The college football oddsmakers had their hands full with more upsets and underdog covers from Week 12. Let’s take a look at the week that was with a view towards cashing our college football picks for Week 13.
Two Top 10s Tumble
Every week college football has at least one stunning surprise in store, and last week was no different. The biggest upset came Thursday night when the Louisville Cardinals, installed as 17-point road favorites by the on college football odds, were dismantled by the Houston Cougars 36-10. Not only did that shellacking evaporate all of the two-, three- and four-team teasers using Louisville as one of the anchors, but those wanting to beef up their moneyline parlays with a “sure-fire winner” had to be shaking their collective heads when the -1025 money line favorite fell without a fight. That loss knocked the Cardinals out of any College Football Playoff contention and caused them to tumble from the No. 3 team in the nation to outside the Top 10.
In a far less surprising turn of events, former No. 10 West Virginia hosted another Top 10 team in Oklahoma. The Sooners came in as a deserving 3-point road favorites and rewarded all those who included them in their college football picks with a convincing 56-28 victory. The Mountaineers plummeted to No. 19 in this week’s rankings while the Sooners bumped up a notch and are currently at No. 7.
Buckeyes Survive Spartans
Only the most ardent Michigan State loyalists gave the Spartans a chance against their powerhouse Big Ten neighbors Ohio State on Saturday. MSU had defeated only one of the seven conference foes they had faced this season, and the Buckeyes appeared to be another imminent loss waiting to happen. However, the 20-point home underdogs had upset on their minds and almost pulled it off -- their failed 2-point conversion with 4:41 left to play proved to be their demise. When the dust had settled, Ohio State escaped with a 17-16 nail-biting victory and remained in contention for a CFP spot.
Perhaps the most startling consequence of their near-death experience was the fact that there was none at all. The Buckeyes (10-1 SU, 6-5 ATS) remained the second-ranked team in the country despite the fact that Michigan (10-1 SU, 5-6 ATS) defeated Indiana 20-10 as a 24-point home favorite and Clemson (10-1 SU, 5-5-1 ATS) rolled over host Wake Forest by the score of 35-13. Apparentlt Michigan’s win was not nearly impressive enough against a mediocre Hoosiers squad, and Clemson’s solid victory over the Demon Deacons did nothing to ameliorate their stunning home loss to Pittsburgh last week. Wisconsin (9-2), Washington (10-1), Oklahoma (9-2), Penn State (9-2) and the upstart Colorado Buffalos (9-2) are all trying to breakthrough to one of the four CFP berths.