High/Low Spreads & Totals for Week 14 College Football Picks

Matthew Jordan

Friday, November 28, 2014 12:12 PM GMT

Welcome to Week 14 of High/Low, a look at the highest and lowest spreads and totals on every NCAA football game on the weekend. Last week I put a 3-1 mark and now stand at 28-24 for the year. All NCAA football odds courtesy of BetOnline.

Kansas vs. Kansas State (-28 on NCAA football odds)
It's the end of another dismal season for Kansas. The Jayhawks showed a bit of fight there briefly under interim coach Clint Bowen, who replaced the fired Charlie Weis when Weis was dumped after a 23-0 home loss to Texas on Sept. 27. Kansas has won just a game under Bowen, beating Iowa State by 20 on Nov. 8, but KU but the fear of God in then-No. 4 TCU on Nov. 15 before ultimately falling 34-30. Last week Kansas was routed 44-7 at Oklahoma. Bowen probably won't get the full-time job, but an upset here certainly would boost his case. It's KU's finale and thus essentially the school's bowl game. Kansas would love nothing more than to knock KSU out of the Big 12 race. KSU could still win the conference outright if TCU loses one more game and the Wildcats win this one and then next week at Baylor. KSU has won five straight in this series and 10-1 at home against Kansas under Bill Snyder.

NCAAF free pick: Kansas even though all the sportsbook trends favor K-State. Here's hoping this NCAA football odds rises a half point. Kansas State could be caught looking ahead to Baylor and only win by three touchdowns or so here.

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Baylor vs. Texas Tech (total 79 at sportsbooks)
This is a neutral-site game Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. I believe the highest spread I've seen this season was 80. Can't believe this didn't top that. Baylor leads the nation in scoring at 50.0 points per game and has scored at least 45 in all but two games thus far. Texas Tech is almost indescribably bad on defense, allowing 40.6 points, which is 126th in the country. TCU scored 82 on the Red Raiders. Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Oklahoma all had at least 42. Central Arkansas scored 35 on Texas Tech! The Red Raiders throw it all day so they are capable of scoring a few points of their own, but they also turn it over and don't give their defense much rest in some series. Last year, also in Arlington, Baylor won 63-34. There were 41 points scored in the first quarter alone.

Check out our rivalry preview on Baylor vs.Texas Tech

NCAAF free pick:  'Over.' It has hit in the past four meetings. It is 7-1 in Texas Tech's past eight neutral-site games.

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Nebraska vs. Iowa (pick'em on NCAA football lines)
I generally only include NCAA football picks for Saturday games in these stories but because there are many Friday games on the holiday weekend they are part of the mix. This game is Friday at noon. How motivated will these teams be? Both had their Big Ten Championship Game dreams ruined by Wisconsin in the past two weeks. The Huskers were blasted by the Badgers 59-24 in Madison on Nov. 15 and then upset at home last week by Minnesota 28-24. It ended the Gophers' 20-game road losing streak to ranked teams. It also moved Nebraska one defeat from a seventh straight four-loss season. Coach Bo Pelini might not survive. Iowa might be flat because it lost 26-24 at home to Wisconsin last week. The Hawkeyes had rallied from a 19-3 deficit but couldn't get the ball back after closing to within 2 with 5:01 left. Iowa won 38-17 at Nebraska last season.

NCAAF free pick: Iowa. The Huskers have failed to cover the NCAA football spread in four straight Big Ten games. Iowa has covered six of its past eight.

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Virginia vs. Virginia Tech (total 40 at BetOnline)
The winner of this Friday game is bowl eligible, while the loser's season is over. Virginia Tech was part of my lowest total last week, which was 40 at Wake Forest. It was my easiest win of the season and third 'under' victory on the offensively terrible Demon Deacons in 2014. Wake and Virginia Tech literally set offensive football back about six decades as the Deacons won 6-3 in double overtime. Yes, you read that score right. It was scoreless entering overtime, the first FBS game to be 0-0 at the end of the fourth quarter since 2005. Virginia Tech had just 254 yards, went 3-for-15 on third-down conversions and had three turnovers. The Hokies needed overtime to extend their school-record non-shutout streak that dates to 1995. Tech has topped 17 points once in the past five games.  Virginia isn't quite as inept offensively as Tech as the Cavs scored 30 points last week in home win over Miami to end a four-game skid. It was only the second time this season UVa topped 30.

NCAAF free pick: 'Under.' It has hit in eight straight Virginia ACC games and seven of Virginia Tech's past eight. It is also 4-0 in the past four meetings.

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