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STAFF PICKS: Week 12

Staff rankings after 11 weeks

Jared Stansbury: 42-41

Garrett Kroeger and Brent Blum: 38-45

Chris Williams and Rob Gray: 37-46

Jeff Woody: 36-47

Kirk Haaland and Adam Gray: 35-48

CF publisher, Chris Williams

Iowa (-10) @ Illinois – Iowa

Washington State @ Colorado (-4) – Washington State

Florida @ LSU (-14) – Florida

Oklahoma State @ TCU (-4.5) – Oklahoma State

Oklahoma (-3) @ West Virginia – West Virginia

Northwestern (-1) @ Minnesota – Minnesota

Kansas State (-2.5) @ Baylor –Kansas State

Texas Tech (-3) @ Iowa State – Texas Tech

 CF senior writer, Rob Gray

Iowa (-10) @ Illinois – Iowa wins by 17.

Washington State @ Colorado (-4)- BIG MIKE LEACH AND THE COUGS WIN OUTRIGHT IN BOULDER!

Florida @ LSU (-14)- Gators are down, but I think they keep it competitive. Tigers still cover.

Oklahoma State @ TCU (-4.5)- If the TCU we’ve seen lately shows up, look out. I think it does. Horned Frogs cover.

Oklahoma (-3) @ West Virginia – Mountaineers slow Sooners offense and prevent a cover. Might even pull off the upset.

Northwestern (-1) @ Minnesota– Meh. I like the Fighting Fitzgeralds.

Kansas State (-2.5) @ Baylor – Vampire takes a bite out of Waco (yuck). K-State covers.

Texas Tech (-3) @ Iowa State –  Cyclones win outright — and run the ball all day.

CF staff writer, Jared Stansbury

Iowa (-10) @ Illinois – I like the Hawkeyes to win here, but I think the Illini will hang around long enough to cover.

Washington State @ Colorado (-4) – Colorado has had a sneaky good season. I’ll take the Buffs to cover.

Florida @ LSU (-14) – I’d almost be surprised if these teams combined to score 14 points. I’ll take the Gators to cover.

Oklahoma State @ TCU (-4.5) – Give me the Cowboys outright.

Oklahoma (-3) @ West Virginia – We’ll see the lights from the burning couches clear in Ames. Mountaineers win outright.

Northwestern (-1) @ Minnesota – I think these teams could trade uniforms and I wouldn’t know the difference. I’ll take the Gophers at home.

Kansas State (-2.5) @ Baylor – The Vampire will lull the Bears to sleep within the first half. Wildcats cover easily.

Texas Tech (-3) @ Iowa State – Somebody knows something. Give me the ‘Clones.

CF columnist, Brent Blum

Iowa (-10) @ Illinois. The roller-coaster continues for Iowa. Iowa 21 Illinois 20.

Washington State @ Colorado (-4). Mike Leach in a meaningful game in a weird location like Boulder? I expect the bizarre. Wazzu 38 Colorado 35.

Florida @ LSU (-14). Florida can’t score. LSU 24 Florida 9.

Oklahoma State @ TCU (-4.5). Has anyone picked a TCU game correctly all year? They make no sense. TCU 38 Oklahoma State 31.

Oklahoma (-3) @ West Virginia. West Virginia has received no love. West Virginia will finally get love. West Virginia 34 Oklahoma 30.

Northwestern (-1) @ Minnesota. Minnesota has seven wins and wow, how does Minnesota have seven wins? Northwestern 30 Minnesota 28.

Kansas State (-2.5) @ Baylor. Leave it to the vampire to officially put an end to this era of Baylor football. K-State 35 Baylor 28.

Texas Tech (-3) @ Iowa State. Seneca Wallace should make a cameo just to remind Kingsbury of The Run in 2002, Kingsbury was the opposing QB that night. Iowa State 34 Texas Tech 33.

Former Cyclone running back and CF analyst, Jeff Woody

Iowa (-10) @ Illinois – Illinois. Classic letdown week on the Illini’s senior day. I still expect Iowa to win, but a single-digit win.

Washington State @ Colorado (-4) – Buffs. Surprisingly, this is one of the games of the season in the Pac 12. This pick is partly based out of thinking Colorado is the better team, and partly because I just love Boulder.

Florida @ LSU (-14) – Ed Orgeron!

Oklahoma State @ TCU (-4.5) – Pokes. Oklahoma State is an underrated team at this point in my book. Plus, mullett.

Oklahoma (-3) @ West Virginia – Eers. Crazy stuff happens in Morgantown.Sooners win by 1 on a last second kickoff return touchdown after a safety.

Northwestern (-1) @ Minnesota – Gophers. The forecast is calling for a high of 35 in Minneapolis. Not that that makes much of a difference in the outcome of the game, I just wanted you all to know- winter is coming.

Kansas State (-2.5) @ Baylor – Cats. Baylor is reeling, and without Seth Russell healthy and with Shock Linwood apparently being a turd, Baylor has some serious issues. Who’d have seen that coming?

Texas Tech (-3) @ Iowa State – Cyclones! They have to keep playing well on special teams and in protecting the ball. Texas Tech doesn’t care about short or long fields. They’re gonna score from anywhere. What ISU has to do is limit the amount of touches that they get. A couple insane statistics: if Iowa State holds Tech to 45 points it would be counted as holding an opponent under their season average (46). If Iowa State scores 41, Iowa State wouldn’t have reached the average scoring allowed by Texas Tech (42.1).

Stat guy, Kirk Haaland

Iowa (-10) @ Illinois – Iowa’s rating boosted at cfbanalytics.com after the Michigan upset, but not enough to predict a cover here.

Washington State @ Colorado (-4) – Wazzu has been very impressive since conference play started, they cover here and may sneak out with a victory.

Florida @ LSU (-14) – LSU wins, but not by enough to cover that spread.

Oklahoma State @ TCU (-4.5) – Oklahoma State is starting to make a case for themselves nationally, if not for that Central Michigan debacle. The Cowboys cover this one on the road and win.

Oklahoma (-3) @ West Virginia – Oklahoma has been playing better of late and this one is huge for the Big 12 race, they win and cover in Morgantown.

Northwestern (-1) @ Minnesota – Take the home dog, here.

Kansas State (-2.5) @ Baylor – Baylor has been struggling of late but they’ll find enough at home to rally and win this one.

Texas Tech (-3) @ Iowa State – Strange line, right? Iowa State will likely score but they’ll need turnovers in order to get enough stops to win. The fact of the matter is they haven’t created turnovers enough this year or created enough chaos to make that happen. The Cyclones hang in there but Mahomes is too much and the Red Raiders win by ten.

Director of sales, Adam Gray

Iowa (-10) @ Illinois – Iowa

Washington State @ Colorado (-4) – Wazzu

Florida @ LSU (-14) – Florida

Oklahoma State @ TCU (-4.5) – Okie State

Oklahoma (-3) @ West Virginia – WVU

Northwestern (-1) @ Minnesota – Gophers

Kansas State (-2.5) @ Baylor – Kansas State

Texas Tech (-3) @ Iowa State – Tech

CF intern, Garrett Kroeger

Iowa (-10) @ Illinois – Iowa wins and covers.

Washington State @ Colorado (-4) – I don’t know who to choose here. So I’ll flip a coin. And the coin tells me to take…..Colorado to win and cover.

Florida @ LSU (-14) – Tigers win but don’t cover.

Oklahoma State @ TCU (-4.5) – Okie State wins.

Oklahoma (-3) @ West Virginia – Give me the Mountaineers!

Northwestern (-1) @ Minnesota – Wildcats!

Kansas State (-2.5) @ Baylor – K-State wins and covers.

Texas Tech (-3) @ Iowa State – Unfortunately, give me the Red Raiders.

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Garrett Kroeger

Cyclone Fanatic Publisher

Garrett is an intern for Cyclone Fanatic and is currently a junior at THE Iowa State University. He is studying Journalism and Mass Communications while minoring in Sports and Rec. If you like college football, NBA or just random life tweets, Garrett is a must follow on Twitter: @gkroegs.