Take it to the Bank: Finals Edition!

Sadly, another college football season comes to an end. But as the Governator would say, "I'll be bock" in January with the 2008 REAL Big 12 Basketball Standings. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Phoenix or Bust!

The games of Week 14:

1. Central Michigan -3.5 @ Miami (Ohio) MAC Championship)

KU’s Murderer’s Row of non-conference opponents strikes another blow for the Jayhawks.


2. Tulsa +7 at Central Florida (Conf. USA Championship)

Two 9-3 teams go at it in the land of Disney. UCF won 44-23 when these same two teams played in the same venue six weeks ago.


3. Army +14 vs. Navy (Baltimore)

Navy has scored 207 points in its last four games, including that 74-62 victory over North Texas. They have also given up 191. Army, meanwhile is 65-154 over the same span. Conclusion: Army at 3-8 is more bad than Navy (7-4) is good. The rivalry aspect might keep this game close for awhile, but in the end, Navy should cover handily.


4. Va Tech -4.5 at Boston College (Jacksonville) (ACC Championship)

Remember the 14-10 game at Va. Tech on that Thursday night in October, when whatsis name was being touted for the Heisman, and BC was being slotted into the BCS title game? Rest assured the Hokies remember it. They will come to play 60 minutes this time.


5. Florida Atlantic +15.5 at Troy (Sun Belt Championship)

Another rematch. The Men of Troy won 34-16 at FAU on October 6. Familiarity is on FAU’s favor. The Home Field cuts the other way. On balance, I’ll go with a similar result.


6. La Tech +7.5 at Nevada

Two 5-6 teams looking to become bowl eligible. Had the Techsters scored two more points or Nevada three more against Hawaii, the Rainbows would be on the Road to Palookaville instead of New Orleans or Miami. The two teams are comparable statistically, with the team from the desert having a bit of an edge offensively. And the Home Field.


7. Tennessee +7.5 vs. LSU (Atlanta)

A three overtime game certainly CAN be decided by more than 7 pints, but a more likely number is 2 or 6. And that’s not even taking into account the possibility of Tennessee winning.


8. Oregon St +4.5 at Oregon

I remember well what it was like after Nolan Cromwell went down in ’76. KU went from being able to compete with any team in the nation to being a patsy.


9. UCLA +20 at USC

The Men of Troy are back to flexing their muscles both on the field and in eyes of the betting public. They win easily in the Coliseum, but 20 is a lot of points to give their arch rival.


10. BYU -15 at San Diego St

Brigham Young should cover this spread before halftime.


11. California -13 at Stanford

Band or no band, Stanford is no match for Cal this year.


12. Pitt +28 at West Virginia

The Mountaineers will pull no punches in their quest to play Ohio St for the pretend National Championship.

13. Arizona +6.5 at Arizona St

Some interesting trends in this series: The underdog has covered 8 of the last 10 meetings, and the visitors have covered 9 of the last 12. AU is both. They also need this game to become bowl eligible. ASU, on the other hand, needs a win to keep alive its chances of staying home for the holidays. Or at least in town. The Sun Devils have been flashy at times, but have not persuaded me that they have the internal toughness necessary to run away against a single-minded opponent.


14. Oklahoma -3 vs. Mizzou (San Antonio)

If I had not seen the first game between these two teams with my own eyes on my own TV, I would be convinced by now that Mizzou won the game. Tiger backers keep pointing to that game with pride, that they proved they were better than OU, because they had the lead until they turned the ball over twice.

What that game showed is that Mizzou could not handle being out of its comfort zone. They will be in the same situation again this week in San Antonio. OU is used to playing games of this ilk. Mizzou isn’t. They were fortunate last week that KU, like Mizzou, started the game tight and spotted Mizzou a 21 point lead when the Tigers loosened up first. OU won’t wait around for them.

The Sooners won by 10 in Norman. The Alamodome will resemble Norman this weekend more than it will a neutral field, as Sooner fans snatched up as many tickets as they could after beating UT in Dallas in early October. Still, even if you call it a neutral site, OU should prevail by a TD.


15. Washington +14 at Hawaii

Hawaii is fighting for its BCS life. Expect them to lei into Washington like the Huskies are poi at a luau. Aloha, Prime Time.


Let the final games begin.


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