The Loaf: Week 14 College Football Picks – It’s Rivalry Week!!

Sports Section Chair: Michael Brown 

     Welcome back to The Loaf! It’s Rivalry Week! To me, this is the best weekend of the season. I am so excited. I love all the heated rivalries, the Thanksgiving leftovers, the Playoff scenarios…ugh! It’s all so good! We went 3-3 last week, and were 46-40-1 on the season now. I’ve got 6 picks this week: 

 

     First up we have a Friday game: #24 Virginia Tech (PK) @ VirginiaThe Coastal Division, an Orange Bowl appearance, and the Commonwealth Cup are all on the line here. And as good as Virginia has been this season, the Hokies are peaking at the right time, look to be the better team, and, at the end of the day, have still won 15 in a row in this series. I’m not going against thatVirginia Tech 31, Virginia 17 

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Hendon Hooker was the spark that turned Virginia Tech’s season around. He’ll face a challenge, though, in Charlottesville this weekend. Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

     Louisville (+3) @ Kentucky – Throughout this season, Louisville has been the team of The Loaf of the year. And Kentucky has been the antithesis to that, a team that I am constantly fading because I think they’re worse than the public realizes. How can this be better illustrated when these two teams face off against one another? All year long, Louisville has been a better team than Kentucky. And now they’re 3-point underdogs? This is free money. Louisville 35, Kentucky 31 

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To me, Scott Satterfield is the Coach of the Year. It’s amazing the turnaround he’s created at Louisville, just in his first season. There’s a bright future ahead for the Cardinals. Photo Credit: Sporting News

     Missouri (-12.5) @ Arkansas – Another Friday game. I know I took Arkansas last week, but that was a one time thing. There’s no way they’re keeping within 2 touchdowns in this game, after having lost their last 5 games by a combined score of 204-80. This same Arkansas team that lost to San Jose State, and then got blasted 45-19 by Western Kentucky???? 12.5 isn’t enough. Missouri 42, Arkansas 21 

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The NCAA announced this week that it was going to uphold Mizzou’s bowl ban. So this is their last game this season. As if they needed the motivation. Tigers by 50. Photo Credit: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    #3 Clemson (-27) @ South Carolina – That victory in Athens seems very distant for this suddenly-reeling Gamecocks team. South Carolina has been bad recently. They made fun of Clemson for struggling with a North Carolina team that lost to App State……and then lost to App State themselves. Speaking of which, people have been criticizing Clemson left and right because of that game, but the thing is, Clemson has been the best, the most dominant team in the nation this year. They’ve won almost every game by like 40, and no opponent has been in a game after the first quarter after that Carolina game. These teams aren’t even close to being competitive. Not even 27 points close. Clemson 45, South Carolina 7 

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Clemson’s ownage of South Carolina in recent years has been similar to Clemson’s ownage of literally all of college football. This series isn’t competitive right now. Photo Credit: The Clemson Insider

     Duke (+9) vs Miami (FL)  Lol. L. O. L. Miami is so pathetic. The Hurricanes just got embarrassed by Butch Davis and the FIU Golden Panthers at Marlins Park, the site of the old Orange Bowl. Poetry at its finest. That being said, now Miami has to travel to sleepy Wallace Wade Stadium, and I just don’t think they’ll be able to rebound and win an ACC road game, let alone by more than a touchdown. Duke 27, Miami (FL) 14 

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Wow. I love that ‘Duke’ script helmet. Love it. Photo Credit: WRALSportsFan

     Georgia State (+7.5) @ Georgia Southern – You just gotta love underdogs in rivalry games. This series has been a great one, and with as good as State has been this year, I’m surprised that it’s getting over a touchdown in this game. It’s going to be closer than that. Georgia Southern 27, Georgia State 25 

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I made the mistake of picking against Georgia State way back in Week 1. The Panthers ended up winning outright at Neyland Stadium. This team ain’t no joke. Photo Credit: Bleacher Report

      That’s all I’ve got for this week’s The Loaf! Have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your college football weekend!!!  

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