All I can say is thank goodness all these dire predictions of doom for Twitter did not come true. Everybody who bought the tweet with Thanksgiving week winners can be grateful for that. We went 9-1, if the Apple Cup got here by, the birdcage really would have occurred. Kinda glad it did not, as a result of had I gone 10-0, I feel I might have simply walked off the stage like Randy Watson in Coming to America. As it’s, we’re 17 video games over .500 — one other good season in progress right here. However we stay humble and centered.
Pac-12 Championship Recreation
No. 11 Utah vs No. 4 USC (-2.5, 67)
Friday 8 p.m. ET, Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada
Van Pelt’s decide: No. 11 Utah (+2.5)
As for championship week, we are going to start on Friday in Vegas with Utah plus the factors in opposition to USC within the Pac-12 title recreation. Quite a bit needed to go the Utes option to even be within the recreation and Kyle Whittingham’s crew will get an opportunity to spoil the Trojans playoff hopes. They gave ‘SC their solely loss and it’s robust to beat crew twice — however that is simply what they did final yr with Oregon.
SVP: 8-6 all-time when choosing in opposition to Lincoln Riley
Dr. Pepper Massive 12 Championship
No. 10 Kansas State vs No. 3 TCU (-2.5, 62.0)
Saturday 12 p.m. ET on ABC, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Van Pelt’s decide: No. 10 Kansas State (+2.5)
On the Saturday slate, we are going to take one other chew of the crew from the Little Apple. We backed Kansas State after they visited Fort Value… they had been up 28-10 however TCU did what it is accomplished all yr and roared again to not solely win — however cowl. We’re on the Cats within the Massive 12 title recreation… EMAW and all that.
SVP: 1-5 this season when choosing in opposition to TCU
Solar Belt Championship
Coastal Carolina at Troy (-8.5, 48)
Saturday 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, Veterans Memorial Stadium, Troy, Alabama
Van Pelt’s decide: Troy (-8.5)
As America’s No. 1 Solar Belt tout, I really feel I ought to take the title recreation out of basic precept — which is NOT to say it is a GPG recreation — I am principally simply doing it out of a way of obligation. We’re laying the factors with Troy. They’ve gained 9 in a row. Coastal limps in a bit after dropping by 40 to JMU final week.
SVP: 13-2 when choosing Solar Belt groups this season
American Athletic Championship
No. 22 UCF at No. 18 Tulane (-4, 57)
Saturday 4 p.m. ET on ABC, Yulman Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana
Van Pelt’s decide: No. 22 UCF (+4)
We’ve got a rematch in New Orleans of a recreation UCF gained earlier this yr over Tulane and I’ll again the highway crew plus the factors on this one. Seems like a detailed 4-quarter battle and I just like the sweet in a recreation like that.
SVP: 32-12 all-time when choosing AAC convention video games
SEC Championship Recreation
No. 14 LSU vs No. 1 Georgia (-17.5, 52.5)
Saturday 4 p.m. ET, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Van Pelt’s decide: Georgia (-17.5)
Then again, what’s essentially the most factors we have laid on this section? I do not know, however we’re placing a bunch on the desk in Atlanta. Who’s that coming down the monitor? Imply machine in crimson and black to roll into the playoff. (Editor’s notice: SVP laid 33.5 factors with No. 5 Oklahoma at house in opposition to West Virginia in 2019. 52-14… Winner.)
SVP: 5-1 all-time when laying at the very least 17 factors
Mountain West Championship Recreation
Fresno State at Boise State (-3, 53.5)
Saturday 4 p.m. ET, Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho
Van Pelt’s decide:
SVP: 5-1 when choosing Mountain West groups in final two seasons
Massive Ten Championship Recreation
Purdue vs No. 2 Michigan (-17, 52)
Saturday 8 p.m., Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
Van Pelt’s decide: Purdue (+17)
One final underdog to shut this out. We implore our mates from West Lala to bang that large drum and preserve it shut with Michigan off their assertion win within the shoe final weekend. I count on the Wolverines to win and make their second consecutive CFP look, however we’re hoping the Boilers can scheme up sufficient performs and chuck it round sufficient to hold round in Indy.
SVP: 6-2 all-time when choosing Purdue
And that’ll do it. Seven for the individuals earlier than we flip our consideration to the NFL and bowl season.