Week 14 2017: Conference Championship picks from Phil Steele!

Welcome back everyone and thanks for joining us.  Today Phil Steele dropped his Strong as Steele podcast as he does every week, and we have the picks here.  I do say Phil had a little bit of a cough and seemed under the weather today.  His Louisiana/App State pick and Boise State/Fresno State pick were both all over the road so I’ve included my assessment of those at the bottom of the picks.  Do what you would like with those picks, and listen to the podcast if you really need to try and navigate his picks on those games.

USC over Stanford (by about 10)
Toledo over Akron (by 17)
OU over TCU (something like 38-27)
Auburn over Georgia (by a TD)
Ohio St over Wisconsin (by 7, no play)
FAU over UNT
Arkansas St over Troy
UCF over Memphis (Memphis keeps it closer than expected)
Georgia Southern over Coastal Carolina (by 3, on the number)
NM St over South Alabama
UMass over FIU
USC-3.5 vs Stanford
Akron+21.5 vs Toledo
Miami FL+9.5 vs Clemson (he said it’ll get to 10, so wait for 10)
OU-7 vs TCU
Auburn-2.5 vs Georgia
UCF vs Memphis over 83
Memphis+7.5 vs UCF
Idaho+6.5 vs Georgia St
Louisiana+15 vs App St
UMass+1.5 vs FIU
UL-Monroe+27 vs FSU

Picks I couldn’t figure out after multiple re-listens.  I will sort this out when his ESPN Chalk column drops tomorrow.
App St to beat Louisiana (he said something like 36-20, but he expects them to keep it “closer than the 14”)
Louisiana+15 vs App St (Phil said he likes UL-Monroe getting over 2 TDs, the line was 15 most places when the podcast dropped)
Boise St+8.5 vs Fresno St (Phil said Boise St wins by “only 3” but I think he meant Fresno St, either way he’s taking the points)