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Pick 6: Best bets for Week 14 of college football

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Kansas head coach Les Miles, left, congratulates Kansas running back Pooka Williams, right, after a touchdown by Williams during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 41-31. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)

Kansas head coach Les Miles, left, congratulates Kansas running back Pooka Williams, right, after a touchdown by Williams during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 41-31. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney) by Associated Press

With it being a holiday week, and plenty of games taking place on Friday, this will be a shorter version of the Pick 6 blog.

The entire KU sports staff still picked against the spread in six games, including two NFL contests, for this weekend’s slate.

This is the final week of the Pick 6, but there is an opportunity for some serious movement. I’ve managed to lead the season standings all year, but Benton Smith is inching closer and could even take the lead in the final week.

In this shortened version of Pick 6, I will give you three betting tips ahead of rivalry week. It has been a blast doing this blog over the course of the season, though I’m sure I will manage to write gambling-related content during the basketball season.

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Best bet: Minnesota (+2.5) vs. Wisconsin

I got this line earlier in the week when the Gophers were getting a field goal, but I’m still good with this number. Minnesota getting points is surprising, given that the team’s lone blemish came on the road at Iowa. Minnesota’s offense is more than capable of doing some damage against one of the better defensive teams in the Big 10.

Long shot: Arizona (+13.5) at Arizona State

Arizona State is coming off a big win against previously sixth-ranked Oregon, but could be in for a letdown this week. ASU has only covered the spread in four games this season, so I could easily see this being a win by single digits. Arizona’s offense is averaging 445.3 yards per game, meaning I think this offense can cover this big of a number.

My favorite: Notre Dame (-16.5) at Stanford

It has been a rough year for Stanford, which will miss a bowl game for the first time since 2008. The Cardinal currently rank 69th in offensive efficiency and 88th in defensive efficiency, according to ESPN. Notre Dame, which has won four games in a row, should roll in this one to help put this program in position for a good bowl game.

KU sports staff picks against the spread

Baylor (-14) at Kansas

Matt Tait: Baylor

Benton Smith: Baylor

Braden Shaw: Baylor

Shane Jackson: Baylor

Alabama (-3) at Auburn

Matt Tait: Alabama

Benton Smith: Auburn

Braden Shaw: Auburn

Shane Jackson: Alabama

Iowa State (-5.5) at Kansas State

Matt Tait: Kansas State

Benton Smith: Kansas State

Braden Shaw: Kansas State

Shane Jackson: Iowa State

Ohio State (-9) at Michigan

Matt Tait: Ohio State

Benton Smith: Michigan

Braden Shaw: Ohio State

Shane Jackson: Ohio State

San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens (-5.5)

Matt Tait: Ravens

Benton Smith: 49ers

Braden Shaw: Ravens

Shane Jackson: Ravens

New England Patriots (-3.5) at Houston Texans

Matt Tait: Patriots

Benton Smith: Patriots

Braden Shaw: Patriots

Shane Jackson: Texans

Season standings

Shane Jackson: 44-33-1 (5-1 in Week 13)

Benton Smith: 42-35-1 (4-2 in Week 13)

Matt Tait: 40-37-1 (5-1 in Week 13)

Braden Shaw: 34-43-1 (3-3 in Week 13)

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