There was plenty of action Week 13 so let's take a look back at the odds & see what we learned from the bad beats, the stunning victories & how we can improve our college football picks.
Iron Bowl - Reversal of Fortune
If you watched the annual showdown between SEC rivals Auburn and Alabama then you are either skipping over this portion of the article, determined not relive the nightmare if you backed the Tigers in your College Football Picks, or you are all too willing to revel in an ATS cover that you were certain would never come to fruition.
Alabama's offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin used Heisman candidate Derrick Henry like a rented mule. The 6'3" 242 pound junior bludgeoned the Auburn defensive front with 46 carries and 271 rushing yards. But it was the oft-maligned kicker Adam Griffith who got Bama the win and put them in an improbable position to cover the all-important number with five field goal attempts all splitting the uprights.
The stage was set for an Alabama victory leading by nine points and in control of the game as the clock showed under a minute left remaining in the game. The problem for all those who backed the Tide with their hard earned greenbacks was that the College Football Odds makers set the line at Alabama-14 which now looked like a surefire money burner. All Alabama had to do was keep handing off to Henry who would move the line some five yards and eventually time would expire giving cause for celebration to Bama fans but anguish to Bama backers. However, a funny thing happened - funny if you bet the Tide, sheer agony if you had money on the Tigers - Henry broke free to the right side and traipsed 25 yards into the endzone turning winners into losers and losers into winners.
If you backed Bama it reaffirmed why you love to gamble on football. However, if your money was on Auburn you are swearing the game was rigged and it's time to take some time off. Either way, Alabama remains poised for a college football playoff appearance with only the SEC title game left before Saban's crew makes another championship run.
Bedlam in Stillwater
The annual Big 12 showdown between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State is known as the Bedlam game and this year it took place in Oklahoma State's backyard. It was a true test of just which school was the contender and who was the pretender. Both came into this one with 10-1 records and vying for a spot in the top four of college football's playoff tournament this year. The other Big 12 power with national title aspirations had fallen off the map as Baylor dropped a 28-21 overtime decision to TCU the night before. Therefore this was by default the Big 12 title game in a conference that refuses to sanction one after the regular season is through.
So here it was with the visiting Sooners installed as 7 ½ point favorites over the Cowboys in front of a sea of orange and black clad Oklahoma State fanatics. But it wasn't long before Oklahoma imposed their will, skill and domination over an overwhelmed State squad that resulted in a good old fashioned whoopin'. When the smoke cleared the Sooners were the undisputed kings of the Big 12 by virtue of their 58-23 throttling of their intrastate rivals.
Irish Fighting No More
The sixth ranked Fighting Irish of Notre Dame was on the cusp of the college football playoff tournament, desperately trying to convince the Committee that they were indeed worthy of one of the top four spots that would compete for a national championship.
Being an independent with no conference to call their own (ridiculous by the way), this was their one last gasp at making their case as they traveled to ninth ranked Stanford. The oddsmakers installed the home team as four-point betting favorites and the final score proved the lines-makers were close as Stanford prevailed with a 38-36 victory, dashing Notre Dame's playoff tournament hopes. However, there was quite a bit of solace for those Irish fans who also backed their team with cold hard cash as Notre Dame lost the game but covered the all-important number.