Barnes’ Bankroll Management: Championship Week!
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Barnes’ Bankroll Management: Championship Week!

We’re back for another week of gambling picks!

Last Week: 3-4 (43%)

Season total: 47-45-3 (51%)

I blame Nebraska for failing to keep us over 50% last week. That’s the last time I’ll bet on Scott Frost. Yes, I’m still bitter about that one so let’s jump into championship week!

Oregon (+2.5) vs Utah (Las Vegas)

Utah completely dominated the Ducks two weeks ago when these teams met. I think the change of venue and sour taste in Cristobal’s mouth give them an edge here.

Baylor vs Oklahoma State (-4.5) (Arlington)

This won’t be your typical Big 12 Championship game with the over/under set at just 46.5 but the Cowboys offense will do just enough to cover the number.

Appalachian State (-2.5) at Louisiana

Louisiana has the better record, higher ranking and home field advantage. Normally that would be enough but the head coaching disparity in this one is so wide that I have to take App State to cover here.

Georgia vs Alabama (+5.5) (Atlanta)

For the first time in his career, Nick Saban lost to one of his former assistants when Texas A&M took down the Tide. I have a hard time seeing that happening twice in one season. I’ll gladly take the points here but consider sprinkling some on the money line.

Houston at Cincinnati (-10.5)

The only thing standing between the Bearcats and the College Football Playoff is one final, quality showing this weekend. I don’t think they will need them, but you have to think Cincy will go for the style points in this one.

Michigan (-11) vs Iowa (Indianapolis)

Jim Harbaugh finally found a way to beat a very good Ohio State team and did so in dominant fashion. Iowa is a very solid team but simply can’t score enough points to win this one. The Wolverine’s keep clawing along and secure their seat at the playoff table.

Pitt (-3.5) vs Wake Forest (Charlotte)

Just as we all predicted before the season, either Pitt or Wake will represent the ACC in the Orange Bowl. This truly is a toss up of a game to me and in that scenario I’m taking the best quarterback and that’s Kenny Pickett. The Panthers win the ACC before the U.

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