It's the last full week of the regular season and our second to last week of picks. The. Pressure. Is. On.
Congratulations to TheVoice of NDNation for leading Week 13 with a record of 19-3. That's an absolutely dominating performance. Our overall leader by a single game is iNDy_Verballer who sits at 140-96 this late in the season.
Big E: 139-97 (3rd place)
Let's get to this week's games...
Western Kentucky (+23.5) at No. 24 Marshall
Pick: Western Kentucky
WKU has an awful defense but they can also score a lot of points. If this game gets shootout-y I'll take the points and see if Marshall can pile up a huge lead.
Arkansas (-3) at No. 17 Missouri
Arkansas has looked super impressive in recent weeks thus they are road favorites against ranked Missouri. My bet here is that the Hogs simply cannot continue playing so well. It has to end at some point.
Navy (-9) at South Alabama
I usually pick Navy.
No. 13 Arizona State (+2.5) at No. 11 Arizona
Pick: Arizona State
The Cats are right on the precipice of having their best season in 15 years. Rich Rod has done good things but I've got a feeling they just aren't quite there as a program.
Stanford (+5.5) at No. 8 UCLA
UCLA is playing really well right now. I have little faith in Stanford's ability to keep swinging against the Bruin offense. A sizable two touchdown or more victory wouldn't surprise me.
Colorado State (-7) at Air Force
Pick: Colorado State
How many are aware that Air Force is 8-3 right now? This is a heck of a game outside of the major conference. Let's hope Jim McElwain can defend the Falcon offense.
South Carolina (+4.5) at No. 21 Clemson
Chad Morris is taking the SMU job and as I type this I'm assuming this will be his swan song with the Tigers.
Michigan (+21) at No. 6 Ohio State
My feeling is that Michigan is going to play really well and give the Bucks a lot of trouble. Can you imagine a win by Brady Hoke here?
No. 16 Georgia Tech (+13) at No. 9 Georgia
Pick: Georgia Tech
Anyone dreading facing the Yellow Jackets triple option next year?
Kentucky (+13.5) at No. 22 Louisville
Sufficiently impressed with Louisville's offense last week.
Florida (+7.5) at No. 3 Florida State
Pick: Florida State
Driskel is playing, right? It seems as though there's enough chatter of the Gators making this a game. But Driskel, right?
No. 10 Michigan State (-13.5) at Penn State
Pick: Michigan State
Hmm, this seems like a lot of respect for Penn State. I can't see their offense doing much against the Spartans. They better hope for some Happy Valley home field advantage or something.
No. 18 Minnesota (+14) at No. 14 Wisconsin
We'll be watching to see how close Melvin Gordon can get to Barry Sanders' record. Too many points, though.
Notre Dame (+7) at USC
Pick: Notre Dame
I'm picking a Trojan win but an Irish cover.
No. 4 Mississippi State (-2.5) at No. 19 Ole Miss
Pick: Miss State
The workings of college football kind of point to a Miss State loss here, don't they? It would open the door to another conference making the playoff and would also include the Bulldogs not going 11-1, which is cray. I still think Ole Miss has lost all their swag.
No. 7 Baylor (-25) at Texas Tech
It doesn't look like Baylor can jump TCU in the playoff poll despite beating them head-to-head. That won't stop them from piling up all the style points this weekend.
Kansas (+27.5) at No. 12 Kansas State
Pick: Kansas State
The Wildcats are going to run the ball with such ferocity after watching what Oklahoma did last week.
BYU (+4) at California
So this is a game this week? Cal quietly improved a lot this season while BYU took a step back with all their injuries.
No. 15 Auburn (+9) at No. 1 Alabama
This is a risky pick because Alabama has played lights out at home this year. The Iron Bowl has a rivalry factor of "11" though and might actually make Auburn play some defense.
No. 2 Oregon (-19.5) at Oregon State
Aside from beating ASU a while back Oregon State has been pretty crappy this season. Weird things can happen in this rivalry but Mariota takes another step towards the Heisman.
Utah State (+9) at No. 23 Boise State
Pick: Utah State
Utah State straight up, that's my bold and final pick.