NCAA: Week 12

Penn State covered, Wisconsin covered, and somehow Missouri destroyed Kansas State. Where was that Tigers team all year? Who is Danario Alexander you ask? Try 200-yard receiver for Mizzou. So, almost no big surprises. Tack 2-1 on to my running tally and I’m 15-8 on the year. I’m determined to get to 20. Here’s the next step:

We’re winding down now, so it’s the big games that matter. That’s where you want your action to be anyway. Sure, you’ll check the lines and sneak in a few good money line shots if they look sweet, but you don’t want to be watching Akron vs. Bowling Green when there’s real football to be viewed.

How about Connecticut at Notre Dame. The Irish are a 6-point favorite at home. At 6-4, the Irish are comfortably sandwiched between Navy and Army, but nothing else about their rocky, disappointing season has been comfortable. Especially the coach’s job security. They’re coming off 2 losses in a row and look like they’re in shambles on both sides of the ball. Conn., though, is 4-5, and a painful 1-4 in conference, so don’t expect them to roll in and pull out a miracle on NBC. The Irish will win and cover the spread. It probably won’t help their bowl game positioning, but they gotta get out of the hole at some point.

California at Stanford, the only game of the week featuring 2 ranked teams (25 and 17 respectively). Standford is favored by a touchdown and extra point at home. Both these teams are jockying for position in a Pac-10 division featuring three other ranked teams, including Oregon. So the competition has been tough, which could explain California’s 4-3 conference record. It seems like when the games really matter, they’re a .500 club. They are 3-1 on the road this year, though, so anything is possible. If you feel like betting an upset this week, here’s your best shot at a winner.