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November 21, 2012

PiRate Picks For College and Pro Football–November 22-26, 2012


Emotion & Things To Play For

This is the one week of the season where college football lines are quite difficult to gauge.  Many teams have already packed it in for the season.  Some have lame-duck coaches or interim coaches.  Others have nothing to play for, but their opponents this week must win to become bowl eligible or to win a conference or division title.


Of course, there are several rivalry games where a victory this week salvages a disappointing season somewhat.  These teams rarely win when they are big underdogs, but quite frequently, they make a game of it for three quarters before losing by less than the line.  They become excellent teaser picks.


We are going with a large number of college selections this week—15.  We have been on a little bit of a hot streak the last month and a half, hitting on 60% of our picks, so we are hoping for 9-6 or better.


1. Ball St. -7 vs. Miami (O)

2. Ohio St. -3 ½ vs. Michigan

3. Minnesota +8 ½ vs. Michigan St.

4. Rutgers +2 vs. Pittsburgh

5. UTSA +1 ½ vs. Texas St.

6. Ole Miss -1 vs. Mississippi St.

7. Memphis -4 vs. Southern Miss.

8. Rice +1 ½ vs. UTEP


9. 10-point Teaser

Central Michigan – ½ vs. U Mass

Ball St. +6 vs. Miami (O)

Temple +18 vs. Syracuse


10. 10-point Teaser

East Carolina +3 vs. Marshall

Washington -3 vs. Washington St.

Georgia -3 vs. Georgia Tech


11. 10-point Teaser

Rutgers +12 vs. Pittsburgh

Indiana +15 ½ vs. Purdue

Florida +18 vs. Florida St.


12. 13-point Teaser

Nebraska -1 ½ vs. Iowa

Kent St. +4 vs. Ohio U

West Virginia +11 ½ vs. Iowa St.

Michigan +16 ½ vs. Ohio St.


13. 13-point Teaser

Virginia +23 vs. Virginia Tech

Minnesota +21 ½ vs. Michigan St.

Illinois +32 ½ vs. Northwestern

Tennessee Pk. vs. Kentucky


14. 13-point Teaser

Wisconsin +16 vs. Penn St.

Ole Miss +12 vs. Mississippi St.

UCLA +15 vs. Stanford

Fresno St. -2 ½ vs. Air Force


15. 13-point Teaser

Tulsa +8 vs. SMU

Memphis +9 vs. Southern Miss.

Rice +14 ½ vs. UTEP

Troy +16 vs. Middle Tennessee



We went 4-1 in our NFL picks last week, but we have not been as hot with our pro picks as the season matures.  Let’s hope these seven picks continue upon last week’s success.


1. Pittsburgh Pk. vs. Cleveland

2. Miami +3 vs. Seattle

3. New Orleans +1 vs. San Francisco

4. Arizona -1 vs. St. Louis


5. 13-point Teaser

Detroit +16 vs. Houston

Washington +16 ½ vs. Dallas

New York Jets +20 vs. New England

Oakland +22 ½ vs. Cincinnati


6. 13-point Teaser

Buffalo +16 vs. Indianapolis

Indianapolis +10 vs. Buffalo

Denver +2 ½ vs. Kansas City

Jacksonville +16 vs. Tennessee


7. 13-point Teaser

Tampa Bay +14 vs. Atlanta

Miami +16 vs. Seattle

Arizona +12 vs. St. Louis

Green Bay +15 ½ vs. New York Giants



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