2021 College Football Week 12 Preview, Odds and Picks
As if the news couldn’t get worse for Texas following an embarrassing home loss to Kansas on Saturday and a five-game losing streak: Star running back and Heisman candidate Bijan Robinson has been lost for the season to a dislocated elbow. Here’s a look at two intriguing matchups around the country in Week 12 and picks for them.
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Iowa State vs. No. 12 Oklahoma
- When: Saturday, November 20th, 12:00pm ET
- Where: Memorial Stadium , Norman, Oklahoma
- 2021 College Football Week 12 Odds: Oklahoma Sooners -3.5
It’s a noon ET kick off on Fox for this Big 12 matchup. It lost a luster last week with Iowa State being upset by Texas Tech and Oklahoma upset by Baylor. The Sooners still are tied for the Big 12 lead at 6-1 in league play, while the Cyclones are 4-3 so if they lose here, they have no shot at the conference title game.
ISU lost to the Red Raiders 41-38 in Week 11 as Jonathan Garibay kicked a 62-yard field goal as time expired. The senior from California broke the Texas Tech record of 57 yards by Blade Adams against Texas A&M in 1977. The Cyclones had pulled even on Andrew Mevis’ 29-yard kick with a minute remaining. Garibay’s previous career long was 48 yards.
Cyclones star running back Breece Hall rushed for two scores and caught a TD pass. It was his 19th career multi-TD game and sixth of the season with three touchdowns, tying for the second-most in Big 12 history. He set the school record for career points (306). Hall has rushed for a TD in 22-straight games, one game shy from the all-time NCAA FBS record (23-Bill Burnett, Arkansas, 1968-70).
QB Brock Purdy moved into the Big 12’s career top-10 passing list. He ranks 9th with 11,423 yards. He also moved into ninth in Big 12 history with 919 career completions.
Oklahoma’s lost 27-14 to Baylor, pretty much ending any shot OU had of reaching the College Football Playoff again – really, ending any chance for the Big 12 overall. The Sooners held the nation’s longest winning streak heading into the contest, which had stood at 17 games, and had not lost to the Bears since 2014.
It was Oklahoma’s first November loss since the 2014 season. OU entered the day having won 23 straight November games (11 contests against teams ranked in the AP Top 25). OU’s last November loss prior to today was a 2014 defeat to Baylor in Norman. Entering Saturday, the Sooners had scored at least 30 points in 35 consecutive true road games, which was the longest streak nationally since at least 1980. The 14 points were OU’s fewest since the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl vs. Clemson (40-6 defeat).
The ISU-OU series has been extremely close over the last five meetings. OU has a 3-2 advantage (+3 point differential) with four one-score outcomes. The Cyclones are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
2021 College Football Week 12 Pick: Oklahoma Sooners
No. 4 Oregon vs. No. 24 Utah
- When: Saturday, November 20th, 7:30pm ET
- Where: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah
- 2021 College Football Week 12 Odds: Utah -3
Huge Pac-12 game at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC and possibly a preview of the conference title matchup. Oregon leads the North Division and could still lose this and win it. The Ducks would win the North with just one more victory. Utah leads the South and could still lose this and win it.
The Ducks won their fifth straight game Saturday, 38-24 over Washington State. Oregon survived two turnovers that led to 10 points for the Cougars, relying on a running game that pounded out 306 yards and four UO touchdowns. Anthony Brown was 17-of-22 passing for 135 yards and a touchdown, and he rushed 17 times for 123 yards and another score. Travis Dye had one rushing touchdown and one receiving touchdown, and Byron Cardwell rushed for 98 yards and two fourth-quarter scores.
Oregon rushed for 306 yards and four TDs on 47 attempts, averaging 6.5 yards per carry. The Ducks have run for 300-plus yards in back-to-back games for the first time since 2017 (Nov. 18 & 25 vs. Arizona and Oregon State).
Utah beat Arizona 38-29 on Saturday. The win officially tied head coach Kyle Whittingham with Ike Armstrong (1925-49) as the all-time winningest coach at Utah, with 141 in his career. Whittingham is now 141-69 as the longest tenured coach in the Pac-12 and second-longest tenured coach in the FBS at the same school. The Utes finished the game with 468 yards of total offense, their sixth straight game with 450+, which included 294 yards passing and 174 yards on the ground.
In Pac-12 games only (last seven games), the Utes lead the league in scoring offense (38.4), touchdowns scored (36), total offense per game (466.3) and rushing touchdowns (24) while ranking second in rushing offense (242.0) and team pass efficiency (144.7).
Oregon leads the all-time series with Utah 23-10. They didn’t play last year. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the past five.
2021 College Football Week 12 Pick: Utah Utes
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