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College football picks Week 12: Tampa Bay Times staff predictions

Here are our picks for this week’s top college football games, including Florida-Missouri, USF-Cincinnati and Florida State-Alabama State.
A Florida Gator fans yells during the first half of the Nov. 2 game against Georgia in Jacksonville. The Gators travel to Columbia, Mo. for a noon Saturday game against Missouri. [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
A Florida Gator fans yells during the first half of the Nov. 2 game against Georgia in Jacksonville. The Gators travel to Columbia, Mo. for a noon Saturday game against Missouri. [JOHN RAOUX | AP]
Published Nov. 15

The picks:

Away Home Matt Baker, College Beat Writer Joey Knight, USF Beat Writer Mike Sherman, Deputy Editor-Sports Traci Johnson, Assistant Sports Editor
Alabama St. FSU (no line) FSU 49-7 FSU 40-7 FSU 42-14 FSU 48-13
Florida (-7.5) Missouri Florida 28-17 Florida 31-14 Florida 24-17 Florida 30-14
Cincinnati (-14.5) USF Cincy 27-10 Cincy 27-7 Cincy 31-14 Cincy 38-20
Indiana Penn State (-15.5) Penn St. 34-17 Penn St. 34-20 Penn St. 28-10 Penn St. 32-24
Michigan State Michigan (-13.5) Michigan 28-14 Michigan 28-13 Michigan 31-13 Michigan 35-10
Wisconsin (-14.5) Nebraska Wisc 28-10 Wisc 38-20 Wisc 35-20 Wisc 42-17
Alabama (-21.5) Mississippi State Alabama 42-14 Alabama 30-7 Alabama 35-7 Alabama 38-10
Navy Notre Dame (-9.5) ND 20-14 Navy 22-20 ND 23-14 ND 24-21
Memphis (-10.5) Houston Memphis 35-14 Memphis 41-22 Memphis 38-30 Memphis 42-12
Virginia Tech (-5.5) Georgia Tech Va. Tech 27-20 Va. Tech 26-10 Va. Tech 24-20 Va. Tech 28-17
Texas Iowa State (-7.5) Iowa St. 31-24 Iowa St. 40-38 Iowa St. 34-31 Iowa St. 35-28
West Virginia Kansas State (-14.5) K-State 31-13 K-State 38-17 K-State 28-14 K-State 31-12
Kentucky (-10.5) Vanderbilt Kentucky 17-10 Kentucky 27-14 Kentucky 31-23 Kentucky 28-3
Georgia (-2.5) Auburn Auburn 21-20 Auburn 34-31 Auburn 24-21 Auburn 28-24
Wake Forest Clemson (-34.5) Clemson 42-20 Clemson 55-17 Clemson 49-17 Clemson 52-14
Minnesota Iowa (-2.5) Iowa 21-17 Minnesota 31-21 Minnesota 26-21 Minnesota 25-17
LSU (-21.5) Ole Miss LSU 42-14 LSU 44-17 LSU 34-13 LSU 48-24
South Carolina Texas A&M (-10.5) A&M 24-14 A&M 34-21 A&M 27-17 A&M 24-21
Oklahoma (-10.5) Baylor OU 42-35 OU 41-30 OU 41-34 OU 48-35
UCLA Utah (-21.5) Utah 42-20 Utah 42-40 Utah 48-24 Utah 35-7
This week Lock of the week Memphis Cincinnati Penn St. Memphis
This week Upset of the week Auburn Navy Navy Auburn
Last week vs. spread 13-7 9-11 12-8 12-8
Overall vs. spread 106-102 102-106 101-107 96-112
Last week straight up 15-5 10-10 15-5 13-7
Overall straight up 153-57 141-69 149-61 149-61
Season Locks 8-3 4-7 7-4 7-4
Season Upsets 6-5 3-8 3-8 7-4

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