There were major upsets Week 12, let's take a look back at NCAA football odds and see what we learned from the bad beats, the stunning victories and how we can improve our college football picks.
There was no greater tremor in college football than the one that reverberated from Columbus, Ohio where the 9th ranked Michigan State Spartans vanquished the defending national champions 17-14 in their own backyard. It was a day for the defenses as the Spartans had to go without their starting quarterback Connor Cook who was sidelined with a shoulder injury after last week's victory over Maryland. The College Football Odds makers opened this one at Ohio State -13 but it quickly adjusted once the word was spread that Cook would sit this one out.
When the game kicked off Michigan State settled as a 16-point road dog and no one but the most ardent Spartan fan believed that the Buckeyes 23-game win streak would end on a cold, drizzly, grey November day at The Horseshoe. But that's exactly what happened as MSU's 5-foot-8 kicker Michael Geiger launched a 41 yard field goal with no time remaining to turn the College Football Playoff committee on its head and most likely bounce the Buckeyes out of the coveted top four.
Michigan State is in control of the Big Ten East and will meet Penn State next week while the Buckeyes travel to Michigan for a chance to crawl back into contention.
Fighting Irish Win But...
The irony was clear as Notre Dame was slated as the home team on an historic neutral site known as Fenway Park, only miles from their "visiting" opponents Boston College. It was the first football game held at the legendary ballpark since 1968 and the Eagles almost made it memorable. When the dust settled it was the No. 4 ranked Irish who flew back to South Bend with a 19-16 win and their ninth victory in hand to gear up for Stanford next week. The question is will that sloppy performance over a subpar opponent be enough to keep their spot safe in the eyes of the College Football Playoff committee?
Cowboys Undefeated No More
The Big 12 has three legitimate top 10 teams all cannibalizing each other's chances to make it to college football's version of the Big Dance. Last week the Baylor Bears made their case that despite their lone loss to another Big 12 power in Oklahoma they indeed should be considered as one of the four top four teams in the country and compete for the national championship.
All the Bears did was leave their den and migrate to Stillwater only to notch a 45-35 victory thereby delivering the Cowboys their first loss of the season. The Big 12 remains one of the most talented conferences in the country but their lack of a championship game hurt them last season and could once again but a whammy on any team's chances of getting an invitation to the College Football Playoffs.
Sooners Hold Off TCU
The line on Oklahoma shot up from -10 to -17 when it was learned their opponents would be without the services of their top offensive weapons Trevone Boykin and Josh Doctson. Nevertheless TCU made a game out of it when they rallied after being 13 points down and decided to opt for the winning two-point conversion instead of kicking the extra point which would have sent the game into overtime. If you're a big fan of the Sooners you walked away happy when sophomore safety Steven Parker batted away TCU's game-deciding two-point conversion pass to clinch the 30-29 win. However, if you included the Sooners in your College Football Picks than you were no doubt tearing your hair out as the Horned Frogs mounted their fourth-quarter rally.
Oklahoma, like their fellow Big 12 powerhouses Baylor and Oklahoma State, is on the periphery of the College Football Playoffs conversation. The big question will be which team will emerge victorious after their Bedlam game with Oklahoma State in Stillwater next week? That winner could very well catch the attention of the Committee and take one of the four coveted spots.