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CF Experts Pick’Em: Week 14

CURRENT STANDINGS

Adam Gray, 45-32
Brent Blum, 44-33
Austen Arnaud, 41-36
Chris Williams, 41-36
Trevor Enerson, 41-36
Adam Carper, 40-37
Chris Hassel, 38-39
Dave Zawikinski, 37-40
Bret Meyer, 36-41

ADAM GRAY – ADAM GRAY INSURANCE AGENCY

Iowa State@ Kansas State (-12) – We have been tough to run on up the middle the last 4 weeks.  The defense is playing with a lot of confidence and I think they will really slow down Klein.  The offense will have to make some plays and score 20+ to win still.  I think they do and ISU goes on the road and gets their 7th win of the year and Paul Rhoads is named Big 12 Coach of the Year!  Or at least I think he should be.

Georgia vs. LSU (-10) – Hope I’m wrong on this but I think LSU rolls.  Prove me wrong Georgia.

Michigan St. vs. Wisconsin (-7.5)  Wisconsin players probably still have nightmares from that game.  I honestly see them winning this game by 20+.

Clemson vs. Virginia Tech (-4.5) Clemson is on a typical Clemson like nosedive. Virginia Tech always gets better as the year goes on.  I like Tech here

Oklahoma @ Oklahoma State – Oklahoma State has had 2 weeks to prepare for this game and I think that makes them dangerous. Oklahoma has to many injuries on offense to keep up with Oklahoma State on the road.  OSU wins.

Texas @ Baylor –  Baylor is great at home.  Their offense averages 50 points per game at home versus only 27 a game on the road.  I think Texas has the athletes to slow Baylor down but in the end Texas offense has to score points.  I don’t think they are capable of putting up enough to beat Baylor on the road.  Baylor gets to 9 wins.

BRENT BLUM – CYCLONE RADIO NETWORK

Iowa State @ Kansas State (-12) – Questionable weather will definitely play a factor. K-State isn’t going to surprise you with their offensive scheme. They run. A LOT. Their QB Collin Klein has more carries (267) than James White, Jeff Woody and Shontrelle Johnson combined this season. Iowa State has been much better against the run in the last month. I think the Cyclones can hold the ‘Cats to 24 or less. Can they put points on the board? I think they get just enough. Clones to cover and the win. Iowa State 25 K-State 24.

Georgia vs. LSU (-10) – At this rate, it doesn’t make logical sense picking against LSU at any number under 20. But how motivated could they be in this spot? With a loss, they still make the BCS title. Wouldn’t surprise me to see Georgia give them a full game, but don’t trust the young  talented Georgia QB against the LSU defense. LSU 31 Georgia 16.

Michigan St. vs. Wisconsin (-7.5) – Expect a feisty group of Badgers after what MSU upended them earlier in the year. Wisconsin 34 Michigan State 21.

Clemson vs. Virginia Tech (-4.5) – Here’s what I wrote about the ACC championship game in last year’s CF Pick’ Em: "Has there ever been a compelling ACC title game? It’s a lot like those times you are flipping channels and stumble upon Wedding Crashers on TBS. “Oh, didn’t know this was on, I may watch for a few minutes.” Then it fails to capture your attention and you move on to something else. That’s what the ACC is like. Just give Va Tech the trophy and be done with it." Glad to see not much has changed. Virginia Tech 27 Clemson 21.

Oklahoma @ Oklahoma State – As the old ABC college football broadcaster Keith Jackson would say, "Oh nelly, this one will be a humdinger." I’m conflicted. I haven’t been blown away by Landry Jones’ supporting cast  since he lost Ryan Broyles and Dominique Whaley to season-ending injury, but still don’t think the Cowboys can slow them down. On the other side of the coin, Justin Blackmon could have a field day on the Sooners secondary. In the end, I trust Stoops more than I do Gundy. OU 41 Oklahoma State 37.

Texas @ Baylor – Gotta stay aboard the RGIII train when he is at home. That dude owns Waco more than Dr. Pepper and Whataburger. Although it will be fun to see the inept Texas offense match-up with the anemic Baylor defense. This will be entertaining. Baylor 28 Texas 24.

AUSTEN ARNAUD – FORMER IOWA STATE QUARTERBACK

Iowa State @ Kansas State (-12) – Iowa State has nothing to lose. K-State hasnt won 10 games since 2003… SPOILER! Iowa State covers.

Georgia vs. LSU (-10) – I want UGA to win to create some more BCS controversy, but I think LSU covers and wins by two scores.

Michigan State vs. Wisconsin (-7.5) – Craigslist wants YOU!! (preferably in red or dark green attire)…. Wisconsin covers this time around and pounds Sparty.

Clemson vs. Virginia Tech (-4.5) – Virginia Tech wins this time around. Unfortunately for Clemson, they are playing their worst football of the year now. They more than anybody need a break before a bowl game.  V-Tech by two scores.

Oklahoma @ Oklahoma State – The Cowboys have had an extra week to prepare for an OU team who isn’t its usual self.  Oklahoma State finally shows big brother whose state it is this year.  Weeden and Blackmon finally beat the Sooners, 38-33.

Texas @ Baylor – RG III will not be himself and from previous injuries will play timid.  Texas finds a way to win this one on the road… call me crazy but Case McCoy has yet to turn the ball over through the air and he has axed the "or" between him and David Ash’s name.  35-34 horns in dramatic fashion.

CHRIS WILLIAMS – CYCLONEFANATIC.COM’S PUBLISHER

Iowa State @ Kansas State (-12) – Read all about it RIGHT HERE. Give me the Clones.

Georgia vs. LSU (-10) – A meaningless game huh? Hardly. This is for the SEC CHAMPIONSHIP! LSU shows up and rolls by three touchdowns.

Michigan State vs. Wisconsin (-7.5) – All of the money appears to be going with Wisconsin on this one. The line has moved two points since it opened. I really like this Michigan State front four and even if Sparty doesn’t win, I like the guys in green to cover.

Clemson vs. Virginia Tech (-4.5) – It’s hard to imagine a scenario in which I could care less about a championship game of any form. But since I have to pick, give me the Hokies.

Oklahoma @ Oklahoma State – A real championship game! I like Oklahoma State at home in this one. The Sooners are banged up and I don’t think they are the team that they were in September. The Cowboys are coming off of a loss and will be focused.

Texas @ Baylor – Texas is coming off of a big win. RG3 may or may not be a little dinged up. I’m tempted to take Texas here, but the game is in Waco. Bears are tough at home and they pull this one out in the fourth quarter.

TREVOR ENERSON – THE VOICE OF THE FAN (YAMAN3)

Iowa State @ Kansas State (-12) – I still don’t know how KSU is where they are. I think ISU limits Klein and they win. Chalk up another upset for the Clones 27-21.

Georgia vs. LSU (-10) – Georgia can’t score enough on this defense. I just don’t see it happening. LSU covers 27-14.

Michigan St. vs. Wisconsin (-7.5) – Wisconsin at times could be a top 5 team. If they show up, which I think they will, they will win easily. Wisconsin 35-17

Clemson vs. Virginia Tech (-4.5) – Oh Clemson, how you broke my heart. I thought you were really good. You aren’t. Beamer wins yet another ACC Championship in good fashion. VaTech 34-21

Oklahoma @ Oklahoma State – I am hoping here. I am hoping Oklahoma State can win and give the voters enough reason not to give us a rematch. I’ll take Pistol Pete.

Texas @ Baylor – I think the Texas defense is good enough to really slow down the Baylor offense. I think that one will be enough for them to sneak out with a win. Give me Texas.

ADAM CARPER – FORMER IOWA STATE LINEBACKER

Iowa State @ Kansas State (-12) – Clones take it to the 4th quarter but Collin Klein is the difference.  Like ISU to cover though.

Georgia vs. LSU (-10) – Georgia has been hot toward the end of the year but LSU uses this as a statement game.  LSU stamps their ticket to the title game and covers.

Michigan St. vs. Wisconsin (-7.5) – Wisconsin will try to redeem themselves after the egg they laid earlier in the year.  Wisconsin covers.

Clemson vs. Virginia Tech (-4.5) – Clemson straight up.

Oklahoma @ Oklahoma State – Okie State bounces back and wins in convincing fashion.

Texas @ Baylor – Texas goes on the road for the 2nd consecutive week and gets a W.

CHRIS HASSEL – WHO TV 13 SPORTS

Iowa State @ Kansas State (-12) – K-State has a lot to play for. That, coupled with the fact that the Wildcats are going to run it right at ISU, makes me worry that this could be a long day for ISU. Wildcats win, and cover, 35-14.

Georgia vs. LSU (-10) –  Both teams are hot, but Georgia doesn’t have the horses to pull this one off. LSU wins, 27-10.

Michigan St. vs. Wisconsin (-7.5) – Wisconsin is ready for revenge. The Badgers are the best team in the Big Ten. They’ll win big, 38-20.

Clemson vs. Virginia Tech (-4.5) – Another revenge game. Clemson spanked VT earlier in the season, but both teams are headed in opposite directions now. VT wins, 31-17.

Oklahoma @ Oklahoma State – I don’t know why, but I think OU will win, 42-31.

Texas @ Baylor – Baylor, 45-30.

DAVE ZAWILINSKI – ABC 5 SPORTS

Iowa State @ Kansas State (-12) – It’s a battle between the two coaches up for the Big 12 coach of the year award.  K-State just refuses to beat themselves.  Iowa State MUST protect the ball to have a chance.  I’ll take the 12 points.

Georgia vs. LSU (-10) in the SEC Championship Game – LSU is on a mission.  This won’t be a big home field advantage like many think.  LSU has one of the best traveling fan bases in the country.  The Hat loves to eat the grass before the game.  He can’t do that in the Georgia Dome.  It won’t matter.  LSU BIG.

Michigan St. vs. Wisconsin (-7.5) – Conventional wisdom says take the points.  My picks have defied conventional wisdom all year.  I’ll take Wisconsin. That means you should play MSU.

Clemson vs. Virginia Tech (-4.5) – One team is going up (Va Tech) The other is going down (Clemson)  Ill take the hot team… Go Hokies.

Oklahoma @ Oklahoma State – OU is not the same team without Whaley and Broyles.  Okie St. finally gets over the hump.

Texas @ Baylor – Baylor has way to much offensive power.  Texas won’t be able to keep up.  Bears sic’em for the second sraight year.  Brown will officially be on the hot seat.

BRET MEYER – FORMER IOWA STATE QUARTERBACK

Iowa State @ Kansas State (-12) – Nearly every game K-State has played to date has been close, with OU being the exception.  They will not beat themselves, and regardless of how well our defense plays, if we continue to commit turnovers, we won’t win.  Both teams have fared well in close games this year, KState wins by a close one at home, 28-24

Georgia vs. LSU (-10) – Georgia has reeled off 10 straight wins against the weakest SEC schedule in the history of the conference.  Georgia may hang around for the first half, but LSU pulls away late, 42-20.

Michigan St. vs. Wisconsin (-7.5) – Michigan State benefited from unlikely mistakes (punt block, safety) in the first matchup.  Russell Wilson and Monte Ball anchor one of the most balanced offensive attacks in the country, I like Wisconsin to cover 24-14.

Clemson vs. Virginia Tech (-4.5) – Clemson enters the ACC title game losers in three of their last four games.  In contrast, VA Tech is riding a seven game win streak into Saturday night’s matchup, I like to Hokies to cover, 28-24

Oklahoma @ Oklahoma State – Not quite the matchup everyone had hoped for, but still a good one.  Oklahoma has endured some injuries to key skill positions on offense and that may be the difference.  I like Okie State at home, 38-34

Texas @ Baylor – Robert Griffin III is by far the best player in the country.  Too bad the Heisman goes to the best player on the best team with the most media coverage in the bigger markets.  That argument is for another day, but RGIII has a big day, Baylor wins big at home 42-21.

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