College Football System Picks Week 12
If there is a college football team that’s ripe for a letdown this week it would have to be the Stanford Cardinal, who defeated the University of Oregon for the second straight year, ending any hopes the Ducks had for an appearance in the BCS Championship game.
Other teams have been in a similar situation as Stanford and generally have been pretty dismal over the years, as teams which are off an underdog victory against a previously undefeated team from Week 6 on out, are just 17-30 (36.2%) against the spread when their next game is on the road.
Last year Stanford gave the system one of its losses, as after defeating the Ducks in Eugene, they came right back and thumped UCLA in what was a pretty meaningless game. The two teams knew that they would be playing each other again in the Pac-12 championship game and the Bruins played a rather bland game, losing 35-17, but came close to pulling off the upset in the next meeting, losing27-24.
This time it’s a different story, as the Cardinal now travel to Southern California to take on the rejuvenated Trojans in a game that has definite bowl implications for the men from Troy.
The Trojans are now 7-3 overall and have gone 4-1 since Ed Orgeron took over for the fired Lane Kiffin. Orgeron was hired as interim coach and is making it as difficult as possible for the Trojans not to keep him around for another season. He’s well-liked by the players, who also understand what a victory over Stanford could do for their coach and his prospects of sticking with the team.
The Trojans are better equipped to stop the Stanford running game than Oregon was and the Trojans can move the ball on the ground and eat up some clock, something that Oregon was unable to do. Look for the Trojans to keep this one close if not pull off the upset.
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