Barton Simmons
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Barton Simmons has been involved in college football and recruiting since 2000, first as a player and then as a reporter and analyst. As a player, he was a two-time All-Ivy League safety at Yale before beginning a career in media at Rivals. He is now a CBS Sports national college football writer who helped build 247Sports into the premier destination for recruiting coverage. Barton oversees the prospect rankings for 247Sports and plays a primary role in the selection of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Co-host of the Cover 3 College Football Podcast, Barton is uncanny when it comes to beating the books: In 2018 he went 68-50 (58 percent) on college football picks, closing the season on a 21-6 heater capped by Clemson's national championship game upset of Alabama. In 2019 he joined SportsLine and continued to excel, going 37-24 (61 percent, plus $1,044) for members. For Barton Simmons media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com
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USC 33 @ Utah 17 | 11/22 | 3:30 AM UTC

Utah +2.5


ANALYSIS: Utah has all kinds of COVID question marks but a well-coached Kyle Whittingham team, even shorthanded, is a live dog against a USC team that is 2-0 but should be 0-2. There’s a lot of new faces for Utah, no new film and USC has two games to study for the Utes. I like Utah with a potential upset bid but take any points you can get.

Missouri 17 @ South Carolina 10 | 11/22 | 12:30 AM UTC

Missouri -6


ANALYSIS: I don’t trust South Carolina in this spot. It’s not necessarily that it will be playing under an interim coach. That’s typically a spot that provides betting value, if anything. It’s more the news of with Will Muschamp’s departure, so too came the news of departures like Jaycee Horn and Israel Mukuamu out of the defensive backfield. I just don’t see the motivation for the Gamecocks to really be invested in this one. Missouri has been impressive under first-year coach Eli Drinkwitz and the Tigers should be the better team here. I’ll take the Tigers at any number up to 7.

Oklahoma St. 13 @ Oklahoma 41 | 11/22 | 12:30 AM UTC

Oklahoma -7


ANALYSIS: Oklahoma State needed to get this game played about four weeks ago. It’s too late now. Oklahoma has caught its second wind and it is hitting its stride. Behind Spencer Rattler at quarterback, the return of Rhamondre Stevenson at RB and Ronnie Perkins at defensive end, the Sooners are rounding into Big 12 championship form just in time for Bedlam.


Liberty 14 @ NC State 15 | 11/22 | 12:30 AM UTC



ANALYSIS: This is another showcase opportunity for Hugh Freeze, who is looking for his third ACC win of the season. I’m not sure if he gets it, but I am confident in his team scoring a lot of points. On the other side, Tim Beck has been one of the best offensive coordinator hires of the offseason and N.C. State has found some rhythm with backup quarterback Bailey Hockman. This one will be played well into the 30s and probably higher.

Virginia Tech 14 @ Pittsburgh 47 | 11/21 | 9:00 PM UTC

Pittsburgh +3


ANALYSIS: This has been a trying year for Virginia Tech. Through it all, it’s still a quality football team but it’s a team that is running out of things to play for. Pitt is getting its quarterback Kenny Pickett back for the second straight week and it matches up really well with Virginia Tech’s strengths -- running the football. Pitt’s really talented defensive front will give the Hokies trouble and Pickett will do enough to give the Panthers a straight-up win opportunity.