College Football Playoff Bracket Update for Week 14
The college football playoff committee made one big change in the latest set of rankings that were released Tuesday evening and that was to move TCU ahead of undefeated Florida State to No. 3, while dropping the Seminoles to No. 4.
There are several possible reasons for the change, including that all four teams would play their first-round games closer to home if the current rankings hold up, although that likely has little to do with the move. The most likely reason for the change is to try and quiet the debate when the final rankings are released Sunday evening. TCU hosts Iowa State on Saturday and the Horned Frogs are favored by 34 points so a loss is unlikely, but expect to see No. 5 Ohio State and No. 6 Baylor making plenty of noise should they win on Saturday.
Should Florida State manage to defeat Georgia Tech on Saturday, the committee can simply tell Ohio State or Baylor that the Seminoles are undefeated. Should Florida State lose, things will get really interesting, especially when you factor in the quarterback situation for the Buckeyes and the Bears, who both saw their quarterbacks go down last Saturday due to injury. Ohio State’s J. T. Barrett is lost for the season, but the Buckeyes have a very talented backup in the 6-foot-5, 255-pound Cardale Jones, while Petty expects to play against Kansas State despite suffering a concussion in the team’s win over Texas Tech.
Westgate SuperBook, better known as the LVH, has said that Alabama would be favored by 11 over Florida State and Oregon would be a 2.5-point favorite over TCU.
No. 2 Oregon kicks off the week with a game against No. 7 Arizona and the Wildcats have won the last two meetings between the two, including a 31-24 decision at Autzen Stadium earlier this year as 20-point underdogs. Should lightning strike a third time, Arizona could find itself in the mix depending on what the other teams in the top six do, although the Ducks are 14.5-point favorites at Levi’s Stadium, where the 49ers play their home games.
No. 1 Alabama plays Missouri in the SEC title game on Saturday and are also favored by 14.5 points.
Florida State plays the Yellow Jackets for the ACC title and plenty of people are on the Georgia Tech bandwagon after they ran for nearly 400 yards in their victory over Georgia last week. The Seminoles are favored by four points and the team’s second-leading rusher, Karlos Williams, is questionable for the game.
No. 5 Ohio State has a tough game against Wisconsin and the Badgers are 4.5 point favorites due to the Buckeye’s quarterback injury. But Ohio State has dominated Wisconsin over the years, as the Buckeyes have been favored in 44 of the last 46 games. The two times the Badgers were favored Ohio State won the game straight-up.
Baylor’s close call last week didn’t help them any, although a victory over a pretty good (and ranked) Kansas State team would, probably just not enough, barring an upset or two above them. The Bears are favored by 7.5 points.
No. 22 Boise State looks to have a firm grasp on the New Year’s Day bowl game after Marshall was defeated by Western Kentucky last week. The playoff committee elects one team from outside the five major conferences (Pac-12, SEC, ACC, Big 12, Big 10) to play in one of the four New Year’s Day games, and if Boise State defeats Fresno State for the Mountain West championship that should be theirs. Boise State is favored by 21 points and is the only team from outside the Big Five to be ranked.
College Football Free Pick
12/6/2014 8:15 PM Reduced Football 128 Ohio State* +4½ -107 vs Wisconsin
Risking 1.00 To Win 0.93
12/6/2014 8:15 PM Reduced Football 128 Ohio State* +175 vs Wisconsin
Risking 1.00 To Win 1.75
I really like Ohio State to get it done this week. I think they step up and get a big win even with the back up QB who, i think a lot of people be caught off guard by. This line went from -3.5 to +4.5, I love Ohio State as an underdog, I think they even get the win.
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