Thanksgiving, the time of year to gather around the table and hate the person sitting next to you. That could be your uncle. They could be your in-laws. It could be your neighbor. No matter how you slice it, we all have that one person we have to hang out with as a family this week.
In college football, it’s your opponent.
An obnoxious part of your city, state or region that you have to share a stadium with for 3+ hours to close out the season. It’s probably the team your uncle, in-laws, or neighbor supports.
At my house, it’s my sister and her husband who attended Texas A&M.
To you, it’s probably the idiot down the street who covered his house in that hideous blue and orange. He gives you dirty looks at the grocery store whenever he sees you in your garnet and gold. He hits you with Gator gum whenever the losers stumble into anything resembling competent football in the last decade.
It’s well established that I’m not a Florida State boy by birth, but when it comes to hating UF, we’re related. Let’s hate, hate, hate, hate alligators together as one adopted online family this year.
I have to say this article is one of my favorite parts of the year and I’m really excited to put it together. Thanks to everyone who played all year. We have another week next week and then I’ll have something for all of us to play for the bowling season.
To add to the fun in this final full week, we’re picking 15 games. Why? Because we start on Thursday night and I want to give everyone a chance to pick as many picks as possible.
You need them to catch me after I finally got the hang of this thing a week ago and finally got the long overdue 8-2 win. That brings my all-year total to a season-high 9 games over .500 at 70-61.
We had 3 people comment on the 7-3 post — 89noles, Jason Kuruvilla, and 72gymrat. I was going to go into the Hall of Fame for the win this week, but it’s called literally Championship Hall of Fame Comment Section. And even though the name is ridiculous, I plan to make a living out of it. But I definitely add stars. So congratulations and welcome back to Championship Hall of Fame Comment Section.
Comment Section Champions:
- Week 0 — NoleOhana (8-3) yes we played 11 games that week
- week 1 — OhNoleHeDidn’t (7-3)
- Week 2 — Jason Kuruvilla, DenverNoleFan & mr_britt (8-2)
- Week 3 — mr_britt & trojan24man (9-1)
- 4th week — honey (7-3)
- 5th week — honey (7-3)
- 6th week — NoleGrad07 (7-3)
- 7th week — Noleyman & Noles95′ (8-2)
- 8th week — RWHUGHESJR (8-2)
- 9th week — NoleGrad07, RWHUGHESJR & Noleyman (6-4)
- 10th week — Ukedanole (7-3)
- 11th week — mead (9-1)
- 12th week — 89noles, Jason Kuruvilla & 72gymrat (7-3) **Brian went 8-2**
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If you’re new to the playbook (which many of you probably are since I’ve only done it for one season), post your tip in the comments with the spread provided. Next week I’ll tally up the wins and losses, salute whoever dominated the weekend, and add you to our BRAND NEW BULLET LIST OF CHAMPIONS above. Remember, I’m just a guy with a keyboard, not a gambling pro, so this isn’t advice. It just provides us all with a viewing guide and rooting interest in watching the football season.
Reminder, I’ll pull out all the lines tallysight.com because it’s easier to follow my selection.
Future Auburn head coach Lane Kiffin? Depending on who you believe, it’s either done or not even possible. One of those sources is the man himself, who used his Twitter account to throw dirt on the fire. Will his potential departure affect his team in the fiercest rivalry that took place this weekend? They don’t hide it. These teams absolutely hate each other and these fan bases even more. It’s a great chance to shed that image and roll with Ole Miss.
Brian’s Pick: Ole Miss -2.5
Thanks to Navy, our Angry Wave is back in the driver’s seat for a Group 5 New Year’s Six offer. All they have to do is go on the road and knock off Cincinnati. This is the furthest thing from a blood feud on our slate, but it’s an important game, so we’ll pick it anyway.
Brian’s Pick: Tulane +2.5
It’s strength to strength in the battle for North Carolina. Drake Maye and the Heels offense against the NC State defense. Maye became one of the top quarterbacks in the country even as a freshman. He leads one of my favorite teams in the country because the offense is amazing and the defense sucks. Conventional wisdom says points should be taken in rivalry games, but my love for the UNC offense clouds my better judgment.
Brian’s Pick: North Carolina -6.5
For my picks and predictions from the rest of our staff, click here.
Brian’s Pick: Florida State -9.5
The game of the weekend will depend on the health of Blake Corum. Michigan’s star running back got a pretty good performance against Illinois on Saturday, missing almost the entire second half. No wonder the Wolverines collapsed there after that. If he can’t go, it won’t be close. If the a is at full strength, the question becomes whether Ohio State can finally live up to its potential. I’ve been waiting all season for the Buckeyes to show the full potential they have. They were a disappointing 11-0 in some ways because they have yet to play a true complete game this year. The margin of error for Ohio State appears to be much greater and they are at home. I’ll put enough to cover that TD spread.
Brian’s Pick: Ohio State +7.5
Well, that was unexpected. The same week I declared that I was no longer afraid of huge spreads against Tennessee, Spencer Rattler made a fool out of me. After getting suffocated by that horrible Florida defense I mentioned above, South Carolina found the end zone pretty darn close on every possession of the game. Now they head to Clemson with a chance to spoil their hometown rival’s College Football Playoff hopes. Clemson won last week against a horrible Miami team (Never forget how truly horrible this Miami team is). Based on last week alone, I like South Carolina.
Brian’s Pick: South Carolina +14.5
Sorry. I committed to 15 games and this is one of the results of that choice.
Brian’s Pick: Georgia Tech +35.5
Earlier this year, I declared Oregon State one of my favorite teams in the country before they were unceremoniously defeated. Since then, they have been off the roster without any marquee games. But don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten you, Beavers.
Brian’s Pick: Oregon State +3.5
A year ago, Auburn and head coach Bryan Harsin should have defeated Alabama at Jordan-Hare to end what would become an SEC championship and national runner-up season. Instead, Bryce Young got his Heisman moment. Auburn is my wife’s alma mater and she is an avid Tigers fan. So when we gather around the Thanksgiving table, I’ll let her pick it up in favor of Coach Cadillac Williams. Her thoughts:
“I’m ready to get my heart broken.
Great. Thank you dear.
Brian’s Pick: Auburn +22.5
We were so close to some massive shakeups in the College Football Playoff picture last week. The two closest were Michigan and TCU. Michigan’s was, as noted above, mostly injury-related. TCU, on the other hand, has seemingly overcome countless opportunities en route to their current 11-0 record. We’re in for another massive upset from an unexpected source, and Iowa State lives to play spoiler. Give me the cyclones.
Brian’s Pick: Iowa State +10.5
- No. 5 LSU Tigers (-10.5) at Texas A&M Aggies (Saturday, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN)
There is an amazing rivalry in my family. My beloved, truly perfect Louisiana State University and my sister’s cult popularly known as Texas A&M. Jimbo and his billion dollar recruiting class managed a 4-7 record that includes a win over a truly awful Miami team (Again, never forget how awful this Miami team is) and a loss to Appalachian State. They are averaging a whopping 21 points per game and have eclipsed 24 points just twice all year. This was the preseason No. 6 team in the country and national champion Desmond Howard’s selection.
If LSU shows a pulse on offense, it will win by two scores.
Brian’s Pick: LSU -10.5
USC continues to win only on the arm of Caleb Williams. He is the best quarterback in the country and probably deserves to win the Heisman for how much he carries this team. But turnaround luck has to turn at some point, and Notre Dame is getting stronger every week. They find the run game shortening plays that can keep Caleb on the sideline and like I said, the shakeup is coming.
Brian’s Pick: Notre Dame +5.5
Unfortunately, we have found our latest victim of the quake. Still licking their wounds from last week’s loss to South Carolina, the Vols will face Vandy without their star QB Hendon Hooker after he suffered a torn ACL. Plus, Vandy is riding a storm and rushing victory against Florida. So is it time to support the Dores? Hell no. Vols backup Joe Milton III stepped up in his other duties this year and was a former starter at Michigan. He can run and has a huge arm. I have no doubt he can keep this offense humming enough to beat the Vans in UT’s home game in Nashville.
Brian’s Pick: Tennessee -14.5
What a tough return for Kansas QB Jalon Daniels last week against Texas. The Jayhawks were beaten by Bijan Robinson – an insane stat line of 243 yards and 4 TDs. Enter my second favorite running back in college football behind Bijan, Deuce Vaughn. He is incredibly versatile and can absolutely tear apart this Kansas rushing attack just like his UT counterpart. I love Jalon Daniels, but he can only do so much.
Brian’s Pick: Kansas State -11.5
What better way to end the college football season than with apple pie and the Apple Cup. I don’t really care for apple pie or pie in general. But I love the Apple Cup. I was rooting for the Huskies, so let’s rock with them one more time.
Brian’s Pick: Washington -2.5