Originally written on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 11/14/14

There is no game of the century this week, but there are still plenty of great college football games that could decide who will be playing in their conference championship games (and who will win weekly fantasy college football challenges).

This week’s marquee matchup is out west in the Pac-12 as #7 Oregon heads south to take on #4 Stanford and its much-desired QB Andrew Luck.   There are not that many other matchups featuring ranked teams playing each other, but there still are some very intriguing games.

As it gets later in the season, injuries begin to take a toll on teams and it is very important that you know if key players will be out.

Here are the point spreads and picks, as well as relevant information, for this weekend’s top games.

College Football Picks and Spreads for Week 11 November 10

#10 Virginia Tech (8-1) v #21 Georgia Tech (7-2)

  • Virginia Tech-Georgia Tech spread: Virginia Tech -1
  • Virginia Tech-Georgia Tech over/under: 49

This Thursday night matchup is a huge game in the ACC as the winner will more than likely be Coastal Division Champions.  Both of these teams have had plenty of time to prepare for this game as they are each coming off a bye.

Georgia Tech is the home team in this game and they have been perfect at Bobby Dodd Stadium this season.  The Yellow Jackets are an option team and they are averaging 328 yards per game on the ground which ranks second in college football.  Georgia Tech’s offense is capable of scoring a lot of points and at home this season they are averaging 43.2 points per game.

If there is any team in the ACC that can slow down the Georgia Tech offense it is the Virginia Tech Hokies.  Teams have had a very tough time scoring against the Hokies and they are giving up an average of 15.4 points per game. Virginia Tech’s defense has played especially well in their last three games and that is why I like the under in this game. Virginia Tech-Georgia Tech over-under pick: under

November 12

#17 Michigan State (7-2) v Iowa (6-3)

  • Michigan State-Iowa spread: Michigan State -2.5
  • Michigan State-Iowa over/under 46.5

Both of these teams control their own destinies within the Big Ten Legends Division and this game is a must win for both teams.  If Michigan State wins than they are in the driver’s seat to win the division, but if the Hawkeyes win they will be in first place.

This game is at home for the Hawkeyes and this season they have not lost at Kinnick Stadium.  Iowa has the conference’s leading rusher in Marcus Coker (1,101 YDS) and he has been unstoppable in the last four games.  The Hawkeyes are coming off an emotional win against Michigan last week and will look to carry that momentum into this game.

Michigan State has struggled on the road this season and both of their losses have come away from East Lansing.  The Spartans have not beaten Iowa at Kinnick Stadium since 1989 and with Michigan State’s problems on the road it is hard to pick them.  Michigan State-Iowa spread pick: Iowa +2.5

#7 Oregon (8-1) v #4 Stanford (9-0)

  • Oregon-Stanford spread: Stanford -3.5
  • Oregon-Stanford over/under 66

Both of these teams are still in the hunt for the national championship, and the winner of this game has a legit shot of playing for the title.  Both of these teams have very good offenses and this game has potential to be a shootout with a lot of points being scored.

Oregon boasts one of the best rushing attacks in the country. The Ducks are averaging nearly 300 yards a game on the ground.  This offense is no stranger to the end zone as they are averaging 46 points per game which ranks 5th in college football.

Stanford also puts a lot of points on the board, averaging 48.2 points per game.   Stanford has been able to score over 35 points in every game this season and there is no reason to believe that they won’t do the same this week.  Both these offenses score a lot of points and that is why I am going to make the safe pick with the over.  Oregon-Stanford over-under pick: over

TCU (7-2) v #5 Boise State (8-0)

  • TCU-Boise State spread: Boise State -14.5
  • TCU-Boise State over/under 58

This is the game that everyone wanted to see once Boise State announced they were moving to the Mountain West Conference last year.  Both of these teams are undefeated in conference play and the winner of this game should finish the season as Mountain West champs.

Boise State is very much alive in the national championship race and remaining undefeated is a must if they want their shot at a title.  The Bronco defense has been very impressive this season and they are only giving up 16.8 points per game.  Boise State is going to need their defense to continue to play well in this game if they want to win because TCU is averaging nearly 42 points per game.

TCU has won 21 straight conference games and will be motivated to keep this streak going.  I think this will be a close game and that is why I am going to take TCU with the points. TCU-Boise State spread pick: Boise State +14.5

#20 Auburn v # 15 Georgia

  • Auburn-Georgia spread: Georgia -13
  • Auburn-Georgia over/under 52.5

After starting the season the 0-2 the Bulldogs have quietly won seven in a row and are now the favorites to win the SEC East.  Auburn has struggled away from home and all three of their losses have come on the road this season.

Georgia has been able sustain their winning streak because they have been able to win close games in conference play.  Georgia has not won a conference game by more than 14 points and their last two SEC games have been decided by less than seven points.

Auburn has had problems all season long on both sides of the ball and especially on the road.  In their three road losses this season they have been outscored 121-48 and have not been competitive in any of those games.  I like Georgia to continue their winning streak and beat Auburn with ease.   Auburn-Georgia spread pick: Georgia -13


* – Andrew Luck photo credit: via Bleacher Report


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