Now we are getting down to the end of the regular season in college football and different things are coming into play. Several teams are still trying to impress the College Football Playoff Selection Committee while others are trying to make last-minute pushes to better bowl games. Squads will be trying to run up the score when possible so beware of that when handicapping some of these games.
Record: 30-34 (1-4 two weeks ago)
Note: All times are ET.
Colorado (10-2) vs. Washington (11-1), 9 p.m. (Fri.)
I think there is extra pressure on Washington who is currently in the fourth and final spot of the College Football Playoff rankings, but has been heavily scrutinized due to an easy schedule. The Huskies have an explosive offense led by Jake Browning and his WR corps. This is a team that has scored 40 points or more in three of its last four games and is doing it with good balance. The Huskies lost to USC, who completely shut down their running game. Colorado's defense is hot, giving up 24 points or less in each of the last seven games. It is hard to throw on the Buffaloes, who have held opponents to 200 passing yards or less five times during that same stretch. Washington’s defense has been without linebackers Azeem Victor and Joe Mathis the past few games. Colorado is 10-2 ATS this season including all four games as an underdog. Washington has covered just four of its nine Pac-12 games. SELECTION: Colorado +7.5
Louisiana Tech (8-4) at Western Kentucky (9-3), 12 p.m. (Sat.)
The Conference USA title is at stake as WKU hosts Louisiana Tech. These two met in Ruston, La., back on Oct. 6 with the home team winning 55-52 in a game that featured 52 first downs and more than 800 yards of offense. I think we're getting good value with the road team because Bulldogs are coming off a loss at Southern Miss when they had already clinched a berth in this game. Louisiana Tech is led by Ryan Higgins and he can match up well with Mike White in a shootout. The Hilltoppers have steamrolled opponents since the earlier loss to Tech, but they really haven't been challenged much either. Louisiana Tech has covered in eight of 12 games this year including five of seven on the road. SELECTION: Louisiana Tech +10
Virginia Tech (9-3) vs. Clemson (11-1), 8 p.m. (Sat.)
This one's down in Orlando, but you know there will be a strong presence by both teams’ fan bases. Clemson is one win away from another playoff berth while the Hokies can make it to the Orange Bowl with a victory. Virginia Tech has been really good this season especially on defense, giving up 332.2 yards per game. Traditionally Bud Foster’s defense has struggled with mobile quarterbacks so that's definitely a concern. Clemson's defense has very good numbers as well, but the Tigers also took full advantage of bad opponents. Clemson has held Boston College, Syracuse, Wake Forest and South Carolina to 30 points combined. I think the Hokies will stress the Tigers a bit with their tempo and their various weapons as Bucky Hodges is one of the best TEs in the nation. Ironically both teams went 6-6 ATS. I think this one is closer than the experts think and Clemson fans will be sweating it out. SELECTION: Virginia Tech +10
— Written by Matt Josephs, who is a part of the Athlon Sports Contributor Network. Josephs prefers non-Power 5 college football and may be the only one wagering on the Sun Belt. Follow him on Twitter @MidMajorMatt.