CF Staff Picks: Week 12

Brent Blum has vaulted to the top of the standings over the last few weeks as I have slid back to the middle of the pack, where everyone else resides. Except for Adam Gray, he’s at the bottom of the pile.

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CF Columnist, Brent Blum

LSU @ Ole Miss (-4) – Ole Miss has this inventive device called a passing game. That helps in 2015. Ole Miss 27 LSU 17

Michigan State @ Ohio State (-13.5) – Michigan State seems like a difficult team to throttle. Sparty keeps it interesting. Ohio State 31 Michigan State 24

Michigan (-4) @ Penn State –  Penn State 27 Michigan 21

USC @ Oregon (-4) – This seems too easy, but whatevs. Oregon 35 USC 24

Baylor @ Oklahoma State (PICK) – Baylor is the better team, I have little doubt. Baylor 40 Okie State 30

Iowa State @ Kansas State (-6) – Bill Snyder in a desperate spot gives me the willies. Never back the Vampire into a corner. K-State 34 Iowa State 24

CF Publisher, Chris Williams

LSU @ Ole Miss (-4) – Ole Miss’ best defensive player is likely out. I’ll take LSU solely because of that.

Michigan State @ Ohio State (-13.5) – I feel like Vegas is daring me to take Michigan State here. Feels like a trap, so give me the Buckeyes who will show up and play up to the level of their competition. 

Michigan (-4) @ Penn State –  Penn State’s wins on the season are over Buffalo, Rutgers, San Diego State, Army, Indiana, Maryland and Illinois.  Give me Jim Harbaugh.

USC @ Oregon (-4) – Game is in Eugene and the Ducks are vastly improved compared to early in the season. I really like Oregon here. 

Baylor @ Oklahoma State (PICK) – Baylor is a different animal on the road. The freshman quarterback is dinged up. 

Iowa State @ Kansas State (-6) – Clones win outright. I’m thrilled to take the points. 

enCYCLONEpedia Guy, Kirk Haaland

LSU @ Ole Miss (-4) – Rebels…?

Michigan State @ Ohio State (-13.5) – That’s a big line…too big even for Urb.

Michigan (-4) @ Penn State –  Wolves.

USC @ Oregon (-4) – Oregon is playing better, but I’ll go with the Trojans.

Baylor @ Oklahoma State (PICK) – I don’t have a lot of confidence in Baylor of late but I also saw Okie State struggle last week in Ames. I’ll take the Pokes mainly because I’m hoping for an epic Bedlam game with OU (and the OSU fans behind me last week were pretty decent).

Iowa State @ Kansas State (-6) – If Iowa State can respond and finish out the season like they care, I like their chances. I don’t know the mindset of the team but they seem to still have some fight in them. I think they cover, but will Paul Rhoads finally get a win over Snyder? Iowa State ruined his first farewell game at home in 2004, and they haven’t won there since. Can they do it again?

CF Contributor, Jeff Woody

LSU @ Ole Miss (-4) – Tigers. Williams is in town to root for a football team, so I’ll pick the other one to win. YOLO.

Michigan State @ Ohio State (-13.5) – Sparty. I’m picking them for the express purpose of that line. I think the Buckeyes win by 10, not 2 TDs. 

Michigan (-4) @ Penn State –  Nittany Lions. Senior night in Happy Valley. Crazy things can happen. 

USC @ Oregon (-4) – Quack. If it weren’t for those early (bad) losses, we would be talking about the Ducks as a playoff team. They’re playing as well as anyone in the country. Credit to Mark Helfrich getting them back on track.

Baylor @ Oklahoma State (PICK) – OSU. Honest to goodness I am guessing. 

Iowa State @ Kansas State (-6) – I think the Cyclones get this one outright. They can finally fight fire with fire with the Vampire. They won’t get blown out in time of possession, and they won’t get beaten athletically by anyone. I like the matchup for the Clones!

CF Senior Writer, Rob Gray

LSU @ Ole Miss (-4) – Since CW will be in Oxford sporting a freaking bow tie and cheering for the Rebels (per a source), I’ll go with LSU to win outright.

Michigan State @ Ohio State (-13.5) – No way Urban steamrolls the Spartans. Not this time. Buckeyes won’t cover.

Michigan (-4) @ Penn State –  Good old-fashioned slobberknocker between two of the best defense in the country. I’ll go with Harbaugh to cover.

USC @ Oregon (-4) – Who cares? And who woulda thunk this would be a ‘who cares’ type of game? Give me the Ducks.

Baylor @ Oklahoma State (PICK) – Pistol Pete says the Bears are overrated. I’m not a fan of Pistol Pete. Baylor wins. 

Iowa State @ Kansas State (-6) – I hear Rhoads has tapped a reservoir of holy water. Needed in vamp land. ISU wins (finally vs. Snyder).

CF Multimedia Machine, Jared Stansbury

LSU @ Ole Miss (-4) – Tigers get back on track on the road and Fournette has a big game. LSU wins. 

Michigan State @ Ohio State (-13.5) – I like Sparty, but I think another team in Michigan will be the ones to topple the champs. Ohio State wins, but Michigan State covers. 

Michigan (-4) @ Penn State –  I know this is in Happy Valley but I don’t see this game being close. Wolverines roll. 

USC @ Oregon (-4) – QUACK. QUACK. QUACK. Autzen will be rocking and not many opposing teams win when Autzen is rocking. Ducks win and cover.

Baylor @ Oklahoma State (PICK) – Sic ’em! Bears win.

Iowa State @ Kansas State (-6) – It’s been a while since I picked Iowa State, so I’ll go ahead and do that here. The offense rolls, the defense comes up with key stops and the Cyclones get one step closer to four Big 12 wins. 

CF Director of Sales, Adam Gray

LSU @ Ole Miss (-4) – LSU can’t lose 3 straight, can they?  I’ll say no.  LSU by a FG.

Michigan State @ Ohio State (-13.5) – It was about this time last year that the Buckeyes started beating the hell out of most teams.  I think they make their first statement of the year and win by.

Michigan (-4) @ Penn State –  Michigan’s defensive front gets after Hackenberg all day.  Wolverines by 13.  

USC @ Oregon (-4) – Is Oregon back?  Probably not, but they are still good enough to win a home game against a roller coaster USC team.  Ducks by 10. 

Baylor @ Oklahoma State (PICK) – OSU is a fraud.  Baylor exposes them and wins by 24.

Iowa State @ Kansas State (-6) – I have no clue how this Iowa State team will respond after last weeks heartbreaking loss.  They’ve shown to be a resilient team so far.  I’ll go with my heart on this pick. CPR gets over the hump, beats Snyder for the first time, and goes into the last game with a chance to get to 4 conference wins.


Kirk Haaland


Kirk has been a contributor at Cyclone Fanatic since the fall of 2009 and is a lifelong Cyclone fan. He eventually started his own website,, where he cultivated an interest in statistical analysis and historical Iowa State football and basketball data. In 2014, Kirk came to Fanatic and housed his works here. In 2015 he launched a new website,, as the co-founder. There you can find in depth analysis of all things involving advanced statistical analysis in college football for every FBS program. Kirk graduated from Iowa State University in 2006 with a degree in Industrial Technology and has worked as a Manufacturing/Quality Engineer ever since. He's married to his wife, Kelley, and has three daughters, Hannah, Hayley, and Kinley (plus his Golden Retriever, Clyde).

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