend would be bagging on the Irish.

So maybe Georgia wins but I haven't seen much evidence at all to pick them to even cover this spread.

No. 23 Texas (+10.5) at No. 7 Kansas State

8:00 PM ET

Pick: Kansas State

Texas has quarterback problems (again) and Collin Klein is going to give it one last go in order to put his name back in the Heisman race.

I think we'll see a comfortable K-State victory.

No. 13 Florida State (-13.5) at Georgia Tech

8:00 PM ET

Pick: Florida State

4 of Georgia Tech's 6 losses this season have been by 14 points or more.

I don't know why anyone would pick the Yellow Jackets to win this game. They've already been approved for a bowl game if they lose, so there's a nice parachute for them.

No. 14 Nebraska (-2.5) at Wisconsin

8:00 PM ET

Pick: Nebraska

This could be the best Nebraska team, at least record-wise, in 9 years. If they win this game and the Rose Bowl it's the best Corn team in 11 years or more.

Does it seem like Nebraska's been doing THAT good this year?

Anyway, Wisconsin is not going to the Rose Bowl. The B1G will not disgrace itself like that so expect every call to go in Nebraska's favor.