Week 14: College football picks with caddies Paul Tesori, Joe Skovron and Ryan Rue
It’s Championship Weekend for college football, as we’ll see which schools snag conference bragging rights.
There will be upsets to be sure. That’s what makes college football the best, isn’t it?
Caddies Paul Tesori, Joe Skovron and Ryan Rue are pumped to see what’s going to unfold.
Here, they took a closer look at five key match-ups. This is how they see those games playing out…
Utah (17) at Washington (16)
Spread: Washington -5
Tesori’s Pick: Washington
Why: Playing at home and coming off a big win will be the difference.
Skovron’s Pick: Utah
Why: The line started at 3 and keeps going up. Everyone is loading on Washington. They had a big win at Wazzu last week in the snow and have a lot of talent. Utah has quietly won seven of their last eight after losing to both Washington schools. Utah has an offense that puts up points and a stingy defense. I like them getting five in this rematch.
Rue’s Pick: Washington
Why: Like the Huskies, but this could be a close game.
Texas (14) at Oklahoma (6)
Spread: Oklahoma -7.5
Tesori’s Pick: Oklahoma
Why: Two reasons here — First is that the Sooners are better. Second is I think the Longhorns are overrated.
Skovron’s Pick: Oklahoma
Why: The sharps have moved this line from 4.5. I agree with the sharps. I think Oklahoma is too hard to stop and will take them winning big despite their lack of defense.
Rue’s Pick: Oklahoma
Why: Oklahoma is playing better.
Alabama (1) at Georgia (5)
Spread: Alabama -13
Tesori’s Pick: Georgia
Why: This is gonna be fun. 37-34 Alabama win, but UGA covers.
Skovron’s Pick: Alabama
Why: Once again, the sharps have moved this line from 10.5. It’s a big line for a 1 vs. 4 game but I think ’Bama is that good. I’ll lay the points.
Rue’s Pick: Georgia
Why: Alabama couldn’t care less about a win and Georgia can’t lose. I’m going with the Dawgs
Stanford at California
Spread: Stanford -2
Tesori’s Pick: Stanford
Why: I try to stick to the home team as often as possible, but Stanford is ready to finish the year off on a high note.
Skovron’s Pick: Stanford
Why: Stanford hasn’t been the usual Stanford, but all four of their losses are “good losses.” I can’t name one player for Cal, so I’ll take the team I’m familiar with.
Rue’s Pick: California
Why: Too many people jumping on Stanford. I’m going with Cal.
Clemson (2) at Pittsburgh (24)
Spread: Clemson -26
Tesori’s Pick: Pittsburgh
Why: Twenty-six is just too many. Period.
Skovron’s Pick: Pittsburgh
Why: This is another game that the sharps keep moving the line up. Seems to be a trend this week. Neither of these teams have been good against the spread this year and Pittsburgh is coming off of a 21-point loss to Miami. I think this is a toss-up. I’ll take the points.
Rue’s Pick: Pittsburgh
Why: Too many points. It might come back to haunt me, but I’m going with Pittsburgh.