College Football Picks Week 16

December 17, 2020
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Ladies and Gentlemen –

This week we have Conference Championship games, more than a few make-up games and even a couple of Bowl games to take us into Christmas week.

So, break out your Pepperidge Farms gift package and pour out the spiked eggnog.

It’s time to wrap up the “regular” 2020 College Football Season

Enjoy Your Picks…

Weekend Rewind…

Your Favorite College Football Prognosticator wasn’t all that sharp last week finishing the college football weekend at 38 and 7 or 84%.

In all fairness I blame it all on a combination of some out of date aerosol cheese whiz and pickled okra.

For the sake of you dear readers, I won’t go into any graphic details here.

However, I will say I wrote last week’s picks with a leaf bag around my waist.

Overall, for the 2020 Kung Flu College Football Season stands at 457 and 95 or 86%.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS

TEXAS 6 MAN FOOTBALL: I recognize that this segment is devoted to college football news.

But this is simply too good, not to mention.

This past Friday Night, The Texas School for the Deaf football team made history Friday night, knocking off crosstown rival, Veritas Academy, for the Texas 6 Man Football State Championship.

The Texas School for the Deaf defeated Veritas 63-32 for the TAPPS Division 1 6-Man football championship for its first ever state title in school history. In case you were wondering, Veritas Academy is a “hearing” school as they would say in the deaf community.

The schools played in the first game of the season Sept. 25 with Veritas claiming a 58-25 win over the Rangers. Since then, the Rangers have gone 6-2 with two playoff wins over Logos Prep Academy 60-30 and San Marcos Academy 39-28 to reach the state title game.

The Rangers not only rely on athleticism and execution to play, but also a drum they use to call the cadence.

It’s an interesting way for the players to know the snap count, and since they’re deaf, they can’t hear the drumbeats, but they can feel them.

“It’s become kind of a legend at The Texas School for the Deaf and in the deaf community and I don’t know if the neighbors would agree but it is really characteristic of our deaf football team,” said the school’s superintendent Claire Bugen. “It’s a beautiful way to feel the vibrations. A lot of people all can feel those vibrations and that’s what the drum does, it calls the play through vibration.”

EDITORS NOTE: I can feel the good vibrations from here too.

Congratulations Rangers, Congratulations!

BIG TEN: Dear Ohio State Buckeyes and Fans of the Big 10 (Whatever the number is) Conference

While you change rules to suit your own desires and cry and whine how “Your” Buckeyes deserve a spot in the college football playoffs. Let’s put this into some perspective, shall we?

The following “non-playoff” teams have played and won more games this season than Ohio State:

Iowa

Indiana

Cincinnati

Tulsa

Miami

North Carolina

North Carolina State

Iowa State

Oklahoma

Oklahoma State

Brigham Young

Liberty

Army

San Jose State

Nevada

Texas A&M

Auburn

Florida

Georgia

Louisiana Lafayette

Coastal Carolina

Appalachian State

So, “IF” you want to be mad at somebody for not getting your way, blame your damn Conference Commissioner for being a spineless wimpy coward.

You Are Welcome

Sincerely
The CFB Wizard

AUBURN: In case you were wondering “How” the Gus Bus is doing on the Plains of Auburn.

BALL STATE: If you didn’t see the end of the Cardinals win last week, here you go.

LSU: I will leave this one right here…

TENNESSEE: There appears to be some grumblings on Rocky Top.

I thought Fat Phil Fulmer said Tennessee was going to “Kick Peoples Asses” this year?

Funny thing about that kind of talk, sometimes it’s your own ass that gets kicked.

MICHIGAN: Congratulations on “Not” losing to Ohio State last weekend!

Way to go Coach Hairball!

THE FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL: This prestigious bowl game could possibly be cancelled.

“No”, not due to the Kung Fu Flu, but due to a legal disagreement between the creators of “South Park” and the Bowl game. More specifically, a lawsuit has been filed by the creators of “South Park” over the Bowl mascot “Spuddy Buddy” and a character on the hit television program called “Mr. Hankey.”

Apparently, the lawsuit revolves around the similar likeness of the bowl mascot and Mr. Hankey.

You decide for yourselves

THE CFB WIZARD EMAILS OF THE WEEK

Q: Dear Sir,

I just want to set the record straight on something.

I DID NOT call the University of South Carolina seeking their head coaching position. NEVER happened. I mean, duhhhh. I have a FIFTEEN MILLION dollar buyout!!!

Why would I voluntarily leave and let these a-holes off the hook for that??? Now, that’s not to say that hypothetically someone that might speak on my behalf might have discussed the Offensive Coordinator position.

But, that’s hypothetical. And you know, who would blame me. I mean nobody likes Texas. They ran off Nebraska for the love of Pete!!! They’re like the kid down the street that everybody hates and when you play a pickup game of football you have to let him play because there’s no one left to make the teams even.

So, ya’ll just settle down. I’m not going anywhere (without my golden parachute).

Tom Herman
Head Coach (for now)
University of Texas

A: I would check to see who packed your parachute first Coach

THE GAMES

Thursday, December. 17

Louisiana Monroe at Troy
I am All Alabama this weekend, in case you didn’t know already
MEN OF TROY 31-17

Friday, December. 18

Nebraska at Rutgers
I hate to say this
But it’s going to be closer than you might think.
CORNHUSKERS 28-24

Marshall vs. Alabama Birmingham
The Conference USA Championship Game
It’s the Boy’s from Iron City in this one
BLAZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZERS 34-17

Buffalo vs. Ball State
The MAC Championship Game in Detroit, Michigan
Get your calculators out, it’s going to be a high scoring affair.
BUFFALO WILD WINGS 60-55

Purdue at Indiana
This game is a re-do which was postponed game a few weeks ago.
It’s the Battle for The Old Oaken Bucket
It’s going to be all
HOOSIERS 41-24

Washington at Southern California
The PAC 12 Championship Game
Not that this game actually matters, because it doesn’t
TROJANS 28-24

Saturday, December. 19

Ohio State vs. Northwestern
The Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis, Indiana
Remember sports fans, it’s always the later games that are important.
Just so you know
BUCKEYES 38-17

Texas A&M at Tennessee
The Aggies “need” to make a statement in this game.
And they will
GIG EM AGGIES 41-17

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma
The Big 12 Championship Game in Arlington, Texas
It’s going to be close, really close.
I know the Cyclones haven’t won a Conference Title since 1919
I also know they are the Cinderella Favorite in this one.
But…
BOOMER SOONERS 34-31

Florida State at Wake Forest
Both teams have still played more games than Ohio State
Just saying
DEMON DEACONS 28-24

Vanderbilt at Georgia
I don’t know “IF” this game will be played or not
But, Doc and I are picking
SMART DAWGS 41-10

Washington State at Utah
I was going to make a “Two Utes walk into a bar with a Cougar” joke
But, it was going to turn dirty, so I didn’t.
TWO UTES 34-21

Air Force at Army
This game will decide the Commander in Chief’s Trophy
It’s going to be a good one
BLACK KNIGHTS OF THE HUDSON 33-31

Louisiana Lafayette at Coastal Carolina
The Sun Belt Championship Game
This is going to be one heck of a game
Whoever has the ball last, wins
CAROLINA BIRDS 38-34

Ole Miss at LSU
I am rolling with LS Shoe in this one….
(See what I did there..)
HEY FIGHTN’ TIGERS 34-31

Missouri at Mississippi State
I know how Doc “The World-Famous Black Lab” feels about a game between Cats and Dogs.So, let’s just keep this little pick to ourselves, shall we?
MO’S TIGERS 31-28

Notre Dame vs. Clemson
The ACC Championship Game in Charlotte, North Carolina
The Mighty Tigers of Clemson revenge an early season loss.
Believe it
DABO’S TIGERS 34-17

Minnesota at Wisconsin
This make-up rivalry game is either played for the Beef Stick of Victory or the Sombrero of Cheese.
I forgot
CHEESE MEN 28-24

San Jose State vs. Boise State
The Mountain West Championship Game
I call “Upset Special” on this one
GO TELL THE SPARTANS 33-31

Tropical Smoothie Café Frisco Bowl
Southern Methodist and Texas San Antonio
There seems to be a lot going on in the title of this bowl game.
I have an idea
Why not just call it the “Frito Bowl and play it in Frisco Texas”
(Say that three times really fast and see what happens)
MIGHTY MUSTANGS 38-34

Illinois at Penn State
This Old Rivalry game is played for something that looks like a petrified monkey foot on a key chain.
Which I think is weird
NITTANY LIONS 31-17

Michigan at Iowa
Since the Wolverines always end their season with a loss, here you go.
HAWKEYES 34-17

Michigan State at Maryland
I think the Turtles are going to hang 50 on the Spartans
There I said it
NINJA TURTLES 51-24

Alabama vs. Florida
The SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, Georgia
It’s going to be Battle in Hot-Lanta
Believe it
CRIMSON TIDE 38-34

Tulsa at Cincinnati
The AAC Championship Game
I hate to take the drama out of the game.
But it’s not going to be close, sorry
BEARKATS 41-24

Stanford at UCLA
I have one question about this game.
Why?
BRUINS 3-2

Oregon at Colorado
(Please see the above game description)
QUACKERS 6-3

Arizona State at Oregon State
Believe it or not, this is going to be one heck of a game.
Not that any of us will be up that late to watch it
BEAVERS 38-34

Monday, December 21

The Myrtle Beach Bowl
Appalachian State and North Texas
Beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
It’s a little slice of Heaven on Earth
MOUNTAINEERS 34-31

Next Week…

Your College Football Bowl Picks will be out on Tuesday of next week along with a few extra Special Christmas “surprises” to take you through the week.

You Are Welcome America

You don’t have a “new” on Mikerights.com this week, but I hope to have one on there for you by Christmas.

There is more on the way next week

So, Stay tuned

One More Thing….

As we approach Christmas, it’s important to be thankful for what we have.

“Doc” the World-Famous Black Lab and I are very thankful for you readers and we both appreciate you all more than you know.

Be good to one another this week and yourselves.

RTR
THE CFB WIZARD

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