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Week 14 results: Rick: 10-5; Coin: 7-8
Cumulative: Rick: 89-89-1; Coin: 72-106-1

Friday, December 11

7:00 pm Arizona State (-10, 55) at Arizona - All Arizona contest matches up the 0-2 Sun Devils with the 0-4 Wildcats, who are 10 point underdogs having lost four straight by an average of 12 points, and, dating back to last season, losing 11 in a row.

The Sun Devils could easily be 2-0, except for late-game heroics by USC (28-27) and UCLA (25-18). Dual-threat QB Jayden Daniels should be able to slice though the Wildcat defense by ground and air, putting up the only win in the shortened PAC-12 season. This is the season finale for both teams.

Coin Flip: Arizona State

Prediction: Sun Devils 34 Wildcats 17

9:30 pm Utah at #21 Colorado (-1, 51) - The Buffaloes are an impressive 4-0, and a win here would clinch the PAC-12 South division if USC falls to UCLA Saturday night. The Buffs have topped UCLA, Stanford and Arizona, with the previous two games on the road. Hosting the Utes is a solid way to close out the 2020 season from hell.

Utah got punched by USC, 33-17, followed that up with a 24-21 loss at Washington, and nipped Oregon State, 30-24. They're likely to put up a pretty good effort, but Colorado seems to have the roster that may usher in an era of national significance over the next few seasons. The Buffaloes lost at Utah, 45-15, last season, but both squads lost plenty to graduation and have gone in different directions.

Coin Flip: Utah

Prediction: Buffaloes 27 Utes 21

10:00 pm San Jose State (-2 1/2, 58) at Nevada - This game was originally to be played in San Jose, but an absurd countywide ban on contact sports had the venue changed to Las Vegas, which should boost the hopes of the 6-1 Wolf Pack, who can grab the Mountain West title with a win and a Boise State loss at Wyoming earlier in the evening.

San Jose State leads the conference with a 5-0 mark and none of their opponents have come close to topping them. Three of their victories have been by 11 points, The Spartans also hammered New Mexico, 38-21, and UNLV, 34-17. While the Wolf Pack has high hopes, the Spartans can celebrate something special with a victory.

Coin Flip: San Jose State

Prediction: Spartans 31 Wolf Pack 21

Saturday, December 12

CANCELLED 12:00 pm Michigan at #4 Ohio State (-29 1/2, 66 1/2) - Michigan has pretty much packed away 2020 after a triple overtime win (48-42) at Rutgers was followed up by a 27-17 loss to 2-5 Penn State. They're no match for the imposing Buckeyes, who have set their sights on a national championship and will be a deserving Big Ten representative.

QB Justin Fields has thrown for 1,407 yards and 15 TDs while RB Master Teague is averaging nearly five yards per carry. The Buckeyes dusted Michigan State in a 52-12 road romp and get to finish up a 6-0 season at home. Forget the rivalry aspect of this game. No fans. No Michigan defense. No problem.

Coin Flip: Michigan

Prediction: Buckeyes 49 Wolverines 14

12:00 pm #1 Alabama (-31, 54) at Arkansas - Tough to go against the #1 team in the nation, but it's likely that the Crimson Tide will pull many starters in anticipation of the SEC championship game next week against Florida, giving the Razorbacks an opportunity to close whatever scoring gap there is late in the contest.

Despite their 3-6 record, Arkansas isn't exactly a walkover. They lost at Auburn, 30-28, at Texas A&M, 42-31, and last week at Missouri, 50-48. They did get pounded at Florida, 63-35, but they are 2-1 at home, with wins over Ole Miss and Tennessee and a 27-24 loss to LSU, so they may do some scoring on Alabama or at least push against the Tide a little.

Coin Flip: Arkansas

Prediction: Crimson Tide 42 Razorbacks 17

12:00 pm #13 Oklahoma (-12 1/2, 55) at West Virginia - Oklahoma will meet Iowa State to settle the Big 12 next week with a win at West Virginia. The question is not whether the Sooners will defeat the Mountaineers, but by how much.

Actually, having already defeated both Texas and Oklahoma State, the Sooners don't have to win to qualify for the title game. Iowa State, at 8-1 in the conference, is already qualified and has the week off.

West Virginia has made some noise with a 37-10 win over Kansas State at the end of October, but they're 1-2 since then with a loss to Texas, a 24-6 win over TCU and last week's 42-6 slaughter at the hands of Iowa State filling out their resume. The Sooners will likely do more damage to their reputation.

Coin Flip: Oklahoma

Prediction: Sooners 45 Mountaineers 24

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