Preview and Top 25 Picks for College Football Week 12
The 2022 Week 12 picks and college football Top 25 report includes 2 Top 25 match-ups on Saturday, Nov. 19. Both are big games in the Pac-12 with conference championship game implications. I provide a preview with just Leans and Opinions on those two games plus bonus Picks on this week's Top 25 betting report.
The Week 11 Picks went 2-1 and the side selections included Washington's (+13) outright win at Oregon to knock the Ducks out of the CFB Playoff chase and out of the CFB Playoff top 10 rankings. Picks are now 7-3 ATS since early October (Weeks 7-11), which followed a poor week of Picks on Oct. 1 as we started releasing Picks beyond Opinions and Leans.
There is so much at stake in the closing weeks of the regular season and next week's Thanksgiving week is also the biggest rivalry weekend of the year. But first, it's the huge crosstown rivalry between No. 7 USC and No. 16 UCLA this week with much to be decided ahead of the Pac 12 championship. The No. 10 Utah at No. 12 Oregon winner likely decides who gets into the championship game as well with many Pac-12 tie-breaker scenarios to consider ahead of this week's games.
Additional big rivalry games and impactful conference games this weekend include:
- Oklahoma State at Oklahoma (-7.5)
- Iowa at Minnesota (-2.5)
- TCU (-2.5) at Baylor
- Boise State (-14) at Wyoming
College Football Playoff Rankings
Here are the top 10 teams in the current College Football Playoff Rankings
|1. Georgia||6. LSU|
|2. Ohio State||7. USC|
|3. Michigan||8. Alabama|
|4. TCU||9. Clemson|
|5. Tennessee||10. Utah|
Be sure to check out the top defensive teams and defensive dominators in college football. Review the list and update the stats as you evaluate the match-ups each week and use these stats as guidelines when handicapping. Same with top offensive teams with more balanced and efficient offenses as more teams emerge and others fall off.
That includes the offensive strength and huge yardage output of Oregon (236 rush/282 pass), Utah (206/241) UCLA (242/264) and USC just a bit short in rushing (183/317) but still powerful and the top passing attack of the four teams with updated stats vs FBS opponents. Three teams are averaging 39-42 points per game to rank top 10 in the country with Utah 36 PPG vs FBS foes. Oregon (7.2), USC (7.0) and UCLA (7.0) are all top-5 in the country in yards per play offense against FBS opponents. Utah's offense averages 6.2 yards per play to rank top-25 in the country.
Top 25 Matchups and Picks
Along with the stats above on the two Top 25 match-ups in the Pac 12, I provide more details and updates in my coverage for FanDuel Sportsbook. I provide added links below in the Pac 12 games along with Leans and Opinions.
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No. 6 USC at No. 17 UCLA | 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX
Line: USC -2.5 and Total 76.5 at BetOnline and BookMaker
This line opened USC -4 Sunday in Las Vegas, and is now down to USC -2.5 with the total down a full 6 points to 76.5
No. 10 Utah at No. 12 Oregon | 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Line: Utah -1.5 and Total 61 at Bovada
This line opened Oregon -1 Sunday in Las Vegas, and is now Utah -1.5 and -2 at BetOnline and BookMaker has temporarily taken the game off the board with the status of Oregon QB Bo Nix still uncertain. The total is up sharply from the opener of 55.5 points.
Review the Top 25 CFB Playoff rankings below, and we'll add bonus Picks on Illinois (+18) and Maryland (+27.5) in their games against Michigan and Ohio State. I already have an advance bet on Michigan (+10.5) at Ohio State next week for the Big Game and all the marbles with a Big Ten Championship game entry and CFB Playoff berth still on the line for those two undefeated teams.
Others games and potential picks following additional review. Lines and injuries continue to change and impact betting and also live betting. Recall we added a bonus Pick winner from Top 25 games on Arkansas in Week 9. We'll have more Picks next week for the biggest rivalry weekend of the year over Thanksgiving weekend.
All Top 25 Games on Sat., Nov. 19
Odds are subject to change and current betting lines from top rated sportsbook BetOnline. All times Eastern.
No. 1 Georgia (-22.5) at Kentucky | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
No. 2 Ohio State (-27.5) at Maryland | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
No. 3 Michigan (-18) vs Illinois | 12 p.m. | ABC
No. 4 TCU (-2.5) at Baylor | 12 p.m. | FOX
No. 5 Tennessee (-20) at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN
No. 6 LSU (-14.5) vs UAB | 9 p.m. | ESPN2
No. 7 USC (-2.5) at No. 16 UCLA | 8 p.m. | FOX
No. 8 Alabama (-44.5) vs Austin Peay | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
No. 10 Utah (-2) at No. 12 Oregon | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN
No. 9 Clemson (-19) vs Miami | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
No. 11 Penn State (-19) at Rutgers | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
No. 13 North Carolina (-21) vs Georgia Tech | 5:30 p.m. | ESPN2
No. 14 Ole Miss (-2.5) at Arkansas | 6:30 p.m. | SEC Network
No. 15 Kansas State (-7.5) at West Virginia | 2 p.m. | Big 12 Now
No. 17 Washington (-30.5) vs Colorado | 9 p.m. | Pac 12 Network
No. 18 Notre Dame (-18) vs Boston College | 2:30 p.m. | NBC
No. 19 Florida State (-24) vs Louisiana | 12 p.m. | ESPN3
No. 20 UCF (-16) vs Navy | 11 a.m. | ESPN2
No. 21 Tulane (-3.5) vs SMU | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN (Thursday)
No. 22 Oklahoma State at Oklahoma (-7.5) | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
No. 23 Oregon State (-8) at Arizona State | 2:15 p.m. | ESPN2
No. 24 NC State at Louisville (-4) | 3:30 p.m. | ACC Network
No. 25 Cincinnati (-17) at Temple | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Check back for more updates and information you can bet on.
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