The end is almost near for this year’s college football season as Championship Week rolls around this weekend. There are always bound to be a few upsets in these conference title games, which feature matchups between two very good teams. Let’s take a look at three of the more appealing Championship Week games that will have sleepers to watch out for.
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2016 NCAA Football Week 14 Sleepers Predictions
There’s a lot to like about Washington in the Pac-12 championship game. The Huskies are the more talented team on both sides of the ball and they possess the more explosive offense thanks to Jake Browning and his stud receivers.
However, this Colorado team will be tough to pull away from. The Buffs defense, while not as talented man for man as Washington’s, has a very good argument for being better than the Huskies’ this year. They are at or near the top of just about every important defensive category in the conference.
Colorado has the sort of defense that can turn this game into a bit of a slugfest, which should allow the Buffs to stay within striking distance and cover. Colorado is a terrific 10-2 against the spread this season
Writer’s Prediction: Washington wins the Pac-12 title, but Colorado (+7.5) covers.
Navy’s triple-option attack looks borderline unstoppable at the moment. The Midshipmen have hung 66 and 75 points in their last two games, and also topped 480 rushing yards on both occasions. But if there’s a team in the AAC that can contain that triple-option, it’s Temple.
The Owls defense has completely shut down opposing offenses. Over the last three games, they’ve surrendered a grand total of 10 points. Their run defense is right up there with the best in the country, giving up just 3.62 yards per carry (26th in the nation).
Meanwhile, the Owls have quietly been the most reliable team against the spread this season. They are a remarkable 11-0 ATS since losing in Week 1 to Army.
Writer’s Prediction: Temple (+2.5) slows the triple-option down and beats Navy outright, 31-28.
Home field is not much of an advantage when it comes to Bedlam. The road team has won the last three editions in a row. Oklahoma State will make the visit to Norman this year, and the Cowboys have what it takes to come away with the cover, if not the outright win.
As good as Oklahoma’s offense has been – and it’s been excellent – the defense still has some real question marks. Their pass defense was exploited by the likes of TCU, Texas, and Texas Tech, who all managed to stay within a score of the Sooners.
Oklahoma State’s passing attack is just as, if not more explosive than those three. Their running game has also taken off, with the one-two punch of freshman Justice Hill and senior Chris Carson grabbing a large chunk of the team’s 724 rushing yards over the past three games. Bedlam figures to be a shootout, with the Cowboys managing to keep within single-digits.
Writer’s Prediction: Oklahoma wins Bedlam and the Big 12 title, but Oklahoma State (+11) stays within single-digits and covers.
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