College Football Picks of the Day for Week 11

Joe Catalano

Saturday, November 8, 2014 7:09 PM GMT

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 7:09 PM GMT

We'll be focusing on the later games as they're more competitive with high profiled teams that play more consistently. It's time to make some coin off of week 11's NCAA Football Picks of the Day and spread the wealth to the betting public. 

Virginia Cavaliers (4-5) vs. #2 Florida State Seminoles (8-0)

How Much Will Florida State Win By?
One thing is for sure and that is no matter how much garbage that we hear off of the field about Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, the kid never loses football games.I'm sure Winston has an agent and is well on his way to either the Jets or Oakland as it stands now, but unless he commits yet another infraction, he has a chance at another National Championship.

This week, Winston and the Noles are a a 3 touchdown betting favorite against the Virginia Cavaliers, who get into a bowl game with running the table. Actually, nowadays, losing teams get into bowl games, therefore the Cavs might be able to afford one loss. If you look at this game as "a glass half full" possibility, if the Cavaliers can beat the great Jameis Winston and Florida State, their stock would skyrocket where bowl games are concerned.

Florida State definitely has their share of adversity as they came back from a 21 point deficit in a win over Louisville. In this game, they suffered many injuries with Winston at the top of the list. He's ready to play and I don't expect him to leave the game with his injured ankle. This is a prime time player that turns over the ball at times, but turns on the switch when the Noles are in jeopardy of losing.

With an injured Mario Pender at the running back position, Florida State will rely upon Karlos Williams (450 yards, 7 TD's) and Delvin Cook (380 yards,  5 TD's ) to do most of the ground work while Winston will zero in on his favorite target in Rashad Greene (853 yards,4 TD's) and tight end Nick O'Leary. In his last 3 games, Greene has caught 20 passes for 277 yards and 1 TD. Expect a big game from Greene.

 

3 Straight Losses
From a Cavaliers perspective, they picked the worst time to lose 3 straight games. They're coming off of a 35-10 loss to Georgia Tech in which they managed just 20 yards on the ground. Quarterback Greyson Lambert has the ability to air the ball out, but he needs to prove that he can stay away from turnovers or this game will be over with by halftime.Virginia has beaten this same Louisville team in week 3 that Florida State had trouble with. That said, this is the week that Jameis Winston and Florida State make a statement and will not play from behind.

College Football Picks: Florida State -20 at 5Dimes

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#5 Alabama Crimson Tide (7-1) vs.  #16 LSU Tigers (7-2)

Old Friends
I'm being sarcastic; these teams know eachother very well. Aside from playing in the same conference, they've played many huge games in the past few seasons. This game happens to be very big for the Tide as they look to stay in the National Championship playoff picture and need a convincing win over top-level opponent such as LSU.

When you mention Alabama, only one name needs to be said and that's Amari Cooper. Cooper, who has 71 receptions for 1132 yards, and 9 touchdowns. Cooper can change the complexion of a football game in a matter of minutes. He has a quarterback that doesn't make mistakes in Blake Sims and the Alabama running game is as solid as it gets. Their top 4 running backs along with Sims all average 5 yards per carry or more.

Bama's defense is also shut air tight as they rank 2nd in the nation in points allowed. LSU also sports one of the top defenses in college football. the only difference in this game is the offenses. LSU can run the ball efficiently with freshman Leonard Fournette, who ran for 113 yards in a 10-7 win over Ole Miss, but there's no Amari Cooper on this squad. Take Bama and lay the 6.5 for your college football picks.

College Football Picks: Alabama -6.5 on college football odds.

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