College Football Week 12 Picks: Top Betting Odds for Saturday’s Late Games
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Two College Football Playoff contenders face treacherous road trips on Saturday night.
The Washington Huskies visit the Oregon State Beavers in what is being billed as the game of the week.
The Texas Longhorns take a trip to face the Iowa State Cyclones, who have played Steve Sarkisian’s team tough in their last two matchups at Jack Trice Stadium.
Entering Week 12, the college football season has not had a massive upset that shakes up the playoff conversation, but that has the potential to change by way of one of the two notable primetime games.
The Missouri Tigers entered the Top 10 of the CFB Playoff rankings this week and they should solidify their quest for a New Years’ Six bowl with yet another impressive offensive showing on Saturday night.
No. 5 Washington (+1.5) at No. 11 Oregon State
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Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Washington has been listed as the underdog all week.
The Huskies gave us plenty of reasons not to trust them in last month because of some poor defensive play.
However, they have found a way to win each one of their games thanks to one key stop, or through the play of their offensive stars, led by Heisman Trophy hopeful Michael Penix Jr.
Penix, wide receiver Rome Odunze and running back Dillon Johnson have all shined during the tough stretch of games. The trio should give Washington bettors faith that the same formula for success will be followed in Corvallis.
Johnson produced 360 rushing yards and five scores in the last two weeks. His success on the ground could be the most vital part to Washington’s success because it will extend drives and keep the Oregon State offense off the field.
Odunze is coming off his sixth 100-yard outing of the season. No one on the Oregon State roster can match his big-play ability, so all it may take for Washington to separate itself is one or two big passing combinations between Penix and Odunze.
Washington can take away Oregon State’s home-field advantage, and if it can score in the 30s, like it has most of the season, it should avoid an upset and feel secure about its spot in the Pac-12 Championship Game.
No. 7 Texas at Iowa State (+7.5)
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Saturday, 8 p.m. ET, Fox
Texas should be on upset alert more than Washington.
The Longhorns could go into Ames, Iowa with a lackluster mentality because of the matchup at hand.
Iowa State went through an up-and-down season that put it in the middle of the pack in the Big 12.
Do not let the 6-4 overall record fool you. The Cyclones are 5-2 in Big 12 play and are still alive for the Big 12 Championship Game.
The Iowa State offense hit the 30-point mark in each of its last three wins and Texas’ defense has been a bit shaky in the last two weeks. The Longhorns only beat the Kansas State Wildcats and TCU Horned Frogs by three points each.
Four of Texas’ last five games were decided by one score. That could mean the Longhorns are bound to trip up at some point in the next two weeks.
Iowa State beat Texas in its last two meetings in Ames and the chance to play in the Big 12 Championship Game should motivate Matt Campbell’s side.
Texas could escape with a victory, but based off the last few weeks, it will be a close affair for all four quarters.
Florida at No. 9 Missouri (Over 57)
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Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Missouri’s offense should be salivating at the chance to take on the Florida Gators defense.
Florida enters Week 12 off three consecutive concessions of 39 points or more. LSU Tigers quarterback Jayden Daniels ran and passed all over the Gators defense last week.
Mizzou regularly eclipsed the 30-point mark in victories this season, and there is potential for it to score even more against the struggling Florida defense.
Billy Napier’s side conceded over 30 points in each of its four SEC defeats and it allowed 39 points in a win over the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Missouri’s offense averages 443.7 total yards and 32.4 points per game. Brady Cook and Co. have the potential to run all over the Florida defense.
The Gators will have to score one or two touchdowns for the over to hit, but scoring should not be an issue against a Mizzou defense that allowed over 20 points in four of its six SEC games.
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