Can Baylor pick up one more quality win and make the national championship playoff? Can Ohio State beat Wisconsin with its third-string quarterback? Can Florida State avoid the upset bid of Georgia Tech? Here's our attempt at answering those questions, in the form of free winning college football picks.
Baylor owns a four-game winning streak, after holding off Texas Tech last week 48-46. But the Bears gave up more than 700 yards of offense to the Red Raiders, and saw QB Bryce Petty suffer a concussion. Petty is expected to play Saturday, but how that injury might affect his performance is food for thought when checking the college football odds.
With a win Baylor would claim the Big 12 championship, and perhaps leapfrog over TCU into the playoff.
Kansas State is 7-1 SU over its last eight games, and 8-1 ATS over its last nine, after downing Kansas last week 51-13. The Wildcats can claim at least a share of the Big 12 title, but they don't have enough of a resume to make the national championship playoff.
Baylor has won three of the last four meetings in this series, but K State is 4-1 ATS over the last five meetings. And we're big betting fans of Coach Snyder, who always has his team ready to play. Regardless of who plays QB for Baylor we like the Wildcats in this spot.
Free College Football Pick: Kansas State +7.5 at BetOnline
Wisconsin -4.5 vs. Ohio State
The Buckeyes, with sophomore Cardale Jones starting at QB in place of the injured JT Barrett, meet up with Melvin Gordon and the Badgers in the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis.
Ohio State is 10-0 SU, 6-4 ATS since getting upset by Virginia Tech back in September. Last week the Buckeyes knocked off rival Michigan 42-28, pulling away late. But OSU took a hit when Barrett suffered a broken ankle. The Buckeyes now turn the offense over to Jones, a 6-5, 250-pounder who lacks only in experience.
Wisconsin is 7-0 SU and 4-3 ATS over its last seven games, after beating Minnesota last week 34-24. The Badgers have been powered by Gordon, an improving QB John Stave and a defense that's climbed the national rankings to No. 2 overall, allowing just 260 yards per game.
Ohio State has beaten Wisconsin three times in a row, by seven, seven and four points. The Badgers own an edge in the running game and on defense, but the Buckeyes still have more than enough to at the very least keep this one close, and maybe even win this one outright. So despite the QB situation we like OSU as an underdog.
Free College Football Pick: Ohio State +4.5 at 5Dimes
Florida State -4 vs. Georgia Tech
The 12-0 Seminoles, owners of a 28-game winning streak, shoot for their third consecutive conference championship, and a spot in the national championship playoff, when they take on 10-2 Georgia Tech in the ACC championship game Saturday night in Charlotte.
Florida State is just 3-9 ATS on the season, because it keeps winning games by less than it's favored by. The Seminoles set their tone for this season when they beat Oklahoma State way back in August 37-31 but couldn't cover as 18-point favorites. Since then they've also beaten Clemson in overtime but lost ATS at -9; beat North Carolina State but couldn't cover at -16; beat Syracuse but couldn't cover at -23; beat Notre Dame but couldn't cover at -9; beat Virginia but couldn't cover at -21; had to come from behind to beat Miami; defeated Boston College but came nowhere close to covering at -17; and last week the 'Noles beat rival Florida 24-19 but couldn't cover as seven-point favorites, as QB Jameis Winston threw four interceptions.
Georgia Tech, meanwhile, has won and covered five games in a row, after rallying to beat rival Georgia in overtime last week 30-24. The Yellow Jackets are averaging 334 yards per game rushing,
Florida State, on the other hand, is averaging just 131 yards per game on the ground. The Seminoles have been living dangerously almost all year long, and have trailed in five of their last six games. Think about this when looking at our college football picks. If they ever run into a team that could dominate the clock with a productive running game, they could be in trouble.
Free College Football Pick: Georgia Tech +4 at BookMaker