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Week 13 College Football Picks: College Football Playoff Musical Chairs

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This part of the season is entertaining for a number of reasons. First and foremost, a few conference championships are still undecided with only a few games left. The Heisman race is in full go with a few candidates making a strong argument to be the winner. Lastly, the CFB Playoff Committee’s knee jerk reactions have basically forced coaches to try and score 100 points from this week on. Spreads were rough this week, but we are sure to make some money, anyway.

Lock Of The Week

New Mexico @ Colorado State

Spread: CSU -21
TSG Pick: CSU -21
Summary: We had to do this one. CSU has been rolling this season, and they deserve some love. The Lobos can’t stop a nose bleed; their best defensive performances have allowed 21 points from their opponent. The Rams have a real reason to be excited with their season. Colorado State has only lost one game to Boise State and finally have some local support surrounding their efforts. CSU takes advantage of the exciting atmosphere at home and blow New Mexico out of the water.

Minnesota @ Nebraska

Spread: Nebraska -10
TSG Pick: Minn +10
Summary: Week after week Minnesota continues to catch shade from line makers. The Golden Gophers were a few mistakes away from taking down THE Ohio State buckeyes last week. On this same very Saturday, Nebraska was busy giving up 408 rushing yards to one player, in only three quarters. I respect Wisconsin for calling off Melvin Gordon, but who wouldn’t have wanted to see just how crazy his stat line could have been if they played him those last few possessions? It may be tough for Minnesota to actually win in Lincoln, but there’s no way they get beat by more than one score.


Spread: UCF -29
TSG Pick: SMU +29
Summary: Dear God, SMU’s season has been a mess. Here’s a fun fact: SMU’s season total in rushing yards piles up to an abysmal 783 through 36 quarters off of 264 total rushes. Melvin Gordon rushed for 408 yards on 25 carries in just three quarters against a top 25 team. We get it… we are comparing two completely different offenses. Don’t care. The Mustangs offense is just horrible; but damnit. They’ve got to cover more than one game this season, right? UCF isn’t anything special, and although the hour time change may play a factor for this local noon game, we are taking red and blue.

Washington State @ Arizona State

Spread: Arizona State -15
TSG Pick: Arizona State -15
Summary: Washington State showed glimpses of potential on the offensive side of the ball. However, Wazzu still hasn’t figured out how to play defense. Arizona State is scorching hot at home (besides UCLA) and will take any advantage to show off for the bowl committee. We are expecting a three touchdown victory by the Sun Devils.

Arizona @ Utah

Spread: Utah -5
TSG Pick: Zona +5
Summary: Although Arizona has played a relatively easy schedule, the Wildcats have played currently ranked teams tough. Arizona defeated Oregon in Eugene and only lost to UCLA by 10 in LA. Utah has sketched their way through the season with three of their seven wins coming in overtime (two in double overtime). Arizona not only covers this game, but they win by more than a field goal and take a hot hand into their showdown against Arizona State next weekend.

Wisconsin @ Iowa

Spread: Wis -10
TSG Pick: Wis -10
Summary: The only reason the spread is so close for Wisconsin is because they have to play this game in Iowa City. After last week’s dismantling of Nebraska, we are jumping on the Badger bandwagon until the wheels fall off. Ten points is very manageable against a team who lost to Iowa State earlier this year.

Colorado @ Oregon

Spread: Oregon -32.5
TSG Pick: Oregon -32.5
Summary: Oregon is currently playing musical chairs with six to eight teams fighting for the final four spots in the college football playoff. The selection committee seems to be as sensitive as your crazy-ex on her period, and a big showing from any of these teams all but lands them a top four spot. For this week. Mariota is believed to be the Heisman front runner as well, and since Oregon is the attention hungry Nike commercial that it is, throwing in the fourth quarter doesn’t seem unlikely for the Ducks. Oregon scored 50+ points, and there’s no way Colorado keeps up.

Oklahoma State @ Baylor

Spread: Baylor -28.5
TSG Pick: Baylor -28.5
Summary: Baylor is currently playing musical chairs with six to eight teams fighting for the final… You get the point. Baylor is in a pretty similar situation as Oregon, only on the outside looking in. Baylor will do what it can to shut Oklahoma State out while scoring a shit ton of touchdowns since that’s really all that matters to the selection committee.

Missouri @ Tennessee

Spread: Tenn -3
TSG Pick: Mizzou +3
Summary: Georgia nation is rooting for the Vols this Saturday as Tennessee tries to destroy Missouri’s hopes of representing the SEC East for the second year in a row. Tennessee is a young and dangerous team, and the home crowd will play a factor on big downs. Still, as much as we’ve bitched and complained about the lack of Tiger offense, Mizzou continues to win football games. With the season goal so close to fruition, Mizzou’s defense will continue to step up and disrupt Tennessee’s pass game. The Tigers earn a sloppy win in Knoxville.

Vanderbilt @ Miss State

Spread: Miss State -30.5
TSG Pick: Miss State -30.5
Summary: The top seven teams in the CFB Playoff rankings should be labeled 1,2, 3a,3b,3c, etc. These teams are all so close together that a win really doesn’t make a shit for #2 through #7. If the Bulldogs want to hold onto that number four spot come next Tuesday, they will need to cover this spread, and maybe add a few more touchdowns on top of that.


Spread: UCLA -4
TSG Pick: USC +4
Summary: We started our first few weeks fading the fuck out of UCLA because Vegas was too stupid to realize their team was an overrated hype machine. We guess Vegas forgot what they had already learned, and we will benefit from that. USC is going to win this one. We understand this is a rivalry game, but USC is a better team. If anything, Vegas should have put the line at +/-2 which would at least give gamblers a tough choice.

Before you jerkoff’s go commenting, “If you guys don’t win 99% of your games, stop writing” we added up the totals for the year. 64-51-1. We will keep tracking as the year goes on.

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A former collegiate athlete and a number crunching Jew comprise the team known as the TokenSportsGuys. If there's a game to pick, we've probably picked it.

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