College football: Joe vs. Pro, Week 12

Blake Bortles is ranked 10th in the nation in passing efficiency (164.1) entering Week 12 of the college football season, 14th in completion percentage (.676) and 26th nationally in passing yards per game (260.). Those numbers aren’t good enough for consideration for the Heisman Trophy, but Central Florida’s quarterback certainly deserves mention as an All-American candidate after last week’s 19-14 victory against Houston. The Knights are 7-1 entering this week’s game against Temple and ranked 17th in the BCS. With a little help and a few more victories, the Knights could be playing for a major bowl in January. As underdogs go, Joe Goodman turned in a monumental set of picks last week and is now within striking distance of the Pro with only four weeks remaining in the regular season. Joe went 6-2 against the spread last week and 5-3 straight up to improve to 46-39-3 against the spread overall and 63-25 straight up. The Pro, Lee Sterling of, went 4-4 against the spread last week and 6-2 straight up. The Pro is 52-33-3 against the spread overall and 63-25 straight up. On to the picks!

Central Florida at Temple (UCF by 16.5)

Joe’s pick: With a potential invite to a BCS bowl now on the horizon, Central Florida is the toast of the new American Athletic Conference. I’m not expecting a letdown game at this point in the season. UCF 35, Temple 10

Pro’s pick: Knights QB Blake Bortles is hitting on 68% of his passes and with 15 TD’s while the Owls have the 121st-rated pass "D" allowing 322 YPG. Central Florida 42, Temple 17

Miami at Duke (UM by 3)

Joe’s pick: No Duke vs. Duke. No problem. Miami 27, Duke 23

Pro’s pick: Against the two pass first teams on their schedule, Pittsburgh and Troy my brother in law’s Blue Devils gave up 424 and 362 yards passing. Sorry Bro, Stephen Morris lights up the scoreboard and Miami rolls. Miami 38, Duke 26

Florida at South Carolina (South Carolina by 13.5)

Joe’s pick: Steve Spurrier might have supported Will Muschamp to the media this week, but Spurdog will offer no quarter on the field. South Carolina 42, Florida 21

Pro’s pick: Gamecocks are peaking and rested off a bye. Gators are injury riddled and headed for their first non bowl season since 1979. South Carolina 35, Florida 10

Syracuse at Florida State (FSU by 38)

Joe’s pick: Off-the-field problems are an unwanted distraction, but not a major cause for concern yet. FSU 35, Syracuse 7

Pro’s pick: QB Tyrell Hunt is a good athlete but he better have the game of his life if he expects to stay under the spread playing a team taking no prisoners. Florida State 51, Syracuse 7

Florida Atlantic at Southern Miss (FAU by 17)

Joe’s pick: This is an astonishing big line … no pun intended. FAU 25, Southern Miss 14

Pro’s pick: 3-6 SU Owls can gain bowl eligibility with a win on Saturday and wins to finish the season over New Mexico State and FIU. The Carl Pelini coaching saga will finally distract team. FAU 34, Southern Mississippi 20

Texas Tech at Baylor (Baylor by 27)

Joe’s pick: Why the big line? Baylor is averaging 686 yards of offense per game and Texas Tech has lost three straight. Baylor 55, Texas Tech 25

Pro’s pick: Playing at a neutral site and injuries at RB and WR could allow Red Raiders to make it a game for three quarters. Baylor 55, Texas Tech 35

Memphis at South Florida (Memphis by 1.5)

Joe’s pick: Bulls’ steady improvement pays off with a much-needed victory at home. South Florida 28, Memphis 25

Pro’s pick: Bulls improving ever so slightly behind freshman QB Mike White (Davie University School) while Tigers just 2-24 SU on the road can’t be trusted. South Florida 20, Memphis 16

FIU at UTEP (UTEP by 6)

Joe’s pick: UTEP has only scored seven points in each of its last three games but the Golden Panthers were shut out 48-0 last week. UTEP 21, FIU 14

Pro’s pick: Miners “D” can be run on all day and night to the tune off 255 RY’s per game and 29 rushing TD’s but Golden Panthers averaging just 75 RY’s per game and with an abysmal 1 rushing TD can’t take advantage. UTEP 28, FIU 20