College football Week 12: Scott Van Pelt’s Winners

We had a winning week last week with a smaller card, so we are going to take a reasonable approach again, right? Nope. What enjoyable is that? This card is screaming at me and I’m listening.Season: 50-42-3 UConn at Army (-10, 43.5)
Twelve Noon ET, Michie Arena, West Point, New York City

Van Pelt’s pick: Army (-10 )

Let me ask you– if a 3-6 team is giving more points than it scored in either of the last 2 weeks to a group who simply qualified to play in a bowl, you kind of need to take them, don’t you? The 3-6 group, I imply. Yes. By rule. Army offering double digits for some unknown factor to UConn.SVP: 4-1-1

when selecting independents this season

No. 4 TCU(-2.5, 57 )

at Baylor Midday ET, McLane Arena, Waco, Texas Van Pelt’s choice: Baylor(+2.5)Through the years I have actually loved taking TCU as an underdog. Had them this year against Oklahoma,’member? They squashed the Sooners. But young boy am I a dummy to keep going against the Frogs now that they’re favorites. They’ve stuck it to me in this segment however I’m nothing if not persistent. Baylor in Waco plus a tiny little helper.SVP: 8-1 all-time when selecting Baylor Illinois at No. 3 Michigan (-18, 40.5)
Midday ET on ABC, Michigan Arena, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Van Pelt’s pick: Illinois (+18 )

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I’m taking Illinois to gain from its defense and Michigan sneaking a peek at its journey to Columbus next week. Illini plus 3 ratings seems like a lot.SVP: 5-1

all-time when selecting unranked Big 10 teams vs. top-3 Huge Ten teams

UTSA(-13, 56.5 )at Rice

1 p.m. ET on ESPN +, Rice Arena, Houston Van Pelt’s pick: Rice (+13 )Steve tried today 1 and it was a mess– I’m taking a stab at it versus among our preferred teams. Rice plus nearly 2 TDs in the house. Owls need one win to go bowling. A win may be a lot to request here, but if they can contend for 60, maybe we can too.SVP: 0-3

all-time when picking Rice, 0-0-1 all-time when choosing against UTSA

No. 15 Kansas State( -7.5, 55 )at West Virginia 2 p.m. ET on ESPN+, Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown

, West Virginia Van Pelt’s choice: West Virginia(+7.5)

1 Related West Virginia … that bad beat versus TCU still stings, however our love for you stays as strong as ever. We will back you in Morgantown one more time– obligatory– let’s go Mountaineers, let’s go drink some beers.SVP: 35-20-2 all-time when picking house teams in Big 12 conference games Georgia State at James Madison (-9, 52)
2 p.m. ET ESPN+, Bridgeforth Stadium/Zane Showker Field, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Van Pelt’s pick: Georgia State (+9 )

Who is America’s No. 1 Sun Belt Tout– you understand that is me. SO, Georgia State plus the points in Harrisonburg is information you must treat like the gold it is.SVP: 10-1 when selecting Sun Belt groups this season Western Kentucky at Auburn (-5.5, 52.5)
4 p.m. ET, Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Alabama

Van Pelt’s choice: Western Kentucky (+5.5 )

Western Kentucky isn’t going to score on Auburn like they do on their Conference U.S.A. brethren. But they can score enough to take the points on the plains, so we will take the Toppers.SVP: 2-1 all-time

when selecting Western Kentucky Marshall (-4.5, 52.5) at Georgia Southern
6 p.m. ET, Allen E. Paulson Arena, Statesboro, Georgia

Van Pelt’s choice: Georgia Southern

Remember the whole Sun Belt thing? Yeah, OK. Georgia Southern. Again. Plus the points versus Marshall.SVP: 3-1 all-time whenselecting Georgia Southern No. 5 Tennessee (-21.5, 66) at South Carolina
7 p.m. ET on ESPN, Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, South Carolina

Van Pelt’s choice: South Carolina (+21.5 )

Unsure who has stomped on my face more this year in this segment– TCU or Tennessee. The Vols aren’t losing to South Carolina, however 21 1/2 points? Stand up for your boy, one time, Cocky.SVP: 1-7 all-time when choosing South Carolina No. 14 Ole Miss (-2.5, 65.5) at Arkansas
7:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network, Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Van Pelt’s choice: Arkansas (+2.5 )

In some way Arkansas got home for us last week against LSU– no idea how. We are calling the Hogs once again in this one with Ole Miss off a gutting house loss to Bama.SVP: 8-2 all-timewhen choosing Arkansas No. 7 USC (-2.5, 76.0) at No. 16 UCLA
8 p.m. ET, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

Van Pelt’s choice: UCLA (+2.5 )

UCLA over USC in their yearly competition tilt. The best uniform match in the sport, the Rose Bowl– and UCLA scored 62 on these men last year. Might require that many again. Should be a shootout.SVP: 22-12-1 all-timewhen selecting ranked vs. ranked games in November

I believe that’s 11. Whatever it is– put ’em in the blender. Birdcage. This is a recipe for something great. Probably. Perhaps. I do not understand. We’ll discover.

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