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Week 14 College Football Picks: Challenge the Athlon Sports Experts in 2016


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Here are this week’s top picks from Athlon Sports senior editor Rob Doster:

Western Michigan vs. Ohio

It's been an amazing season for P.J. Fleck's Western Michigan Broncos, who became the first team ever to win all of its MAC games by 14-plus points. Look for that trend to continue against a well-coached but slightly outmanned Ohio team.

Doster's pick: Western Michigan 34–17

Colorado vs. Washington

Colorado's Mike MacIntyre is a solid contender for national Coach of the Year honors, and he could lock down the award with a win over Washington. But Chris Petersen's Huskies won't let a chance at the College Football Playoff slip through their fingers. 

Doster’s pick: Washington 31–24

Kansas State at TCU

Kansas State is a couple of close losses away from a spot in a New Year's Six bowl, while the Frogs are finishing up an inconsistent season. Go with the even-keeled Wildcats in this one. 

Doster’s pick: Kansas State 24–23

Louisiana Tech vs. Western Kentucky

These C-USA rivals played a wildly entertaining game earlier this season that ended with a 55–52 Tech win. Look for a similar game with a slightly different result. The surging Toppers have won six in a row, five of them in blowouts.

Doster’s pick: Western Kentucky 49–45

Temple vs. Navy

Navy's potent option offense reached a peak in a 75-point outburst against SMU that included nearly 500 yards rushing. Temple has won seven of eight, most of them in lopsided fashion. In other words, the American championship game could be a classic between two underrated teams.   

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Doster's pick: Navy 34–31

Oklahoma State at Oklahoma

The Bedlam matchup doubles as a de facto Big 12 championship game, adding to the annual hysteria surrounding this rivalry game. Oklahoma is on the fringes of playoff contention; that extra motivation combined with homefield advantage should give the Sooners the edge.

Doster’s pick: Oklahoma 38–34

Baylor at West Virginia

It's been a resurgent season in Morgantown, and the Mountaineers should reach 10 wins against a Baylor team that has seen a promising season disintegrate into a five-game losing streak. 

Doster's pick: West Virginia 31–17

Alabama vs. Florida

There's a strong sense of deja vu associated with this year's SEC Championship game. Just like last year, a dominant Alabama team without a weakness faces a scrappy Florida team that relies on its defense. Expect a similar outcome to last year's 29–15 Bama win.  

Doster's pick: Alabama 31–14

San Diego State vs. Wyoming

San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey looks to close out his record-setting career in style, but he's facing a Cowboys defense that held him to 76 yards in a 34–33 Wyoming win a few weeks ago. The Aztecs should snap a two-game skid and get a little revenge in the process.

Doster's pick: San Diego State 35–31

Wisconsin vs. Penn State

It's been a remarkable season for the Big Ten's two division champions, who will meet in a Big Ten Championship game no one could have predicted. Wisconsin suffered its two losses by a touchdown apiece, while Penn State is riding a wholly unexpected eight-game winning streak. The Badgers can stay in the playoff picture with a win.  

Doster's pick: Wisconsin 24–17

Clemson vs. Virginia Tech

Clemson has bounced back nicely from its upset loss to Pitt and remains solidly in the playoff picture. Tech has enjoyed a nice season under first-year coach Justin Fuente, but the Hokies lack the firepower to deny Deshaun Watson a victorious ACC sendoff. 

Doster's pick: Clemson 45–24

Last Week: 11-9