Chipper’s College Football Picks: Week 12


Ryan McCrary and Thomas Smith

Virginia Cavaliers (7-3)

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-4)

Smith: Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech has been playing very well over the past 3 games. The Yellow Jackets’ offense has been firing on all cylinders with the number one rushing attack in the nation. There was some question on who the starting quarterback would be, but senior Taquon Marshall secured his spot last week, clinching a bowl game in a 27-21 win over Miami. Look for Tech to keep up their hot streak against a good Virginia team led by star quarterback Bryce Perkins.

Georgia Tech 28 Virginia 24

McCrary: Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech is on a roll right now, winning 3 games in a row. They’re #1 in the country in rushing, averaging 362.4 rushing yards per game. If the Yellow Jackets can limit the turnovers, I think they can get a big ACC win at home.

Georgia Tech 27 Virgina 21


Duke Blue Devils (7-3)

#2 Clemson Tigers (10-0)

Smith: Clemson

Clemson is the only team that has looked good enough to contend with Alabama. The offense and defense are playing phenomenally with some needed help from special teams as well. They dominated Boston College last week with their defensive line, but will have to play well in the secondary this week. Duke quarterback Daniel Jones has been good this season and will be a threat, but the Blue Devil’s defense will not be able to contain the combination of quarterback Trevor Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne. Clemson wins in a blowout.

Clemson 52 Duke 17

McCrary: Clemson

Duke’s football team isn’t the juggernaut that their basketball team is. The Blue Devils are 7-3 this season, but they’re playing Clemson this week, not a horrible ACC opponent. Clemson is top 30 in passing yards and rushing yards per game. Their defensive line has dominated opposing offensive lines all season, and I don’t think Duke can move the ball against this Clemson front 4. Sorry Duke, but this is going to be a blowout.

Clemson 48 Duke 7


#9 West Virginia Mountaineers (8-1)

Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-5)

Smith: West Virginia

Will Grier and this Mountaineer offense have been incredible this year. They’re averaging 337.3 passing yards per game (5th) and are facing an Oklahoma State team that has been bad in pass defense. Watch out for Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill to have a good game, but all for nothing. With an offense that’s clicking and a defense that continues to improve, West Virginia should be able to get this one done in Oklahoma.

West Virginia 41 Oklahoma State 31

McCrary: West Virginia

West Virginia is playing at a very high level right now. Will Grier, their starting quarterback, has passed for 2,961 yards and 31 touchdowns this season, and is playing at a heisman level. This will be a shootout, but I think the Mountaineers will make enough plays on offense to win this Big 12 matchup.

West Virginia 45 Oklahoma State 35


#24 Cincinnati Bearcats (9-1)

#11 UCF Golden Knights (9-0)

Smith: UCF

The Golden Knights went undefeated last season and won the “national championship”. They’ll do it again this year. Quarterback McKenzie Milton has been outstanding, throwing for 2309 yards and accounting for 29 total touchdowns. Cincinnati has one of the top defenses in the nation, but this one will come down to Milton’s level of play. UCF will be “back-to-back national champions”.

UCF 35 Cincinnati 31

McCrary: Cincinnati

Cincinnati has been really good defensively this season, only allowing 101.2 passing yards and 177 rushing yards per game. Their defense will have to step up and play its best game of the season to outlast UCF’s high powered offense. If they contain UCF quarterback, McKenzie Milton, they win.

Cincinnati 31 UCF 28


#16 Iowa State Cyclones (6-3)

#15 Texas Longhorns (7-3)

Smith: Texas

Texas is loaded with talent offensively. They have a lot of talent defensively as well, but haven’t been able to find their chemistry as a unit. I expect the Texas secondary to take advantage of Iowa State’s true freshman quarterback Brock Purdy, but Cyclone’s running back David Montgomery should have a good game. Longhorns’ quarterback Sam Ehlinger continues his dominance in a close one.

Texas 38 Iowa State 31

McCrary: Texas

Sam Ehlinger has proven himself to be a star in college football. Ehlinger is a playmaker for the Longhorns, and he’ll carve up Iowa State’s defense. Iowa State will be able to put up points on a lackluster Longhorns defense, but their defense will need to play exceptionally to upset Texas.

Texas 34 Iowa State 27


#3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-0)

#12 Syracuse Orange (8-2)

Smith: Notre Dame

Notre Dame has proven to be a top 5 team with their undefeated record. Their defense is dominant and their offense has been dynamic ever since making the decision to start quarterback Ian Book. The Irish still dominated Florida State last week with Book on the sideline due to injury. Book is expected to play this week against a Syracuse team with a mediocre defense. Phenom Orange quarterback Eric Dungey will have to be perfect in order to get the upset. Notre Dame continues their winning ways against the Orange.

Notre Dame 35 Syracuse 28

McCrary: Syracuse

This is where college football gets really interesting. If Notre Dame wins out, they are guaranteed to make the playoffs, but in college football, things never go the way they’re supposed to. Syracuse has a chance to shake up the playoff, and I think they’ll do just that. Syracuse has been on fire recently, scoring at least 40 in their last 4 games. Syracuse’s starting quarterback, Eric Dungey, is having a nice season which is part of the reason Syracuse is 8-2. I believe he will play very well against Notre Dame’s great defense, and the Orange escape with a victory.

Syracuse 27 Notre Dame 24


Stanford Cardinal (6-4)

California Golden Bears (6-4)

Smith: California

Stanford has been very disappointing this year. Preseason Heisman favorite Bryce Love has been shut down and quarterback KJ Costello has been forced to throw a lot. Redshirt freshman quarterback Chase Garbers has brought some life to the Golden Bears offense, going 3-1 as the starter. The Cal defense has been inconsistent but has played lights out over the last 4 games. Cal wins this PAC-12 matchup.

California 31 Stanford 24

McCrary: California

California’s defense has been phenomenal the last few weeks. They held Washington to 10 points, and Washington State to 19 points. Stanford has been disappointing this season, but the disappointment won’t stop here. If California can stop Stanford super star Bryce Love, they will blow out the Cardinals.

California 21 Stanford 7


UAB Blazers (9-1)

Texas A&M Aggies (6-4)

Smith: Texas A&M

While UAB has had an impressive season, A&M is just the better team. Star running back Trayveon Williams has been scary good, and the Aggies’ D is incredible against the run. UAB will have a very hard time running the ball against A&M, which is their strength. Texas A&M will win this one in the trenches.

Texas A&M 48 UAB 24

McCrary: Texas A&M

UAB is having an impressive season, sitting at 9-1. They have a strong rushing attack, ranked 16th in rushing yards with 238 rushing yards per game; however, they’re facing the Aggies on the road who have a very strong run defense which ranks 2nd in the nation. I believe UAB can get the upset, but it will be extremely hard to go on the road and upset Texas A&M. I expect A&M’s starting running back, Trayveon Williams, to have a monster game here.

Texas A&M 34 UAB 14


Arizona State Sun Devils (6-4)

Oregon Ducks (6-4)

Smith: Oregon

The Ducks have struggled recently, going 1-3 in their last 4 games. They look to bounce back this week at home against an Arizona State team that has won their last 3 games. Justin Herbert has been incredible this year. The 6’6” junior quarterback has thrown for 2621 yards and accounted for 27 total touchdowns. I expect the Ducks’ defense to step it up on senior night.

Oregon 34 Arizona State 28

McCrary: Oregon

This is a toss up. I don’t love either team here. Both teams are bad defensively. Oregon gives up 402.6 total yards per game and Arizona State allows 385.2 total yards per game, both being pretty high. Both teams gain almost the exact same total yards per game, Oregon with 439.2 and Arizona State with 439.9. I’m going with the Ducks, because they’re at home, and their star quarterback, Justin Herbert, has been absolutely fantastic at home this season.

Oregon 31 Arizona State 27


Missouri Tigers (6-4)

Tennessee Volunteers (5-5)

Smith: Missouri

Drew Lock is one of the top quarterbacks coming out of this draft class. The Mizzou offense averages 473 yards per game (17th) and hopes to continue that against a Tennessee team that’s fresh off of a big win against a ranked Kentucky. I can see Drew Lock throwing for over 400 yards against the struggling Volunteers. You won’t hear “Rocky Top” alot on Saturday.

Missouri 42 Tennessee 20

McCrary: Missouri

Tennessee is coming off a huge win against Kentucky last week. They’ve had ups and downs all season, and Saturday will be another down in their roller coaster season. Missouri’s high powered offense averages 473.4 total yards a game, and they’ll show out against Tennessee’s defense which gives up nearly 400 yards a game. If Tennessee doesn’t match Missouri’s offense, it could be a long day for them.

Missouri 41 Tennessee 24