CFP-ranked #6 Washington may be the only team from west of the Mississippi River with a real chance to crack the FBS Final Four but #9. Let’s see what we learned here in Week 12 and offer up a handful of NFL picks.
Talented #6 Washington, #9 Oklahoma Could Still Sneak into College Football Playoff
Despite the fact the first five teams ranked in the College Football Playoff are from east of the Mississippi, the nature of the CFP is so wild that maybe two teams from west of Big Muddy can still make it, and right now, it looks like #6 Washington and #9 Oklahoma could have the best chance.
On Saturday, Jake Browning and the Huskies walloped Arizona State, 44-18 (WASH -27), failing to Push by a point as Wazoo's Keishawn Bierria returned an onside kick for a TD with 7 seconds left. Washington (Overs 8-3) heads into Friday's Apple Cup at Washington State (WASH -4½, 2016 GOTY, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook; FOX, 3:30 p.m. EST) in a good spot. And Baker Mayfield (10/1 to win Heisman Trophy, SuperBook), Dede Westbrook and the Sooners doubled up #14 West Virginia in snowy Morgantown, 56-28 (OK -3) as Samaje Perkins ran for 160 yards and 2 TDs while Joe Mixon (147 yards, TD) also had a stellar day, ending any Mountaineers championship hopes.
#11 Oklahoma State, #13 USC Win in Week 11, Stay in Hunt But #12 Utah Stumbles in Last Seconds
#11 Oklahoma State won 31-6 vs. TCU (OSU -7) but #12 Utah lost 30-28 to Oregon as 12-point chalks (ORE +340 Moneyline, Heritage) on a last-second Ducks TD in SLC to knock the Utes out of contention while #13 Trojans (8-3 SU) fought for a 36-14 triumph over city rival UCLA (USC -13) as USC won its 7th straight game but remain a longshot and will likely have to win the Pac-12 Championship.
Trends Department: Boise State Stinks ATS on Blue Turf Now, Arizona Just Stinks
Once feared in their own Private Idaho, Boise State has now L9 Straight ATS at Albertsons Stadium although the Broncos are 6-0 at Home this season and 17-2 SU since HC Bryan Harsin (6-13 ATS Home) took over. Along with Temple, Colorado has the best ATS Record in FBS (9-1) after covering against #22 Washington State, 38-24 (COL -6). Rocky Mountain State rivals Colorado State improved to 9-2 ATS after slicing New Mexico, 49-31 (CSU -7) while Arizona (3-14 ATS L17) still has the worst ATS Record (1-10) after falling 42-17 at Oregon State (OSU -3) with fellow Pac-12 disappointment Oregon 2-8-1 ATS.
NCAAF Week 12 Early West Picks: Kansas State -28 over Kansas, Wisconsin over Minnesota, Stanford over Rice
NCAAF Picks ATS Record: 22-8-0