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WEEK 12 NCAA Footall Picks - late games

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3:30 pm Indiana at Michigan (-22 1/2, 53 1/2) - OK, the Hoosiers are not the greatest, but, at 5-5 and a home game with Purdue next week to close out the season, they don't need this game. Not that they're going to lay out for the Wolverines, rather they will try anything to get the win, which could work either way.

In any case, after Michigan's bubble was popped last week at Iowa, expect Michigan to be a little less than perfect. They're still #3 in the playoff rankings, so only a loss would hurt them, but, they do have a game at Ohio State next week which could have them looking beyond their immediate responsibility.

Coin Flip: Michigan

Rick's Pick: Wolverines 34 Hoosiers 24


3:30 pm Washington State at Colorado (-4 1/2, 50) - If there are marbles in the PAC-12 this game is for all of them. The Cougars lead the North division by a game over Washington; Colorado has a 1/2-game edge on USC in the South. Besides that, the Buffaloes have already lost to the Trojans and have a meeting with #12 Utah next week. Tough spot for the Buffs, but the Cougs have everything to gain and nearly nothing to lose. They host the Huskies next Friday afternoon.

This game comes up even on so many fronts. Happy Holidays!

Coin Flip: Washington State

Rick's Pick: Cougars 26 Buffaloes 23


3:30 pm Virginia Tech at Notre Dame (-1, 55) - The Irish got some of their fight back, whipping Army, 44-6, but seriously, how did Notre Dame manage to work out a schedule with just three actual road games? They've played three on neutral fields and five at home, and still they're only 4-6 on the season.

Virginia Tech, coming off a tough 30-20 loss to Georgia Tech, is still tied with North Carolina in the ACC Coastal division and they have a win over the Tar Heels in hand. This game will not matter in conference standings, but it would look good on the Hokies' resume.

Coin Flip: Virginia Tech

Rick's Pick: Hokies 35 Fighting Irish 31


7:00 pm Clemson (-22 1/2, 47) at Wake Forest - Clemson is still in the picture for the national playoffs (#4), but they need to get back on the winning track, which may not be so easy at Wake Forest, a 64- team eyeing the upset. Last season's meeting at Clemson went 33-13 in favor of the Tigers, so, if the result is the same, Wake could cover the line and still be bowl eligible. Not the best of scenarios for Clemson.

Coin Flip: Wake Forest

Rick's Pick: Tigers 31 Demon Deacons 21



8:00 pm Ole Miss (-10, 50 1/2) at Vanderbilt - This game is only meaningful in regard to bowl eligibility. Mississippi is 5-5 and in need of a win here or home vs. Miss St. next week, while the Commodores are 4-6 and have Tennessee at home next week. The points look pretty good in a defensive, toss-up game.

Coin Flip: Vanderbilt

Rick's Pick: Commodores 24 Rebels 21


8:00 pm Oklahoma (-2 1/2, 67) at West Virginia - Oklahoma is 7-0 in Big 12 play, but the Mountaineers can get closer with a home win, as they are 5-1 and have an extra game yet to play. They travel to Iowa State next week and then return home for Baylor on December 3. With no playoff in the conference, this is as big as it gets, The Sooners have next week off, prior to hosting Oklahoma State the following Saturday. Look out, because these are likely the two best teams the conference and the Mountaineers are 19th in points against, allowing just 20.6 per game. Oklahoma gives up 30.8.

Coin Flip: Oklahoma

Rick's Pick: Mountaineers 27 Sooners 21


10:30 pm USC (-12, 52) at UCLA - The Trojans have picked themselves up after a horrible 1-3 start with six straight wins, last week upending Washington, 26-13. While they are listed as the road team, this game is always played at the Coliseum, home for both the Bruins and Trojans.

UCLA has stumbled badly, winning last week at Oregon State, 38-24, ending a run of four consecutive losses. The Bruins should put up a good fight, which they usually do, but USC is in position to capture the division if Colorado loses earlier in the day.

Coin Flip: UCLA

Rick's Pick: Trojans 34 Bruins 14

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