Athletic Southern California smothered Jake Browning and #4 Washington in Seattle in Week 11 to ensure half of the top four-ranked CFP. Let’s offer up a futures book NCAAF pick and see what we learned west of the Mississippi River.
#4 Washington Moves Up into CFP, Are Promptly Bounced by #20 USC in Week 11
USC Freshman QB Sam Darnold (23-22, 287 yards, 2 TDs) and Adoree' Jackson (2 INTs) helped lead the #20 Trojans to an upset win over Jake Browning and Washington in Seattle, 26-13, (WASH -9, BetDSI) as Ronald Jones II (23 rushes, 93 yards, TD) and USC (+290 Money Line, Sportsbetting.ag) won its 5th straight game for Trojans 1st-year head coach Clay Helton.
The Huskies (9-1 SU, 5-5 ATS, 8-2 O/U) Pac-10 Loss to USC (7-3 SU, 6-4 ATS) loss also took much shine off the looming Apple Cup—Friday, Nov. 25 at Washington State (WASH -6½, 2016 Games of the Year, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook)—in the Evergreen State.
#8 Texas A&M, #9 Auburn Add To Week 11 FBS Upsets as SEC 2nd-Tier Stumbles
With CFP-ranked #2 (Clemson), #3 (Michigan) and #4 (Washington) all losing Saturday in Week 11, #8 Texas A&M and #9 Auburn may have been able to sneak up the CFP Rankings, but Georgia upset the Tigers, 13-7 as 8-point underdogs ATS and +300 dogs on the Money Line in Atlanta while first-time starting QB Shea Patterson (338 yards, 2 TDs) and Ole Miss nipped the Aggies, 29-28 as 7-points chalks and +240 in College Station in SEC play on the strength of a 23-point 4th Quarter. Texas A&M was the #4 team in the initial CFP Rankings out two weeks ago and unknowingly had the ideal chance to reemerge. But like #2 Clemson and #3 Michigan, a late (0:37) Field Goal destroyed the Aggies hopes.
And like the Apple Cup between Washington and Washington State, the Iron Bowl (ALA -14, 2016 Games of the Year, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook) on Saturday, Nov. 26 at Tuscaloosa probably won't be as significant after Auburn's latest loss.
NCAAF Week 12 Early West Of The Mississippi Picks: USC -13½ over UCLA, Stanford -6½ over Cal
NCAAF Picks Record: 19-8-0