Home Top 128 Rankings/Polls Picks/Scores Feature Picks Odds Standings Tickets Teams Bowls News Forum Season Preview History More...

College Football
Feature Picks - college football picks

Related Content:
| Picks, Scores | Feature Picks | Odds |

Team Schedules, Scores, Picks:
| ACC | American | Big 10 | Big 12 | CUSA | Indep. | MAC | MWC | PAC-12 | SEC | Sun Belt |

Week: 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  Bowls             Year: 2007  2008  2009  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014 

Important Info: This information is supplied for entertainment purposes only. neither encourages, participates in, or supports the practice of sports betting. Please read our Policies and Disclaimers.

Each week, Mike Mitchell examines the computer's picks and selects those which he believes have the best chance of being correct. Lines in parenthesis are the opening lines as reported at Later lines are used in the event of a "pick 'em" opening. The Congrove Computer Rankings' pick is shown outside the parenthesis. The HOME TEAM is in CAPS. An explanation of how the computer's SU and ATS wins and losses are scored can be found at Weekly Picks Help.

The computer likes the favorite with room to spare.
Last Season: 88-34 SU (.721), 52-70 ATS (.426)
This Season: 89-24 SU (.788), 59-54 ATS (.522)
Last Week: 4-3 SU (.571), 4-3 ATS (.571)
This Week: 0-1 SU (.000), 0-1 ATS (.000)

Tuesday, November 24
NORTHERN ILLINOIS (-13) by 13.62 over Ohio - NIU is a 17-point home pick on the computer trend line. A win over the Cardinals, and a Toledo loss to Western Michigan, puts the Huskies in the MAC Championship game for the 6th straight year where they would face Bowling Green for the 3rd consecutive season.
Ohio won 26-21. The computer lost SU, lost ATS.

Friday, November 27
CENTRAL MICHIGAN (-24) by 25.89 over Eastern Michigan - The Chippewas have won 5 of the last 6 meetings, and 4 of those were by 32 points or more. The computer trend line is on this game is 31.

PITTSBURGH (-5.5) by 7.69 over Miami (Fla.) - Pitt (8-3) was a 7.80-point computer pick over Miami (7-4) in the preseason and that margin has only changed fractionally over the course of the season. Despite all the turmoil in Miami, the 'Canes have actually turned in a better season than expected, but so have the Panthers. Miami's defense ranks last in the ACC in stopping the run and Pitt ranks 5th in rushing. Pitt ranks 11th in the ACC against the pass and Miami ranks 2nd in passing.

Saturday, November 28
Alabama (-13) by 15.01 over AUBURN - The computer forecasted Auburn to go 6-6 and that's exactly where the Tigers will sit if they lose this game as expected. It picked 'Bama to go 12-0 and only the upset loss to Ole Miss has prevented that from happening. Alabama was only a 7-point computer favorite in the preseason and that margin has now more than doubled. Auburn ranks 12th in the SEC in total defense and 84th nationally.

Colorado State (-9.5) by 13.08 over FRESNO STATE - Fresno State's only wins have come against Abilene Christian, UNLV (3-8) and Hawaii (2-10). The Rams (6-5) are on a 3-game winning streak and have won 4 of their last 5, including victories over Air Force and New Mexico.

Duke (-4) by 7.29 over WAKE FOREST - Duke's was rolling along before it got screwed at the end of the Miami game. Now, the train has come off the rails and the Blue Devils have dropped 4 straight. Still, Duke has won 3 straight in the series by 7 or more and I see nothing in Wake that will prevent that result from occurring again. The defensive numbers are similar, but Duke has the much better offense.

GEORGIA SOUTHERN (-20.5) by 25.57 over South Alabama - The computer trend line is nearly 33. The Eagles boast the nation's top rushing offense and the Jaguars are ranked 91st in stopping the run.

Virginia Tech (-4) by 10.29 over VIRGINIA - If Virginia Tech doesn't win, it's Frank Beamer's last game, the end of a 22-year bowl streak and his first losing season since 1992. The Hokies have won 11 straight in the series, and 15 of the last 16. A win by UVa will likely not be enough to save Mike London's job with the Cavaliers. London has had 1 winning season in 6 years and was whipped 43-24 by Auburn in the only bowl appearance (2011 Chick-fil-A). His records at UVa are 27-45 overall, and a horrendous 14-33 in the ACC.

The computer likes the favorite, but by fewer points than the oddsmakers.
Last Season: 69-11 SU (.863), 33-47 ATS (.413)
This Season: 47-10 SU (.825), 31-26 ATS (.544)
Last Week: 7-1 SU (.875), 4-4 ATS (.500)
This Week: 0-0 SU (.000), 0-0 ATS (.000)

Friday, November 27
WESTERN KENTUCKY (-10.5) by 6.77 over Marshall - Marshall ranks 2nd in the conference on defense while WKU ranks 5th. The Hilltoppers rank 2nd on offense and the Herd rank 5th. Last year's contest was a 67-66 shootout in a single overtime that ruined Marshall's undefeated campaign in the final regular season game. The Herd regrouped to win the CUSA title over Louisiana Tech and the Boca Raton Bowl over Northern Illinois to finish 13-1.

Saturday, November 28
Air Force (-9.5) by 9.35 over NEW MEXICO. - The oddsmakers and the computer are in basic agreement on the margin. However, Bob Davie has given the Air Force Academy fits during his three seasons in Albuquerque. The Lobos have lost twice by just 4 and 5 points, and won by 8 the last time they met on his home turf.

RICE (-10.5) by 8.53 over Charlotte - Neither team has been very capable on offense over the last 4 games with Rice tallying 72 points to Charlotte's 78. The 49ers have the better defense. This one should stay close.

Fau (-5.5) by 3.17 over OLD DOMINION - The Monarchs would get to 6-6 with a win over the 2-9 Owls.

LOUISIANA TECH (-6) by 5.16 over Southern Miss - The computer trend line has Southern Miss winning by 4-1/2. USM ranks first in Conference USA on both sides of the ball.

The computer likes the underdog as the outright winner. This is every upset projected by the computer.
Last Season: 60-50 SU (.545), 68-42 ATS (.618)
This Season: 21-47 SU (.309), 35-33 ATS (.515)
Last Week: 2-3 SU (.400), 2-3 ATS (.400)
This Week: 0-0 SU (.000), 0-0 ATS (.000)

Thursday, November 26
Texas Tech by 0.89 over TEXAS (-1) - Texas HC Charlie Strong has been battling rumors that he's headed to Miami. Strong claims it isn't happening. Texas fans might be happy if it does. The Longhorns need to win their last 2 games to become bowl eligible (at Baylor next week). Texas Tech (6-5) would like to upgrade their bowl status. The Red Raiders have the advantage on offense, averaging 588 yards to Texas' 367, and 46.5 points to 24.9. The Texas Tech defense is porous, but I don't see Texas keeping up.

Friday, November 27
NEBRASKA by 3.72 over Iowa (-2.5) - Nebraska has been a strange team to figure out with narrow losses to BYU, Miami, Wisconsin and Northwestern, but puzzling losses to Illinois and especially, Purdue. At the same time, the 'Huskers gave Michigan State its only setback. Iowa is 1 of only 2 remaining undefeated teams, but the Hawkeyes have faced a schedule ranked 81st. Iowa's only shot at the final 4 is to win this week, and then beat Michigan State, Ohio State or Michigan in the Big Ten Championship game. Statistically, Iowa's offense is as balanced as they come with 2,291 yards rushing and 2,310 passing. The 'Huskers get 61.5% of their offense through the air. Both teams are solid at stopping the run. Iowa has been better at stopping the pass. This game is a pure toss-up, in my opinion.

Saturday, November 28
Arizona State by 1.82 over CALIFORNIA (-4) - Cal broke from the gate with 5 straight wins, then lost 5 of the last 6. Arizona State has been up and down all year, but enters this game with some confidence following wins over Washington and Arizona. Cal has the 2nd-best passing offense in the conference and ASU has the 2nd-worst pass defense. That stat, and the fact that ASU is 1-3 on the road, puts me in the Bear's camp.

EAST CAROLINA by 1.53 over Cincinnati (-1) - These teams are incredibly similar. Both teams have wins over Tulsa and UCF, and losses to BYU and USF since October 17. The only difference is Cincinnati beat UConn by 24 and ECU lost by 18. I'm inclined to simply go with the home team.

Florida State by 3.04 over FLORIDA (-3) - Given Florida's offensive struggles, it shouldn't take many points for FSU to pull out the win. The 'Noles have won 4 of the last 5 in the series after dropping the previous 6 straight.

GEORGIA TECH by 0.65 over Georgia (-5) - Georgia Tech's only win since September 12 came on a blocked field goal return against Florida State. Georgia gets the nod from me.

Texas State by 1.08 over IDAHO (-2.5) - A 3-8 Vandal teams hosts a 3-7 Bobcats team in the Sun Belt. Run away from this game and don't even look back.

RUTGERS by 1.92 over Maryland (-1) - Two teams in the throes of miserable seasons, but one with an interim head coach who is 2-31 all-time (Maryland's Mike Locksley). For that reason alone, I'd take Rutgers.

Ohio State by 9.10 over MICHIGAN (-1) - The Wolverines must secretly wish Ohio State hadn't lost to Michigan State. The Buckeyes have won 10 of the last 11 meetings, and 12 of the last 14. I wouldn't go against a wounded nut.

Utep by 3.52 over NORTH TEXAS (-2.5) - A 1-10 North Texas hosts a 4-7 UTEP. I'd go with the Miners as they have more experience winning, and North Texas is last in the conference on both sides of the ball.

Send your comments and questions to Feature Picks Feedback.

Doc's Sports offers matchup reports and predictions on every single college football game during the season as well as $60 in free member picks - Click Here

Get the best college football predictions offered free daily.

Tickets is the top rated source for all college football bowl game tickets, including the College Football Championship, major bowl games, and all other Division I bowls.


is a proud
"Partner of USATODAY College Sports"