Friday Football Frenzy: Michigan-Wisconsin Big Ten Showdown, Rams-Vikings a Coin-Toss

Whew. After 9 weeks of scuffling I think I may have finally stabilized. Both college and pro football have given me a harder time this year than ever before and maybe that makes sense with both sports being so chaotic this year. That said, I think I’m finally getting comfortable. I kicked butt in the NFL last week (10-3) and was solid in CFB (11-8)…here’s to another good week!

NFL Week 11

TEN @ PIT (-7)

Winner right out of the gate! I didn’t think this would be a blowout the way that it was but Mariota has been terrible this year and I didn’t think he’d handle PIT on the road.

DET (-3) @ CHI

Gotta go with the better QB here. The Bears don’t trust Trubisky and therefore I don’t either. DET by a TD.

JAX (-8) @ CLE

BAL (-2) @ GB

The Ravens aren’t good but they have a good defense. In a game where neither team has much offense you go with the better defense. Simple. I think.

TB @ MIA (-1)

LAR @ MIN (-2)

Best game of the week. I’m going with the home team here but I’m not comfortable with it. This game is a coin toss.

WAS @ NO (-8)

New Orleans wins but I think Washington is desperate enough – and talented enough – to keep it reasonably close. This is a bet on Cousins.

KC (-10.5) @ NYG

I hate giving up 10.5 on the road but the Giants have quit, they’re a terrible team. The Chiefs should roll.

ARZ @ HOU (-1.5)

BUF @ LAC (-5)

The Bills are currently a wild card team but they’re going with a 5th round rookie at QB? Weird. Chargers in a route with Bosa and Ingram driving Peterman crazy.

CIN @ DEN (-2.5)

NE (-7) @ OAK

Playing a hunch here. The Pats will win the game but I’m going to give the Raiders offense a chance at keeping it close at home. Fingers crossed.

PHI (-5) @ DAL

With Elliott suspended and Smith (LT) out the Cowboys are seriously diminished. The Eagles don’t have a true weakness. They should roll here.

ATL @ SEA (-3)

This is a scary game for Seattle. They’re normally tough at home but they’ve lost Sherman for the year and don’t have a running game. May be a shootout.

Last Week: 10-3

Season Total: 73-71

CFB Week 12

Mercer @ 1 Alabama (no line)

Virginia @ 3 Miami (-19)

This is definitely a potential letdown game. Miami is riding high and needs to maintain the energy from the past two wins. Sold out house will help.

24 Michigan @ 5 Wisconsin (-7.5)

Wisconsin should remain unbeaten but I think Michigan’s defense should be able to keep it close. Love that extra half point.

La-Monroe @ 6 Auburn (-37)

12 TCU (-6.5) @ Texas Tech

15 Central Florida (-13.5) @ Temple

16 Mississippi State (-13.5) @ Arkansas

SMU @ 21 Memphis (-12.5)

Minnesota @ 23 Northwestern (-7)

The Citadel @ 2 Clemson (no line)

4 Oklahoma (-37.5) @ Kansas

This game could be historically ugly. If Oklahoma wants to hang 70 on KU they will.

Kentucky @ 7 Georgia (-21.5)

Georgia needs to be impressive in this one. They’ll take out their frustrations on the Wildcats.

Navy @ 8 Notre Dame (-18)

Notre Dame wins – and they’ll get their running game back on track – but I like Navy to keep this closer than 18.

Illinois @ 9 Ohio State (-41)

The poor Illini. They have to take on an angry OSU team on the road that needs to get style points in their final couple of games.

Kansas State @ 13 Oklahoma State (-19.5)

I’m taking the points here. The Cowboys win by a couple of TD’s.

Nebraska @ 10 Penn State (-27)

Maryland @ 17 Michigan State (-15.5)

20 LSU (-16) @ Tennessee

Tennessee has hope to cover but I just can’t get behind them with all the chaos they’re going through.

Missouri (-9.5) @ Vanderbilt

19 NC State @ Wake Forest (-1.5)

UCLA @ 11 USC (-16.5)

This one worries me. USC is clearly the better team but it’s a rivalry game and the Bruins have a 1st round QB. Still, going with the Trojans.

California @ 22 Stanford (-15.5)

Utah @ 18 Washington (-17.5)

Last Week: 11-8

Season Total: 98-95

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