Colorado Buffaloes (10-2) at Washington Huskies (11-1)
|Date & Time||Friday December 2, 2016, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Washington Huskies -7.5 -- Over/Under: 58.5
The Colorado Buffaloes and Washington Huskies clash Friday night in the college football Pac-12 Championship at Levi's Stadium on FOX.
The Colorado Buffaloes look for their seventh straight victory overall and third straight win over a ranked team. The Colorado Buffaloes are looking for their 27th conference title. Sefo Liufau is completing 64.6 percent of his passes for 2,150 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. Liufau has one or less touchdown pass in six of his last seven games. Shay Fields and Devin Ross have combined for 1,577 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns while Bryce Bobo has 41 receptions. The Colorado Buffaloes ground game is averaging 201 yards per contest, and Phillip Lindsay leads the way with 1,136 yards and 15 touchdowns. Defensively, Colorado is allowing 18.8 points and 323.8 yards per game. Kenneth Olugbode leads the Colorado Buffaloes with 86 tackles, Jimmie Gilbert has nine sacks and Tedric Thompson has seven interceptions.
The Washington Huskies look for their 12th victory to remain in the college football playoff race. The Washington Huskies look for their 16th conference title and first since 2000. Jake Browning is completing 65 percent of his passes for 3,162 yards, 40 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Browning has two or more touchdown passes in 12 of his last 15 games. John Ross and Dante Pettis have combined for 1,858 receiving yards and 30 touchdowns while Chico McClatcher has 28 receptions. The Washington Huskies ground game is averaging 205.4 yards per contest, and Myles Gaskin leads the way with 1,180 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, Washington is allowing 17.8 points and 328.9 yards per game. Azeem Victor leads the Washington Huskies with 67 tackles, Psalm Wooching has five sacks and Sidney Jones has three interceptions.
The Buffaloes are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in December and 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Huskies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on grass and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games. The Buffaloes are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 meetings and the favorite is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
Colorado has had a very impressive season and shouldn't be overlooked based on the constant surprises. The Buffaloes have shown this isn't the same team from past years and is more than capable of hanging around with the big boys. However, the Washington Huskies are the clear best team in the Pac-12 and have the explosive offense and stingy defense to dominate this game. Washington is capable of winning the national championship and has produced double-digit victories in nine of its 11 victories. This pick has more to do with how I feel about Washington than it does downgrading Colorado.
Give me the Huskies by double digits.