Championship Week College Football Expert Picks From ESPN, Barstool, Cash The Ticket

Written By Drew Ellis on December 2, 2022 - Last Updated on December 3, 2022

Championship Week in college football is sure to test the expert pickers.

With most of the matchups featuring ranked teams battling it out for a conference title, expect a lot of close calls.

Rivalry Week provided some of the pickers with a great week, while others dug themselves a pretty big hole.

Can they rebound in their final chance of the regular season?

ESPN’s SVP, Stanford Steve & The Bear

Rivalry week was a great one for the ESPN collective, particularly for Scott Van Pelt.

SVP went an incredible 9-1 on his 10 picks last week. Stanford Steve was 2-1, while The Bear went an even 2-2.

This week, SVP looks to build on his hot week by riding with mostly underdogs in championship week.

Stanford Steve is trying a different approach, recommending a three-team teaser of underdogs.

SVP (4-2)

  • Utah +2.5 vs. USC (Win)
  • Kansas State +2.5 vs. TCU (Win)
  • Troy -8.5 vs. Coastal Carolina (Win)
  • UCF +4 vs. Tulane (Loss)
  • Georgia -17.5 vs. LSU (Win)
  • Purdue +17 vs. Michigan (Loss)

The Bear (3-0)

  • Georgia -17.5 vs. LSU (Win)
  • Utah +2.5 vs. USC (Win)
  • Fresno State +3 vs. Boise State (Win)

Stanford Steve (3-0)

  • Teaser – Utah +11.5 vs. USC (Win)
  • Teaser – Kansas State +11.5 vs. TCU (Win)
  • Teaser – Purdue +25.5 vs. Michigan (Win)

Barstool college football picks

You probably won’t be too surprised to know that Dave Portnoy’s hopes of rallying his sub .500 record by picking 62 plays last week didn’t go too well.

The Barstool founder was just 26-35-1, digging himself a bigger hole for the season.

This week, Portnoy doesn’t have many games to choose from, and he’s keeping it light. He made just two picks this week.

Big Cat has found his stride, going 23-10 in his overall picks to get to 51.5% on the season. Although, his “Lock of the Week” failed to cover.

Rico has struggled all year, but he’s hit a few locks consecutively to try and end on a high note.

Portnoy (1-1)

  • Utah +2 vs. USC (Win)
  • North Carolina +7.5 vs. Clemson (Lock of the Week) (Loss)

Big Cat’s Lock of the Week

Toledo vs. Ohio Over 55 (Loss)

Rico’s Lock of the Week

USC -2 vs. Utah (Loss)

Cash The Ticket Picks

The Cash The Ticket podcast duo had a pretty average week for themselves, with Mike Valenti going 4-4 and Jim Costa going 5-4.

Costa has been riding a nice streak of winning weeks and he isn’t shying away from a big betting card this week with nine plays.

Valenti is playing it a little more safe with five, riding with four underdogs and one massive favorite.

Valenti (3-2)

  • Fresno State +3.5 vs. Boise State (Win)
  • Ohio +1.5 vs. Toledo (Loss)
  • Purdue +17 vs. Michigan (Loss)
  • Kansas State +2.5 vs. TCU (Win)
  • Georgia -17.5 vs. LSU (Win)

Costa (5-4)

  • USC -2.5 vs. Utah (Costa Lock) (Loss)
  • Kansas State +2.5 vs. TCU (Win)
  • Michigan -16.5 vs. Purdue (Win)
  • UCF +3.5 vs. Tulane (Loss)
  • Ohio +1.5 vs. Toledo (Loss)
  • Fresno State +3.5 vs. Boise State (Win)
  • Fresno State vs. Boise State Under 54.5 (Win)
  • Coastal Carolina +8.5 vs. Troy (Loss)
  • UTSA -8.5 vs. North Texas (Win)

College Football Week 14 lines at Michigan sportsbooks

Some of these picks are made early in the week and may have had the lines change. If you’re betting on college football, be sure to get your best value. Here’s what’s available at Michigan sportsbooks for each game this weekend.

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Drew Ellis is the Lead Writer of PlayMichigan, the No. 1 source for online gambling news in Michigan. A lifelong resident of the state, Ellis has been working in various forms of media since 1998, including more than a decade in the sports betting industry prior to transitioning into US casino markets in 2020.

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