College football predictions: Big 12, championship weekend game picks


It’s finally here! Six games have a direct impact on the College Football Playoff. Four of them are conference championship games while two of them will be in the Big 12. We predict all the championship games as well as all three Big 12 matchups.

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(20)Oklahoma 56, Oklahoma State 21

It’s a rivalry, but I can’t see any way the Cowboys avoid their sixth straight loss. Oklahoma thrives on stopping opponent’s running games and controls games with their own running attack. Samaje Perine is a beast and while OSU won’t give up 427 yards to him, they’ll struggle to stop him.

(6)Baylor 36, (9)Kansas State 31

The Bears still have a glimmer of hope to make the playoffs, but they will have a tough time stopping Kansas State. Jake Waters should have a great day under center for KSU, but the Baylor offense will get a game-winning score at the end of the game. Baylor has to hope for Florida State and Ohio State to get beat to reach the CFP.

Nov 29, 2014; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeAndrew White (2) celebrates his touchdown with Blake Sims (6) in the fourth quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

(1)Alabama 48, (16)Missouri 24

Having the Tigers in the top 20 is hilarious and is a clear example of why these SEC teams are overrated. Alabama is one of the best teams in the nation, and they’ll prove it by destroying a team that lost to Indiana at home and got smoked by Georgia in a very non-competitive affair.

(2)Oregon 45, (7)Arizona 41

It’s going to be really hard to keep the Wildcats out of the CFP if they can beat the Ducks because they’ll have the two best victories of any other contender vying for the top four spots. That won’t happen though, as Marcus Mariota continues to impress for the Heisman and the Ducks pull out a high-scoring affair. I know many people don’t follow Pac-12 football, especially in this area, but do yourself a favor and turn the game on at a local bar after the Texas-Kentucky basketball game. You’ll be glad you did.

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(16)Georgia Tech 29, (4)Florida State 23

The day of reckoning finally comes to Jameis Winston and the Seminoles. There’s been too much regression with the QB to keep these victories coming, and they have a real bad matchup against a triple-option threat that will shorten the game. Any picks Winston throws this time will be brutal, and he has a couple in him.

(13)Wisconsin 35, (5)Ohio State 19

Melvin Gordon carries the troops again as the Buckeyes struggle with their third-string QB. Michigan State blowing it against Ohio State will have all the Spartans rolling over in their sleep all offseason long.